Nicholas Woode-Smith is a political commentator, student and science fiction author from Cape Town, South Africa. He debuted his writing career with the release of Fall of Zona Nox. He co-founded the Rational Standard, a political commentary site, in 2016 and continues to manage and write for the site. He is currently studying at the University of Cape Town.
When did you first start writing?
I only began truly writing in earnest in 2009 when the limitations of a quest creating expansion to the now almost forgotten game 'Spore' left me wanting. I decided to place the world I created in book form and began writing what was supposed to be a stand alone military sci-fi about an unlikely thief who becomes a military hero. The idea evolved from there until it became what is hopefully a realistic and dark, but intriguing view of our future and that of the galaxy.
Since then, I have begun writing more non-fiction - focusing on analysing current affairs and politics.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
While my personal life has been comfortable and my parents very supportive, South Africa is a very stressful place to live. Crime is rampant and government failure has created a breeding ground for dissidents. This is what initially led me into the Libertarian movement and what most probably influenced me to write mainly dystopian fiction.
When a world is about to fall, can a criminal be mankind's only hope?
Fall of Zona Nox is a thrilling action sci-fi set in the gritty arena of humanity’s future. In this dark tale of vengeance, violence and survival, can hope be fought for through the barrel of a gun?
I am not entirely sure if I should be writing a review as I am mystified by this story. I don't know if I just didn't understand the deeper meaning or if the writing was just too convoluted for me to get to grips with the story. However, as what could be classified as an average reader who enjoys a wide variety of books, I wil say that I found the story confusing, difficult to grasp and, perhaps, having the potential to be gripping. I would be interested to hear someone else's perspective so I can see if others agree or not.