Nicholas Woode-Smith


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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Nicholas Woode-Smith online

Where to buy in print


Cape Zero: The Fall
Price: Free! Words: 30,940. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Social recluse, Peter Swart, is thrown into a Cape Town gone mad as an epidemic turns people into bloodthirsty cannibals.
Fall of Zona Nox
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 156,460. Language: British English. Published: April 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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?

Nicholas Woode-Smith's tag cloud

adventure    aliens    conspiracy    corporations    empire    gang    gang war    guns    human    humanity    madness    mafia    military    mob    mysterious enemy    politics    scifi    scifi action    south africa    speculative    terra    thief    troopers    unknown enemy    virus    virus epidemic    virus outbreak    war    zombie    zombie adventure   

Smashwords book reviews by Nicholas Woode-Smith

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on July 14, 2015

    Concise and useful. As a social media marketer, this taught me a lot in regards to marketing my own book as well as the products of my clients and causes. Must read for authors and marketers alike.
  • Emily Smiles for April on Oct. 26, 2015

    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.