Alasdair Shaw

Biography

I studied at the University of Cambridge, leaving with a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. My masters options included gravitational astrophysics, planetary geophysics, remote sensing and high resolution electron microscopy. I went on to earn a PGCE specialising in Science and Physics from the University of Bangor. A secondary teacher for over ten years I have plenty of experience communicating scientific ideas.

I grew up in Lancashire, within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, Lake District and Snowdonia. After stints living in Cambridge, North Wales and the Cotswolds I have lived in Somerset since 2002.
I have been climbing, mountaineering, caving, kayaking and skiing as long as I can remember. Growing up I spent most of my spare time in the hills.

Landscape archaeology has always been one of my interests; when you spend a long time in the outdoors you start noticing things and wondering how they came to be there. At university I included geophysics in my options.

I am an experienced mountain and cave leader, holding a range of qualifications including ML, SPA and LCL. I am also a course director for climbing and navigation award schemes.

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Books

The Guardian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,850. Language: British English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Guardians are defenders, carers and guides. Some look after individual people, others whole planets or universes, but all share a strong belief in their responsibility to protect their charges.
The Officer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,740. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility. The Officer is an anthology of eleven science fiction short stories by writers from across the globe. It is part of the Newcomer series of scifi anthologies.
The Newcomer: Twelve Scifi Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,230. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain's reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger's appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new.
Independence
Series: Two Democracies: Revolution. Price: Free! Words: 6,720. Language: British English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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In the aftermath of a battle a ship drifts helplessly in space. Is the strange new warship they were fighting still out there? Will it come back for them? Commander Johnson faces a desperate race to get her destroyer back into action and save her crew.

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  • Orussian Quarantine on April 22, 2015

    Epic tale of genetic engineering It tells of a the gradual collapse of a planetary system. We get a series of events that give us glimpses into the big story. A genetic engineer, a terraformer and a fallen rebel all take turns to give us their viewpoints. It is a demanding read due to the density of the explanation. It works well if you think of it as a set of testimonies within a historical text. The world-building is good and I would have liked to read more. You will recognise the story and the characters, though perhaps not at first. My favourite was definitely the rebel; making him a freedom fighter is not entirely original but making him a senator who over-reached is nicely done.