She Who Must Be Sailed

Novel, Science fiction, England

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Solo sailor, alpha (for arsehole) male, Colton follows clues to buried treasure in the Indian Ocean. What he finds makes him think he’s being head-hunted to be a space sailor and this is an aptitude test. He’s right, but now he’s got another woman in his life and she’s not like the others. Can she convince him to save the planet?

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Future

Novel, light SF, 2360

By 2359ad only one colony has survived the Earth’s Great Wipeout. Leaders and hence factions and hence in-fighting are BAD but now they have to repopulate a wild surface they need strong, bad, leaders. The system selects a nerd who has to learn quickly.

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Twenty one today! Matt is is wearing a uniform where uniforms are forbidden! He’s got to see the Colony Chairman. ‘A weak leader is a good leader’ so the saying goes which is how the colony survived 250 years underground when the Earth’s surface suffered the Great Wipeout. No leaders or uniforms or factions means no-infighting. The Chairman is affable but Matt’s worries are about to begin. The System is in a hurry to find a strong, bad, leader to repopulate the surface where things are wild and has decided to skip the traditional Rose Screens and go straight for a marriage. He’s got no idea whatsoever about women and less about sex. Their first night together is sabotaged by a joke sex manual, but the System will find a way. He’s never done anything anti-social but soon gets the hang of how to build a reputation and use it. Eventually the surface isn’t quite what he expected, as there are pockets of people occupying ruins although without electricity or law.

WARNING: Explicit sex

This book is all about personal development, team-building and leadership. Strangely, the most critical manager in the colony is effective but the anthesis of what we’d expect. When the time comes for Matt to inherit the symbol of spiritual power he starts to become a symbolic rather than actual leader.

One of the experiments was to have everybody in the colony finish their speech with the name of the person it was directed to. So instead of Fred said “Hello” then Bill replied “Not you again!” it goes “Hello Fred” “Not you again Bill.” You get used to it after a while and then it seems natural.

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Freddie the Teacher

Novel, light SF, England, dystopia, violence, 2075

Non-violent Freddie can’t avoid being a violent video game character in Colchester 2075. He gets sucked into brutality and betrayal to survive. He’s an inspiring teacher which leads loyal pupils into dangerous situations which allows them to show skills and resolution. Is there any way to beat violence, disappearances, state corruption and economic collapse? If there is then Freddy has no alternative but to walk the tightrope.

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In this book I look at how violence is accepted and made acceptable, the human cost of being a leader and harnessing collective goodwill to break the cycle of retribution.

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Desert Lighthouse

Novel, Adventure for boys, SF, 1865, 'Tashkent'

Action for teenage boys. It’s about time we had something better than Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. It’s easy to follow but gradually the value of investigating, preparation and knowledge becomes clear.

How do boys become men? Why is wisdom cool? Read this gentle adventure in 1860’s South Central Asia to find out.


As boys there’s a lot of knowledge ‘just over the horizon’. As men we remember how our eyesight grew from pinpricks to slits then opened like a bud of understanding to bask in the nourishing rays of knowledge. From there into giant collectors of wisdom, and so to seed the next generation.

If you found a lighthouse while walking through the desert would you stop and find out more? If you knew the Russians were going to take over the town would you hurry away or use that knowledge to your advantage, and if so how?

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Time and Again

Novel, Science Fiction

On his sixteenth birthday, orphan Tristram finds he has a legacy of millions if he will undertake to research time travel. This book tells how he copes with the pressures, slowly learns about love and families, accepts having to make a horrible sacrifice as the nature of time becomes clearer.

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As he’s researching the possibility of time travel there are sinister forces against him, but in way worse is the knowledge that the future is pre-ordained.
This is set in 1970s and 80s England. There’s romance but Tristram knows it will end badly because he’s been tipped-off by his great uncle HG. Wells.

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