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Born

Born

Born on the 30th of May 1978.

Battle of the Planets

Battle of the Planets

This is my earliest sci-fi memory. I adored this TV show. It was displaced by Metal Mickey, and my Saturday mornings were never the same again.

BattleStar Galactica

BattleStar Galactica

At my insistence, the pilot was the first thing my parents recorded on the VHS recorder. Nostalgia helps this win out over the reboot for me.

Star Wars

Star Wars

Grabbed me when I was about six, and still hasn’t let go. The Original Trilogy has probably had the most profound effect when it comes to my love of sci-fi. Every Christmas I have Star Wars day, watching the original three films back-to-back.

The Game Players of Titan

The Game Players of Titan

The first sci-fi book I ever read. Some of it was baffling, but I loved it.

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

I’ve a great fondness for old sci-fi, with Forbidden Planet being one of my favourites.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

I still have very fond memories of this.

Adeptus Titanicus

Adeptus Titanicus

My introduction to the 40K universe, and what an introduction it was. Twinned with Space Marine this made for some epic tabletop battles.

Godzilla

Godzilla

I adored this as a kid, and I’d take the original Japanese version of Godzilla over the Western version any day.

Robocop

Robocop

At ill home one today, my Mum asked what I wanted from the video store. Robocop please! I was 12. Don’t judge.

Icewind Dale Trilogy

Icewind Dale Trilogy

There was an advert for this on the English classroom wall. I was transfixed by it and it was first book I bought myself. I still enjoy returning to it every now and again.

The Prodigy

The Prodigy

At 13 I discovered The Prodigy. G-Force (Energy Flow) is still a monumental track.

Dark Future

Dark Future

Spawned from the superb tabletop game, these novels were my first foray into dystopian sci-fi.

The Thrawn Trilogy

The Thrawn Trilogy

So good, and such a shame that it has now been shoved aside as part of the Legends series. I wonder what Episode 7 could have been if it had walked this path?

V

V

I’ve revisited this a couple of times over the years, mainly the original mini-series and V: The Final Battle, and I still find it incredibly captivating.

Total Recall

Total Recall

Loved it then. Still love it now.

Terminator

Terminator

It was the visions of the future that really captivated me. And the need for a Phased Plasma Rifle in a 40 Watt range.

Bladerunner

Bladerunner

My love of all things Cyberpunk started a bit earlier than this, with playing the Mike Pondsmith Cyberpunk pen & paper RPG. But it was Ridley Scott’s vision that firmly stamped the Cyberpunk aesthetic into my brain.

Neuromancer

Neuromancer

If my love of Cyberpunk started with Bladerunner, then Neuromancer made sure that it was permanently burnt into my consciousness.

Jyhad

Jyhad

We used to cane this card game for hours and hours. It was seriously addictive and probably one of the reason that I find Hearthstone so appealing nowadays.

Aliens

Aliens

I prefer this to Alien. There. I said it.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

The Matrix stole whole rafts of ideas from this, demonstrating how visionary it was. It still stands up as an exceptional film today.

Cyber City OEDO 808

Cyber City OEDO 808

Like Ghost in the Shell crossed with Neuromancer. Seek it out.

Surgeon – Communications

Surgeon – Communications

The first Techno album I bought. Techno & sci-fi are inextricably linked for me.

Dune

Dune

I think the film is better than the book, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Akira

Akira

During the mid to late nineties, Channel 4 showed a lot of Anime, not least of which is this. It’s still absolutely incredible.

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

One of my all-time favourite PKD books. Love the film too, although the book is better, naturally.

The Matrix

The Matrix

I knew nothing about The Matrix before sitting down in the cinema, and it blew me away. If only they’d made a sequel…

Use of Weapons

Use of Weapons

The first Ian M. Banks book I read. Amazing. And that twist, woah!

PlanetSide

PlanetSide

Way ahead of its time as the first MMOFPS. It still hasn’t been beaten when it comes to scale and complexity. And even after all these years, only PlanetSide 2 has attempted to capture what made this so amazing.

Pandora’s Star

Pandora’s Star

The first Peter F. Hamilton book I read. Chapter 13. Enough said.

Gaunt’s Ghosts

Gaunt’s Ghosts

Dan Abnett is one of my favourite writers. This is an amazing series.

The Horus Heresy

The Horus Heresy

The kinetic energy and action from the Warhammer universe is something I try and incorporate into my own work. I’ve been reading this series for years. Will it ever stop?

Mass Effect

Mass Effect

I’ve been a dedicated gamer since I was six, but there aren’t many games responsible for helping to shape my writing, apart from this. I really need to play all three back to back at some point.

District 9

District 9

Prawn cocktail will never be the same again.

Should I write a book?

Should I write a book?

After getting nowhere with music production, I really wanted to give something creative another chance and see if I could make a career out of it. So I decided to write a book. I mean, how hard can it be, it’s just writing… I really should have known better.

Outlining complete

Outlining complete

November 2014. I finished seven months of outlining my first novel: Superstruct.

Read Worthy Fiction course

Read Worthy Fiction course

After 60K words on Superstruct I paused my writing to go through the Read Worthy Fiction course to learn about story craft. It was an amazing epxerience, and over 12 weeks I worked on a brand new piece of work.

Novella complete

Novella complete

One of the major benefits of completing the RWF course… A finished prequel novella for my Instant Reality series. It is untitled at the moment, and will sit between Hypercage and Superstruct.

Strategy switch: Short stories

Strategy switch: Short stories

To help establish myself as a new author, I decided to create a few short stories before returning to my novel after completing the read worthy fiction course.

Three shorts

Three shorts

By Feb 2016, I’d completed three short stories: Hypercage, Transmit and Theatre of Death.

Transmit submitted to BMJ

Transmit submitted to BMJ

On the 29th of February 2016, I submitted Transmit to the Sci-fi and the Medical Humanities writing competition. Twenty winners out of 500 will be featured in a special anthology as part of the British Medical Journal.

The Theatre of Death

The Theatre of Death

The Theatre of Death is under heavy revision following developmental feedback from my editor.

Superstruct

Superstruct

June 2016: 50% completed on Superstruct. I can’t wait to let people read it.