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TONY HARMSWORTH'S SPACE & SCIENCE FICTION BLOG


27th May 2019 - WHY DO HUMANS UNDERRATE THEIR INGENUITY?

A reader sent me this article which I'd missed. Click this link to read the article.

Unfortunately, the writer is taking too short a view. He thinks the Earth is likely to be dead long before we are able to terraform Mars and that is, of course, one scenario. However, the importance of striving to reach other worlds is lost within his article. The only way to improve our ability to venture into space is by, wait for it, venturing into space!

If we want to reach the stars, we must begin by reaching our moon - done that and, by the way, it was considered impossible by most people in the fifties. Next we must get to the planets. That is likely to inspire us to create new propulsion methods, better ways to protect ourselves from radiation and it will open the pathway to the nearer stars. Getting to them will similarly help us create even faster and more effective systems which will open our spiral arm to our exploration. Inevitably, whether it be tens of thousands, or a million or a billion years from now, we will find a way.

Space technology is currently at the point where we see approaching speeds necessary to conquering starflight to be just beyond us, but it is fewer than two hundred years since people thought that a railway engine travelling at forty miles per hour was also beyond us. Aeroplanes seemed impossible prior to 1900, and so on. It is only by striving to achieve such impossible barriers that we move forward at all. Why a huge percentage of humans seem to accept things as being impossible always strikes me as strange when the past few decades has seen computers in every home and today, damn it all, in every pocket!

The human race is always selling its ingenuity short. It is about time we stopped doing that and got on with solving the problems - both saving the Earth from our excesses and pursuing our dream of finding other worlds. When we do find them, we might at least then be able to look after them!


2nd April 2019 - WHAT AN AMAZING COMMENT

It is always great for morale when an author gets a good comment, but when it is also from a verified purchaser on Amazon, it is twice as exhilerating.

The comment is on my novel, THE VISITOR.

Click the review to be taken to the Amazon page.

The Visitor review

VIP BETA READERS

Since swinging away from traditional publishing, I致e been learning the intricacies of self-publishing.

There痴 a lot to learn.

No longer can an agent or publisher be relied upon to ensure the book is received well. That task is now down to me as the author.

As part of this I am building a reader list. A free copy of my novella, MOONSCAPE, is being given to anyone who will join the list. You値l find the subscribe button above. I do hope you値l sign up.

I get quite a few comments about how readers like the fact that my stories do not deal with galactic battles, alien invasions, impossibly fantastic fantasy, dragons, werewolves, zombies, dystopian post-apocalyptic nightmares and the like. They also seem to like how most of my books contain informed comment about the environment, the attitudes of humankind regarding racial, sexual and creed discrimination. GREEN DOOR particularly deals with failings of human beings to understand and deal with the important aspects to living on a planet which might be irreplaceable.

Currently, MOONSCAPE is back from the editor and now on Amazon in its improved form. As I said earlier, you can get a free copy by signing up for my newsletter.

GREEN DOOR is also back from the editor and has been republished. A new editor and one with whom I think I can have a good working relationship.

The editor has just completed FEDERATION and that, too, has been republished. THE VISITOR is in the pipeline, and I hope to have it in its revised form by early May.

Finally, from the science fiction point of view, she will be editing my first book, MINDSLIP. I知 in two minds as to whether or not to re-include some of the cut chapters. I値l think on it.

Beta Readers

I want to set up a Beta Reader, VIP membership section of my Reader Club. These people will get to see each new book before it is launched in order to catch any plot, spelling, grammatical or character errors which have been missed by both myself and the editor.

If you壇 like to become a VIP Beta Reader Member, please sign up for MOONSCAPE at the top of the page and you値l be contacted about the Beta programme at a later date.

Wattpad

Please note that if you are reading my work on the Wattpad platform, it will soon be truncated. You値l still be able to finish the work but will have to pay a very small sum for the last 25% of the stories less than a pound.


COMMENTS ARE WELCOME

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Comment on THE VISITOR

This is unquestionably the finest first contact novel I have ever read.

All of the activity that takes place in outer space is realistic, well-informed yet easygoing. It is a completely plausible milieu and this adds considerably to the gravitas and integrity of the plot and its theme.

The whole first contact scenario is depicted in a fresh, innovative way. Well, by this I mean the technological side of the process of discovery and analysis of the object; and also the nature, integrity and motivations of several pivotal characters. The behavior of other characters, of course, is sadly predictable, because this cannot be changed in any story one expects people to actually believe. But the way that conflict plays out is enormously satisfying to me.

I recommend this book very highly.


Comment on FEDERATION

Editors don't normally say anthing much in praise of a book they are editing, but my editor returned FEDERATION to me with the single comment, "BRILLIANT!" Needless to say, I'm delighted.


Comment on THE VISITOR

Good day. I was very surprised and really enjoyed reading this novel. So tired of reading books where the authors are more interested in financial gain than a thought provoking idea such as the pitfals of religion and how first contact might impact on this. Thank you for a excellent read


Comment on MOONSCAPE

Oh, I HOPE this evil alien sucker is dead....


Comment on GREEN DOOR

Hi Tony, another very interesting and entertaining story, I salute your fertile mind and will continue to work my way through your writings.

Why you are having trouble finding a publisher defies logic although when reading the so-called appraisals of your stories I can see your problem, they are stuck in an Ideological rut and are too intent on the technical side of writing.

So many sci-fi stories are about war and fighting it is refreshing to find a writer who thinks out of that particular box!

Best wishes, Graham.


Comment on MINDSLIP

I had thought Stephen King wrote the best horror novel I'd ever read (The Long Walk) until I read Tony's Mindslip.

Horror blended with sci-fi in a unique way. One of the best half-dozen books It's been my privilige to read.


Beta reader's comment on MOONSCAPE

You have created the most terrifying monster alien! Even the Borg cannot match this thing.


Comment on Chapter 30 of MINDSLIP - same person

Again on bus, this time balling my eyes out!


Comment on Chapter 13 of MINDSLIP

I was sitting on a crowded bus, I couldn't stop laughing.....best line in the book


Comment on GREEN DOOR

Great story!

Loved the concept of time travelers trying to rectify history.

I liked more than Mindslip, because it is more technical. Practically no errors so not much I could point out.

Keep up the good work.


Comment on a rough draft of the now complete MOONSCAPE

Cool story. It could definitely be developed so much more but is also fine just the way it is.

The Visitor and Mindslip are still my two favorite stories of yours.


Email received on THE VISITOR

I finished reading The Visitor a couple of days ago and have been thinking about your book a lot.

I grew up reading sci-fi by authors such as Fredric Brown and Ray Bradbury and then went on to Heinlein and Clarke and others. I enjoyed your story as much as I enjoyed reading many of theirs, and I agree with the socially critical messages which you deftly wove into the plot.

A visitor whether a traveler from another planet or from another town can make us look at ourselves from another perspective. I hope that your book inspires all who read it to take a long critical look at the state of humanity.

Keep on writing!

Holly


Comment on Chapter One of THE VISITOR

What a way to leave us hanging! An invisible enemy too... Fabulous. My only comment would be that I couldn稚 picture what they were wearing clearly. Perhaps a few sentences on that so we can picture them right from the get go? Perhaps from a glimpse at her reflection in the window? Can稚 wait to read more. G


Comment on Wattpad after having read GREEN DOOR

What an AMAZING STORY!!! I enjoyed every single chapter! Extremely well done in making such a complex topic so enjoyable @TonyHarmsworth! I hope you are considering applying for multiple awards with this. It truly deserves wide readership and praise. I can稚 wait to read your next story! All the very best, G


Comment on Wattpad after having read THE VISITOR

Hi can you please send for me some of your other book titles .They are actually wow!


Comment from an old schoolfriend

I've read all three [science fiction paperbacks] and can't wait for the next. They are all very different, showing that you are not a one-trick pony. I especially appreciated the way you understood how to write Green Door as a novella whereas Mindslip and The Visitor were novels, where you took the time to really develop the characters. And the way you weaved horror and sci-fi in Mindslip was stunningly clever.


Comment on THE VISITOR

Such a wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing. I loved it ?


Comment on THE VISITOR referring to one particular chapter

Beautifully written chapter. I've got tears ? flooding eyes. Very very emotional.


Comment on THE VISITOR

I love it! You describe the science so well and the way you write takes me to Eve's reality. She's brilliant.


Comment on MINDSLIP

Oh man! You evil, evil man! You made me choke. Well, I heard many women wish some men had the chance to experience first hand the joys of giving birth. Lol.


Comment on MINDSLIP

I知 in absolute awe at this book it痴 so amazing to read on a Saturday or whenever. Thanks for writing it. I appreciate good works like this.

Kazuna


Comment on THE VISITOR

Great hard scifi from a developing leader of the genre, strong characters living in a thought-provoking world all too similar to our own. A real page turner in the footsteps of Asimov, Clarke and others, highly recommend.

Amazon Review


Comment on MINDSLIP

Chapter 31 made me cry.

Male pensioner

Hope it wasn't how bad the writing was! TH


Comment on THE VISITOR

5.0 out of 5 stars Space is full of wonders and this book portrays a possibility.

Format: Kindle Edition

Spent part of my spring break reading this book. I couldn't put it down. It's an exciting story, with characters I've connected to the past few days. The ending is sad, but there's a sort of happy ending if you have an open mind about life.

C.L. Trujillo


Latest comment on GREEN DOOR

Wonder, you created wonder. Congratulations.


Loch Ness Understood email:

"Well done, Tony, an absolutely fantastic read... felt compelled to leave a review on Amazon.

"One of the final chapters about you having a stroke is much scarier than any monster...hope you are keeping well. Anyway... my review:

"Always been fascinated with the unexplained...ghosts,ufo,s,loch Ness monsters etc etc. Tony begins his story just like me as a sort of believer then digs deeper into the world of fakery,hoaxers and scientific study, and ends up involved and embroiled in the industry that basically keeps the monster a reality... a fantastic insight into Tony and Adrian Shine's life covering all the history of the loch from ice ages, to dodgy business deals, the photographs to sonar scans... also Tony describing the humble beginnings of the loch Ness visitor centre to what it is today.a major tourist attraction... if you believe or if you don't believe, the monster's legend will never go away and this is a fantastic book that adds reality to the fantasy..."


THE VISITOR comment: Jessicaf5377

Omg I LOVED it!!!!!! Please please write their adventures! I wanna see the cool stuff you come up with in the other worlds!

Sidenote: I'm so embarrassed to say that I guarantee that's how our world would act and come across to them if an alien did come! Makes me sad and disappointed. Maybe that's why we HAVEN'T been visited publicly, if there is such a thing. They know we couldn't handle it and we would just take advantage of the technology and never grow emotionally and mentally. :-(


LOCH NESS UNDEFRSTOOD comment: Angela Young

Read many books on the mystery of loch Ness. This is by far one of the best and also one of the most well written and an honest and incisive true account...fantastic read


THE VISITOR comment: "A fast paced scientifically accurate plot that is thought provoking and predictive of technological development based on todays devices. An enjoyable read that I highly recommend."


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