When Grum Hewson is offered a job running the world’s first antimatter production facility, he leaves the safety of academic research for the harsh world of industry. His main task is to increase the yield, making power generation possible.
Only two problems. One: it’s not possible. Two: his boss doesn’t believe him.
He will have to learn this new game fast, or he could find himself out on his ear.
Directed Energy is the first in the Leaving Earth series, hard sci-fi which takes an occasionally humorous view of the near future… Where we mess up. Naturally.
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I have been a writer in one form or another since my teens (and even before). While fiction writing has always been my first love, I discovered during my career in IT (from junior unix systems administrator through to senior project and infrastructure manager roles) a knack for parsing technical, complex subjects into readily accessible material — a skill that sensible companies have found valuable, as you might imagine.
The work-life balance is an enduring problem for everyone and I found myself suffering from powerpoint poisoning and ganttstipation — which is never fun.
In order to relieve these symptoms, I began to spend less time on IT work and more time gaining additional skills to bolster his personal knowledge base and increase his ability to create books which share that knowledge, in a (hopefully) enjoyable fashion. At about the same time I began to look into the publishing industry from a perspective of writing fiction.
These days publishing independently is sufficiently easy that — looking at this as a business — the risk profile of publishing traditionally is too high, from my perspective. YMMV. So, that’s why I have gone this route, for now. If the traditional publishing world changes some of its behaviour, it may be worth looking at in the future. If you want to discuss that with me (or just know more about what I mean) then feel free to contact me directly.
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