On the Brink…

Every career, she supposed, had ups and downs. Whatever profession someone fell into, no doubt all experienced periods when they wished their path different. The councillor was still young enough for a change in direction, barely half-way through her working life. Sometimes, though, paths become too well trodden, the direction too clearly set.

Traversing the park, she pondered uncomfortable truths. One, she knew nothing else, politics was her only option. Two, her academics were not fantastic, and she questioned her own mental capacity to succeed in another career. Three, she was a politician for all the right reasons, and to walk away would kill her. Things were broken and needed fixing. This was her calling, her gift, her only way.

The actual path, the one her feet presently walked, branched like the prongs of a trident, left or right or straight ahead. The symbolic irony was not lost as she chose the middle, the directional choice that matched her politics, the inevitable direction of her future. Ah, the future. Someone had once told her that today’s stresses are tomorrow’s strength’s, or some similar philosophical nonsense. It did not feel like these stresses could ever result in a positive outcome. The bullish behaviour of other councillors in respect to the Dark Zones alarmed her no end. She understood and held sympathy with the urgency to recover the fugitive, and she recognised that the Kamdo could not be allowed to stand in the way, but the aggressive posturing was too much. The despatch of not one, but three battlecruisers was outrageous. It was deliberately provocative, and she saw only one outcome.

The galaxy stood on the brink of war.

An extract from Episode 3: The Voice. Councillor Lana Steph is horrified at the prospect of war and stands as a lone voice against the hateful ambitions of others. Will she succeed in gaining the support she so desperately seeks?

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The Hideout

It was dark, cold, and the rain dripping through the rotten roof was impossible to escape.  Soaked to the skin, the back of her head stinging where the market trader had struck, she sat shivering and sobbing.  She was calmer than an hour before, but still a mess. The strangers busied themselves around her.  They… Continue Reading →


Three years after I released Episode One: The Cairo Accord, I have a good number of positive reviews. Recent news stories surrounding the eliciting of reviews on Amazon surprise no one. Mostly, those dodgy reviews are claimed to be on electrical and high value goods, but undoubtedly this extends to books too. I’ve had several… Continue Reading →

The Fermi Paradox

The question of whether extra-terrestrial civilizations exist has long since been the debate of scientists, and the premise of many science fiction stories.  In a galaxy with billions of planets, we might find it extraordinary that, if such life exists, we have not yet met it. Surely, if advanced life is out there, we would… Continue Reading →

It’s Dark Inside.

Photo by Kaitlyn Jade from Pexels Why not take the opportunity to read the first few passages of Episode 1 : The Cairo Accord? Click on the “Free Preview” tab below. If you enjoy the opening, take the plunge and download the rest to your Kindle! Hadrian’s Gate is an epic, expansive sci-fi drama. It’s rich mix of… Continue Reading →

The Indigo Protocol

“Those are grave words, councillor,” Chilake eventually said, playing the game, “but these are grave times, and we must consider everything open to us. The Indigo Protocol is there for a reason. It is a nuclear option, but we all know the threat Kayla McGann can unleash on the galaxy. She is not just one woman, she… Continue Reading →

Mother’s Worry

Many light years away, a worried mother woke from a nightmare. She stared into the darkness, calming her thoughts, hoping it was only a dream. Under the covers, she sought comfort from her partner’s warmth, reassuringly pushing her leg against his. He stirred but did not wake. It would be okay, this mother told herself,… Continue Reading →

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