Patrick G Cox

Great News

The Audiobook version of Harry Heron: Into the Unknown is now complete. It is being distributed by Findaway Voices, and will be available from some twenty-four different outlets including Audible, Apple, AudiobooksNZ, Beek, Chirp and many more. I will endeavor to post links to them as an when they go 'live'.

Some Serious Rebuilding Underway

I'm doing some serious rebuilding of this website at present, so I hope you will bear with me if things don't work quite as smoothly as they should. Part of the process is to reorient this website so that it is entirely focused on the Harry Heron Series. To this end I have set up a separate site as Saints, Sinners and Survivors to showcase my other books, which are not in the genre of Science Fiction. Do take a look, and let me know what you think of the new layout and look.

Work in Progress ...

Working on getting my websites sorted out reminds me how little I know about programming, marketing, and the clever things like key words, search engines, etc., etc. The general idea is to have two, one for my Harry Heron Adventure Series (this one) and the other for my books that are set in historical or contemporary settings. So, after a lot of running into odd little tricks and problems, I think I now have a reasonably presentable website set up titled Saints, Sinners and Survivors.

Life versus Art

There are definitely times I think I should demand that politicians "cease and desist" trying to turn some of my villains and plotlines into reality. Recent weeks have provided plenty of instances in which I have had the feeling either I'm not being imaginative enough, or someone is borrowing my ideas. I suspect George Orwell would have a similar feeling about some of the latest twists and turns in political development. I guess it could be flattering ...

"Live Editing"

Is the term I used to describe a process used by unscrupulous televised "live" broadcasts in which the producers edit the panelists words during the broadcast so that the speaker appears to be saying something damning or damaging to their presentation. At the time I started drafting the book, this wasn't possible, and to a limited extent it still isn't. However, as a recent video that went viral on certain social media sites have shown, any video can now be 'doctored' by someone with the right skills, to present a completely false picture of any personality and situation.

Tempus Fugit!

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun ... April sort of vanished in a welter of other demands (like Easter ...) and a week in the UK visiting family, and now half of May is gone as well. So what have I been doing? Actually quite a lot, and it has meant neglecting things like blogging. Looking back though I am astonished at just how much time has elapsed since I first set out to write a SciFi story based on the concept of someone from the 18th Century flung forward in time. That was the original concept behind Harry Heron, and its taken on a life of its own.

Keeping up with events

The old Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" seems to have landed on us all at the moment. Since my last post here in February, the world seems to have done several backflips, a somersault or two, and lord alone knows what its doing in the political sphere at the moment. In all of this I've been busy trying to get a couple of stories written. Now that, you might think, is simple. Produce an outline and synopsis, and then knuckle down and write!

Life imitates art?

Around fourteen years ago I began developing my ideas for the Harry Heron adventures. The idea arouse out of my reading an article which suggested that with our modern lifestyles, we were rapidly losing old skills, some of them key to survival should we find ourselves deprived of some of our modern 'conveniences'. That started me wondering what would happen if someone from the past was projected into the future. Okay, there would be a huge knowledge gap, and there'd be other problems for the character as well, but the key question is what would he or she bring to the future that might have been lost, or perhaps was simply no longer the way people responded?

Evolution At Work

It is interesting (at least I find it interesting) to speculate on how humans might adapt to a new, or very different, environment to the one that has produced us. As I wrote a few months ago, this is one of the challenges when creating believable aliens for science fiction, even if you don't want them to be able to talk to or work with human protagonists. I know I'm not the first author to deal with this as it is a very tricky area. If you think of some of the Star Wars aliens as an example, many would really be hard pressed to communicate with their human counterparts, and some are, quite frankly, not really believable. The aliens in Farscape were much more realistic, and the solution to the communication problem creative (I do enjoy the Babble Fish idea in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ...), but one problem with any kind of translation/translator is that a large part of communication is neither verbal nor even oral.

New Year; New Stories

Time to start a new year with a wish for all my readers that you have a great year to look forward to. From where I sit it is looking exciting. Harry Heron; Into the Unknown will be turned into an audio book later this year, and the next in the Harry Heron series, Harry Heron: Awakening Threat, will be published. It is going to be a busy year, and an exciting one. There's plenty to do, and lots more writing to be done an, as Sir Terry Pratchett once remarked, writing is the most fun you can have on your own.

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