Yes, we have lift off … with a collection of stories which detail a variety of journeys.
I wanted to add a small collection of the genre to my catalogue. In an effort to improve on the idea of 12 short stories by me, I invited submissions from international guest authors, and I was not to be disappointed.
The collection contains six new stories from me, plus three ‘bonus’ tales which feature in other anthologies, but there are also great pieces from: AA Jankiewicz, Pam Kesterson, CI Lopez, Paul Ruddock, Val Tobin, and WK Tucker.
It’s great to have this anthology ‘launching’ within a few days of seeing British astronaut, Major Tim Peake, setting off to join the International Space Station. By the time the Soyuz rocket was lifting from Earth on its remarkable journey, my stories were already written, but I was delighted to hear small details from my theories being mentioned about the astronaut training and life in space.
I don’t believe you have to be heavily into Sci-Fi to enjoy this collection, but then you’d expect me to say that, wouldn’t you!
In this collection you will find regular people, strange people, astronauts, aliens, Earth, other planets, exploration and invasion.
The tales are made interesting by manipulating the situations in which the characters find themselves. Sometimes, all is not what it seems …
There is a high degree of ‘What if …?’ in the telling of these stories, which is where I believe the sci-fi aspect evolves effectively.
Does this mean I’ll go on at some stage to write a sci-fi novel?
Let’s just say, for the time being I’m not ruling it out. As I’ve done since I published my first eBook I will read any reviews or comments and make note of the positives, and any negatives.
Both positive and negative comments are important, and attention to what others say is where we as authors can improve our craft the most effectively. We write first for ourselves, and then for others, but when we publish – we are hoping to entertain, so we must respond to the feelings of our readership.
Metaphorically, The Welcome … has now left the launch pad and is on its own journey. As it passes among the stars and those stars take note of the vehicle and its contents, I would ask that anybody who takes a chance on it – please remember to check out the whole crew – because this wasn’t a single effort, but an international collaboration.
I sincerely hope all who take a chance on our tales feels rewarded for their choice.
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