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Twenty years ago, a UFO crashed into the Yellow Sea off the Korean Peninsula. The only survivor was a young English-speaking child, captured by the North Koreans.

Two decades later, a physics student watches his girlfriend disappear before his eyes, abducted from the streets of New York by what appears to be the same UFO.

Feedback will carry you from the desolate, windswept coastline of North Korea to the bustling streets of New York and on into the depths of space as you journey to the outer edge of our solar system looking for answers.

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Xenophobia is is set in Malawi, Africa, with US soldiers acting as peacekeepers to stop a civil war erupting. When an alien spacecraft arrives in orbit, America is thrown into turmoil and US troops are withdrawn from hotspots around the globe to provide support at home. Malawi descends into chaos.

Xenophobia follows a band of US Rangers that stay behind to get doctors and patients from an outlying field hospital to safety.

When hundreds of alien spacecraft begin flying overhead, the dynamics of war take on an entirely new dimension.

Xenophobia explores the subtle fears that surround society, those based on our instinctive tribal nature rather than self-preservation.

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Monsters is a dystopian novel set against the backdrop of the collapse of civilization.

The fallout from a passing comet contains a biological pathogen, not a virus or a living organism, just a collection of amino acids, but these cause animals to revert to the age of the mega-fauna, when monsters roamed Earth.

Bruce Dobson is a reader. With the fall of civilization, reading has become outlawed. Superstitions prevail, and readers are persecuted like the witches and wizards of old. Bruce and his son James seek to overturn the prejudices of their day and restore the scientific knowledge central to their survival, but monsters lurk in the dark.

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Anomaly examines the prospect of an alien intelligence discovering life on Earth. The technological gulf between mankind and the alien species is measured in terms of millions of years. The only way to communicate is using science, but not everyone is so patient.

Mankind’s first contact with an alien intelligence is far more radical than anyone has ever dared imagine. With a technological gap of millions of years, mankind is barely able to recognise the arrival of an alien space craft outside the gates of the United Nations in New York.

Anomaly has sold over 20,000 copies and has received over 60 reviews with a rating of 4-5 stars. The original ending was changed after reader feedback, and the novel has ended up with an additional 12,000 words rounding out the story.

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Galactic Exploration is a compilation of four closely related stories following the exploration of the Milky Way by the star ships Serengeti, Savannah and the Rift Valley. These three generational space ships are manned by clones and form part of the ongoing search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. With the Serengeti heading out above the plane of the Milky Way, the Savannah exploring the outer reaches of the galaxy, and the Rift Valley investigating possible alien signals within the galactic core, this story examines the Rare Earth Hypothesis from a number of different angles.

This volume contains four novellas: Serengeti, Trixie & Me, Savannah, War.
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Road to Hell

The Road to Hell
How do you solve a murder when the victim comes back to life with no memory of recent events?

In the 22nd century, America struggles to rebuild after the second civil war. Democracy has been suspended while the reconstruction effort lifts the country out of the ruins of conflict. America’s fate lies in the hands of a genetically-engineered soldier with the ability to move through time.

The Road to Hell deals with a futuristic world and the advent of limited time travel. It explores social issues such as the nature of trust and the conflict between loyalty and honesty.

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Road to Hell
Little Green Men is a tribute to the works of Philip K. Dick, hailing back to classic science fiction stories of the 1950s.

The crew of the Dei Gratia set down on a frozen planet and are attacked by little green men. Chief Science Officer David Michaels struggles with the impossible situation unfolding around him as the crew are murdered one by one. With the engines offline and power fading, he races against time to understand this mysterious threat and escape the planet alive.

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  2. Hi Peter,

    I found the first part of Galactic Exploration, Serengeti, on a file sharing site. I liked it and purchased the book along with Anomaly. (Now, who says file sharing is so bad for authors?) I’m almost finished with Galactic Exploration and I find it awesome. The story is well-written and I especially like the thought-provoking parts – which some reviewers at Amazon find dull but you can’t please all. This novel is on par with works of Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Charles Sheffield or James P. Hogan.

    Your approach to the Fermi paradox is fresh and smart – although I don’t think Local Bubbles can be so relevant for life as it’s highly improbable for the Solar System to remain in such a bubble for more than a couple of millions of years, which is a very short period compared to the time needed for life to evolve. A nice idea nonetheless.

    After this much praise some critique. First the typos. There aren’t many of them but they should be fixed in a following edition. A spell check won’t help as the misspelled words are valid English words, too (e.g. hanger-hangar). Someone should read through the text very carefully.

    Second, and this is the prime reason for my comment here, a grave error in orbital mechanics in Run, chapter 3 of Book Four. I would not mention this if it weren’t for the fact that you seem to write hard science-fiction, which tries to comply with known physical laws. The idea of decoying the pursuers into an orbit within the Roche limit is ingenious. The problem is, the starships can’t perform a slingshot maneuver at the speed given in the novel. They are flying at a considerable fraction of the speed of light, even after braking. However, their speed relative to the planet or star intended to use in the maneuver should be around the same order of magnitude as the orbital speed around the object at closest approach. At higher speeds there’s not enough time for the celestial object to change the starship’s orbit to a reasonable extent.

    For comparison: The orbital speed of an object 1 million km from the Sun’s center of gravity (i.e. about 300,000 km above the Sun’s “surface”, so this is an extreme exaple) is approximately 365km/s. Any object flying a couple of times faster cannot significantly change the direction of its course, let alone perform a turn of 90 or more degrees. And no “inertia dampener” can remedy this. :) For the same reason it can’t use gravitational assist to increase its speed on leaving the solar system. A slingshot maneuver can of course be performed farther away from the Sun but then at even lower speeds.

    On the other hand, if the starship decelerates to a speed where a slingshot maneuver can be performed, then the whole maneuver is pointless in the first place because at relative speeds so low it’s easy for a starship to change its direction so being unpredictable is of no use at such low speeds.

    Finally, am I right in thinking that you are fond of cats?

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  5. I happened to find Little Green Men on Amazon a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I was going to look up any other works by you on Amazon when, lo and behold, I get an email from you with a reviewer’s copy of your latest, Feedback. Not sure how you happened to find me, but I will definitely put it next in my queue! I will be sure to post a review on Amazon as well as goodreads.com. In the mean time, I just bought all five of your other books from Amazon (all seemed like something right up my alley). Looking forward to reading them all!

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