About

Peter

Gender: Male
Industry: Technology
Occupation: General Manager
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Education: Not as much as I’d like
Family Life: Married with three wonderful kids

Interests

  • writing sci-fi
  • running in the forest
  • reading Winnie-the-Pooh or Dr. Seuss to my kids
  • looking up stuff on the internet and trying to wrap my head around it all…

Favourite Movies

Favourite Music

  • Dire Straits
  • Monte Montgomery
  • Billy Joel
  • David Bowie
  • U2
  • Elton John
  • Bob Dylan
  • Maroon Five
  • Norah Jones
  • Ed Sheeran

Favourite TV Shows

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Dr Who (at times)
  • Fringe
  • Dirk Gently
  • Sherlock Holmes/Elementary
  • State of Origin (Rugby League)
  • The Blacklist
  • QI (Quite Interesting)

Top Ten Books

  1. On the Origin of Species/Descent of Man
  2. 1984/Animal Farm
  3. All the Trouble in the World – P J O’Rourke
  4. The Lucifer Effect
  5. A Devil’s Chaplain (plus pretty much all of Dawkins books)
  6. Is God is a Mathematician?
  7. Cosmos – Carl Sagan
  8. Riding Rockets
  9. Sphere (and pretty much anything written by M. Crichton)
  10. Dracula/Frankenstein/War of the Worlds/I am Legend/Who Goes There? (I love the classic scifi)

OK top ten-ish books… but how could anyone limit themselves to just ten?

Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain
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The web isn’t the only thing that’s moved on to version 2.0…

 

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  1. Just the let you know that I just finished “The Anomaly” and I liked it very much; thanks! Is there a sequel ithe works? I intend to read your blog. It seems full of goodies!
    Best,
    ORP

  2. Hi Peter,

    Thanks for your comment today. I moved it over to 101 and replied to it. The post crashed earlier in the week and the settings changed when I resaved it.

    Anyway, congratulations on reaching #2! If you’d like to do a guest post on my blog, email me and we can arrange a topic and date etc.

    Olsen …

  3. Hi Peter, I just posted my first ever book review on Amazon for Anomaly. I was inspired to do so after reading your afterword. I like the way you think. We need more positive spins on things. I read a book every day or two. I read a LOT of Sci Fi, always have. But lately I have been trying to be more positive in my life, so I usually skip the violent depressing books. This one actually made me think, laugh, cringe, and …..write a review! Thank you. I am now going to read Out Of Time.
    Keep writing!
    Darlene

    • Darlene,

      Thank you for your kind encouragement. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Anomaly. It was a lot of fun to write, and I really appreciate you taking the time to provide a review on Amazon. Also, I had a look at your blog and, in particular, really enjoyed your photography. You’ve got a real eye for photo composition, something I’m aware of but never seem to be able to capture. You make it look easy.

      Out of Time is my first novel. I don’t think it’s as mature as Anomaly, but there are some great themes within it so I hope you enjoy it and would like to hear your thoughts on it.

      Kind regards
      Peter

  4. So, I found the ebook “The Road to Hell” the a while back while browsing around. I just got to it on my -to read list- and it was fantastic. I went back to look it up again by title, looking for other books by you and I couldn’t find it anywhere, only your newer books by searching under your name.

    Why in the world is this book not sitting right next to your newer work? The stories within the book are as real to life and relevant as anyone could find in today’s world; and the storytelling itself was as good as any I’ve read in a long time.

    I look forward to reading Anomaly and Out of Time. If they’re half as good as The Road to Hell, then I’ll be in for a great reading experience.

    • Barry,

      Thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement. Out of Time is The Road to Hell rebadged: same book, different title, different cover. Anomaly has been very popular, selling over 500 copies in the first month, while the Road sold 10 copies in two months, so, at the suggestion of a close friend, I changed the title to something a little more enticing, a little more neutral. I’m somewhat baffled at the difference in how the two books have been received so if you do read Anomaly, I would be extremely interested in your comparison of the two. Also, please feel free to add your comments to Amazon or Goodreads.

      Kind regards,
      Peter

  5. Hi,

    I just finished Anomaly. I enjoyed it. “non-violent geek sci- fi” Great!

    One suggestion. Watch the scientists’ dialogue. Highly educated people would use grammar correctly.

    When we first meet Mason, he says ” Hang out with young Susan and I for a bit.”

    Later he says “.a private conversation between myself and Mr. Teller..”

    He would be more believable as a leading expert in his field if he spoke properly.

    Kate Dean

    • Kate,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the novel. One of the nice things about eBooks is that they’re not static like the print version. I recently updated Anomaly with US spelling and US terminology, at least, in those areas where I’m aware of the differences. I’ll be conducting another review this weekend and will look more closely at the dialogue as well, so thank you for the feedback.

      Kind regards,
      Peter

      • I also enjoyed Out of Time, read it yesterday
        . You may want to pick through that one as well. The word statue shows up as “statute” a few times. “We’re” shows up as “were”.on one occasion, Brie cheese is not “bree”.

        Great plot,

  6. i enjoyed your book and am interested in your future books. As a reader of science fiction I appreciate the impact that exploration of alternate points of view or explanation for the seemingly normal can have on both the individual and society. By continually confronting the fact that our perceptions of what constitutes normality and factual data are filtered by our preconceived belief systems, we are forced to confront the possibility that our interpretation of the facts are based on inaccurate or faulty preconceptions.

    • James, thank you for the feedback. As you’ve noted, history is resplendent with unexpected changes based on scientific progress. Fiction helps anticipate the challenges of the future by acting now as a thought-experiment that asks, “what if?”
      FYI, I’m working on a sequel to Anomaly called Anomalous, set 10 years beyond the first book, focusing on biology rather than chemistry, and working in greater depth of character.
      Thanks for the kind encouragement.
      Cheers,
      Peter

  7. Anomaly was an easy read, which is high praise! Proper hi-tech sifi, which is a rarity these days. Well done.
    Begs for a squel!

    Glad to see you have other kindle publications.
    Can you tell me how you got self published and on kindle?
    Thanks. Tim

    • Tim,

      Thank you for the feedback. Nice to hear you enjoyed Anomaly. I recommend caution with your first foray into self-publishing. There’s a bit of a learning curve you want to go through before you publish with Kindle. The best place to start is with Smashwords, where you can iron out any bugs in your document format. Smashwords will tell you how to ‘nuke’ your document if it doesn’t publish properly. It’s a nasty process, but is sometimes necessary. Also, Smashwords is supportive of emerging writers, providing an ISDN and managing distribution to Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc.

      All the best with your writing

      Kind regards,
      Peter

  8. I just read Anomaly. I have to say it has been a long while since a book grabbed me like this. Really clean book from an angle you don’t see very often. Nice to find a protagonist who is more comfortable with words than guns, to the point of being rescued by Cathy. As for a sequel it would really depend. You covered some very heavy philosophical ground in the book and I really liked the way that you tied it all up. A sequel would have to have a pretty good reason to rip that open and dive back in.

    • Alec, you’re absolutely spot on… I’ve got a sequel in mind, but am pursuing other stories at the moment for exactly the reason you describe. If a sequel is to come off, it has to be a better story and a better quality of writing, so I’ll give myself some time on that one. Thank you for your feedback.
      Kind regards,
      Peter

  9. If you don’t mind, I’d like to include your books (Anomaly and Out of Time) on my book blog. I really enjoyed both of them. I’m a writer myself and I love to read. If you don’t mind, I’d like to show the covers and link the books if it’s okay, but wanted to ask before posting them.

  10. After “Anomaly” you ask, “Where is the brainy, non-violent science fiction?” Let me call your attention to “The Day Everything Changed.” It describes a peaceful, cooperative relationship between humans and advanced aliens. You can read the Book Description in Amazon.com by searching for “Bower The Day Everything Changed”. Brainy? Well, the plot involves gravitons and the Higgs field, and details an original method for producing electricity from hydrogen fusion. I hope it’s what you’re looking for.

  11. I think you might like Cloud Atlas. I thought it was the best book I had ever read. However, you have to make it through the first 50 pages first, and you won;t understand why it’s written the way it is until you get to the last 50 pages. There’s a movie out soon, but read the book first!

  12. Hi Peter!

    I just wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed Anomaly and the Galactic Exploration novellas.
    As a 19 year old student, the size of your books make for a perfect read in my schedule,
    something that is not always easy to find.

    I can’t wait to read Monsters and all of your future books!

    Greetings from the USA,
    Sterling

  13. I’ve just finished Anomaly, with the revised ending. There’s hardly anything I can add to the much praise above, it’s among the best sci-fi novels I’ve read in the past few years. And I agree with you in that a sci-fi novel needn’t be violent. Actually, I’m fed up with the torrent of “military sci-fi” on the market. Sci-fi is not primarily about action and violence after all, your book is proof.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for the feedback, it’s humbly received.

      I suspect so much of our entertainment revolves around violence because in Western society we’re so sheltered from it in daily life. It’s nice to write something that has plenty of action but doesn’t glorify violence.

      If you’re interested in a very different take on military scifi (again with a non-violent protagonist) check out Xenophobia, which launched last month. IMHO it proposes the only plausible reason for aliens to ever visit Earth (and it’s not to steal our water!)

    • Hi Rob,

      Thank you for supporting independent science fiction. Great to hear you enjoyed Anomaly.

      Xenophobia is exclusive to Amazon until October 30th. It will then be available through Smashwords, Google Play, Kobo, Apple iBooks, etc.

      Kind regards,
      Peter

  14. Hi There! I’m a student in the United States & I just wanted to let you know that I am currently reading through your entire bibliography and enjoying every story! You are quickly becoming one of my favorite spec-fi authors! Thank you for the great work(s)!

    • Nate,
      Thank you for your kind support. It’s deeply appreciated. I’m excited to announce a new book and a new novella will be launched in Feb 2016, so keep your eyes out for Welcome to the Occupied States of America and another story called Starship Mine. Also, be sure to sign up for my email list as there’s always promos and free stuff on there.
      Cheers,
      Peter

  15. Hi,
    My name is Louis Willcox and i’m currently studying at University in the UK and I’m wondering if you’d be good enough to help me by answering a few questions. I’m writing a thesis on Sci-Fi inspired inventions and their impact and am in need of an expert opinion. I was first introduced introduced to your work via my father and am currently reading “Anomaly” and i’m enjoying it thoroughly!

    I look forward to any form of reply
    Thanks

  16. Good day to you Sir,
    I just finished Mars Endeavour, which I came across while surfing Amazon’s space exploration sci-fi category… Your elegant, precise writing style flows so effortlessly that for a few hours each day I was completely transported to the Red Planet (and away from my own problems)… so thank you for that! The greatest conundrum I now face is which of your books to read next? 🙂
    Cheers,
    Suzana Leventic
    Zagreb, Croatia

    • Suzana,

      Thank you for your kind support. It’s very much appreciated. Hello from Australia! If you liked Mars Endeavour, I’d highly recommend Welcome to the Occupied States of America, which also came out this year

      Cheers,
      Peter

  17. Hi Peter
    I found out about your work via Amazon’s recommendation engine. It suggested Mars Endeavour and, having read the synopsis, I ordered the Kindle edition. Thoroughly enjoyed it and this has been quickly followed by Feedback and Anomaly. I have downloaded most of your other titles now and will enjoy working my way through them.

    Like you I am an independent author with well over 50 books. I write non-fiction (although some might call it fiction!) including technology and sport. I write and publish the things myself. I an Englishman based in Sydney, and I think like you have a full-time job as well. It’s hard work!

    Loved the books so far and I have put some reviews up on Amazon.
    Regards, Bruce

    • Wow… I love your books… oh, that I had time to devour them. I work as a performance tester, ServiceNow developer (Angular, Javascript), and Splunker for a company called JDS Australia. We’ve got a few super-nerds that are into Raspberry Pis. I’d love to have a play, but alas my spare time is spent being a husband, a dad, and a scifi writer 🙂 I did have a crack at feeding NASA’s Kepler data into Splunk over Christmas and found an exoplanet in orbit around another star. You can see it here on Twitter.

      I may be down in Sydney on business in Feb/Mar, if that happens, I’ll drop you a line and perhaps we can catch up. Cheers, Peter

      • Just checked the link, really interesting! Will have a delve a bit further at the weekend. (I let my PC over to SETI research when I’m not working so maybe I’ll discover Little Green Men or Alien Tentacle Porn someday!) Would enjoy meeting if you are in town – drop me your email at “bruce@brucesmith.info” or via the website and I’ll send you my contact numbers and an ebook or two. I’m starting a book on 64-bit ARM Assembler which I don’t think anyone has tackled before. Would be good to discuss book marketing techniques too! Regards, Bruce.

  18. just finished reading anomaly and my sweet satan. two enjoyable reads, so much that I downloaded hello world. Ever think about a sequel for my sweet satam? I would be interested in what happens when jazz gets home.

    • Hi Charley,

      Hey, thanks for taking a chance on independent science fiction… yes, I have thought about what happens to Jazz, and have mapped out a story that converges with Mars Endeavour, as the two stories are set in the same fictional universe and occur at the same time (just playing out in different locations). Originally, the idea was to write a sequel that combines the two stories. Since then, Mars Endeavour has been picked up by John Joseph Adams Books for publication this September as Retrograde. I’d still like to do a sequel, but the challenge is… Retrograde is likely/hopefully going to be considerably more popular than My Sweet Satan, so I’m debating how closely to tie the two stories in a sequel (as a lot of people may never get to My Sweet Satan)… Still mulling that over… Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter or to follow me on Twitter if you want to hear of updates.

      Hello World is more lighthearted/soft scifi than hard scifi like Anomaly and My Sweet Satan. It’s a short story about how social media might be trawled by an alien intelligence wanting to understand us. If you’re looking for something a little dark and thriller-like, check out Little Green Men. If you like success-against-the-odds, be sure to read Welcome to the Occupied States of America—-I’d love to see that one made into a movie.

      All the best,
      Peter

  19. I have a longish (4 page) critique of your story, “Anomaly”. I would like to offer it to you as constructive criticism on how to improve your writing skills. Contact me through my email if interested. Otherwise, I will just say you show a lot of promise as an author and also as of your novel, “Anomaly” a fundamental flaw. The critique addresses that flaw, not a lot of nitpicking details. I would love for you to improve your story mechanics to create a more satisfying novel. Good luck in the future.

  20. Hey there, Suzana from Croatia again, I just started on Nosferatu, and I see once again the main character is a woman 🙂 Am curious as to the reason behind you (as a man) writing from the female perspective? In other words, what do you personally find so intriguing about women’s POV that they feature more prominently in your works than with other male authors?

    Cheers & hope it’s not too cold on your side of the planet 🙂

    • Hi Suzana, both of my latest stories, Nosferatu and Maelstrom, switch point of view (POV), alternating between male and female characters, which is unusual for a novel as they generally set a POV and stay with it, so I hope it works for you. Reading (and writing) allows us to see the world through a different pair of eyes, and live vicariously. I enjoy the challenge of observing others, and thinking about the challenges they might face in various situations, wondering how they would respond. Perhaps the toughest story I’ve written along these lines is Starship Mine, written from the perspective of a gay accountant in the homophobic US Bible Belt. I recently received a review of Starship where a woman said she cried twice. I told her, me too. I’d like to think adopting unfamiliar POV helps draw the best out of me as a writer. Thanks again for your kind support.

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  22. I can’t seem to keep a copy of Anomaly because lately whenever I have family from out of town visiting they read it, say how much they love it, and I give them my copy.

    My niece was just here and we were watching an alien movie which prompted the seemingly required conversation that goes with alien movies about what would happen if some ever came to Earth. Well, you can guess what I recommended that she read and I gave her my latest copy.

    How do I get a signed copy? Maybe then I wouldn’t give it away so easily. 🙂

    • Adam, you’ve reminded me to order some book plates (large stickers I can sign and send out to place inside books). Let me get onto that and come back to you. Cheers, Peter

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  25. I enjoyed Anomaly, especially since I also wrote a thoughtful, science-based, non-violent SF story about communication across the vastness of space: Starseeds (self-published, available on Amazon, iBooks, etc.). I plan on reading your other books as well. Thank you for bringing some real science into enjoyable fiction.

    • Hey Lou, thanks for the feedback. Yeah, writing’s a tough gig, but one unexpected side benefit has been to connect with people from all around the world. There’s a lot of fantasy in scifi, so it’s nice to meet someone else who enjoys injecting actual science into their writing. It’s all make-believe, at the end of the day, and a bit of a lark, but it’s good to promote sound thinking along scientific lines, as that’s sorely needed in today’s political environment. All the best, Peter.

  26. Hi
    Hit on your work by luck and now binge reading it.
    I have been reading SF for 7 decades, you have a really good different way about yours. Your tech backgrown shows through and lapses are minor. The i found your are from Brisbane. Not the part of here you expect a SF writer to be from, so I had to say Hi.

    • Thank you for taking a chance on independent science fiction. Binge-reading an author’s works is quite the compliment, you’re compressing the last decade of my life & growth as a writer into a very short period of time. Although I’ve grown a lot as an author, it’s (surprisingly) my earlier works that are the most popular. I’m not sure if that’s simply because they’ve been around long enough to gain momentum or if I hit the sweet spot better back then, but I love the challenge of writing novels and like to make science the quiet hero wandering somewhere in the background. Thanks again for your kind words. Cheers, Peter.

  27. Well, I hit on it more by being a cheapskate, than taking a chance on it.
    When i finish with the Unlimited stuff, i will have to buy some.

  28. Just read Losing Mars and left a review as Pleiades if you see the connection to the name i used here.
    Though i think audio would still be converted to digital for transmission, and maybe the momentum would still do a lot of damage in a crash even in low or micro gravity.

    • Yes, I’ve often admired the Subaru car manufacturer’s logo as a beautiful depiction of the Pleiades

      In regards to audio-to-digital. That certainly could be the case. Equally, there are things lost in such a conversion, as there’s no ability to read emotion or intent behind words, etc, also garbled words might be better heard than typed, etc. We live in an analog world 🙂

      When it comes to the crash, gravity is incredibly slight on Phobos, but acceleration will compound. That along with the engines firing, makes it really hard to determine quite what would happen, and after several spreadsheets with calculations set over time, I settled on the version you read 🙂

      Cheers, Peter

  29. Howdy from Southern California. I ran across “Galactic Exploration” and found the stories interesting. I noticed it was declared to be (First Contact). I suppose that means it’s a genre not a series of related stories in a story arc. I dug around and discovered this site to confirm that. And I started reading.

    I noticed one of your first few articles was about creationism. While I agree with you in a quiet way I cannot match your vehemence. I simply cannot find a single proof that there is no “something or other” conventionally called a God and given many silly and spurious attributes. I make myself rather persona non grata to many religious sorts and to many atheists with a simple argument. Postulate a something as far beyond us as we are beyond the amoeba and more. Postulate as you will whether it is a singular thing of its kind or not. All it needs to be is sufficiently powerful to create this universe in which we find ourselves. Now, it could have kicked it off, perhaps more literally than I intend, about 13.5 billion years ago with a bias towards becoming what we see now. But, if the being is powerful enough could it not have created everything last Tuesday at 1253 and 7.03761 seconds on his cosmic UTC clock with everything in place as if it had started about 13.5 billion years ago? There’s nothing sacred about 6000 years ago other than fixations in human minds that have existed a few days rather than 6000 years or 13.5 billion years. Yes, it’s silly. But, nothing you or I can do would prove the falsehood of that premise. After all, it was setup to look preposterous, wasn’t it?

    In other words, it’s not something worth bothering about. If it gives some people comfort to believe in a God and they do not impose it or attempt to impose it on others what harm is there? How can their belief in God invalidate any beliefs I may have in God’s attributes such as existence, omnipotence, or whatever else? So I don’t worry about it except to get door to door proselytizers upset when they presume on my time.

    I also noticed your discussion of “Climate Change”. Climate has been changing on this planet for maybe 4.5ish billion years. (Or at least it looks that way to researchers.) I feel it is extreme hubris to think that anything humans can do can freeze the climate into one single simple salubrious pattern whether or not something we did set off the current climate drift. I have a lesser hubris problem. I believe it is within our technological grasp to cope with the changes without killing all but a relatively few humans in the process. A good model for this is the Netherlands. They had an economic incentive, more land less flood, and rose to the challenge. I’m reasonably sure that a puny 1% change in our CO2 emissions will do anything other than microscopically slow down the climate change we may (or may not) have driven.

    Ask the questions nobody else is asking when a problem looks impossible to solve. Keep asking questions once a solution is proposed. And don’t try to drive a solution with government incentives. That leads to perverse incentives. Build that wind farm, we’ll subsidize it. Once it pays it’s installation cost what happens next? If it costs $X to generate power until the next maintenance period which costs $Y what happens when Y is larger than the X for the period until the next maintenance past this one? We see dead wind farms. We’ve wasted value we could have used ot cope and created a bigger problem. These questions need to be asked before a proposal is put into effect. Think first, solve the problem, then have the screaming meemies all you want.

    {^_-}

    • Thank you for taking a chance on my books and for dropping by my blog. Galactic Exploration was a lot of fun to write. There were some really interesting concepts to delve into. In all, I’ve now written eleven novels about First Contact (with a 12th on the way), so it’s certainly a subject I enjoy. Perhaps one day, First Contact will no longer be fiction 🙂

      • That would be nice – one hopes. About the only “sure thing” that mitigates against such a meeting is what some wags have called “God’s quarantine regulation”, the speed of light. Similar questions exist about time travel, tile line travel, and the like. “Where are they?” If these were feasible as opposed to impossible or theoretically possible, we’d be seeing these travelers and their artifacts all over the place. H. Beam Piper, for example, had his alternate time lines. They were good readable stories; but, the exclusivity of the technology to one one of a very large but not infinite number of time lines was a huge stretch of the imagination.

        “Where are they” is coming closer to “how few are there” as we learn of the increasingly improbable series of events that led to intelligent life on this planet. Planets are plentiful. Planets with the evolution drivers and salubrious conditions we have are much less plentiful. On the other paw, if “they” are out there and come to visit, would they follow through or hold their metaphorical noses and throw up a quarantine around us.

        One of the more intriguing observations I’ve read about involves the Earth’s path around the Milky Way galaxy. Apparently it bobs up and down out of its home ring periodically subjecting the Earth to enhanced intergalactic radiation exposure. We are thought to be on the rising radiation path and may have an evolution storm coming. Of course, the disclaimer “Not in the puny human life time,” applies.

        And I’ll probably be finding more of your books soon. I am scheduled to use up some of my backlog tomorrow. Power is being shut off for power line maintenance and coupling in a disgraceful pile of basically tenement homes South of us. We have low crime so the California government requires us to install homes for likely miscreants (low cost housing) nearby. Sigh! It’s not “PC” to notice that statistically likely event – about as likely as getting hit by a car on a freeway you are crossing with your eyes closed.

        {^_^}

      • Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Don’t underestimate the sheer size of the universe when considering life elsewhere. If there was only, on average, one civilisation per galaxy, meaning we’re alone in the Milky Way, there would still be 200 billion civilisations out there, just so far away we could never contact them, and would struggle to detect them.

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