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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 When an alien spacecraft arrives in orbit, America is thrown into turmoil and US troops are withdrawn from hotspots around the globe to provide support at home.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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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 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!

      • Monsters was not what I was expecting. I wonder if you ever came across Rosemary Kirstein and The Steerswoman. There are nice commonalities between the themes and settings. Except being a reader in Steerswoman world is considered an honour rather than a brand of shame. I would love to see more novels set in this world. Also, I was wondering if the pastemagazine page with Monsters is legit and if you receive the tips from there.

      • Hi Graham,

        First thank you for alerting me to pastemagazine. I’ve never heard of them. Like so many pirate sites, they’re hosting illegal copies of my books. What’s worse is they have a “tip the author” link, which is really “tip the pirate.”

        The crazy thing is they have no idea how much this hurts authors and limits creativity. I’ve struggled for a decade to go full-time precisely because it’s so hard to make money as a self-published author. Sites like this only make it harder again. It’s a kick in the guts.

        I hadn’t heard of The Steerswoman, but it sounds great. Anything that encourages and promotes reading is a good thing. I was tempted to write a sequel to Monsters. Maybe one day 🙂

  6. These books look juicy in the best scifi sense of that word: rich in ideas. I think I must start with The Road to Hell because in my future fictional world I also imagined a second US civil war and a country (now known as the Reunited States) uneasily held together in the 22nd century.

    • Lindsay,
      Sorry for not replying to your comment early. Sometimes I miss these gems. Yes, our future is sure to be as wildly different as our past, but we tend to think in a linear fashion, imagining the future unfolding in a largely predictable pattern, when history shows it’s chaotic. In that regard, scifi is a wonderful medium for reminding readers that anything’s possible. I think books like 1984 are prophetic warnings we (mostly/thankfully) heeded.

      • This comment makes me ‘vibrate’ as much as your long thoughts do [books] ( I’m @16 so far).

        I’ve just gotten full value for the effort of looking up your blog and joining your mailing list which you invite your readers to do in each book.

        I have disagreements with some of your cause and effect biases on things like climate change ( a very large system cycling a primary source of energy ) versus pollution ( humans fouling their own nest ). My experience with an angry physicist’s exposition forced me into an epiphany about what cognitive dissonance is in a palpable and visceral manner that utterly separated those two concepts.

        As for the trifecta of ‘warnings’ emanating from Orwell, Huxley and Bradbury I point to the common meme on the net that does a venn diagram representing those ‘base’ three and puts ‘us’ at the center convergence of ‘you are here’. I have one with eight ‘warnings’ and my understanding of complex venn representations with many many more intersections.

        I really like your view of the chaotic manner of how things work.

        Here’s a short Hoffman/Fridman:

    • Hey, thanks for taking a chance on Anomaly. It was a lot of fun to explore the possibilities of an alien spaceship that’s soooo alien, we barely even recognize it’s there.

      All too often, Hollywood has anthropomorphic aliens—-meaning aliens that are akin to humans. Predator breaths our air. Ripley’s Alien has two arms, two legs, a clearly defined head, etc. In reality, if we look at the astonishing diversity of life on Earth, we realize there are very few animals that are similar to us outside of those that share our evolutionary past (like apes and monkeys). The further back you look, the more difference there is. Horses, cats and dogs are all mammals, and yet are nothing like us in terms of mobility, body shape, etc. Keep going back on the evolutionary tree, and the differences become more stark. Dolphins and whales are mammals, but you’d barely know that by looking at them as they seem closer to sharks in terms of body shape. Go back further and you get divergence with reptiles, birds (mini dinosaurs), fish, and eventually astonishingly different creatures such as cuttlefish, octopus and seahorses. And that’s just on Earth. Imagine how different life from another planet would be! Hollywood plays it safe, keeping their aliens “close to home” but I suspect alien life will have far greater diversity than what we experience on Earth, and I try to portray that in my books.

      Thanks for supporting independent science fiction here in Australia. Have a great day.

  7. Hey Peter.

    You got me sucked in with Mars Endeavour but then I can’t download a kindle copy and can’t find it anywhere. Can you tell me where I can get a copy after reading the kindle sample please.

    • Mike, sorry for not replying to you sooner. It’s too easy to lose track of comments on WordPress. Mars Endeavour was revised as RETROGRADE and republished by John Joseph Adams Books (traditional publishing impress for HMH books), with a sequel due out in 2019.

      Also, if you’re a fan of stories about Mars, be sure to check out LOSING MARS

      Cheers, Peter

    • Woops – reposting into the correct thread (hopefully)

      Monsters was not what I was expecting. I wonder if you ever came across Rosemary Kirstein and The Steerswoman. There are nice commonalities between the themes and settings. Except being a reader in Steerswoman world is considered an honour rather than a brand of shame. I would love to see more novels set in this world. Also, I was wondering if the pastemagazine page with Monsters is legit and if you receive the tips from there.

      • The internet is lawless. It costs around $2000USD to issue a DCMA Take Down Notice, so I’m pretty much powerless against pirates like this. It’s criminal.

      • I see I still got the wrong thread – never mind! Perhaps send a letter/ email to the AFP . You never know if they might roll up your issue into a larger operation to take down copyright theft orgs. Any legit ways to tip you for the great reading?

      • I’ve legit never been asked that before so I don’t have any avenues set up. How about buying another book? 🙂

        I am starting to produce hardback copies for people that want a high-quality finish. The crazy thing is, the margins on ebooks, paperbacks and hardbacks are all basically the same. Most of the sticker price goes to Amazon to cover the production cost and their profit margin.

        Be sure to subscribe to my email newsletter if you want to stay in touch

        Kind regards, Peter

      • Thanks – subscribed. It you do add a paypal donation button at any stage, I’ll use it. It’s definitely nice to know, sometimes, that 90%+ of what you pay can actually reach the author.

  8. Just finished reading Anomaly. Perfect read for the support of science this world so desperately needs right now. I look forward to reading every single thing you have written, and I would wish to own them in hard copy. Will be visiting Amazon shorty.

    • Hi Beth, thank you for your kind support of independent science fiction. Gaining readers is astonishingly difficult, and I labour over every word (even the mistakes, albeit unknowingly), so I deeply appreciate your comments. Have a great day.

    • Thank you for taking a chance on Anomaly. If you liked the First Contact approach in Anomaly, you might enjoy Xenophobia and Welcome to the Occupied States of America, both of which take a very different look at alien contact compared to anything you’ll find in a movie. Cheers, Peter

  9. Just read the short story Deja Vu – hated the ending, because it ended! I was setting down for a great read when, alas, there was no more. Please please please make this into a novel!

    • Margaret, thank you for reaching out to say hi and provide some feedback on Deja Vu. I almost pulled it from the Explorations anthology because I wanted to expand it into a full-length novel, and the anthology producers agreed to allow me to do that, so I am working on this, probably coming out mid 2018. I’ve got some great ideas where the story can go, and like you, I felt it was a teaser rather than complete. Thank you for supporting indie scifi. Be sure to sign up for my email list if you want to hear about new releases.

  10. Hi Peter,
    great work on RETROGRADE. Reaching out to explore opportunities for adaptation.
    Please contact me via email.

    • Raf, sorry for the delay in responding to you. The rights for video/film adaptation for RETROGRADE are with John Joseph Adams Books (HMH imprint), with a sequel REENTRY due out later this year (2019). Feel free to contact me at peter.cawdron {@} for more details

  11. Read Feedback, and enjoyed it, then read Anomily and almost blown away, (am 65 it doesn’t happen that often). I loved how the novel looked at reactions to difference. Given we can’t get over people trying to cross borders, have often wondered how we’d cope with an Alien incursion, however benign it might be. Great writing, will be reading more of your work. Thank you X

    • Lorraine, I love the premise of First Contact and try to imagine how it could unfold in a plausible manner. If you liked Feedback and Anomaly, be sure to check out Welcome to the Occupied States of America for a very different First Contact story (oh, and Xenophobia, okay, sorry for spamming you 🙂

  12. Read Feedback, and enjoyed it, then read Anomaly and almost blown away, (am 65 it doesn’t happen that often). I loved how the novel looked at reactions to difference. Given we can’t get over people trying to cross borders, have often wondered how we’d cope with an Alien incursion, however benign it might be. Great writing, will be reading more of your work. Thank you X

    • Oh, I only just saw your comment. Sorry for the delay in replying to you. Anomaly was my debut novel. If you enjoy looking at the possibility of First Contact from different perspectives, be sure to check out Xenophobia and Welcome to the Occupied States of America. I just finished updating the ending to Xenophobia (as of 1/1/19). Thanks for supporting independent science fiction 🙂

  13. Loved ‘Losing Mars’…it started me on a kick of reading thru your list of books. I’m now gonna order paperbacks of the other books so I can share them among my friends. I’ve been half a Kindle reader, half a paperback book reader. Such excellent character development. Enough science to keep all of us geeks interested! Signed, a new fan

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