Patrick G Cox

Future Human Habitat

With climate change so much in everyone's mind it seems appropriate to examine a few ideas on how humanity might end up having to think about our future habitations on our world. As you would expect, writing Science Fiction a writer needs to give the way humans might need to live on a different world a lot of thought. Personally I think we are a very long way from being able to "terraform" another world to fit our rather specialised needs, so, how would we adapt? What would we be realistically able to do to live on a planet like, say, Mars?

The writing challenge ...

Being an author is an interesting, and sometimes challenging, mix. You're constantly having to juggle ideas for your next book(s), identify the research, market your existing catalogue and find space to actually write something. This is true whether you're published by a 'traditional' publisher, or an 'independent'. It is up to the author to make sure the story hangs together, that the background research is sound, and, of course, the written word is going to hold your reader's attention.

Exploring the universe

Part of the fun of writing science fiction is imagining what other life forms might look like, how and why they may have evolved that way, and what impact space travel would have on humans. Homo Sapiens Sapiens has evolved to suit the conditions of our environment on this particular planet. We breath an atmosphere that is mostly Nitrogen, with around 20% Oxygen. We can't survive in an atmosphere where the Oxygen level is below around 12%, and if it goes much higher than around 23% we're in trouble as well. We've evolved to deal with the gravitational force exerted on our bodies by the Earth, and a lot of our physiognomy depends on our being in an environment where "up" is away from the direction of gravitational attraction. Our metabolism requires a certain amount of exposure to sunlight daily, we need water (60 to 80% of our bodies is water) to survive and we are adapted to a fairly narrow range of temperatures in which we can survive and live.

Harry Heron: Into the Unknown now in Audiobooks

It really is a great pleasure to announce that Harry Heron: Into the Unknown is now released as an Audiobook by Findaway Voices. It is now onsale through Amazon's Audible, Apple and many more. Lee Beddow of Abbeysound did the narration and recording, and it has turned into a stunner. Click on the image below for a sample ...

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.

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