A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military

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A bleg for reviews, please

I know many of you have read my two most recent books, the first two volumes in the Cochrane’s Company trilogy, “The Stones of Silence” and “An Airless Storm“.  Each has sold – thank you! – hundreds of copies, with hundreds more read via the Kindle Unlimited subscription library service. The first book in the trilogy currently has 45 reviews on Amazon, and the second just 8 so far.  As I’ve mentioned before, reader reviews are the life blood of independent authors such as myself.  If you’ve read either or both books, may I ask you to please leave an

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“An Airless Storm”

The second book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “An Airless Storm“, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.  A dead tree edition will follow within a few weeks.   The blurb reads: Andrew Cochrane and his mercenaries have warded off a deadly onslaught by asteroid thieves. Now they’re riding high, buying more ships and looking for more contracts. However, the criminal Brotherhood isn’t about to accept defeat – not after Cochrane’s Company killed their Patriarch. They’re out to rebuild, rearm, and get revenge. What started as a simple patrol job in a deserted binary star system explodes into a

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40 years of “standard architecture” personal computers

I hadn’t remembered the anniversary, but Extreme Tech reminds us that 40 years ago, the Intel 8086 chip came on to the market – and things have never been the same since then.  (Image below is courtesy of Wikipedia.) Forty years ago today, Intel launched the original 8086 microprocessor — the grandfather of every x86 CPU ever built, including the ones we use now. This, it must be noted, is more or less the opposite outcome of what everyone expected at the time, including Intel. . . . Initially, the 8086 was intended to be a stopgap product while Intel

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“The Stones of Silence”

The first novel in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Stones of Silence“, is now available in print, as well as in e-book format.   The second book in the trilogy, “An Airless Storm”, will be published next Monday, June 11th, initially in e-book format, with print to follow.   The third and final volume in the trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned”, will follow on July 9th, “the good Lord willin’ an’ the creek don’t rise”. Again, the e-book edition will come first, followed by the dead tree edition.   I hope you enjoy them all! Peter

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OW! times four – toes, that is

I’ve just got back from a visit to the podiatrist.  I developed an ingrown toenail that, in turn, developed a very nasty deep infection.  The doctor reckoned the nail had to go to save the toe, and clean out the infection.  While he was doing that, he also took off three nails that had been infected with a fungus of some kind decades ago in Africa, and which had never healed up, no matter what treatment I tried.  He reckoned that was the only cure for something like that. I’m now sitting painfully at my desk, foot throbbing like mad,

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Thank you, readers!

Last Thursday I asked those who’ve read my books, particularly the Maxwell Saga, to give me their views on whether, and/or how, to continue that series, or replace it, or take another direction.  As I write these words, there have been 40 comments on that post, and I’ve received 23 e-mails offering additional perspectives.  That’s a great response!  Thank you all very much. The consensus seems clear.  I’ll include Steve Maxwell as a “visiting character” in other books and series, as he continues his rise up through the ranks in the Lancastrian Commonwealth Fleet, but I won’t pursue the Maxwell

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A new book cover, computer vision syndrome, and lots of hard work

Writing a military science fiction trilogy as a whole, publishing the books within a few weeks of each other, is turning out to be a whole lot more work than I’d bargained for!  Not only does one have to format and prepare each book for publication, but one has to ensure a common structure, “look and feel”, etc. across all three volumes – otherwise the trilogy becomes an exercise in frustration for readers, who get used to one format in the first book, then have to suddenly adapt to a new one in the next volume.  That doesn’t make for

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A big “Thank You!” to all my readers

Thank you very much to all my readers who’ve bought, and helped spread the word about, my new novel, “The Stones of Silence“. It was uploaded to Amazon.com last weekend, and officially published on Monday, May 14th.  It shot up the charts very quickly, briefly reaching a peak at #935 in the entire Kindle Store.  To crack the top 1,000 books (out of over 6½ million in the Kindle Store, both paid and free) is very hard to do, so I’m grateful to all of you for making it possible. It’s currently at #18 (out of the top 100 books)

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“The Stones of Silence” is now available!

After several months of hard work, I’m delighted to announce that “The Stones of Silence“, the first volume in the “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.com.  All three books will be published in print format in about three months’ time. The blurb reads: The secret is out – the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it’s about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have

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