From the dust of ancient disks Light Star rises

I am not quite sure when I started writing Light Star but it was definitely over two decades ago over. A few years ago my computers hard drive had failed so I had to re load my files from some floppy disks. Remember floppy disks anyone? One of these disks was called Adult stories.

I had not seen this disk for along time and wondered what the stories were. There were many beginnings of stories where I had written two or three chapters then left them to return to later or not. Writing them down sort of got them out of my head. One story however was not just an outline or a few chapters, it was a whole book of nineteen chapters and 72876 words. It was called “Light Star”.



On reading it again I thought with a some tweaking, changes here or there and with a different ending it might be worth finishing. I converted it from “WordPerfect” to a more usable format and put it in a file on my new hard drive to begin work on it.

I had all the good intensions but as happens in the story, life had other demands. Like earning a living, getting married, paying the mortgage, counting the kids to make sure you haven't lost one. Thus finishing a book got pushed way down the to do list. Beyond clearing out the attic, fixing the fence that got blown down or mending the gate so the dog doesn't keep running out. Eventually children leave home, the dog died (I must mend that gate).

Then I came across this story again. I decided it was about time I got stuck into it and finish it. So that what I decided to do and this is the result. I hope you enjoy it.

Introduction

Lieutenant Major John Harris was now quite happy with this life. He he was one of the most senior officers on an international data and archive planet called Astor.

Previously he had spent two years in a trauma rehabilitation centre after a particularly harrowing experience on the space ship Eller Rose. He then turned his back on space and was quite happy to have a ground job at something he enjoyed.

All he wanted now was a quiet life but sometimes fate has other plans. Thus it was that the hand of fate decided to settle down on John Harris.

It started with a red flashing mail icon on his computer screen. It simply read “ Messenger arriving.” With that simple message began an adventure Lieutenant Major John Harris could have never imagined in his wildest dreams, or for that matter, his worst nightmares.




Independent Reviews from amizon

Jane - 5 out of 5 stars - 6 April 2019 - - - - Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I came to this as a fan of 'classic' science fiction (Philip K Dick, William Gibson). This sits well alongside them in writing style, a sufficiently complex well thought-out plot, good pace and plenty of surprises as it goes along. The author has taken care to make the science and physics in the world workable and believable. More than this, it is a real world of budgets, disrepair and struggle that I imagine would be the reality of our future in space, not the pristine glossy image so often depicted.
What makes the book unique is the attention to the characters, their personalities, stories and interplay between each other. This is a story about people and humanity, with the setting of space as a backdrop. This book made me both laugh and cry and I'm sure the story will stay with me forever.



4 out of 5 stars - 1 March 2019 - - - - Format - - Kindle Edition
Much of this made me almost laugh. The dry humour and quirky names. Some of the scientific explanations made the story believable but complex. You are taken to a world where anything could happen but there’s never a dull moment.



Because there are so many ways of reading a book these days I have issued the book in four different formats.

They are all the same book and each has their pros and cons. The formats are :-

A - "Paperback" a full paperback edition 300 pages 6"x9"

B - "PDF" for use on most PCs and tablets etc.

C - "mobi" for Amazon Kindle Readers

D - "epub" for other readers like "Kobo" or PCs


A - - Now the best option to read this book is the Paperback. This is a big book of 300 pages 6"x9" (21.6 x27.9cm) and 108738 words. Ideal for a flight to Australia. You can also easily book mark the pages to refer to previous chapters. Something a couple of readers said, a few having got the Kindle mobi version.

To get this book you will have to go through Amazon, as each paperback is printed to order. (By some robot somewhere) Select below to access the page where you can order the book.


Select Here For Paperback cost £8.18



B - - The PDF format is the most successful internet format that can be read on almost any electronic device.

This version is issued in four sections, this was done to keep the download size small as this is placed on a global site and not all places in the world have fast or reliable internet broadband. This is a free version.

You will have to download each section onE at a time. As they are small files this will not take long. Download free from Gutenberg.org. Select each of the parts one at a time and download each part.

Part 1 - - 602 kB Part 2 - - 558 kB Part 3 - - 491 kB Part 4 - - 559 kB



C - - "mobi" files for Amazon Kindle Readers, this a digital book so is an instant download. As Kindle readers are Amazon you have to go through Amazon to get the “mobi” download..

Select below to access the page where you can order the book.
Select Here For Kindle mobi file cost £3.99


D - - "epub" for other electronic readers like "Kobo" or PCs

This is like mobi files but more universal sitting well on most readers, check before you download that you reader will accept e-pub files.

Select Here For epub file cost free