God’s Bolt and Reawakening – the Character Helen Southcote.

The initial idea was to attempt to write a novel with just one character. The character, my heroine, was Helen Southcote.

I had to have a setting for her to be stranded on her own and so I chose the Space Station. This was the future and the world had been brought back from the brink of environmental disaster. The population had been reduced to four billion and nature, conserved in huge swathes of pristine habitat, now thrived.

Helen was raised in the countryside is what had been England. She ran wild with her two brothers and developed a love of nature. Her parents were extremely gifted. Her father being a biologist working for the food agency and her mother a biochemist who worked from her laboratory at home legally creating recreational drugs.

Helen was a vibrant, inquisitive girl. I based a lot of her early experiences on my own childhood. The caterpillars, snakes and wildlife were my experiences. The competition with her brothers and her dare-devil tree-climbing was my daughter.

I made her compassionate, highly intelligent, studious, a completer-finisher and problem-solver, but with a reckless, fun-loving nature. She was very able and obsessively hard-working but also knew how to party. She was sexually active (necessary as part of the plot) and indulged in the psychoactive drugs her mother produced (all safe and legal). Her personality was warm and extrovert. She fell in love easily and developed close relationships with all sexes and ages. She was very gregarious.

Helen was a communicator, exceedingly self-confident and charismatic, able to charm a large audience in a symposium or perform successfully within a small team.

Instead of becoming a biologist, as might have been predicted from her early life, she was turned on to Physics by one of those inspiring teachers that turn up to change the course of one’s life. She became interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Carl Sagan became her hero. It was through this that she entered into a career in SETI – the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. That is what had taken her to the Space Station.

At the time of the destruction of the Earth Helen was still a young girl. She found herself alone, the last surviving human being. I wanted to examine how such a terrible event and horrendous future, with its certainty of being completely alone, with no purpose in sight, might impact on the psychology of such a person.

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Green – A Sci-Fi novel – The character Elspin Murkedly.

Green – The character Elspin Murkedly.

This character was formed out of the central philosophical idea of the book. What is reality? I was obsessed with both reality and infinity. It led me to reading up a lot of psychology and astrophysics.

I wondered if the universe inside one’s head is infinite, as infinite as the world outside.

I wondered if that world of imagination was real.

I wondered what reality would be like if there was no connection to the outside reality.

I created Elspin Murkedly. I placed her in the future. She was conceived on a fabulous planet but a fault with the hyperdrive on the return journey created a major catastrophe in the developing embryo that would become Elspin. While her central nervous system developed her peripheral nervous failed. She was incredibly intelligent but that well-developed brain was not connected to any sensory apparatus. She had no knowledge of the outside world, what we call reality. Her reality was in her head.

Elspin was kept alive on a life support machine. To the outside world, she was lifeless but inside she had a vibrant life in a colourful internal universe. The trick was to make her a real person even though she could not interact with people or the world outside, she still had to have a personality. Elspin moved in a world of vibrant colours – and she was green.

I enjoyed writing about that world. I used a poetic style. I also enjoyed giving her a personality. Elspin is playful, inquisitive and contented. Elspin was the entire reason for this story. I built everything else around her. She came to life. One of the plots involved the care and love of her mother. Could she be contacted? What would happen?

Interestingly, the subplots also came to life. Outside, in reality, there was a world of strife and catastrophe.

Who would prevail?

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Ron Forsythe Science Fiction Writer – Showcase website.

My new website and blog – Ron Forsythe Science Fiction Writer – is now active. It highlights the best of my Science Fiction books – all released under the pen name Ron Forsythe.

I am hoping that you will all support me in my new venture.

Please visit. You can show your encouragement by just having a look, leaving a like or a comment.

Best of all you can follow the new site and purchase a book or two.

Thank you!

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Quantum Fever – Some of the ideas that went into the novel.

Quantum Fever – Some of the ideas

I find it interesting to look at issues that are affecting society at this moment in time, progress them into the future and exaggerate them. The background themes were thus runaway capitalism, environmentalism, overpopulation, control of that population and the greedy elite who control it all.

This future society consists of a system of many planets, all heavily populated with people living in tiny ‘doms’, arranged in layer upon layer over the whole surface of the planets, fed with drugs and consuming immersive programming.

In order for this enormous population to be maintained and supplied with their basic needs (air, water and food) there is a constant need for new resources. Planets are plundered.

Big business run a number of Quships, spacecraft that jump through quantum space to discover other planets to plunder. This is a dangerous business. Jumping quantum space can prove dangerous to the human mind. People suffer a type of madness that is widely known as quantum fever.

This story is based upon one of those Quships and its discovery of a strange planet, a planet that had evidence of an extinct intelligent civilisation.

The intrigue that follows is based around the corruption and greed of big business and politicians, the nature of this alien culture and its resurrection, and a dissident group who wanted a more natural lifestyle.

Was the Quship captain suffering from quantum fever? Or was she being microcontrolled by her employers?

It proved a fertile arena for creating characters and moving them through these scenarios.

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New Eden – some of the ideas in this Sci-fi novel.

New Eden – some of the ideas

At the time I wrote this novel, back in the 1980’s, Ebola was first hitting the news. Thankfully the outbreaks of Ebola have all been contained and we have never had to deal with a global pandemic. Ebola would have been a worse challenge than Covid 19.

Back then I was seeing two things occurring in the world. The overpopulation problem was creating a huge environmental impact, a lot of pollution, overcrowded cities and deforestation. At the same time automation and technology was replacing the need for a large workforce.

As far as politicians were concerned we were creating a surplus population who were unemployable. The solution was to remove that surplus.

A tyrannical government decided on a plan of action. They would develop a virus, based on Ebola, that was 100% fatal, develop a vaccine and, as part of their annual vaccination programme, vaccinate all the people they wanted to survive. It was eugenics in full operation. Not only would they rid themselves of surplus population, but they could remove all opposition and anyone they did not deem fit.

As with most plans, things do not work out as intended.

With the passing of time, the burgeoning population and the advent of A/I, the tenets of the novel were even more pertinent. I originally had released the book as Ebola in the Garden of Eden. I re-edited it and reissued it as New Eden.

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The other central theme in the Sci-Fi novel Green

The other central theme in the novel Green

The future world I was describing in the novel Green was in the midst of an environmental crisis. Nature had been virtually destroyed and pollution was rife. Big Business ran the show for profit.

The result was a movement of environmentalists totally opposed to the way the world had been run for profit at the expense of all other life. They were the Green Movement.

The Green movement were not unified. They were split into three factions.

The first faction, the mainstream movement, still believed that they reason with the ruling group, gain public support, and force positive change.

The second faction believed that reasoning with the politicians was not possible. All that the ruling class cared about was power and that Big Business pulled the strings, and all they cared about was profit. This faction believed that the only way to promote positive change was to force the politicians and industry to change. They ran a campaign of terror and sabotage.

The third faction was the most cynical of all. They believed that it was impossible for people to change, that there was a genetic flaw in human nature and we, as a species, were irredeemable. The only answer was to remove humans from the equation altogether and allow nature to evolve back into a better state.

The third faction were actively colluding to release a virus to wipe out mankind.

This provided the dramatic backdrop as the two main stories interweaved.

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Green – a Sci-Fi novel – The central theme

Green – The central theme

Green is a novel that deals with a number of philosophical questions: what is the nature of reality? Could what we experience through our own consciousness be described as reality? What consciousness would an individual have is they lacked any sensory input from the world outside? Is the ‘internal’ world in our heads as infinite as the world outside?

My central character is a girl who was born with no sensory contact with the outside. She was a brain inside a head with no nervous connections to any senses. She had no knowledge of either her own body or the world outside. I wanted to explore the universe she inhabited within her own mind.

Then someone finds a way to contact her!

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Conexion (a Sci-Fi novel) – the thinking behind it.

Conexion – the thinking behind it.

Like most of my novels, there is usually the clashing of a number of ideas that come together into a story. In the case of connexion there were two major ideas:

Conexion is a drug. It unlocks memory stored in the DNA. Effectively it enables people to travel back through time, to experience the world through the eyes, thoughts and feelings of our ancestors.

There was an article I was reading, long ago, that remarked that human evolution had been so rapid it was almost as if we had been deposited here.

That was enough for me to weave two stories together (along with a number of other subplots) to create a novel.

I provided political intrigue, some drama and some human touches and it all came together.

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Some reflections on the Gordian Fetish

Some reflections on the Gordian Fetish

I wrote the Gordian Fetish as a humorous Sci-fi novel. The theme of the novel was an alien institution that specialised in exotic specimens from other planets. The institute had been set up to preserve endangered intelligent life. It was run by a boss who was never there and a manager who was completely incompetent. One of their exhibits were a pair of humans purloined from Earth.

The Manager likes furry creatures and illegally purchases humans off a dodgy character. Humans are furry and, incredibly, they have sex. Although they aren’t technically endangered he can’t resist. The idea of this strange sex, coupled with their furriness, is too irresistible.

The novel is set in the future which enabled me to present my view of how our civilisation might pan out.

The Institution is due for a major inspection which it is going to fail. Here I applied my knowledge of how a school reacts to an imminent inspection; the panic and mad dash to get everything done. It was ripe for humour.

I drew on my extensive knowledge of educational institutions, governors, incompetent managers, absent bosses, unions and all those impossible meetings where nothing can be agreed.

Although it was a send-up there were enough serious issues to take it on many levels.

I had great fun writing this novel.

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