A Selection of my books available on Amazon

If you would like to read one of my books they are all available on Amazon. Below are some links to a selection:

 

In the UK:

 

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Nick+Harper&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

The Blues Muse

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blues-Muse-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01HDQEMQ6/ref=sr_1_28?keywords=opher+goodwin&qid=1584522597&s=books&sr=1-28&swrs=8CA1CF015D23C1B999212425353077BC

 

In Search of Captain Beefheart

 

 

Sci-fi as Ron Forsythe

 

Neanderthal

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neanderthal-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B082WL81DH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522147&s=books&sr=1-1&swrs=17C3F1C42D8DCBDBBA4459BE44B869C4

 

God’s Bolt

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gods-Bolt-Ron-Forsythe/dp/109271359X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522214&s=books&sr=1-2

 

Reawakening

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reawakening-Sequel-Gods-Ron-Forsythe/dp/1094954586/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522266&s=books&sr=1-3

 

Education as Christopher Goodwin

 

A passion for education – The story of a Headteacher

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?i=stripbooks&k=Christopher%20Goodwin%20Headteacher&ref=nb_sb_noss&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks

 

In the USA:

 

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

 

https://www.amazon.com/Nick-Harper-Wilderness-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B083CQT6Z5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Nick+Harper&qid=1584374165&s=books&sr=1-2

 

The Blues Muse

 

https://www.amazon.com/Blues-Muse-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01HDQEMQ6/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Opher+Goodwin&qid=1584522858&s=books&sr=1-8

 

In Search of Captain Beefheart

 

https://www.amazon.com/Search-Captain-Beefheart-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B00O4CLKYU/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=Opher+Goodwin&qid=1584522893&s=books&sr=1-10

 

Sci-fi as Ron Forsythe

 

Neanderthal

 

https://www.amazon.com/Neanderthal-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B082WL81DH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522932&s=books&sr=1-1

 

God’s Bolt

 

https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Bolt-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B07QB9CFJL/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522958&s=books&sr=1-8

 

Reawakening

 

https://www.amazon.com/Reawakening-Sequel-Gods-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B07QQ2PX37/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522995&s=books&sr=1-7

 

Education as Christopher Goodwin

 

A passion for education – The story of a Headteacher

 

https://www.amazon.com/passion-Education-story-Headteacher-ebook/dp/B00NRC66E2/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Christopher+Goodwin+a+passion&qid=1584523061&s=books&sr=1-2&swrs=EC8906D12A2A37C516AE64321C2CA91D

 

If you live in other parts of the world please check on your local Amazon where you will find my books!

 

Thank you for looking!

 

All the best

 

Opher

An extract from – Farm 703 – The Human Project

This is a little extract from the Sci-fi novel I am currently working on. Humans are farmed by bacteria. There is intrigue in the bacterial ranks. Malco 145 is stirring up trouble for Project Leader Zane 1.

Farm 703 – The Human Project

You do not get to be opposition leader if you are a slouch. Malco 145 had been impatiently waiting in the wings for a hundred thousand years. She had jealously watched Zane 1’s success and noted every slight Zane 1 had made to her, storing up her pain and frustration. She had patiently waited for an opportunity. But she had not been idle. She had been not only looking for a weakness but also plotting to exploit it when she discovered one and discover one she had.

The obvious weakness was the human project. It also provided the ideal opportunity to undermine Zane 1. Humans were numerous, capricious and uncontrollable. She could easily covertly insert her own control units in the human subunits to counter Zane 1s attempts at control. She could then orchestrate disruption, make humans more violent and destructive and thus make Head Office more sceptical of Zane 1’s project.

Plans take a long time to reach their culmination but it was always pleasing to see them working so well. By the time Zane 1 had woken up to what was going on, if she ever did, it was probably too late to do anything about it.

Malco 145 mentally gathered her campaign organisers around her for a weekly progress report. They were used to this tight-knit tuning. The group of them had melded. They had a common interest – the pursuit of power.

‘Right Ibbo 170, perhaps you can start us off?’

‘Only too glad,’ Ibbo 170 replied, sending through a happy red aura, ‘as you know the whole project has been highly successful, even if I say it myself.’ The aura turned crimson. ‘The wars in the Middle East have successfully stirred up the fundamentalists. The wave of ensuing terrorism has undermined the Western governments and created panic in the population. The poverty and war led to mass immigration that created a hysterical wave of racism and xenophobia leading to the rise of extreme right-wing groups.’ She oscillated the aura between crimson and orange. ‘I think my job is done. I’ve laid the foundation for everyone else. So I’ve put things on hold. I’ve reduced both the levels of terrorism, war and immigration. It’s served its purpose. They are on hold, but ticking over in places like Syria and Yemen, should we need to give things another push.’

‘Extremely impressive Ibbo 170,’ Malco 145 said waving her flagella and flashing red, ‘I’ve been watching with admiration at the way you organised that.’ She turned her big red eyespot on to Cras 501.

Cras 501 stretched her flagella and flashed an orange aura. ‘All going well on this front as well,’ she announced. ‘Ibbo 170 laid the foundation,’ she flashed crimson at her. ‘The population were suitably panicked. We sneaked our man in and he is performing admirably. So far he has completely undermined all scientists and experts, reduced funding from all science and environment projects and is denying any environmental problem exists. He’s re-arming, threatening other countries, undermining allies, supporting right-wing groups and promoting weapons, misogyny and hatred. I’ve never seen such a divided nation. It simply could not have gone better.’ She flushed a satisfied pink.

Malco 145 waved her anterior flagella in appreciation. She flashed a crimson chuckle. ‘I know. I’ve been watching all this with interest. I don’t know how you pulled it off. Well done.’ She turned her attention to Trab 83.

‘Same story here,’ Trab 83 said, glowing a self-satisfied orange. ‘Following Ibbo 170’s brilliant work it was easy. The racists came out of the closet. Everyone was terrified about a Muslim take-over. They voted to come out of the European Union. We managed to get them to vote for a complete buffoon. The European Union is in crisis. There is division, turmoil and economic gloom. The humans are in a mess.’

Malco 145 chuckled in crimson waves. ‘Most excellent.’ She turned to Herd 13.

‘All good,’ Herd 13 announced, matching the other orange glows. ‘The population is all riled up. They put cash before everything else. Our man promised to make them wealthy and the gullible fools fell for it. He’s been elected and is now busy destroying the last haven of wild-life and nature on the farm. There are fires currently raging throughout the Amazon. All proceeding according to plan.’

‘This will all recover?’ Malco 145 asked anxiously, concerned that they might be creating long-term problems for themselves when they took over. It would be imperative to get productivity back on course.

‘You bet,’ Herd 13 replied. ‘Once the humans are out of the way we’ll speed up evolution and hey presto – it all springs back to life. Farm 703 will be back in business in no time at all.’

Malco 145 flashed her a crimson beam of pleasure. ‘Superb job Herd 13.’ The last of the group was Plac 47. Their red eyes all turned to her.

‘I have it ready to go,’ Plac 47 told them. There was no flash of colour. It wasn’t Plac 47s nature. She was a very cool, calculated person. Her integument remained neutral and her cilia were all relaxed. It was not that she was the only Cocc in the group; it was merely her personality. ‘I have concocted a virus that is highly virulent, extremely contagious and for which there is no resistance. It will wipe out ninety nine percent of all humans.’ She turned her red eye on to Ibbo 170. ‘I trust I can leave that one percent to you?’

‘No problem,’ Ibbo 170 replied, flashing orange. ‘I think we can manage that.’

‘If not,’ Plac 47 stated coldly, studying Ibbo 170 with her eyespot, ‘I can easily release another. I have a few other lethal viruses on standby.’

‘Good to know,’ Malco 145 told her. ‘What of this virus you’ve just released – this corona virus – covid-19?’

‘That is doing well,’ Plac 47 replied. ‘Containment is failing. It is about to create a major worldwide pandemic.’ She turned her attention to Malco 145. ‘As you instructed, I have produced a virus that has a mortality rate of around two percent but which requires extreme medical care for over ten percent. I believe you wanted it to cause panic, create further disruption of world trade, generate more distrust and division and hit the global economy without drawing attention to the fact that it was manufactured by us?’

‘That’s right,’ Malco 145 enthused. ‘It seems to be doing that well. Excellent job Plac 47.’ There was no response. Plac 47 was not prone to extravagant displays.

Malco 145 went as dull yellow as she contemplated their position. Finally looking up she turned her red eye from one to the other. ‘Thank you,’ she said quietly, gently wafting her flagella. ‘We seem to be right on course. We have Zane 1 right where we want her. Farm 703 is plummeting into chaos. Productivity is at absolute bottom. The humans are out of control and looking a complete disaster. Surely Head Office cannot afford her any more leeway?’ Her gaze bobbed around them all. ‘This is the time we have all been waiting for – the endgame. We will soon have the power we crave. Then we can knock this farm back into shape.’

The whole group, apart from Plac 47, turned a deep crimson, and even she managed a mute orange.

‘There is still much work to be done,’ Malco 145 warned them. With that she broke the tune.

Schizoid – Sci-fi novel – Launch – available in Paperback!!

Unbelievably KDP have now got my new book out in paperback!

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=opher+goodwin+Nick&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086B9RS8C/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1585232632&s=books&sr=1-2

I’m looking forward to holding it!!

Lawrence Durrell – Justine – some thoughts

Lawrence Durrell – Justine – some thoughts

My second literary event in the space of a few hours was to finish my reading of Lawrence Durrell’s book Justine – the first book of his Alexandria Quartet.

I bought the book back in 1969 and it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. It was one of those books that I was attracted to and yet thought it might be stodgy and old-fashioned.

I am a great fan of Gerald Durrell and loved all his books – particularly the Corfu trilogy. I adored his light humorous style. In that book he gives a pen-picture of his two brothers, mother and sister. Lawrence comes out as a bit of an arrogant prig, a bit up his own backside with lots of pretentions to literary genius.

I found that I was automatically thinking of the name Durrell differently in pronunciation for the two men. With Lawrence it came out as a more affected French sounding, refined Du Rell rather that the more common Durrell of Gerald. But that was just me.

I enjoyed the book and its picture of Alexandria. It was rather old-fashioned and it did take me a while to read. I found I could only do it in small chunks. But it was colourful. It left me with three abiding impressions:

  • One the vacuousness of life with its preoccupation with love affairs and sex
  • The casual elitism and racism that the white elite should exist at a totally different, rarified, level to the native Alexandrians
  • The casual attitude to the suffering and cruelty meted out to wild-life – the mass slaughter of the ducks and geese on the lake and the description of how boats used live tortoises for ballast. They were easier to collect that rocks. They put thousands of them in barrels in the bilge alive – and dumped the putrefying bodies into the sea when they the arrived in port – there were plenty more where they came from.

I think future generations (if there are any) will look back in horror at the cavalier way in which we have cruelly treated living creatures. We will be viewed as barbarians.

This is a book that I will go back to read again. I think I need to absorb more that one can glean from one reading.

Progress on Writing Projects!

I am working on three major projects at the moment.

Project 1 – In Search of Roy Harper

My book – Ruminating on Roy Harper – is being rewritten. I am eight chapters in. It is being looked at by my editor and I hope to get it finished in the next couple of months.

Project 2 – the Sci-fi novel – Schizoid

This is a sequel to Quantum Fever. I have completed two rewrites and it is presently being read. When I have the views back I will carry out a third rewrite. It should then be ready to publish.

Project 3 – The Sci-fi novel – Farm 703 -The Human Project

This is the book I am working on right now. I have completed the first draft and am a quarter of the way through the rewrite.

Project 4 – Poetry book 17

I often produce poems as I go along. These accumulate into my poetry books. I have accumulated quite a few. When I have enough I will spend time arranging them, adding the prose and organise them into a book.

If you would like to read one of my books they are all available on Amazon. Below are some links to a selection:

 

In the UK:

 

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Nick+Harper&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

The Blues Muse

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blues-Muse-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01HDQEMQ6/ref=sr_1_28?keywords=opher+goodwin&qid=1584522597&s=books&sr=1-28&swrs=8CA1CF015D23C1B999212425353077BC

 

In Search of Captain Beefheart

 

 

Sci-fi as Ron Forsythe

 

Neanderthal

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neanderthal-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B082WL81DH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522147&s=books&sr=1-1&swrs=17C3F1C42D8DCBDBBA4459BE44B869C4

 

God’s Bolt

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gods-Bolt-Ron-Forsythe/dp/109271359X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522214&s=books&sr=1-2

 

Reawakening

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reawakening-Sequel-Gods-Ron-Forsythe/dp/1094954586/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522266&s=books&sr=1-3

 

Education as Christopher Goodwin

 

A passion for education – The story of a Headteacher

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?i=stripbooks&k=Christopher%20Goodwin%20Headteacher&ref=nb_sb_noss&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks

 

In the USA:

 

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

 

https://www.amazon.com/Nick-Harper-Wilderness-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B083CQT6Z5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Nick+Harper&qid=1584374165&s=books&sr=1-2

 

The Blues Muse

 

https://www.amazon.com/Blues-Muse-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01HDQEMQ6/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Opher+Goodwin&qid=1584522858&s=books&sr=1-8

 

In Search of Captain Beefheart

 

https://www.amazon.com/Search-Captain-Beefheart-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B00O4CLKYU/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=Opher+Goodwin&qid=1584522893&s=books&sr=1-10

 

Sci-fi as Ron Forsythe

 

Neanderthal

 

https://www.amazon.com/Neanderthal-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B082WL81DH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522932&s=books&sr=1-1

 

God’s Bolt

 

https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Bolt-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B07QB9CFJL/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522958&s=books&sr=1-8

 

Reawakening

 

https://www.amazon.com/Reawakening-Sequel-Gods-Ron-Forsythe-ebook/dp/B07QQ2PX37/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Ron+Forsythe&qid=1584522995&s=books&sr=1-7

 

Education as Christopher Goodwin

 

A passion for education – The story of a Headteacher

 

https://www.amazon.com/passion-Education-story-Headteacher-ebook/dp/B00NRC66E2/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Christopher+Goodwin+a+passion&qid=1584523061&s=books&sr=1-2&swrs=EC8906D12A2A37C516AE64321C2CA91D

 

If you live in other parts of the world please check on your local Amazon where you will find my books!

 

Thank you for looking!

 

All the best

 

Opher

Margaret Atwood in York! New book Hagseed! One of the world’s greatest writers!

Margaret Atwood in York! New book Hagseed! One of the world’s greatest writers!

Well I had quite a literary day yesterday and this morning. I went to see Margaret Atwood talk about her new book Hagseed (a reworking of the Tempest – she calls it a reimagining.).

I don’t write this as a review so much as an homage.

I rate Margaret as one of the greatest living writers (along with the likes of Iain McEwan, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie and Kasuo Ishiguro) so it was a rare opportunity to see and hear a living legend.

She talked about the new book and the themes that were in it and urged us to watch the Helen Mirren film of the Tempest before reading the book – which I shall do.

She talked briefly about The Handmaid’s Tale and the way fundamentalists only want to ban the things people want to do. In this age of religious madness (hopefully its death-throes) I think it should be compulsory reading – if only to see the misogyny in religion.

She also talked about the death of the oceans, from which between 60% and 80% of all the world’s oxygen is made, and that the rich were probably at this minute constructing their underground homes with oxygen making facilities and looking forward to being rid of us all. (There’s a book in that!).

I shall watch the film and then read the book. It was a pleasure seeing a living legend.

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The graphics before the show were great. The words from Hagseed were used as figures walked through them or they squiggled about. p1140538 p1140540 p1140541 p1140542

Margaret was lucid and delightful.

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Readers Wanted!! Volunteers!!

Does anybody out there want to take on the task of reading, criticising and suggesting changes for a work in progress??

I have completed the second draft of a Sci-fi novel called Schizoid. It is the sequel to Quantum fever but has been written as a stand alone.

I am presently writing another Sci-fi novel called Farm 703. I am shortly going to get back to Schizoid to start to write a third draft. It would be extremely valuable to me to get some objective comments on what I need to do to improve the novel in that third redrafting.

Anybody fancy the challenge?

You don’t need any great skills – just an opinion and a critical eye.

The new Roy Harper book.

Now that I have put the Nick Harper out there I have turned my attention to finishing the Roy Harper book. I did an earlier version in a mad stream of consciousness but it was a bit too crazy and Roy was not too keen. So I am redoing it. I am hoping that Roy might like the more structured version. We’ll see. I’m about a third of the way through – but I’m also writing two Sci-fi novels at the same time. Keeps me busy and out of trouble. Who knows – with a bit of corona self-isolation I might get it finished.