Current Writing Projects

I thought I would update you on my current writing situation:

I currently have two books published with Sonicbond Press that are available through Burning Shed or Amazon:

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track): Opher Goodwin: 9781789521306: Books

Captain Beefheart: On Track: Every Album, Every Song

Captain Beefheart On Track: Every Album, Every Song : Opher Goodwin: Books

Both books have received glowing reviews which have certainly bouyed me up. Thank you to all concerned.

I have been contracted for two more books with Sonicbond Press. The one on Bob Dylan is due out next month (greatly excited about that) and the one on Neil Young has recently been sent in to the publishers and is currently undergoing editing with a release date as next year.

On top of that I have around 80 other books that are available through Amazon.

These include le on Amazon. These include 29 volumes of poetry, more books on Rock Music, some novels, antireligious writing, art, travel and Sci-fi.

Then, I have produced fourteen novels of Sci-fi published under the alias Ron Forsythe:

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I currently have a new Sci-fi novel, The Cabal, that is with a Canadian Publisher at present. I have written one sequel to that vovel – called The Scrolls of Pandora 3, which remains unpublished as yet, and have just begun to write a second sequel entitled Dremeworld..

As well as all that I have also another book of poetry that is halfway through, a book of short stories, which is a quarter complete, and am looking to take on another Rock Music project.

As a novel takes me about a thousand hours of work I think you can see that this keeps me fairly busy. I try to mix my writing in with travel, reading and photography as well as leading a life with my long-suffering wife. It’s a juggling act – but one I am greatly enjoying!

All the best to all of you.

Thank you for all your likes, follows and, above all, your great reviews. You keep me going.

Opher xxx

About the Author – Roy Harper On Track

About the Author

Opher Goodwin is the author of many books on rock music and science fiction. He taught the first History of Rock Music classes in the UK. Opher was fortunate to spend the sixties in London, the epicenter for the underground explosion of rock music and culture, where he was able to see everyone from Pink Floyd, Hendrix and Cream to the Doors, Captain Beefheart and, of course, Roy Harper. He befriended Roy in 1967 and has not only attended hundreds of gigs but was a privileged guest In Abbey Road studios for the recording of some of Roy s seminal albums. He lives in East Yorkshire, UK.

Reawakening – A Sci-fi novel

Reawakening – A Sci-fi novel

This is the sequel to God’s Bolt.

Helen Southcote, the sole survivor of a stricken Earth, is alone on the Space Station.

This is the tale of her journey through space and time towards Tau Sagittarii, 122 light years away  …

This is also the story of the aliens who live in the system around Tau Sagittarii and their reaction to the destruction of Earth.

After dealing with the rigours of isolation, mental illness and hopelessness there is the hope of awakening.

Then there are the questions about the purpose of life, altruism and the nature of consciousness all in the course of an epic adventure.


Author’s Note

While this is a sequel it is intended to stand on its own as a story.

The novel is concerned with an alien civilisation based in the region of Tau Sagittarii. It takes 122 years for radio signals to reach Tau Sagittarii from earth even though they travel at the speed of light.

In order not to create confusion all dates used are earth time.

Chapter 1 – Awakening

Year 0 Day 1 – 2325

I opened my eyes to discover I was in my own room. It gave me such a shock that I quickly closed them again. That could not possibly be right, could it? I mean, I had to be dreaming.

I lay there with my heart thumping trying to gather the courage to open my eyes again.

That room no longer existed. It was my room from 2159 when I was fourteen. I’d recognised it straight away. It even smelt right. It felt right. The bed felt right. All those things that I’d totally forgotten, that were lost in the depths of time but which were flooding back to me down the distant corridors of history through some ninety two years. It had given me such a shock.

This time I opened my eyes slowly and deliberately, braced for what I was about to see.

It was still there. It was definitely my room down to the smallest detail. There were even the scratches on the paintwork by the door where Woody, my beautiful collie dog, used to scratch to be let out.

I couldn’t have been more shocked if I’d bumped into a tyrannosaurus. I’d seen one of those in the reconstruction zoo, subtly called Jurassic Park after some film that had been made centuries before I was born.

I allowed my eyes to roam around taking it all in and rediscovering all those tiny details that I had long forgotten. They were all resurfacing as I looked – those strange lights that I’d taken a liking too, the garish colours of the walls. What had I been thinking? Orange and green. How could I ever have thought that was cool? The patterned carpet that made your eyes go funny. There was definitely something weird that happens to adolescent minds. They go very strange. But how did my parents allow me to do it? They really did indulge me, didn’t they? – Much more than I’d appreciated at the time.

I looked over to the large mural of Carl Sagan that dominated the wall opposite. My hero Carl held pride of place. Around him were my favourite Zook and Zygobeat bands of the day. I remember I had quite a crush on Zed from Isobar. He had the coolest hair and sweetest face. I adored him. Well looking at him now he just looked like a simpering little kid, barely out of nappies. My Dad used to be very disdainful of Isobar. ‘Computer slush for slushy minds’ he used to say, much to my fury. I used to retaliate calling his music ‘archaic noise for the demented’. He used to laugh – which only made it worse.

I edged myself up in bed. I felt so weak.

I looked around for Woody, my dog, but he wasn’t there. He usually lay curled up asleep at the side of my bed. I half expected my Mum to call up from downstairs to tell me to get up; it was time to catch the scud to school, or my Dad to start chiding. What was going on? I expected to hear my brother Rich mumbling and grumbling from his stinking pit across the landing that resembled a rubbish tip, only smellier. He hated getting up while it was still daylight. I thought about my older brother Joe who was away at Uni.

Everything was so right and that’s what made it so wrong. This could not possibly be happening. This room did not exist. Not only was it a throwback to my room from some ninety odd years ago, that had seen so many transformations as I’d grown up and then left home – this being just one incarnation among the many – an incarnation that was buried under layers of decorative archaeology by the time I last visited home. It was also a room that had been completely destroyed when God’s Bolt, that damn fucking asteroid, had wiped out the Earth all those years ago.

So how was I here?

I eased myself up in bed and sat propped up against the wall. My heart had slowed down but my mind was still racing.

I noticed my hands. You get used to seeing your own hands. They are not very attractive as you get old. All those brown splodges of liver spots, and your knuckles all swollen and lumpy, your skin all crinkled and leathery, like some dry, wrinkly tissue paper that you could never get smooth and soft again no matter how much lotion you use. But these were not like that. They were a young woman’s hands. Not the hands of the slip of a girl I was when I had this room, the hands of a mature young woman. I recognised them too, even though I had not seen them for some eighty years or more.

I got out of bed, walked across the room, or should I say tottered, I felt so weak I thought I was going to collapse at any moment, having to rest a hand on the bed in order to keep my balance, and opened my wardrobe to look in the mirror. My hair was a straggly mess but the body and face that peered back at me was that of the twenty year old Helen Southcote that used to be.

‘Eunice,’ I called, ogling this body I had not laid eyes on for over eighty years, ‘what have you done?’

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Opher Goodwin – My books and writing

Opher Goodwin – My books and writing

My writing career began in 1971 with over 70 books produced so far.

Because I have largely been an indie writer I have not had any constraints and so my writing covers a lot of different genres. I write what I like and how I feel. I write for fun without regard to markets or marketing.

My favourite two genres are Rock Music and Science Fiction (I also write wacky fiction, biographical tomes, and books about the environment, antitheism and art as well as anecdotes and reams of what I loosely call poetry).

My books have been published with Oxford University Press and I currently have a publishing contract with Sonicbond publishing.

Presently I am editing my book on Captain Beefheart which is due to be published this summer.

My Science Fiction is under the name of Ron Forsythe. A blog of my Sci-fi books can be viewed here: Ron Forsythe – Science Fiction Author (

Below is a brief introduction to a selection of my work:

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)Roy Harper must be one of Britain s most undervalued rock musicians and songwriters. For over fifty years he has produced a series of innovative albums of consistently outstanding quality. He puts poetry and social commentary to music in a way that extends the boundaries of rock music. His 22 studio albums 16 live albums, made up of 250 songs, have created a unique body of work. Roy is a musician s musician. He is lauded by the likes of Dave Gilmour, Ian Anderson, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes and Kate Bush. Who else could boast that he has had Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, John Paul Jones, Ronnie Lane, Chris Spedding, Bill Bruford and Steve Broughton in his backing band? Notable albums include Stormcock, HQ and Bullinamingvase. Opher Goodwin, Roy s friend and a fan, guides the reader through every album and song, providing insight into the recording of the songs as well the times in which they were recorded. As his loyal and often fanatical fans will attest, Roy has produced a series of epic songs and he remains a raging, uncompromising individual.Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track): Opher Goodwin: 9781789521306: Books
Nick Harper – The Wilderness YearsI first met Nick when he was a young child and over the years he has become a close friend. This book illuminates the genius that I feel is Nick Harper and is designed to accompany ‘The Wilderness Years’, a trilogy of vinyl albums. Nick talks candidly about many aspects of his music and career. I include, with Nick’s permission, the lyrics of all the songs featured in the trilogy. There are also many photos dating from his childhood to the present day.Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years: Goodwin, Opher: 9781678850661: Books
In Search Of Captain BeefheartThe sixties raged. I was young, crazy, full of hormones and wanting to snatch life by the balls. There was a life out there for the grabbing and it had to be wrestled into submission. There was a society full of boring amoral crap and a life to be had in the face of the boring, comforting vision of slow death on offer. Rock music vented all that passion. This book is a memoir of a life spent immersed in Rock Music. I was born in 1949 and so lived through the whole gamut of Rock. Rock music formed the background to momentous world events – the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Iraq war, Watergate, the miners’ strike and Thatcher years, CND, the Green Movement, Mao and the Cultural Revolution, Women’s Liberation and the Cold War. I see this as the Rock Era. I was immersed in Rock music. It was fused into my personality. It informed me, transformed me and inspired me. My heroes were musicians. I am who I am because of them. Without Rock Music I would not have the same sensibilities, optimism or ideals. They woke me up! This tells that story.In Search of Captain Beefheart: Goodwin, Opher: 9781502820457: Books
God’s BoltHelen Southcote is looking for a purpose to life through her Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence work on the United Nations Space Station when she watches the Earth destroyed by an asteroid. What can she do next?God’s Bolt: Forsythe, Ron: 9781092713597: Books
The Pornography WarsThe Pornography Wars takes political satire and social comment (with a liberal dash of humour) into a new dimension.
Sex is the essence of everything.
Is human history contrived by aliens?
Are we in a film set for an alien pornographic soap opera?
Is all human culture nothing more than an alien psych-master’s program?
What happens when the aliens argue over the future of pornography on their tridee sets?
What is going to happen to the future of human beings?
The Pornography Wars: Forsythe, Ron: 9798511727530: Books
ConexionIn the future it is still all about power. General Secretary Rheen holds the reins but does he hold the power? What about the shadowy Consortium who supply the money to get him elected? The separatists who are prepared to use violence? The Unification Movement who would bring the opposition together? Or the people who democratically vote? What of the stranded Starship? And what of the new drug Conexion that opens genetic memories to unlock an unexpected past? The new Gaia religion? Or the three massive spherical objects heading for earth? How will it all come to a conclusion 

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Yes – it is that time of year. You have presents to buy for friends and relatives. You are wondering what would be good – something different that they haven’t had before.

Why not give a home to a poor homeless book this Christmas. Don’t leave them sitting forlorn on a shelf in an Amazon warehouse! Give them warmth and love!

Then the answer hits you! You can solve all your Christmas present problems with one solution – a set of books! Not just any books – but a special Opher book! They look great! They read great! And they are affordable!

You could try an Opher Goodwin book – maybe a book of quirky poetry? A book on the environment? Or education? A novel? Anecdotes? Short Stories?

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My Books – The Story So Far.

The 59th book – A Sci-Fi novel, is already congealing in my head. It will need to ferment for some time yet. I am far too busy to begin on that.

So far my writing career has spanned 46 years and produced 57 books. Unfortunately not all of them are brilliant and not all of them are digital. A number still languish in typewritten documents in desperate need of a good edit and retype. If only I had more time.

The Books I have Written Up to Now.

Sci-Fi novels
1.      Pornographic Syndromes

2.      Destination self

3.      Hallucination

4.      Nosedive

5.      Green

6.      Intergalactic Rockstar – Star turn

7.      Ebola in Eden

8.   Zero to infinity

9.   Reality dreams Vol 1

10. October 14th is too far

11. Trapdoor

12. Journey into time

13. Sorting the Future

14. The Gordian Fetish

Fiction – Avant Garde Novels
15.  City Angels

16.  Goofin’ with the cosmic freaks

17.  53 & imploding

18.  Reflections from a ditch

19.  Farther from the sun

20.  The universe – a users guide

21.  The apartment

22.  Torture

23. Bodies in a Window

24. Danny’s Story

25.  Antitheists Bible

26.  Book of Ginny

27.  Antitheists dictionary

Non-fiction – Poetry and Art
28.  Diary of a 60s freak

29.  Poetry Vol 1 – Prose and Cons

30.  Poetry Vol 2 – Vice and Verse

31. Poetry Vol 3 – Rhyme and Reason

32. Poetry Vol 4 –

33. Poetry Vol 5 –

34. Poetry Vol 6 – Codas, Cadence and Clues

35. Poetry Vol 7

36. Poetry Vol 8 – Poems for Hard Times

37. My Art & Outpourings


Rock Music
38.  Rock Strata Vol 1

39.  Rock Strata Vol 2

40.  Rock Strata Vol 3

41.  Rock Strata Vol 4

42.  Rock Streams

43.  Rockin my life away

44.  Roy Harper Vol 1

45.  Roy Harper Vol 2

46.  Roy Harper Vol 3

47.  Roy Harper Vol 4

48.  Roy Harper Biog

49.  Under the covers

50.  In Search of Captain Beefheart

51.  537 Essential Rock Albums pt 1

52.  Ruminating on Roy Harper

53.  Nick Harper the Wilderness Years

54.  Tribute to Rock Geniuses Vol 1

55. The Blues Muse

56.  Coordinated science multiskill practicals

57.  Coordinated science practicals

58.  Headship – a passion for education

Of these I will select a dozen of the best to revamp and relaunch.

Wish me luck.



A Reinvention of Self.

For the past decade I have been amusing myself with my writing. I have been writing new books like mad, writing up my old books, and generally having fun self-publishing all the books that have been in my head for forty years.

I have written in excess of 50 books and have published some 40. I’m quite proud of that. They say everyone has a book in them. Seemingly I had in excess of 50.

I have used my art and photography as the cover-work.

Presently I have 4 books written awaiting redrafting or lay-outs:

Ruminating on Roy Harper

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years

Bodies From a Window

The Gordian Fetish.

But I am at a crossroads and in need of some re-evaluation.

Cheryl kindly told me that she thought the Artwork did not help. My wife told me that I had too many books in too many genres and it was off-putting. She thought my presentation and blog was not professional enough.

I think they are right.

So I am having a relaunch of myself as a writer.

I am setting up separate blogs for my Sci-Fi, Religion and Rock Music. I am changing my name and writing under a pseudonym for each genre. I will take my best books, review them in depth, change the cover, change the name and relaunch them. I want a serious presentation to reflect the seriousness of my work.

We’ll see how this goes.

In the meantime – thank you for buying my books. Please leave a review if you have enjoyed reading them.

I will be glad to hear your thoughts and answer your questions.

I will keep you informed.

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If I may be allowed to make a few suggestions:

If you like Sci-fi

a. Ebola in the Garden of Eden

b. Green

If you like Rock Music

a. The Blues Muse

b. In Search of Captain Beefheart

If you are concerned about the Environment

a. Anthropocene Apocalypse

If you are interested in Art

a. Opher’s Art and Outpourings.

If you are interested in Education

a. A Passion for Education – the story of a Headteacher

Or maybe you want some poetry, antitheist books, experimental novels or Beat/Alternative novels. There’s plenty of choice.

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All my books are available here:

In the UK

In the USA

In the rest of the world via your regional Amazon store.

Thank you for buying an Opher book.

If I may be allowed to make a few suggestions:

If you like Sci-fi

a. Ebola in the Garden of Eden

b. Green

If you like Rock Music

a. The Blues Muse

b. In Search of Captain Beefheart

If you are concerned about the Environment

a. Anthropocene Apocalypse

If you are interested in Art

a. Opher’s Art and Outpourings.

If you are interested in Education

a. A Passion for Education – the story of a Headteacher

Or maybe you want some poetry, antitheist books, experimental novels or Beat/Alternative novels. There’s plenty of choice.

Thanks for stopping by and looking.

A big thank you to all those who have been reading my books under the free Kindle scheme and to those who have either bought digital versions for their electronic readers or paperback versions.

If you have enjoyed your read please leave a review on Amazon. It all helps.

Thank you all purchasers of my books!!!

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