Tomorrow at WHSmith in the Trafford Centre at Manchester I will be doing my first book signing for my latest science fiction novel Orbital Kin. Here now, I am going to post a few blog pieces about the book, and the plot, characters, themes etc.
Influences on Orbital Kin-
Of course I think it is a new original science fiction tale, though no story is absolutely totally original. Of course there have been so many fantastic classic SF authors over nearly the last hundred years and more perhaps. Although I did more horror and strange literary beat novels when younger, increasingly over the last ten or more years I have been reading so much more science fiction and already was certainly well aware of many of the big name authors. There have been many classic scifi tales adapted to film over the decades, some great some laughable.
Some of the strongest most lasting film influences on this book-and myself, having studied and been involved in filmmaking- 2001:A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, The Running Man, 28 Days Later, Star Wars, Terminator and dozens more.
Then actual science fiction novel influences on this new sci-fi novel would actually range from my huge respect for and amazement of much of the work of J.G.Ballard, Robert A. Heinlein with his often suspicious and new-age themes and allegories in space, the crazed and paranoid tales of Philip K. Dick, Issac Asimov, and certainly the tales of Arthur C. Clarke.
The book being in three seperate parts, does have three kind of subgenre science fiction themes-part one is a sort of modern technological sci-fi thriller, part two is an absolute epic space journey trip, and part three is some kind of strange and dangerous dystopian horror thriller in some ways.
The story of Orbital Kin might be set anywhere between 10 to 30 years from today, and there is a paranoid uneasy cynical fear through it. The power and influence of modern scientific breakthroughs and discoveries and disasters and explored and contemplated in extreme and fantastic ways.
Book signing of Orbital Kin-21st September, WHSmith Trafford Cen. Manchester, 11-3pm.