Space – The Zeborian Singularity…

So the first of the Space books: Space – Houston We Have a Problem is in the bag. The last batch of stories will be read by next week and authors will be notified.

So what next – good point?

Space – The Zeborian Singularity.

Premise is:

“In 1947 an alien craft crash-landed on Earth and the spaceship and its occupants were quickly taken to Area 51. Sadly, the aliens died but not before revealing who they were and what they stood for.

Over the next forty years NASA engineers back-engineered a device found onboard.

On January 28, 1986 the system was loaded onto the Shuttle Challenger and would be tested in space by the crew. The experiment was highly classified.

Sadly, the unconnected explosion activated the Zeborian Matrix and a singularity close to Earth formed. The wormhole provided an easy and quick way to move across galaxies and find new worlds but also it made it more accessible for Alien races to visit and possibly attack Earth.”

So once your ship either goes through the singularity or a ship comes to Earth – your story can start from there. No lines to include in this one.

Submissions to space@ticketyboopress.co.uk

Deadline October 16th 2016, length 2-5K

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Roswell – Area 51 Revealed

RoswellRecord3Been a very stressful day.

So what better than to put me in a better frame of mind than a new anthology.

The title of what I am hoping will be an awesome read will be Roswell – Area 51 Revealed.

I am looking for stories with a Roswell connection. It can be the Roswell incident itself or events after the crash at Area 51 with captured aliens or devices recovered from the site that can open up new worlds, whatever you can come up with.

Any questions about the suitability of your story please fire them over.

Deadline for the stories is 31st July 2016 and we are looking fro 2-5K

This is a paid for anthology and the cover art will be done by the award winning legend that is Jim Burns

Send stories or questions to roswell@ticketyboopress.co.uk

Tarquin Jenkins and the Book of Dreams

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00002]Why Write A Book?

A question I’ve been asked a dozen times lately, so here you are, the reason why…

Twelve years ago, while sitting on the early morning Virgin train to Euston, London from Milton Keynes, I watched my fellow passengers either sleep through the hour-long journey or stare wistfully out of the window. This journey was to be my life for the foreseeable future – I had to do something. And so was born, Tarquin Jenkins and the Book of Dreams, a madcap, rip-roaring romp through history, time, transportation, and the known galaxies.

The blurb…

ALL TARQUIN JENKINS WANTED TO DO, was travel through space and time, solve some of the Universe’s more pressing problems, and lay hands on the Nerydire Book of Dreams.

UNFORTUNATELY, nobody told him about the bloodsucking Leche, the leprechauns, the other leprechauns, the killer androids, the extremely rude waitress, Nostradamus, Leonardo da Vinci, the malfunctioning toaster, the Zargothian legal system, the Bloated Shagganat nightclub, the psychopathic Griddleback hordes, and a flame- haired, one-eyed space pirate called Georgia Blade

AFTER HE’D GOT HIS HEAD ROUND ALL THAT.
Tarquin’s life became a little complicated.

I am a 60s baby. I grew up with Monty Python, Star Trek, Dr Who, Hai Karate aftershave adverts, the Goodies, Clint Eastwood and wrestling on a Saturday afternoon. I was lucky enough to be in the studio audience for the recording of a Fawlty Towers episode. With so many influences, It was clear to me the sort of book this would be. At the time, we were living in a quintessential village in the middle of England (Little Britain?) So, couple this with a love of history and a pythonesque sense of the ridiculous, the book would be funny, involve time travel, chairs, caravans, narrowboats, cookery and needlework books, the British Foreign Office (I retired from their employ in 2011), and very small people. Oh, and aliens, lots of them, both good and bad.

I sent my first chapter off to one of those pay for review sites in the UK. In return I got an in depth analysis with strong, critical words of advice. The reviewer was John Grant, also known as Paul Barnett. (www.johngrantpaulbarnett.com). Eleven years later, I am very proud to say that Paul edited the final manuscript. I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that without his guidance, Scottish wit, perseverance, and passion for cricket, Tarquin Jenkins would still be languishing on my laptop…That sounds funny (GQ model…), but you know what I mean.

In the early days of writing I would submit pieces to members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Chronicles website (www.sffchronicles.com). This proved invaluable, and I learned so much from their experiences and comments. It is still a website I frequent, and I often look for views on ideas for the second book in the series now underway.

I had decided many months ago that I would self publish the book. I felt that it was a niche book, and though appealing to readers from 12+, I just couldn’t see a publisher taking a chance. I am glad I went this route. Despite the sharp curve in learning, I found a good ebook formatter and a printer. Initially, I’ve had 100 paperbacks made for promotional purposes. Some have gone to bloggers and reviewers, others to friends with teenagers. A Goodreads giveaway has just ended, and a further 10 will be given to local libraries here in Montreal, where I now live with my Canadian wife and our 14 year old son.
Book two is underway, and promises to be as madcap and wacky as book one…

The draft blurb…

After his gruesome death in 2015, Tarquin Seebohm Jenkins can now get back to studying the Book of Dreams, and joining the search for Nostradamus and Leonardo Da Vinci, and the amulet they stole. Trouble is, every Tom, Dick and alien are preparing to do the same…

I hope you enjoy reading the book.

If you would consider writing a review of the book, I am happy to offer free ebooks for a limited time (From now to June 20 2016). Just email me at; peterfordphotography@gmail.com

Tarquin Jenkins and the Book of Dreams is available at;
Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
You can find further information about Tarquin Jenkins here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29201240-tarquin-jenkins-and-the-book-of-dreams
https://www.facebook.com/nerydirebookofdreams

 

Good News and Bad News…

Distant Horizon-2Acquiring editor of our Distant Horizon imprint steps down.

Jeff is currently working with an agent to produce a series of Crime Thrillers, and regrettably (though understandably) he needs to devote his time to his writing, and feels it would be unfair to TicketyBoo Press and its writers to try to continue as Editor for the SciFi imprint.

News on a new editor will follow as soon as possible. We wish Jeff every success with his writing, and look forward to seeing him in print. He has been a great asset and friend and we all wish him well.”

Eastercon with Jo Zebedee, Susan Boulton and Ian Sales

Mancunicon2016-LogoCatastrophe and Salvage Saturday 14:30 – 15:30, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate) In a recent essay for Salvage, Nicholas Beuret and Gareth Brown drew a distinction between between disaster or apocalypse, which are terrible things that may happen (or in some stories, have happened), and catastrophe, which is “a constant presence, shaping how the act of survival takes place.” Which real SF deals with catastrophes in this sense? How do such stories reflect our daily experience of life in a world of austerity, ecological disaster and war? And how do we, as readers and as writers, balance the need to escape and to inspire, and the need to confront and acknowledge?

Andrew M Butler (M), Matthew De Abaitua, Graham Sleight, Tricia Sullivan, Jo Zebedee

The Stars Are Your Canvas Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate) Space opera is arguably the most unconstrained of SF subgenres, encompassing everything from the realism of McAuley’s Quiet War to the exuberance of Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy. How do writers find their own personal sweet spot between spectacle and science, and develop their own language for describing the biggest storytelling canvas of all?

Michael Cobley (M), Ian Sales, Alison Sinclair, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner, Jo Zebedee

The Fuzzy Set of Horror Saturday 19:00 – 20:00, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate) Ghost stories, supernatural, suspense, gore, shock horror: all of these used to be more or less recognisable and identifed as distinct genres. Today, they are increasingly classified as just horror. What effect does this have on the writing, publishing, advertising and sales of the separate genres and what are we missing – or gaining – by merging the genres into a collective whole?

Kirsti van Wessel, Clifford Beal , Susan Boulton , Marion Pitma , Heather Turnbull

Sumptuously Gothic Sunday 19:00 – 20:00, Room 6 (Hilton Deansgate) From Penny Dreadful to Crimson Peak, the gothic is as popular as ever. This panel of artists, fans and authors discuss the aesthetics of the gothic. What does its distinctive look and feel add to a story? How does it work differently on page and on screen? And how does the gothic influence or manifest in the panelists’ own work?

Alison Scott , Fangorn, Susan Boulton, Priya Sharma , Anne Sudworth