Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories

Childhood memories. Have you ever reflected back to your childhood experiences with a sense of wonder, appreciating that you of the opportunity to do the things you remember? These things shape our lives, sometimes in minor ways, sometimes in major ones. These are the memories that one sits back on the deck on a balmy summer’s evening and remembers, for no reason at all, other than they popped into one’s consciousness again in a time of contemplation and reminiscence, after what seems like a millennium of life, and the memory gives one a smile, with deep contentment and joy in one’s heart.

Some of my fondest memories are of my visits to my grandparents’ farms as a child and being able to explore that rustic way of life, which was so much different to mine at my home in town.

I sometimes look at my children, and maybe you do yours, or your grandchildren, with a sense of regret that the world moves on so much. our experiences are no longer available to our children in general. The connection with the earth and the order of life distorted in our technological and information ages. It saddens me at times. This is such a beautiful world and the wonders of nature need to be cherished and embraced for our children.

That is why these memories are so precious. Their existence needs sharing with family and friends and, if one dares, with the world. I suppose that is the reason for memoirs and biographies, to ensure the world remembers the joys of childhood and the formative experiences that those joys gave us, when our minds focused on a sense of natural discovery and awe.

I hope this short message encourages you to sit back and contemplate some of your childhood experiences for a moment.

Short Stories Available

Short Stories Available. Two short stories I wrote for competitions and have been judged, are now available for purchase on the major eBook retail sites. They are “Ulysses’ Great Adventure” and “The Love Particle“.

“Ulysses’ Great Adventure” centres around a sea adventure that Ulysses has as part of his commission of discovery. It draws heavily on Greek mythology but based in the age of modern people.

“The Love Particle” has Rorkon obsessed in finding the fundamental particle for emotions. He finds it but with disastrous consequences.

ulysses-great-adventure         the-love-particle

I hope that any of you who do read the stories enjoy them.

ftl Published

ftl Published

My first book ‘ftl’ has just been published on Smashwords and should be on other major on-line retailer sites soon.

The short synopsis is:

Ethan Richards develops a warp bubble drive to travel faster than the speed of light. He builds a spaceship because he needs to go to Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, to get the element Astatine for the drive to work. Loki, a business mogul, finds out about the deposit and wants to own it himself. He builds a ship also. Ethan and Loki are in a race to Iapetus. Who will get there first?

ftl is published. Read more on my website or go to Smashwords and download a free sample. Hopefully you will be interested enough to buy it.


Iapetus is a moon of Saturn. It has two unusual properties. One hemisphere is much darker than the other. The current theory as to why this is, is that there is thawing and freezing of water on the moon and the ice preferentially has moved from one hemisphere to another over a period of time. The unusual anomaly is used in the book ftl to indicate a rare element (Astatine) has been deposited on it. This was from a long past passage of our solar system through a nebulous cloud that has deposited the element on the moon, only one hemisphere facing the front of the cloud. That’s what science fiction is all about.

The other usual property is that there is an equatorial ridge around the moon.

Warp Bubbles

The idea of warp bubbles was first put forward by Miguel Alcubierre in 1994. It seems that NASA is conducting further research into the possibility of creating a warp bubble drive for faster than light space travel. It requires Exotic matter for the drive. My book ftl looks at the engineered development of this drive and the first faster than light space voyage. I hope to have ftl published soon. Your thoughts on the technology would be interesting.


ftl, my first book, explores the development of the first faster than light space drive. It explores the adventure of faster than light space travel and also how greed that can lead some to resort ruthless measures to ensure they can extract great wealth for the development themselves.

Its release as an eBook is imminent through Smashwords. It will also be distributed to the major eBook sites for purchase.

I will let you all know when it is released.

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