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About Geoff Nelder
Geoff Nelder has one wife, two grown-up kids, and lives in rural England within easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains.
Publications: One humorous thriller Escaping Reality in 2005
One award-winning science fiction, Exit, Pursued by a Bee in 2008
Another thriller, Hot Air, is published in 2009 after receiving an award from an Arts Academy in the Netherlands.
A science fiction trilogy, ARIA - starting with Left Luggage with an original premise is published in 2012 by LL-Publications.
Xaghra's Revenge, a historical fantasy set in the Maltese islands was published by Solstice Publishing in 2017
Having had around 90 short stories published, Geoff was chosen to be the short fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize, 2009.
He is the judge of the FicFun story competition 2018
Geoff was a co-editor of science fiction magazine, Escape Velocity, and is a freelance editor.
Geoff's website: geoffnelder.com
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Best of British Science Fiction 2020 is once again edited by Donna Scott, a recent chair of the BSFA and a distinguished poet, writer, and stand-up comedian. Donna is also a free-lance editor who has worked behind the scenes for a number of major publishers over the course of several years.
Introduction – Donna Scott
War Crimes – M. R. Carey
Blue and Blue and Blue and Pink – Lavie Tidhar
All I Asked For – Anne Charnock
The Savages – David Gullen
Infinite Tea in the Demara Café – Ida Keogh
Lazarus, Unbound – Liam Hogan
The Cyclops – Teika Marija Smits
Brave New World by Oscar Wilde – Ian Watson
Chimy and Chris – Stephen Oram
Mudlarking – Neil Williamson
Infectious – Liz Williams
Cofiwch Aberystwyth– Val Nolan
Panspermia High – Eric Brown
Exhibit E – L. P. Melling
The Lori – Fiona Moore
Wilson Dreams of Peacocks – Melanie Smith
Variations on Heisenberg's Third Concerto – Eleanor R Wood
The World is on Fire and You're Out of Milk – Rhiannon Grist
The Turbine at the End of the World – James Rowland
What Happened to 70 – C. R. Berry
Rings Around Saturn – Rosie Oliver
The Good Shepherd – Stewart C Hotson
Pineapples Are Not the Only Bromeliad – RB Kelly
Like Clocks Work – Andi Buchanan
Watershed – John Gilbey
Here Today – Geoff Nelder
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You have the itch to read, but have only a long moment to indulge, so hail yourself a short story in the 'CROOKED TALES' collection and be immersed in brief adventures of disquieting imagination.
‘CROOKED TALES’ gathers the talent of 14 international authors to thrill you with their visions of mayhem, in places exotic, bucolic, other-worldly, or simply sinister. With the resurgent interest in the Short Story, due to us having busy lives with only micro-moments of calm to read, the editorial team of READERS CIRCLE OF AVENUE PARK (#RCAP) curated this unique short story anthology.
'CROOKED TALES' is a sequel to the ‘TWISTED TALES’ short story collection published by Readers Circle of Avenue Park (RCAP).
After our human crew persuaded the far-advanced native Keps to allow human genomes to be spliced into native bacteria a new threat arrives. It’s not organic, it’s not on the planet, but it shreds planets. Alien AI have been offended…
“The characters, action and drama on the mind-boggling planet our humans are stranded on makes it one of the most original sci-fi stories I've read in a long while.” Peter Wilhelmsen, fantasy writer.
Chris Rimell, author of Untold History: “As always you do a lovely job of describing the worlds and filling them with colour and aromas.”
Martin Lamberti: International clown. “Just as the Cabbage White’s flight is unpredictable, so the quirky beginnings in Geoff’s newest release. I’m looking forward to the continuation of the crooked flights of the series.”
Escaping Reality, although set in Europe, was inspired by the 1960's TV series The Fugitive. Geoff Nelder's other books include Exit - Pursued by a Bee, ARIA, and Hot Air.
This is where The Andromeda Strain meets Memento...
When an alien suitcase is found in space, a pandemic virus plagues Earth. Ryder Nape must gather survivors to escape an apocalyptic extinction of the human race.
ARIA: Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia
Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack has caught an amnesia plague, and it’s infectious. No cure.
Imagine the ramifications:
The passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route gifting everyone they meet with the disease. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. Dystopian chaos in weeks.
One man, Ryder Nape, knew about the case found in space and realizes it’s been opened, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the released amnesia bug? The survivors find love, hope and thoughts of revenge in their heroic struggle against the apocalypse.
ARIA: Left Luggage is a well-written novel with the pace and suspense of a video game (BioShock immediately comes to mind). The balance between character development and plot progression is managed smoothly, along with the thematics, which take the reader through a series of all-too-believable scenarios, chillingly showing how easy it would be for an advanced group of aliens to undermine the human race and have us destroy one another, without the need for any additional weapons or warfare.
— Magdelena Ball
“Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.”
— Jon Courtenay Grimwood
“Geoff Nelder's ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction--the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.”
Robert J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”
“ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.”
Knowing all this, we still come back for more.
Once Upon A Scream is a collection of outrageous crimes committed against those who walk into the many traps laid for them, (Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters are a case in point, Hansel and Gretel are another… that really is a ‘child beware!’ tale if ever there was one!) with every story bringing its own wild selection of nastiness by animals and people alike. Find a whole new world of fairy lands and strange people in this fascinating collection of dark stories written by the best writers we could find.
This anthology contains:-
We’re Ugly and We Own It – David Turnbull
Alternate Endings – Rie Sheridan Rose
Wicked Heart – Gina Easton
Who’s Afraid? – Liam Spinage
Beauty Within The Briar – Rie Sheridan Rose
Becoming – Jason R Frei
The Cindy Killer Story - Stuart Holland
Unlicensed To Live – Dan Allen
Beautiful Wickedness – Brooke MacKenzie
The Head Above The Gate – Rie Sheridan Rose
A Reward of Summer Sweets – Aaron Padley
In Eiger Wild Wood – Geoff Nelder
Arsenic and Red Leather – Jason R Frei
Lord of the Dance – Liam Spinage
Chains of Straw – Rie Sheridan Rose
Little Red Cyber Head – Gary Budgen
Collector of Teeth – Travis Mushanski
Includes the 2017 British Science Fiction Award shortlisted short story Angular Size by Geoff Nelder.
Six Stories - Six Possible Futures
An anthology developed from the BristolCon 2015 science fiction and fantasy convention workshop - about the future of the latest technologies coming onto the market.
While in the air, she witnesses an unsavory crime happening on the ground below. The perpetrators spot the balloon, and begin shooting at it, hitting the pilot and killing him. Somehow, Erica and Paul manage to land the balloon but their troubles are not over. They are tracked down and abducted by a gang engaged in human trafficking, and taken to an island in the Mediterranean. Erica soon adapts to gangland ways and uses her charms to escape. Along the way, her life shifts from bored office temp to a feisty Lara Croft now living on adrenaline and dangerous men. She is chased by a rogue named Dean, who is annoyed by Erica but falling for her at the same time.
Hot Air is a contemporary crime novel and a winner of both the Wuacademia Silver Award in 2007 and Prix d'Or (Gold) 2008 for best unpublished novel.