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About Peter Cawdron
Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in making hard science fiction easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable.
His FIRST CONTACT series is topical rather than character-based, meaning each book stands alone. These novels can be read in any order, but they all focus on the same topic of First Contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms. In this regard, the series is akin to BLACK MIRROR or THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there's no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter's forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.
Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/
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The Sphere ship appeared suddenly, damaged and dying. After making contact, Earth learned they weren’t alone in the universe. The Sphere gave them knowledge of space travel, and co-ordinates to other races spread across the expanse. It asked them to continue its mission of exploration and contact, but also left them with a stark warning: Stay away from the Star.
Over the next twenty years, the United Earth Foundation formed, and their ships were built, their displacement drives giving them the sphere shape when engaged.
Their Mission: First Contact
Prologue - Stephen Moss
Deja Vu - Peter Cawdron
The Signal - Ralph Kern
Status: Inactive - Richard Fox
The Bottom Line - Chris Kennedy
End of the Line - Robert M. Campbell
Mercurial Rescue - Isaac Hooke
The Mission - PP Corcoran
The Last Command - Nick Bailey
Sleeping Giant - PJ Strebor
The Darklady - Scott Moon
Triaxial - Stephen Moss
Harbinger - Josh Hayes
Epilogue - Empyrean - Jacob Cooper
Explorations: Through the Wormhole
Explorations: First Contact
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