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Out of Time


I have been writing most of my life though most of it has involved either writing scientific reports for work or for leisure, gathering information on the possible origins of King Arthur. I have also spent a lot of time coding though I believe this art form has yet to be put forward as a literary category.
However, when I’m not in this world, one of my many pleasures is reading early science fiction, especially the genre of time travel such as the works of Anderson, Simak and Wells.
I had not thought about writing a book on the subject until last winter when  a story began to form. There were three challenges. The first to try and write a coherently a story about time travel. The second to portray how a Victorian and a person from modern times experienced each other’s worlds and the third, the most difficult, was to ensure the that the female was an equal to the male. I don’t know whether I managed it but I tried.
What I did discover however was how addictive story writing is. If you have a book in your head, start writing. It’s fun.
The eBook ‘Out of Time’ is available on kindle and some info on the places and people I used can be found on my web site

Here is a synopsis

It’s 2015 and the Martians are about to invade Earth. They have hacked into the Earth’s social media companies and absorbed them into the media site ComsMesh to manipulate the human race and weaken its defences. Up to now no one on Earth suspects a thing.
Then, one of ComsMesh staff finds the 2015 diary of a James Urquhart, and the 1873 diary of Elizabeth Bicester bound together in a copper chest and concludes they are actually time travellers. He flags this up to his director as he believes such technology in the wrong hands could reveal his Company’s plans to socially engineer the world.
So here are the diaries of the adventures of James Urquhart, minor science lecturer and sometime rambler, living in 2015 and Elizabeth Bicester, lady of leisure, of Hamgreen Lodge whom he stumbles upon at a cricket match in 1873. Despite much banter regarding each other’s etiquette and manners it seems they manage (through incredible feats of illogical deduction, with not a little help from James Maxwell, H. G. Wells and some strange time devices) to save the world.

Arthurian Literature

This is a post to aid setting up this site’s structure.

I’ve been writing these notes for over 30 years and every time I’m ready to publish I find something new. As this could go on for ever I decided to publish what I have as an ebook on Kindle and if new stuff come up then update it.

This site contains information on my ebook -“Notes on Arthurian literature” which examine the origins of Arthur and the historical events associated with him.

It include a review of the Celtic origins of the Grail stories and the significance of their appearance at the time of the crusades after the fall of Jerusalem in 1009 and recapture by Godfrei de Boullion in 1099 and their re-emergence in Mallory’s Mort D’Arthur after the fall of Constantinople in 1454.