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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449581889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449581886
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,803,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author has been writing speculative fiction about 6 years and has published two novellas and five collections of short stories. He has been a regular contributor to both the Antipodean SF and the Beam Me Up Pod cast sci-fi sites and have also been published on the Bewildering Stories, Farther Stars than These, and 365 Tomorrows sci-fi sites. His 12 part Alien Hunter series for the then Golden Visions science fiction Magazine ran for all of 2011 and was still on the GVM site in early July 2012 when that site closed down. In addition to writing sci-fi he provides economic, accounting (and occasionally actuarial) advice to various Australian Federal Government Departments as a consultant. He lives in Canberra, Australia with my wife Joy and has a married daughter and young grandson James.

More About the Author

I have written over 120 short speculative fiction stories in the 7 years or so that I have been writing speculative fiction.

My sci-fi author face book page is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-K-Scholes-Science-Fiction-Author/127467717269583?sk=wall&filter=12

My first sci-fi book was published early in 2009 - being a collection of short science fiction stories entitled "Science Fiction and Alternate History - A Collection of Short Stories."

Since then I have been published seven times (all self published). Two novellas and five additional collections of short sci-fi stories. These books are all listed in my Amazon author profile. All of these self published books are enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing Select. My most recent publication being "Daughter of the High Lords and other Speculative Fiction Stories" just published in July 2014.

In 2011 I wrote an "Alien Hunter" series for the Golden Visions science fiction magazine. This 12 part monthly series remained on the net until late July 2012 when the GVM site was closed down. I have now self published the alien hunter series as a novella (see Amazon's list of my books).

I've been a regular contributor to Paul Cole's Beam Me Up Podcast site with stories such as "Equalization" "OdinForce", "The Rise (and Rise) of Grey Power", "The Battle At Time's End", "Soldier of the Rorne", "Even a Non-Corporeal Can Get Lonely" and my "Trathh" and "Human Hunter" story arc (Human Hunter commenced in May 2014). The fourth story in my Human Hunter story arc was podcast in November 2014 with the fifth story "Human Hunter - Clash at the British Facility" due soon.

Sixteen flash fiction stories of mine have been published on the Australian Antipodean SF site: The Visit, Surprise Attack, Dangerous Journey, Inter-Net Writer, the Succession, Trathh, Equalisation, The Lodger, The Young/Old War, True Nerds, Under Attack, Soldier of the Rorne, Asset Audit, "Too Old", "Time Management Corporation: Efficiency Report" , and "Grief Counsellors." My micro sci-fi story "Good Intentions" is slated to appear in the November 2014 Issue of Antipodean SF. My story "Social Experiment" is slated to appear in the Anniversary Issue # 200 of Antipodean SF alongside my original story to that site of many years ago "The Visit." This should be early next year.

I have been published four times on the Farther Stars Than These site with: "Even a non-corporeal can get lonely", "Soldier of the Rorne", "The Facility" and "Left Behind" The fourth of these appearing on the site on 6 November 2014. I've also been published on the Bewildering Stories and the 365 Tommorrows sites.

I'm currently working on another (as yet unnamed) science fiction anthology and am also continuing to write my "Human Hunter" series for the Beam Me Up Pod Cast site.

Cheers

David Scholes


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.L. D. on July 30, 2012
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Essential Reading in Science Fiction by David Scholes seems to be neither of these.

I purchased this e-book and I read these all straight through to the very end.

This appears to be a collection of 24 stories that could very well stand alone. Yet there is this convoluted thread that runs through them all to make it look like a disjointed effort to make a novel.

I say this because the first story has a character named Urrle who at one place gets miss named as Earle. Earle seems to be a recurring character through out. And there are threads of Asgard myth's with Odin and Thor in prominence. And there is some almost faceless benevolent but non interfering alien race called the Brell. So, it becomes difficult at best to divorce these from one another. There are some other names recurring but often with disturbing conflicted time lines - such as Chris and Jenny.

This is what creates the rather disjointed whole at best.
It's not that these might not be good stories its just that my limited intelligence kept having me say "Huh" straight through to the end. I tried in my mind to break them up into their separate selves but that was just worse.
Maybe one of the people with glowing recommendations could help me out here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on April 6, 2013
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I managed to get around halfway through before giving up on this book. Early on there were some interesting short stories, but overall the quality was lacking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catcher on April 5, 2013
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I'm sorry the writing just isn't very good. The stories miss some level of detail and gloss over things that would serve the setting well to explain.

It wasn't a fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Johnson C. Philip TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 25, 2014
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I love science fiction. It fascinates me. There were only a few of them to choose from when I started reading them six decades ago. The problem today is an over-abundance of sci fi in an unbelievable range of genres. Thus there is a tendency to get lost. What is more, not even the most voracious reader can keep in touch with all of it.

Essential Reading kind of books are a great help in such cases, though not everyone will agree with everything that was selected or not selected. The same is true of this collection also.

I read the volume without any prejudice as to what ought to be and what not ought to be included -- mostly to get a different perspective. I must say that I enjoyed the book very much because of my perspective. Good selection!!
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