From the Author
It's been a roller coaster ride for me, starting with being on a disability pension with a head full of ideas, and ending with me being a full time novel writer, albeit with the same health issues I began with. It's something of a relief to be finished, but also something to be sad about. Still, there is always the next book.
This was my first novel, after spending years writing spiritual material, and space based computer game guides.
If I'd known how much fun it was to write novels, I'd have tried it years ago.
I've deliberately tried to mix some genres. My first love in all things Science Fiction, is Space Opera. My life revolves around being Spiritual. I love and am loved by, cats. So why not mix them all into a rollicking tale?
The combat chapters all come from a lifetime spent playing space based computer games. I played all of the Wing Commander games which were released in Australia. Eleven years ago, (2004), I discovered X2 by Egosoft. It was a 4X type game, with the message, "Trade, Fight, Build, Think". When I was bored with fighting, I learn't trading, building stations and created my own in-game entity. Then I began to mod. With X3, I discovered all the ways of making money had been nerfed. In disgust, I just went exploring, and wrote a guide while I did it. I ended up writing fourteen guides, and then assembling all the good guides for the game into the X3 Handbook. I finished with two major mods.
The experience I gained from the games is now coming out in my novels, especially the combat. And the progression of the main character through the series will be very like the progression of a player through a 4X computer game.
If I'd known that writing novels about space combat was just as much fun as being in the combat, I'd have started this book years ago.
The ideas for Hero at Large, and the story which follows, began taking shape in my mind over twenty years ago. Its been haunting me ever since. When I finally started writing it in 2014, it practically wrote itself. What took so long to get it out, was learning writer's skills I needed to tell the story well.
As an avid reader of science fiction, I'm very critical of what I read. So I make an effort to proof read until I cannot find any errors. If you find some, let me know. I will fix them. However, don't talk to me about spelling - I use Australian spelling, as the main characters are all Australian, living in the Australian sector.
This book, and the ones that follow, have been a lot of fun to write, and I hope you have just as much fun reading them.
I saw some comments about editing, and re-visited the first chapter. It reads exactly how I wanted it, as does the whole series. While perhaps not up to literary excellence, these novels are the thoughts of an 18 year old, presented as Jon thinks. They also to a large extent represent the way I think. I never set out to write good literature, I set out to write a rollicking yarn. I do however repeat - if you find something you feel is wrong, let me know. I cant fix it, if you don't tell me about it. The easiest place is on the Facebook page - drop me a private message there. If you're on my mailing list, you can respond to the emails from Jane - I will get them.
In regard to some other comments, this series was intended to be the documentation of daily life in the 27th century, including the mundane minutia. It deliberately goes hour by hour, and often minute by minute, and in some places later on, second by second. This is what I set out to do. I know not everyone wants to know about the endless emails, and throwing up in the bathroom, but this is a story about such things. All I can say is, if you just want the action without the real life in between, maybe this series isn't for you. But for those who like the immersion into a universe and the life of the main characters, this series was written for you.
The main character of this series is Spiritual.
The main character of this series loves cats.
The main character of this series is a sci-fi nut.
There is a certain element of Spiritual based Supernatural.
Now Physics is ignored, and the explanation doesn't come until book 7.
If you cant deal with this combination, better you don't begin.
The Spiritual doesn't go away.
If you think Spiritual means Religion, dont even start, you're going to hate this series. There is no religion here, but apparently a lot of people can't tell the difference, even when one of the books explains it.
This is a mix of Space Opera and military sci-fi. The Opera is the main story, the military comes and goes. 3, 4, 5, 12 & 13 are war stories. 7 & 9 are partly war stories. The Spiritual underlines the entire series, is a large part of 8 & 10, and culminates in 11. The cat does its own thing, everywhere.
For those still reading and about to begin book 1, shift into 'slinky red', buckle up, lock and load.