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BIG PROMOTION MONTH for my POINTS OF VIEW SERIES - A page turning saga for all ages.
SOME REVIEWS OF BOOK ONE
From the Author - Thanks for reading Book 1 in the series, any comments?
Colin Kirby (Journalist, Tenerife) said: This is a thriller, a science fiction adventure, but most of all a good old fashioned ripping yarn with a compulsive plot.
Rhetta Akamatsu, (Writer, USA) said: With lots of authentic detail, Points of View is believable and absorbing. I highly recommend this book to any fan of speculative fiction.”
Rebecca Minto, (Writer, USA) said: I lost a little sleep reading Points of View because I simply couldn't stop until I knew what happened next.
Review of Points of View – The Weapons by Tony Thorne MBE, the second book in the Points of View series. In this novel, we are reunited with our young hero Horace Mayberry, who lost his eyesight in his early teens. The author starts readers off with a prologue to catch them up on information from the first novel. We learned that Mayberry was introduced to Professor Oscar Freeman, who provided the young man with top secret experimental eyes, as well as a chance to live out his dream as a secret agent. Lieutenant Mayberry and his partner and mentor Captain Aubrey Jackson, under the command of Colonel Barker, foiled the plot of the dastardly billionaire Rudolph Beckmann. All the while, Mayberry’s magnificent eyes began to develop new functions to aid the duo just in the nick of time.
Readers then learn, along with Mayberry, that five of the six latest secret weapons the good Professor has created were stolen from a secure location! Mayberry and Jackson, Captain and Major now, respectively, are back at it again with the help of Sergeant Daniels, Corporal Jenkins, and Mayberry’s magnificent eyes. The crew begins developing new instruments to track the weapons as they traipse across The British Isles, France, and Austria. They discover that the thieves are none other than the Grey Brigade terrorists being financed from Beckmann himself while still in prison. The team finds themselves up against strong and intelligent terrorists hell-bent on killing the crew and using the weapons for mass destruction. Can Mayberry’s eyes develop new tools to aid the crew to help discover the dangerous weapons and keep everyone he knows and loves safe?
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of the book. I found it to be exciting and certainly novel. I found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker as the larger plot unfolded, following along with every twist. I was right there with the crew during their helicopter flights thinking up new strategies to find the weapons.
The SINGULARITY is coming ... Things are getting smarter every day.
New! FREE & Special Promotion OFFERS
If you order the following English Language book, which has already sold over 4000 copies of its Chinese version, I'll send you a free eBook (.pdf copy) of any other book you'll see when you scroll down my Amazon pages. Use the Contact Me link on the left. Don't miss this chance to learn about what is definitely going to happen to our way of life... and sooner than most people realize. In fact, it may have started already. Noticed anything quirky about your computer, or iPad, or smart Phone lately... I certainly have, and it cost me a new hard disk for my laptop? But then, surely that cannot be because I'm becoming a threat? Have you tried downloading any free software lately... it's not as easy as it used to be..! And why does th Internet keep being playful wih us?
Latest eBook edition..! More about the Intelligent Robotics Revolution. Latest news and analysis, including some new thoughts about AGI self-awareness and what it may reveal about us. It's now available from HERE.
I've just updated my SINGULARITY book with the latest news. This new edition has more experts' comments..and several new thoughts on the subject. Use the Contact Me link over on the left for a free copy (.pdf) if you have an earlier version... Otherwise it's also free if you will send me a few words about it when you've read it.
Some experts now predict unemployment could reach over 80% in less than 8 years now. If he lasts out that long, what will The Donald do about that? How will he react to the arrival of new intelligent life forms with an IQ greater than a value of 150 which he claims he has..!
More and more companies are thinking about how the new (24 hours working) intelligent robots can each replace at least two of their expensive human workers.
If you are not already informed about what is going on, and to what the consequences will inevitably lead...good or bad, you really do need this easy to read book, now with all new information.
The eBook in its Kindle version is available from Amazon, and it is also now available in all the popular formats i.e. .epub, .pdf, .mobi from Smashwords and its distributors.
The latest news from China, about their language version is that another printing of the paperback is in process, as well as eBooks in all the popular formats.
Now how about a run through the following video..?
If you are a budding author, you really do need to read this title for inspiration. It's now available from Smashwords as well as Amazon, but the former has it in all the different eReader formats
Use the Contact Me link in the left column on this page for a free .pdf copy, if you'd like to review it, or to just send me a comment or two.
See its page on Amazon Here
4 Stars! Review by Achint Agarwal, Kindle Edition, Verified Purchase
"Very inspiring book. It has one of the best lines I’ve ever read. "Trials and tribulations presumably scatter in the breeze with the dust of the thing as it crumbles in your ﬁst. or shatters under your heel." Wow. truer words were never said before. The intro that explains why you might consider writing as a therapy is quite humorous and original: I know that you can use writing for therapy. but I have never seen it explained like this anywhere else before.
The autobiographical section is extremely inspiring: any wannabe writer who is on the fence about taking the plunge should read it and especially re-read this passage several times - "if you don't have the time to be a perfectionist. there can be contentment in accepting adequacy, deﬁned perhaps as the acceptable limit of one's abilities. I also suspect that the trick is to never give up until you get as far as you truly believe you can...or maybe stop just before that."
What follows is an account of a how a person became a best selling writer - the account illustrates the aforesaid passage quite well. My issue. with the story of the maverick writer is that he follows a rather unethical in order to build his own career. Something I would never do, no matter what. Would I?"
Another Fact to Fiction item. Forward or Backward, both have their hazards. Going Back is surely not possible and the text and tales explain why. Going forwards, yes it is is possible, we`re doing it all the time... slowly. Faster is possible, but beware the delay effect explored in a couple of tales herein.
Hint: That circular item on the right is a telescopic image of a weird heavenly phenomenon caused by time travel... also explored within.
Consider this paradox. Suppose you went back to the time when a young William Shakespeare was first thinking about writing some plays. Then offer to sell him a printed copy of them. Think of the time and effort that would save him. Better still make a deal with him wherein you get a royalty from the plays, and get him to invest it in your name...somehow. Think about how much the interest would have grown by now.
This quirky, speculative, near SF fiction eBook, story was free from Amazon recently, but for the time being it isn't. It's still good value though so don't miss it, and if you review it, wih Amazon on their website, I'll be happy to credit you with any other eBook you find on this website.
The awesome Hi-Tech slimming device featured in this tale is feasible... but would you want to try it out?... As does the main character in this unusual, slightly chilling, tale, together with his 3 unwary companions.
There's a twist in the end which you may not see coming... please do let me know if you do. Best comments win a free copy of any other eBook on my website...! Use the Contact me link over on the left.... a bit higher up.
FLASH! Comments and Reviews offer, to remind you again.If you'd like a free a .pdf version of any of my books, and will send me your opinion of it then please let me have your email address by sending a private message to: firstname.lastname@example.org... and I'll send you a copy a.s.a.p. You can also use the Contact Me link over on the left side of this screen
PRESS RELEASE - March 21, 2016
Speculative Fiction writer Tony Thorne MBE (89) recently signed a contract with the IT Books Division, Posts & Telecommunications Press, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Information, based in Beijing, for eBook and paperback versions of his latest title, THE SINGULARITY IS COMING.
Copies of the first paperback print run, in Simplified Chinese, will retail from the end of April 2016 at the attractive equivalent price of $6.20 (US dollars). The eBook will also be available then retailing at around $3.00. Copies of the worldwide English language versions have already been similarly priced.
BOOK CONTENTS, in all versions.
Artificial (General) Intelligence, or AGI is coming and will change our way of life dramatically, following on from the Smart Devices we use today. Even more amazing developments are on the way, leading to AGI and the Singularity, an event which cannot be reversed. Many experts believe this will happen in less than nine years, leading to robotic machines far more intelligent than we are, and thus able to do any jobs that humans can do, faster, better and for longer. Many experts believe they will also have awareness, plus the ability to replicate themselves and develop their “learning” software leading inevitably to ASI (Artificial Super Intelligence). The runaway consequences of that incredible development will change our way of life completely. Will we be ready for such a devastating event? Will it be a threat to humanity as several experts believe, and block-buster movies, predict? Others claim it will benefit us in ways we can hardly imagine, such as a healthy age of leisure with everything free.
This easy to read book for general readers, explains what is about to occur and why. It also has sections describing the latest developments and includes a comprehensive further reading list. It also features many “For and Against” comments and arguments by various international scientists and engineers. So who will be correct? Read this book and decide for yourself.
Chinese Publisher contact: Jacky ChenPosts and Telecommunications Press，IT Books DivisionRoom 412，No.11，ChengShouSi Road, Fengtai District, Beijing 100164 PR China - Tel：8610-81055369 Email: chenjikang(at)ptpress.com.cn Website: www.ptpress.com.cn/english/
To continue...I'm mostly a writer of speculative fiction, all kinds of 'what if' tales about what might well happen in our near future. Yes, I'm a futurist, converting present day facts to near future fiction, and it's becoming more challenging every day... due to the ongoing technological explosion. For example, The Artificial Intelligence Revolution... where the race is on right now to create advanced AI, for both good and bad reasons. What you need to know is simply explained, for general readers of all ages, in my Kindle eBook and paperback edition, THE SINGULARITY IS COMING. View it later, after you've had a look lower down at what else I've written, by a single click HERE. Meanwhile, if you click on the ROBOTS INCLUDED link over on the left, you can read about more stories outlining what many experts are certain is imminent, and will affect us all.
Next, please do have a look around this website at the rest of my fiction output, and especially what reviewers say about it. The different titles are described in the sections listed in the blue left hand column. However, if you now scroll down this page, and I hope you do, you will read my news about recent events, and new books, as they occurred. Otherwise, you can view my Amazon Author Pages HERE. If you don't have the time at the moment, then please do come back for a longer look when you do..!
ONGOING PROJECTS: What am I currently working on? An updated collection of my MACABRE TALES with several new stories. I currently expect to call it.. SPECULATIVE TALES; THEY COULDN'T HAPPEN ... RIGHT?
My award winning Macabre Tales collection has new *****Customer Reviews which you can read now on any Amazon website. The award it won was in a recent, Best Halloween Book Festival contest over in New York city.
See more about it using the link in the left hand column and then to consider buying a copy just enter "macabre thorne" in the search box of any Amazon, or B&N etc. website. Yes, that works very well..!
It's available in both eBook and paperback versions.
How about a look at this latest updated edition...?
Three quirky tales illustrating unusual cultural differences in different locations. 1. A lone working holiday maker undertakes a hazardous mission, involving contact with something unearthly. The outcome changes her life forever. 2. A wicked old, self-styled, witch aims a spell at a bunch of villagers who are in her way. Her amoral nephew tries to give her a helping hand, but the results are unexpected.3. A different kind of 'alien creatures' invasion causes panic in a remote island community. Subsequent events cause the population to change their insular ways.
There's a sample, and a new review, you can read by clicking the relevant links over in the left hand column.
Quadcopters are all the rage..!
Here it is, now available as a Kindle eBook, hilarious, quirky, murky adventures.
The complete Bill's Helical Blues... All the amazing adventures of Bill, our hapless hero, his long suffering wife, and his brand new (replacement!) model helicopter. More mystery and mayhem and even murder ensues..!
Don't miss this one for an entertaining read and maybe there's a good idea in there for a profitable weekend business for you too.
Some reviews of THE SINGULARITY IS COMING – The Artificial Intelligence Explosion - Through AI to AG(eneral)I and then AS(uper)I.. (I)ntelligence!
An Outstanding Experience! *****This is a compact, easy to read, book that examines the concept of a technological singularity. It explains how a very dangerous one will arrive relatively soon and I am amazed at how well this subject has been researched and thought out. The storyline examples are suspenseful and full of interesting twists and turns. They, and the whole subject, never become dull or boring. This is one of those rare ‘fact to fiction’ books where I was hooked into reading it through from start to finish. Highly recommended. Review by Lee, UK
Anyone for Spanish..?
My tall SF tale TESTING TIME, illustrated and translated into Spanish, appeared first in the long established Argentine magazine AXXON - Issue number 172. So, if you know the language, check it out on - www.axxon.com.ar or read it in English in my second collection, FUTURE UNCERTAIN. Meanwhile If you do read Spanish it's in the first translation of some of my Tenerife Tall Tales, into that language... ready now from Amazon as a Kindle eBook or a paperback. Here's my collage cover... guess whose photo that is on the right..?
My competition entry, Relocated, won a place in a new anthology entitled LET'S START AGAIN... speculative tales all about what happens after a major world catastrophe. You can read about the anthology if you... Click here
INSIDE INFORMATION - It's just what you need..!
Yes, this is it, something quite different... both the paperback and the eBook versions are available now! Quirky tongue-in-cheek comments (cynical to hilarious), with some useful advice, on (almost) everything you need to know in order to survive in this modern, mad, materialistic world... and it's also about the side effects you'll probably encounter, and how to handle them..! I often use it for items to perform at parties, conventions, business meetings...whatever! There's even a short sketch for a married couple to perform.
Why not ask me for, or even buy an (inexpensive) copy now and then write a review of it... to appear on my Amazon page(s) and all over?
Another anthology hit..!
A new tale, FRACTURED appears in the Whortleberry Press (USA) anthology entitled, STRANGE MYSTERIES III. Their site is well worth a look on... http://www.whortleberrypress.com/
Tenerife Local Supplier
My (printed) books are now available from MEGATONE, the excursion tours agency, car rental, DVD Library and several other things. They are situated on the SW coast road (Avenida Maritima) that leads to Puerto de Santiago, a short way down the hill from the Barcelo Varadero Hotel. Telephone: 922 862152 open from 09.30 to13.00 and 16.30 to 19.30 every day.
AMAZON eBOOKS, among others.
Most of my books are now readily available via the new Amazon Kindle eBook sales pages, but if you happen to be out of the country to which you are generally resident, it's best to order them via their American website (eBook store). You can do this, and see them all by clicking on the following...
For my Amazon pages in the UK... Click HereFor my Amazon pages in the USA... Click Here
When ordering, make sure you click on the lowest prices shown therein ... the higher (duplicated images) ones are incorrect, and I hope Amazon will cut them out soon, as (often) requested..!!!
FLASH! By the way, if you don't yet have a Kindle, you can download their new KINDLE FOR PC program, which is fast and easy to use , when downloading the stories too.
New successes to report ..!
1. A very short, but entirely true, tale of mine A RESOURCEFUL TRAVELLER is now up on the Californian website, fiction page i.e. http://www.i-traveller.ca/
2. A recent short fiction item DEAD RINGER won the August 2010 Flash Fiction contest promoted by the Judge My Words website i.e. http://www.judgemywords.com/ Yes, it is now included in my MACABRE TALES collection.
Another couple of interviews ..!
UK EASTERCON: Odyssey2010
This enormous event was held in the Radisson Hotel, Heathrow, close(?) to London ... and yes, I was there ... in disguise!
Picture taken by Mesmeriser - as featured on Flickr ..! More about the event is on ... www.odyssey2010.co.uk
Astonishing Adventures ..!
2009 Beach Book Festival Contest Winner
NEW YORK - The 2009 Beach Book Festival issued a call for entries for its annual program spotlighting the hottest reads on the beach for the summer ... the results are posted on .... http://www.prlog.org/10261704-2009-beach-book-festival-names-winners.html
SCIENCE FICTION, WINNER: Tenerife Tall Tales – Tony Thorne MBE
Furthermore, there's an article you might like to look at, lower down now, on ... http://www.tenerifemagazine.com/talking-tenerife/from-mount-teide-to-hollywood-hills.htm
TENERIFE - Tall Tales, now a 40 stories trilogy..!
Here's the award winning first in the series of three collections, each with seventeen tall Tales with a twist in the tail, and an introduction by the late legendary Harry Harrison himself! This collection is published in the USA as a paperback by Whortleberry Press, and in Europe by Etcetera Press.and from all the usual outlets, including Barnes & Noble, WH Smith etc. at around $13 (USA dollars) or 7 UK pounds, or about €10 (euros).
For review, and signed, copies use the Contact Me link on the left, much lower down. See also the Offers link on the left.
What else might I suggest...?
The second and third collections in the Tenerife Tales Trilogy are available from most suppliers. Send me an eMail for an offer for the complete set... using the Contact Me link!
TALL SF TALES FOR TEENS
Available now as a paperbook and an Amazon eBook, and for free review (.pdf) copies only... just drop me an E-Mail ... using the Contact Me link on the left further up.
You can buy either from Amazon's site HERE.
The late legendary, SF author Harry Harrison visited Tenerife in November 2007, for a magical week in the sun. We had a truly great time together chatting about events and personalities, past and present. He also read a review copy of my first volume of Tenerife Tall Tales, and honoured me with an introduction for it! In May 2008, he was the chief Guest of Honour at the Eurocon, in Moscow ..! For more about Harry, visit his website by entering his name in any search engine, to locate it ... and many other sites featuring him. Photo by Colin Kirby, from the Tenerife Sun, a half page newspaper article about us both.
EUROCON 2007, Copenhagen
It was the 29th European Science Fiction Convention, and it took place in Copenhagen over the weekend 21-23 September in 2007. I believe there were over 600 visitors and delegates, and the programme was full and varied, and entertaining. Yes, I was there, and met up with all the illustrious guest authors, in attendance, including Anne McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Zoran Livkovic, and many others. Apart from the book signings, I took part in the masquerade Stage Show, performing my outrageous medical scientist routines, and was rewarded with some laughs, and even a couple of encores. (Photo by Carsten Riis, rest below with my camera ...!)
"Tony who?" Yes, I did discover at least one fan of mine there ... and even made some new ones... and DV himself is insisting, "Buy your copy immediately ... or else..!"
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