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Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.
Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways–Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn’t know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.
Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office’s Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.
Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.
Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.
His family later moved to England and then on to America.
After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.
He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.
After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.
Inside the Mind of an Author
(Guest Post by the Author)
Recently I heard a local author give a lecture on the art of the novel. Someone in the audience asked him the question that is always asked: Where do you get your ideas? The author smiled and gave an answer that surprised me. He said, “If you’re a writer, then ideas just bubble up inside you. Everything you see, hear, read or are told about ferments inside you. The art of the writer lies in developing the techniques and skills to use these ideas effectively in a story.”
I think he was right. The talent to create a story is both nature and nurture. A would-be musician must start out with a decent ear and a good sense of rhythm—then the craft and techniques of a musical instrument must be learned. It’s the same thing with writers. By natural inclination, ideas, premises, characters, plots, and situations just burst forth inside them. But making the most of this ability requires hard work, discipline, and a good education (formal or otherwise).
I recently read an article by Nancy Andreasen in The Atlantic entitled ‘Secrets of the Creative Brain’. It had some very interesting things to say about creativity and the writer. According to her research, using PET scanning, she found a number of markers in the brain that show a unique type of activity in the brains of writers and other creative people. Creative types seem to have a much larger capacity for linking divergent areas and ideas. They find connections that others miss. When this activity makes sense in the real world and results in a good story or a new invention, we call it talent or genius. But when the ideas don’t connect with anything real, we call it a symptom of mental problems.
A while back when I was on a walk I started thinking about a chapter in my new novel. From out of nowhere I suddenly ‘heard’ two of my female characters talking about the protagonist of my novel. I spoke aloud, giving voice to the dialogue so I would be sure to remember it. When I returned home, I wrote it all down for future use. If people had observed me on my walk, they would have thought I was crazy!
The difference between a writer and a schizophrenic is that the writer can control his imagination to a degree. The sane writer can come back to the real world by simply shifting attention and changing the focus. The sane writer can stop the voices at will and go back to the ‘real world’.
The mind of an author is a very busy place. The mundane world can be transformed at any time into a sparkling, imaginative realm. People might find it odd when a funny smile comes to our face for no reason. They might think it strange when in the midst of a conversation a faraway look comes to our eyes. But personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Formats/Prices: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
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