History: inside one of the old canal houses in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for old houses like these. Many of them were built in the Golden Age, which started around the 1600’s. Some of the most elaborate and pretty houses can be found at the Herengracht, built back in the 1600’s to house the city’s nobles (Heren = Lords). Walking…

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Ambassador 6: The Enemy Within

Ambassador 6: The Enemy Within is book 6 in the Ambassador series Two men went on a surfing trip in a remote area. Only one came back, accused of murdering the other. Sounds simple, right? Not quite, because the alleged murder happened on another planet, the accused is a member…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 6. The Necromancer’s Daughter

The Necromancer’s Daughter is book 6 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series Queen Johanna’s position in Saardam is fragile. The Barons and Kings of the countries in the hinterland are not happy that she helped the royal family to survive and is now about to ensure the next generation. They vow…

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Ambassador 5: Blue Diamond Sky

Ambassador 5: Blue Diamond Sky is book 5 in the Ambassador series As Cory takes a well-earned rest and finally submits to proper weapons training, he and a couple of people from his household go on a hunting trip in the marshland between Barresh and the turquoise sea. A bad…

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Lazy-arse curry chicken & cashew nuts

Ingredients: Two single chicken fillets, cut into chunky cubes One clove garlic One teaspoon curry powder oil 3-4 tablespoons yoghurt handful of roasted & salted cashew nuts Put a little bit of oil in the bottom of a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Chop or crush garlic and add to…

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How many people are needed for a space colony?

Shifting Reality is set in a space station orbiting Epsilon Eridani b. The planet, which my characters call Sarasvati, is a gas giant which I have given rings, and the station’s main industry is the harvest of ice from these rings for the production of water, oxygen and fuel. The…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 5. The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince is book 5 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series The tyrant Alexandre is gone from Saardam, but a new menace has come: the eastern traders in a ship of metal that is said to have been forged with dragon magic. They bring a chest of gold to buy…

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Scientists in fiction

The lives of real scientists are quite different from the way they are often portrayed in fiction. If you’re looking for some reality, then here are a few pointers. Some background info: I lived and worked with science types for many years. I married one (until he decided to go…

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Thoughts on fertility issues in Science Fiction

Fertility-related topics commonly pop up in SF and even in fantasy. One such trope is the notion that some time in the future/on another planet, women will no longer give birth, but that babies will be designed and grown in an artificial environment, or carried by a surrogate. There are…

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Ambassador 1A: The Sahara Conspiracy

Ambassador 1A: The Sahara Conspiracy is book 1A in the Ambassador series 3 December 2114 Cory Wilson is woken in the middle of the night with a summons to appear in the president of Nations of Earth’s office. An aid worker in Djibouti has discovered a shipment of alien guns.…

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