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I spent forty years in shipping, firstly at sea, then in Port Control and as a Thames River Pilot, with adventures to match anything I could imagine. When I retired, I just moved them out into space, changed some of the names and wrote them down.
I write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, as well as chronicling the exploits of Andorra Pett, reluctant amateur detective. When I'm not writing, I bake bread and biscuits, cook delicious meals and walk the Devon coast.
My first novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of The Rocks of Aserol, a Steampunk adventure, and Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space, the first of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective.
Sequels to most of them have either followed or are in production. I also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection of alternative history stories. I'm currently working on more prequels, sequels, and a few new projects.
Check out my videos to see what I get up to. Or, you can keep up with me at richarddeescifi.co.uk where you'll find free short stories, regular features on writing, book reviews and guest appearances from other great authors.
I can also be contacted at email@example.com
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Written by nine well-known authors to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the stories will take you on a journey through the wonderful ‘what ifs’ of England’s most famous year in history.
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And get a taste of Science Fiction.
This collection of short stories will take you on a rollercoaster ride, you’ll learn how to plan a perfect murder, stake a claim on Pluto and mine asteroids.
Have you ever wanted to know how to travel faster than light, Christopher Padget can tell you. Or would you rather find out what happens when you’re able to, there’s an answer to that as well (I hope you’ve packed for the journey).
There’s time travel, corporate misdeeds and an initiation ceremony that few survive.
Take a peek inside, there’s much, much more...
"Sci-Fi… fans are in for a treat."
"Fantastic - A thoroughly enjoyable book of short stories"
Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.
Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?
Beta Readers comments,
"Richard's latest book, The Hitman and the Thief, takes the reader on a twisting journey through different worlds. The action moves swiftly, with unexpected twists and turns. As usual, Richard's excellent technical knowledge conveys a gritty reality with ease. This is a fun read, hard to put down and I sure hope there is a sequel in the making."
Where do your dreams take you? Are they glimpses of another life, in another place?
Rick thought his dreams were just a figment of his imagination. An escape from his boring life. While he slept, he was Dan, exploring the planet Ecias.
Six hundred years and half a galaxy away, his days on Ecias were so much better than his life on Earth.
His wife, Cath, knew nothing of his nocturnal adventures, or about Vanessa, the woman he shared them with. She would never have understood.
Both his lives were separate, until the day when everything changed. The day that people and events from his dreams of Ecias started showing up in his waking life on Earth. While he was trying to work out what was going on, both his worlds fell apart. On Ecias, in his dreams, he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, in his waking life, Cath finds out about Vanessa and leaves him.
Suddenly, Rick has to face up to an uncomfortable question.
Which life is real? Will either of them go back to how they were? If you had a choice, which life would you choose?
"a masterpiece of fiction"
"Fast-paced, edge of your seat stuff!"
If your Captain won't keep you safe, who will?
An interplanetary surveying expedition ends in disaster. The survivors are stranded; on a beautiful but savage planet.
Making it home will be hard enough, without having to fight each other. Can the truth survive one man's desire to make a name for himself?
Ballantyne Alysom is the Galaxy’s most famous explorer.
Davis Jansen is the cameraman he takes to record his latest mission. Alysom is giving nothing away, except that it's something that’s never been seen before.
When things go wrong, they are marooned on a savage and uncharted planet. The survivors need a leader they can rely on. Jansen watches and records it all as Alysom’s true character is revealed. He’s not the genial and fearless explorer that everyone sees.
The Far Explorer is a ship riddled with infighting and jealousy, Alysom is controlling and arrogant, nothing like the man that his reputation suggests. Jansen’s efforts to expose the truth carry just as much risk as surviving on the planet did.
Find out if enough lies can ever bury the truth in Survive, the tale of Ballantyne Alysom.
"Survive came alive from the first page, and really took on a life of its own. "
"The characters were all well developed and believable, the story was saturated with the atmosphere, and the bad guy was someone that everyone has experienced at one point in their life! "
"All in all, another fabulous read."
‘Review a hotel for me,’ she said. ‘It’ll be easy,’ she said. I haven’t even got started and there’s a body in the bathroom.
It was only supposed to be a hotel review, all Miles Goram wants to do is finish up and get off Reevis as quickly as he can. It’s an airless planet where everyone lives under a giant dome, not the sort of place he wants to be stuck on. The body in his bath has really fouled his plans up. Then he discovers the dead man’s secret.
Miles gets drawn deeper into life on Reevis, he finds corruption and mistrust everywhere. Balcom Industrial treat the place like their own kingdom and discourage any questioning incomers. As a journalist and ex-convict, Miles is top of their most unwanted list.
If the death threats and the fact that everyone trying to make him leave wasn’t enough, there’s the added distraction of a missing heiress thrown in.
Suddenly his life has got very complicated, Miles wants answers. If only he can live long enough to find them.
"Completely absorbing, wonderful book, beautifully depicted scenery."
"If you love sci-fi you will love this book."
Is Jackson Thwaite ready to discover the secret of Makewright Orphanage?
Although he doesn't know it, he has been selected to be part of something vital to the land of his birth.
Norlandia is a country under threat, as never before. The old heroes are but a memory, while evil forces gather, seeking power.
They are armed with the latest devices that perverted science has devised.
Control of Norlandia and everyone in it is their ultimate aim.
Who will stand in their way?
Under the command of the mysterious Mortimer Langdon, all that stands between civilisation and anarchy are Jackson and the rest of The Orphan Detectives.
"A fantastical world filled with gears, pneumatics, airships, and intrigue aplenty that kept everyone on their toes."
"This is definitely a page-turner."
Break one promise to keep another, can there be another way?
Dave Travise has promises to keep, a galaxy to search and no time to lose. The trouble is, most of the promises that he’s made contradict each other.
Why is there always more than one problem to solve at the same time? The authorities are on his trail and his girlfriend’s family are missing.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s expected to mete out revenge on a man he hasn’t seen for fifteen years.
Pulled in different directions by the demands placed on him, friends become enemies and new allies appear. Once Dave realises that the only way to appease everyone is by doing what feels is right, he may be surprised at what his efforts reveal.
In the end, there’s more than one way to keep a promise.
"a rollicking adventure ride filled with intrigue, murder, and quite a bit of mystery."
How did a clothes designer end up solving crimes in space? It wasn’t intentional, it just sort of happened.
When Andorra Pett’s life turns upside down, she decides on a career change. Running a diner on a mining station orbiting Saturn.
It seemed like such a good idea at the time. With her best friend Cy in tow, Andorra reckons it’s the best thing for them both. A chance to start again where nobody knows them.
Before they have a chance to get settled, the bodies start turning up. Then they learn that there’s a secret hidden in the café.
Worse than that, there’s a queue of dubious characters trying to find it. Everyone seems to have a motive, who can they trust?
While learning to bake and get used to life in space, Andorra has a murderer to catch!
Before they strike again…
"Agatha Raisin meets Miss Marple, in Space!"
“a tale that has everything - humour, suspense, a strong but struggling heroine, a fantastic sci-fi setting, and a truly universal story.”
Devon; a land of beauty, of moors, villages and coasts. A place of stories, told by the people who live there.
Take a look beneath the surface of Devon with the Exeter Authors, nineteen tales from thirteen of the county’s finest writers.
Contains some adult (18+) material.
Bobbing. Discover why revenge is a dish best served with cider,
Make a wish. Devon is the place to spend the rest of your life.
The Dartmoor Dragon. Discover the magic on the moor.
Cutty Dyer. Quiet villages can hold deadly secrets
Winter Snow. The old ways are the best
The Padding Horror. On the moors, an ancient evil is stalking its latest prey.
Under the Hunters Moon. You're never truly alone on the moor
The Fairmile Green Man. Has Swampy and his protest been forgotten? A green man carving brings a much older story back to life.
Guardians. A peaceful little village hides a dark secret.
And many more.
Contributors: Jenifer Braund, Richard Dee, Maura Beckett, Chip Tolson, Brian Willis, Janet Few, John Hall, K. Y. Eden, Richard Lappas, Tracey Norman, Mark Norman, P.J. Reed, Jenny Kane
Part of the sale price goes to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
An innocent abroad, a deadly secret, a quest to find the truth.
Horis Strongman, civil servant. Sent to the provincial city of Aserol, he stumbles upon a secret, deep underground. One that could change Norlandia forever.
In his world, mighty machines of metal are powered by Steam and Clockwork. Coal is King. Anything that alters the balance of power will strike fear into the elite.
Because of what Horis discovers, people want him and those around him silenced, by any means. He’s blamed for a disaster and forced to run.
He has allies. Maloney, an ex-soldier with a mechanical arm and Grace, the chambermaid from his hotel. They can keep him alive to prove his innocence, there is nobody else he can trust.
One thing is for certain. His life, and Norlandia itself, will never be the same again.
"What an absolutely fantastic read. Every turn of the page fuelled my imagination."
"The good guys are likeable; the bad guys detestable, a damsel is in distress and the white knight is on his way to save her. What else could a reader want?"
“An old-fashioned adventure in the tradition of HG Wells and Jules Verne.”
Continue the adventure in the sequel, A New Life in Ventis.
More exploring to do...
in the worlds and words of Richard Dee.
In this collection of short stories, you’ll find the secrets of a second-hand shirt, read about the history of the future and learn the true meaning of Christmas (And you thought you knew it already!).
Not only that, you can discover the secrets of the Methane seas of Protea, whose really in charge and why you should always be careful what you wish for.
If that wasn’t enough, there are cows in space, why would there be?
"Richard Dee has done it again."
"keeps the reader entertained from start to finish."