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Saturday, 18 March 2017

An Adaptation Retro Science Fiction Adventure Tailor Made For You.

Are you a science fiction fan? 

Do you love those old comics and the glorious pulp sci-fi reads of times gone by?

Ironic, isn’t it? 

Why do we love the retro science fiction stories of the past about our future?

Were you a fan of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, or Edgar Rice Burroughs? 

Of course, there are so many more authors, who delightfully tweaked our varied imaginations.

Do you remember the first time a story ever gripped your fancy?

Can you re-live the wow factor again?

Did you ever imagine yourself inside the adventure and veering off at a tangent and going somewhere else inside the story? 

Do you want an adventure tailor-made for you?

As an impressionable young lad, I always found myself pondering such things.

I would walk about in my dream thinking, “If I was in that story, I would do this or that.” I found myself wishing for all sorts of adventures.

When I read H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, I remember getting a tremendous lift out of the short excerpt when an ironclad called H.M.S. Thunder Child attacked three Martian tripods in the River Blackwater to save a paddle steamer full of refugees. 

It was not more than half a page and the uplifting and brave event was short lived. Yet it achieved great admiration from me as a young and impressionable avid reader. Anyone who has read War of the Worlds or listened to Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation will know. 

In my mind's eye, I wanted to know more of the crew and the bold ironclad. I found myself re-inventing a small section of the story from a whole new perspective. I wondered what it would have been like to be on such a ship that cruised into legend, blazing away at the Martian abominations in defence of mankind.

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I don't how many times I've read "The War of the Worlds" over the years. Certainly more than a dozen and that does not include the various editions abridged for younger readers, the Classics Illustrated comic (a reproduction cover of which I have framed in my office), or the various derivative works, both literary and illustrated. And I've seen all the various film adaptations of the novel--the updated George Pal 1953 opus, the ridiculous and intellectually insulting Steven Spielberg epic, the SyFy Channel's efforts (yes, all of them), and the exquisitely faithful and horribly under funded Pendragon production (the director later redeemed himself with a wonderful mockumentary). And we should not forget Jeff Wayne's musical version, which has formed the foundation of his career. In all of those works, only four--the original novel, the Classics Illustrated comic, the Pendragon film, and the Wayne musical version--included what I consider the pivotal scene within the tableau of the War of the Worlds, the conflict between three Martian war machines and the HMS Thunder Child, an old coastal defense vessel, a torpedo ram. Why do I think it so important? Because it shows the difference between us and the Martians, our innate human decency and the Martian rapaciousness, our ability to counter alien ruthlessness with self-sacrifice. The incident is briefly addressed in Wells' novel, necessarily limited because of the narrative form Wells chose to tell his tale and to keep the story moving, but I've always wished we could know more about brave men of HMS Thunder Child, who knew they were going to their deaths in an effort to save a boatload of refugees but went anyway. Evidently I was not the only one who wanted to know about those stalwart British tars, for C.A. Powell has given us a splendidly well-written book in "The Last Days of Thunder Child," one which not only tells us the story behind the story, but also peoples that doomed ship with characters we can care about and affords insights into the British navy at the close of the Nineteenth Century. If you are a fan of Wells' novel, Powell's book is required reading. Unlike other works derived from the original, it takes nothing from Wells' story and adds so much more. You will enjoy it immensely, and might even shed a tear at the fates of those who sailed into hell, not because they were following orders but because their humanity demanded it

A Plan of action began to develop in my mind.

The whole endeavour of this written work was inspired during an evening school writing class and it developed from there. It was a wonderful project that I found most absorbing.

So I decided to Something About it.

It was a labour of love and a project that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would come home of an evening and sit down to add to my re-invented story set in H.G.Wells' Victorian Britain. Of a day I would ponder each step of my story. I had a dramatic ending, but there was to be a journey to that ending with characters showing the reader the way. Everything began to fall in line and each day I became more excited with my creation.

When complete, I knew I had to get professional editing done. This was achieved by requesting for applicants to edit the story. This was done via an agency for freelance editors with relevant qualifications. I offered a price and the interested parties would come back with their price offers and examples of what they could do. As the freelance editors began to bid for the work and sent me samples of what they could do, I was impressed by the skills. I was also shocked by the amount of correction I could see on the pages they sent back.

After about four or five applications, I settled for one person who did a wonderful editorial job for around the price I was asking. £10 per 1,000 words of a novel containing around 54,000 words. When I read the corrected text, I was overjoyed with the way my Sci-fi retro adaptation novel was flowing.

I got a wonderful cover from a professional book cover artist. Also, the word alignment with font size got done professionally. It all made for a dynamic presentation. I sat back and saw sales begin to come in from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. I was delighted.

5.0 out of 5 stars A book that deservedly goes inside War Of The Worlds 
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This review is from: The Last Days Of Thunder Child (Kindle Edition) 

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Length:: 2:48 MinsNovels like this are like a painting inside of a painting, or a painting inside someone else's painting. C A Powell does a great job in both stepping into Wells world and handling the sea battle, which is probably the most challenging kind of battle to write. For more detail watch the video I made. This book is definitely worth it. I got at least seven out of it.
Click writing above to see what Brian had to say.

Are you a science fiction fans who likes to read while travelling on a train or bus, to and from work? Would you like to read such a story? A tale where the reader escapes into Victorian Britain? It is a place where iron and steel was the mark of the day. It, therefore, has a steampunk flavour about it. 

To re-invent the bygone world of Victorian Britain in an alternative sci-fi reality was a splendid project. It took me on a wonderful journey of old British Ironclads. I enjoyed reading all sort of historical things and tried to weave them into my science fiction adaptation novel. 

It has received some good reviews in the USA and also the UK, where it has been available since January 2017.

The retro sci-fi reading fan of today still tends to like and compare best historical or sci-fi books to read from the past. The mind's eye conjures up rivets and steel girders of a fantasy steampunk age - an alternative reality. 

There are many fun Science fiction books to choose online and one can always see people on trains and buses engrossed in an e-reader or a paperback.

This Sci-Fi fantasy book set in Victorian Britain is an adaptation of a Martian Invasion from a top selling Sci-Fi story of all time. It is on sale throughout the world NOW! 

This pastiche SciFi story was inspired by H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds set in Victorian Britain in the year of 1898. 

It crosses a number of genres in this day and age. Obviously Science Fiction, but also Alternative Reality and even Steampunk.

I went on a journey of discovery trying to imagine what H.M.S. Thunder Child might have looked like and fell fancifully in love with the first revolving turret ship without sails. It was H.M.S. Devastation - blogs of which are featured here. She also had a sister ship called HMS Thunderer.

At first, these revolving ship's had muzzle loading guns with short stumpy barrels that barely protruded from the gun ports. I wanted to keep these on the ship of 1898. Even though they were obsolete by such times. I used poetic license to do such thing and used a credible excuse.

Enlarge image and get better view of internal ship

My Pastiche novel about H.G. Wells' fictional battleship H.M.S. Thunder Child (The Last Days of Thunder Child) was based on H.M.S. Devastation. In my imagination, I could see this design for Thunder Child going into battle against three Martian tripods on the River Blackwater in the county of Essex, England, the UK in 1898.

Muzzle loading guns went obsolete around 1889. All Royal navy ships, including Devastation, were converted to Breech loading. However, I invented a political excuse to keep Thunder Child antiquated and still retaining the short stubby muzzle loading guns inside revolving turrets. 

This was to give Thunder Child a feeling of being behind the times, but still plucky when the occasion demanded. The diagram above was found in a library book and then I was fortunate enough to find it online. This gives a great internal view of the working of H.M.S. Devastation and I used this plan for my vision of H.M.S. Thunder Child in The Last Days of Thunder Child by C.A. Powell.

Want to escape into the world of an alternative Victorian Britain?

Where Martian tripods did come and try to conquer? 

Look not further.


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