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New ebook now available! (Yes, it’s early)

28 Feb

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/413714 or http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/33384/missing-pieces\
My #free March #ebook release is 3 hours early because my monitor is misbehaving so I wanted to make sure you got this months release online all okay.
If you like it, drop me a tweet @RayDaleyWriter

The Release Reshuffle

25 Feb

I was going through my finalised releases for this year late last night and decided to move a few titles around from their original release dates.

I’ve now bumped a Military SF title up to next months release.
What was going to be next months release will now come out in April.
And the original April release has been pushed back to December.

Obviously I could have gone ahead and done these releases without saying I’d moved them around, you (by “you” I mean my wonderful readers) would have been blissfully unaware and without a care in the world, simply happy to have a new e-book by me to read. But I like to tell you what’s going on behind the scenes of my little writing & publishing world.

It may be a very small world. Population 1, in fact. Yours truly.
The reading world, however, is quite a bit larger.
I happen to know that on Feedbooks alone, 8383 people have downloaded my most popular book.
One of my erotica titles. ;-P
Oddly enough, the same title is my most downloaded on Smashwords too. 1083 people have taken it from there.

Anyway, now you know roughly what will be coming on Saturday.

I’ve been reviewed! By someone I read!

13 Feb

Your actual Tom Lichtenberg only just reviewed my new ebook. Someone I like is a fan? COOL!

Here’s what he had to say about “Waking Up Different” (A 5 star review, no less!):-
Another fun story by this always entertain writer. Recommended!

He also said this on his blog:-
A fun short story of cryonics by the always entertaining sci fi writer and Doctor Who story teller Ray Daley, Waking up Different is free from Smashwords as are many of his stories. It’s like free candy for light-hearted science fiction fans! And who doesn’t like free candy?

Thank you for your kind words Tom. My new release will be next month but I’ll be featuring on Farther Stars Than These on the 20th of next month too. My flash stuff is also on 365 Tomorrows & Linguistic Erosion. Feel free to read it.

Or follow the blog. Or my twitter feed, @RayDaleyWriter

This months free ebook release is up!

1 Feb

#new #free #sf #ebook http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/404060 or http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/33218/waking-up-different

This months free release “Waking Up Different”, hope you enjoy it!

First free ebook of the year (contains ADULT themes, not for kids!)

1 Jan

Smashwords – For The Lack Of A Spoon —a book by Ray Daley.
For The Lack Of A Spoon – Ray Daley | Feedbooks.

When the Owl & The Pussycat went to sea, it wasn’t such an wonderful journey as Edward Lear would have you believe.

And all for the smallest of reasons.

1st release of the new year, ADULTS ONLY! (contains themes of violence & alternate sexuality)

Addressing a bad review

10 Dec

I’ll present the review first before I address the points raised by the reviewer.
I’m doing this on the blog because there’s a massive issue with Smashwords, you can’t talk to people who’ve written reviews. Which they REALLY need to sort out.

The Ground Beneath My Feet By Ray Daley
Review by:
andy petrides on Dec. 09, 2013 : star
oof… so many issues.
some spoilers follow…

This doesn’t even qualify as a rough draft… this is simple brainstorming, borrowing from a hundred movies we’ve all seen before.Much of the science makes no sense compared to what actually happens. Author needs to ask WHY and HOW when he writes things… for example, he writes that the ship can do everything, but its main function is to raise/teach one human to do basic things. Huh? Or that when they reach the planet they are to seed, the ship simply dumps a bunch of people on it to wander around… no probes/scans/tests/etc… technology we actually have today… just “go out for a walk!” also, why is the ship teaching about earth? (sounds of the ocean, etc) shouldn’t it be teaching about the planet they will seed? Or how about “skipping 20 yrs of development to avoid nasty puberty”… watch Bladerunner and see the issues about cloning/making adults with no experience with emotion, human interaction, etc. Unfortunately the science here reads like Flash Gordon… author should watch some Star Trek instead and study the morality tales behind the story, and back it up with ‘realistic’ science.
The only thing that was clever was the biblical idea of “the first man killed by a serpent”. That is a nice concept… think about what can be learned from this, and block out the story from there. Question everything you write- why are things happening? be cognizant of all the assumptions you make.

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And that was the review.

Let’s address what Andy had to say.

This doesn’t even qualify as a rough draft… this is simple brainstorming, borrowing from a hundred movies we’ve all seen before.
Actually Andy, the finished piece went through several edits.

Much of the science makes no sense compared to what actually happens.
This is a generalization.

for example, he writes that the ship can do everything, but its main function is to raise/teach one human to do basic things.
At no point do I ever say or even infer the ship can do everything. Its main function isn’t to raise 1 human to do basic things. Inflight its main function is to raise a human to be its Captain (hardly a basic thing), At planetfall it teaches them all the survival skills they will need on a new planet.

Or that when they reach the planet they are to seed, the ship simply dumps a bunch of people on it to wander around… no probes/scans/tests/etc… technology we actually have today… just “go out for a walk!”
The scans of the surface are clearly mentioned, the computer decides not to tell the Captain about the life it finds. And it hardly “dumps” them, it selects the safest place it can find. Also, all the people on the shuttle are armed. They are hardly being dumped naked in the middle of nowhere.

also, why is the ship teaching about earth? (sounds of the ocean, etc)
Reviewer clearly misread, it wakes the Captain to the sound of waves to keep him calm in a stressful situation. At no point do I ever mention anythning about teaching them about Earth.

shouldn’t it be teaching about the planet they will seed?
Again, I don’t think you actually read the piece very thoroughly, if at all. All the lessons it gives them are about survival on such worlds.

Unfortunately the science here reads like Flash Gordon… author should watch some Star Trek instead and study the morality tales behind the story, and back it up with ‘realistic’ science.
Actually Andy, I watch a LOT of Star Trek. The idea here was to move away from stories around Generation Ships & try a new approach to planet seeding. As for “realistic” science? It’s called fiction for a reason?

The only thing that was clever was the biblical idea of “the first man killed by a serpent”. That is a nice concept.
Finally! Something you DO like.

be cognizant of all the assumptions you make.
This could be applied to your review, in spades.

Me and Blade Runner.

10 Dec

I have a big place in my heart for the movie, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most versions of it now (all bar 3 I believe) and I am more than familiar with both the world and its inhabitants.

Which is probably why I chose to write what eventually turned out to be my first piece of Blade Runner fanfic Blade Runner Time Line.
This was a project, I discovered there wasn’t a great deal of information known about Doctor Eldon Tyrell so I thought to myself that someone needed to correct this oversight.

And then decided that someone should be me.

So sure enough, I wrote a complete life history of the good Doctor including the creation of the various Nexus types right up to the moment Tyrell is killed in the movie. His story DOES continue after that but you’d have to read the Jeter books to find out more.

Having created a nicely detailed timeline which originally was just going to be my research for writing, I then actually wrote the story I’d intended to create when I started to compile the timeline. This story became my 2nd piece of Blade Runner fanfic The Process, a story about earlier Nexus models and how they were detected before the Blade Runner unit were formed.

I then rested on my laurels for a good while.

Until I got another idea a couple of days ago which I finally typed up today. It’s called “Father Figure” and it’s more about Eldon Tyrell (yes, again!) and an earlier Nexus model. It’ll be released eventually or submitted to the flash market, hopefully sometime next year.

This does not mean I am finished writing about Tyrell or the Blade Runner universe.
There are more stories to be told, more characters to explore, many more questions to answer and to ask.

I hope I have time enough.

Final (original) ebook release of the year!

6 Dec

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385259
http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/32831/the-ground-beneath-my-feet
The Ground Beneath My Feet – A FREE original SF ebook, my last this year!

What You’ve Done This Year

4 Dec

I thought as I am close to my last release of the year I would take stock and actually write down a list of everthing I’ve released, self-published or had published elsewhere this year.

Here goes:-

ebooks released through Smashwords & Feedbooks
Letters Home (Jan 1st)
Artificial Intelligence (Feb 1st)
The Mason Procedure (March 1st)
The Time On The Island (March 31st, April release)
Moments In A Crowd (May 1st)
First One There Dies (May 7th)
All The World In Wax (June 1st)
Dinner With Grandma (June 30th, July release)
Alan Rickman Will NOT Die (Aug 1st)
The Last Day With My Friends (In The Marble Orchard) (Sept 1st)
The Realisation (Oct 1st)
Service Provider (Oct 20th)
The Short Trip (Nov 1st)
Echo Beach (Nov 8th)
The Gallifrey Five (Nov 15th)
Visiting Hours (Nov 22nd)
Patient Review (Nov 29th)
The Ground Beneath My Feet (Dec 6th, to be uploaded on Friday)
18 titles.

Flash Fiction published

365 Tomorrows
Return From Red Zone – Jan 12th
Salary Man – May 28th
2 titles.

Linguistic Erosion
The Man Who Was Twelve Bears – Jan 16th
Ground Zero – Jan 19th
The Last Mighty One – Jan 24th
The Keepers, Kept – April 7th
The Armstrong Moment – May 15th
Come In Number 13, Your Time Is Up!- Aug 20th
6 titles.

Facebook
The Dream Of Space Flight – Feb 9th
Never Apart Until Then – May 3rd
The Pioneer – Jun 30th
Daddy I’ve Fallen For A Monster – Aug 4th
The Seven Mistakes A Ninja Makes – 23rd Aug
Death On The 7:15 from Roehampton –  Sept 27th
The Least Haunted House In The World – Oct 25th
7 titles.

33 complete stories released this year.
Almost 4 per month.

So what was your total?

And that’s about it for this month!

29 Nov

Patient Review
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382830
http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/32786/patient-review

My last free Doctor Who ebook for this month!
If you like it, why not Tweet me @RayDaleyWriter

Please be aware, next months (December) release will NOT be on the 1st of the month.
It will probably go out on the 6th.
There will be only ONE release next month.
This month was special, being the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary AND Armistice Day.

I will almost certainly NOT be doing this kind of weekly release again.
EVER.