I have been writing novels for decades. Back in the 1980s, I adopted the pen-name Roland Lindsay to achieve a mid-alphabet Surname for optimum retail shelf placement. Ironically, that no longer matters a damn for eBooks in the digital age. They are all ‘Speculative Fiction’* and a page presenting a synopsis is available here for each book.
From an author’s perspective, Capatalism is almost as bad as Communism in the book publishing industry, treating all work as assets attracting advertising and marketing revenue only. So I would rather make all my novels freely available here rather than allow them to be used for profit. There are 17 novels, divided into two tetralogies, one trilogy, one duology, and four stand-alone novels. They have all been removed from Amazon.
* Speculative Fiction – what is it?
Stories that rely on What if? elements are known as Speculative Fiction – but ALL fiction is essentially speculative. Most fiction has a bit of What If in it.
Despite technically describing the speculative factors, my books are General Fiction with an unusual twist to a core idea, logically rationalizing things that we know don’t normally happen.
• Homo Magnetica is a tetralogy – link here – following four separate generations of the Tyler family – all sensitive to planetary magnetic fields. The tetralogy comprises: Sensitive Sapiens, Mag Mandate, Defender’s Destiny, and Red-Hand Heritage.
• Vortex Evolution – used to be a trilogy, but Book #3 was too complex, so it was simplified and a fourth book written (2023/24) to expand the story into a tetralogy – link here – comprising The Quantum Elbow, Storm Pilgrim, Quantum Heritage and Vortex Eye. A Quantum Elbow is a device that, used either as a pair, or arrays of several elbows, is a type of engine suitable for space travel.
• The Warder Cycle is a trilogy – link here – following a unique character and his people. The trilogy comprises: Throwback’s Realm, Tree Thinker, and Heavy Biscuits.
• The Clone-zone Cycle – is a duology – link here – following the exploits of a network and surveillance expert using new technology to help the Police to catch hackers and other criminals, but the Police suspect that he uses illegal methods. The cycle comprises Shadow Hacker and Shadow Raider.
eBook file-types for distribution:
For commercial reasons, online eBook sites use copy-protected download files. Amazon’s Kindle needs proprietary .AZW3 files or public-domain .MOBI files. Most other devices read free .EPUB files.
Unrestricted .EPUB versions of my books are available here, but if you want a different format, just send me an email (button top-right of this page).
• The Archimedes Project – A stand-alone novel – link here – a trio of inventors are surprised that their wonderful new device does NOT win them friends. They end up running for their lives.
• Cocoon Gambler – A stand-alone novel – link here – a dedicated anti-gambling man finds a way to gamble successfully – but at great personal cost!
• Skipping Diablo – A stand-alone novel – link here – The integration of a new technology falls under the influence of political interests... bad move!
• Flicker Dawn – A stand-alone novel – link here – The invention of a new transport device for small items stumbles from crisis to crisis in its development phase.
• Book Sales is a separate page outlining marketing options for eBooks, because the issues are too complex for simple news-page listing.
Page-counts: The standard formula for most fiction books, released as paperback ‘pBooks’, is 300 words per page allowing about ½-page per Chapter for blank space. That’s very optimistic, but it is the industry standard.
That just doesn’t work at all for an eBook. Pages are variable on eBook Readers to allow users to set their own comfortable font-size. I specify 11-point as the default font-size when opening one of my eBooks... but that means way less than 200 words fit on each Reader ‘page’ – or only about half a ‘standard page’. Book length doesn’t really matter much – a long eBook isn’t any ‘fatter’ than a short one, it just uses slightly more device memory.
Amazon seems to have settled on a compromise eBook ‘page-count’ – about 245 words per ‘page’. All of my books are around 120-150,000 words, so that’s between 490 and 600 ‘Amazon pages’, or between 400 and 500 ‘pBook pages’.