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Thanks Patrick. All three books in the trilogy have a luggage theme because it all starts with what looks like a silver suitcase left in the struts of a space station. I was lucky to receive an email from a NASA astronaut about those struts only to discover he was in orbit at the time! Leroy Chaio confirmed this later. I might be the first writer to have had help with a book from space!
Anyway, the third and final book is called ARIA: Abandoned Luggagge. Marvellous cover art by the talented Andy Bigwood.
A typical review of book one:
A wikia page about me and the ARIA Trilogy is http://nelderaria.wikia.com/wiki/NelderAria_Wiki
The third and final book in my scifi medical mystery on infectious amnesia (ARIA) has been published this month. It came as I emerged from Liverpool’s Heart and Chest Hospital where they kindly inserted stents into my coronary artery to stop the curious chest pains and to keep me alive. Yeay. My mood was boosted with the publication of ARIA’s final book.
Now the publisher thought it would be cool to create a box set of the ebooks. I like that idea too.
Just enter geoff nelder into Amazon to see my author page and links to the various formats and titles.
Apologies if this is of no interest to you.
Thanks Patrick. Thinking of an original idea, crafting it, finding publisher and more edits – all that is just the beginning! Promo is the bit I hate butbutbut…
I have Ubik on my to read shelf. Too many review books to get through first, let alone me finishing writing my own ARIA Trilogy – just a chapter left to go for the final volume. I’ll be sad to see THE END.
Latest book I read was Harry Harrison’s Wheelworld. Bit dated – many similarities with the fun Inverted World by Christopher Priest.
I introduced my book group to a recent SF novel: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. Clearly Hannu was having a jolly time with the writing and I enjoyed it enormously. Game Theory, feisty women, telepathic cities and what could happen when smart gardgets get even smarter. What more do you want?
the poet / judge and good egg, Mandy Pannett wrote a insightful review of ARIA: Left Luggage here
She kind of picked up on aspects that I hadn’t realized I put in – haha. It’s all in the mind.
There’s no poetry as such in ARIA – but there’s plenty of poetic justice.
I’ve heard good things about Eric’s Helix and it’s on my to-read shelf. Now his sequel is out I ought to get on with it.
My reading problem is that I’m a member of two SFF book groups and I find reading two books a month hard going. This month it’s Neal Asher’s Gridlinked and Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself. Both swashbuckling action books but with the former set in the future and the latter in a medieval alternative Earth. Both rather James Bond like for me but entertaining.
I’m reading Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi and enjoying it. Roll on telepathic cities.
Normally I am to poetry as a banana is to a wheelbarrow but I much enjoyed the SF poetry by Myfanwy Fox in Focus this issue. I told her so and she was most surprised to find her poem in there but recalled submitting it to somewhere a long time ago after a call for speculative poetry. She’d not a member of the BSFA so I posted her a copy. She might join now 🙂
Well it looks like this bit of the forum is just me and Patrick – thanks for not making me lonely!
ARIA: Left Luggage won first place in the P&E Readers’ poll for best SF novel of 2012. I was up against 84 other books.
The final tally page is at http://critters.org/predpoll/final_tally_novelsf.ht
The Preditors & Editors Contest is no Pullitzer or Man-Booker and is aimed more at independent and small press so this win isn’t going to set the world on fire but every accolade helps in promoting ARIA.
Even though the contest is meant for small press I did beat competitive books from DAW, Angry Robot and Bean Books.
Thanks again for any votes from BSFA members and encouragement.
Now you’d think ARIA could have been nominated for a BSFA award considering its original premise and other unique characteristics but it was published just too late into 2012 apparently. Oh well.
Even so if your interest is piqued, details on ARIA including ebook and print are at the publishers at
Literary killed baby comes back to life in http://markiles.co.uk/2012/10/gems-from-aria-by-geoff-nelder.html
I’m on a blog tour with pieces related to ARIA: Left Luggage even if distantly. I’m really pleased to say that today my piece on The Lure of Bridges and their role in fiction – and life – is hosted by that award-winning, Bridport-short-listed author, and Write Idea member, Jonathan Pinnock at http://networkedblogs.com/DAag9
There’s even a cartoon of mine.
If you have five minutes do have a look.
Umm, I’m talking to myself, aren’t I? Oh well, another sentence or two.
I’ve been organised by LL-Publications into a blog tour that starts today with the delectable Suzanne McLeod’s blog at
Please help us to get the hit rate up!
Anyone seen it yet? Bit quiet here. Everyone caught amnesia?
George, your comments on Heidegger, et al, reminds me of the novel that started me writing again. The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer has this pre-Millennium era ideas as its premise: 1) most bank robbers get away with it; 2) most bank robbers are below average intelligence. What if the protagonist – an unemployed philosopher, gathers a gang of philosophers and go on a bank-robbing spree? Surely they’d be on to a winner? Fischer has a love of words, an impish SOH and intelligence beyond necessary for such a book. Strongly recommended even though it isn’t SFF.