Meet Guest Author, Peter Cawdron…

Greetings from Down Under. I’m an Australian science fiction writer, born in New Zealand. Over the years, I’ve also lived in Kansas, Indiana, and Stirling in Scotland.
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I write hard science fiction but don’t let that deter you. My goal is to make hard science easy. I weave character-centric stories around actual science in a plausible manner. For me, science fiction is about awakening a sense of awe within the reader.
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Sometimes, that’s about the possibilities that lie ahead of us.
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Other times, it’s about appreciating this majestic concept we call life.
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Every aspect of modern society depends on science.
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Turn on a light, pour yourself a cup of water, get some chocolate from the fridge—our lives ride upon the success of science from past generations. As astonishing as a rocketship may be, so is an airplane or a bus. The only difference is we’ve grown accustomed to the latter.
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Too often, the mad scientist is the bad guy, or disaster movies start with someone ignoring science.
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We can change that. You and me.
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With a pandemic raging as I write this, and climate change looming on the horizon, we need science more than ever. That’s not to say it’s our savior, rather it’s our enabler. If we are to negotiate the treacherous waters ahead, it will be with good science as our guide.

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If you’re interested in creative, uplifting science fiction, check out my First Contact series.

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22 thoughts on “Meet Guest Author, Peter Cawdron…

  1. Peter became my favorite SCIFI author after reading the first book of his that I read, ‘Anomaly’. I have since bought and read every book he has released and found each to be equally compelling. If anyone reads this who has not read Peter’s work, give yourself a treat and read his stories.

    To put this into perspective, I mostly read science related books, history books, historical fiction, and some fiction. And of course I’ve read lots of the classics including going through ‘War and Peace’ three times, ‘Grapes of Wrath’ more times than I can count, and everything else by Steinbeck at least once, and many, many others. I wasn’t really even into SCIFI when I picked up ‘Anomaly’ but was hooked from the beginning.

    Thanks for the entertainment, Peter. Every book is like a vacation. I feel like anything I relate from an emotional standpoint will give away too many details, so let it suffice to say that ‘Wherever Seeds May Fall’ unexpectedly and absolutely floored me.

    So with no pressure intended Peter, please hurry up and release your next damn book. I need another vacation.

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    • Hi William, wow… thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your feedback and I’m glad I can help with your vacation planning during the pandemic (there’s nothing like touring the solar system from the comfort of your own home). I just released Deja Vu and I’m currently putting the finishing touches on Jury Duty (due out in May). It’s a fascinating look at the kind of conflict that’s likely to arise between nations during First Contact.

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      All the best,
      Peter

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  2. Very Intriguing to me and I will get the first book. I love Hard Sci-fi, and there lies the problem for me. Peter suggests that he writes for everyone, makes it easy to read. Hard sci-fi should not be easy to read, hard sci-fi should be a mind ****, the harder to read the better, the difficulty level, the complexity, the mental jump the reader needs to make;extreme. Whilst writing a “normal” novel it is a good idea to make the book accessible to all, but Hard Sci-fi has its small cohort of highly intelligent readers that wish each book to challenge them and the more challenging it is the better for those poor lost souls such as I that wish to read them.
    We want the Peter Blake’s, the Liu Cixin’s, the Gregory Benford’s. Challenge us, make us think, surprise us and please play with mind and perceptions.

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      • Ah, apologies, t’was a tiring night, a late interview with the US. LOl Peter Blake may indeed be worth reading, sadly I have not read anything that he has written. Rather the author I was talking (writing) of was Peter Watts. Sorry for foxing anyone who read the comment. Lol- I am getting old. I had to look it up on the net to see the author and strangely the last review is mine. So the actual book, dementia and old age aside is Blind sight by Peter Watts. Sorry again. Hopefully my marbles are still rolling in the right place.

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        • lol – I like Peter Watts too, and yes, reading his work does require mental gymnastics, but is it all hard science? To me, the definition of science fiction, hard or otherwise, is that it’s based on something that’s ‘possible’, if just barely, according to the science we currently understand. Story though, that’s always going to be about us. I like character-centric. 🙂

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          • Hi acflory, I get where you are coming from. Yet we have never discovered another sentient race, would we be able to communicate with them, understand them, tolerate them if we did? Would we even understand motivations and thought processes, I suspect that we would not. All our experience, history and psychology conditions us to think in certain ways. All Human. Aliens may be a tad different from us.
            Lol

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          • I agree! 100%. People in the same geographic community still manage to ‘other’ each other for the flimsiest of reasons so, of course, they’ll ‘other’ any alien species we come across. But most people don’t recognize that teeth-baring chimp in our makeup. We think we’re the good guys. I think we need stories that examine the chimp as much as ET.
            Stories can hold a mirror to the parts of ourselves we don’t want to see. I hope that’s part of Peter’s First Contact storytelling.

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    • No two authors approach a concept in the same way. I often wonder how cool it would be for a bunch of the heavyweights to write the same story from their perspective (ie, same plot points but different characters, kind of like two different families living through the same earthquake in real life, etc). I think that would be fascinating. Imagine Peter Watts and Adrian Tchaikovsky writing Arrival for the alien craft in other countries, etc. I think they’d bring different, but equally compelling aspects to our attention.

      I’m character-focused. I write hard science fiction but with the interest being on how humanity deals with challenges. YMMV, but for me hard science fiction should be easy to read, meaning, it should present exciting concepts in a palatable manner. Check out Wherever Seeds May Fall or But the Stars. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

      Cheers,

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      • I am going to give them a try Peter and thank you for replying. Of course we have the B’s of course playing with Mr Asimov but that is not hard sci-fi and I bow to your wisdom. Looking forward to reading your writings.

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  3. I enjoy science fiction, and with a science background myself, like the idea of ‘hard scifi’. There books sound like a good read. Thanks for introducing us to Peter and his books.

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  4. Thank you very much for introducing another new author, Chris! Great, after all these virus things, nothing can be better as having “hard sci-fi” to read. >Love it, and will head over to read more. Have a beautiful Easter weekend! Enjoy life, but stay save with yours! Michael

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