Amortals – an oldie but what a goodie!

Forbeck's AmortalsSome while back, dreaming of writing a sci-fi or similar novel, I had a few ideas to use. A city with its streets named as for a Battleships game, or a spreadsheet…avenues named A to Z, with the streets crossing them numbered 1 and onward. Buildings towering high over the poor.

Dammit. Forbeck had beaten me to it, back in 2010, although I, c. 2016, had never heard of him, nor read Amortals. {Hangs head in shame.}

There’s a helluva lot more to Amortals, though.
Imagine being rich, powerful or fortunate enough to be able to have your body cloned, so when you die your “memories” is transferred to the clone—if you’ve gone in to store a backup—who renews your life…you never really die.

Imagine being the first ever, now old enough to have six generations descended from you. Imagine you have been part of an investigative organisation, for years. Imagine a female President—in 2168.
Imagine believing you are the only living version of yourself.

Imagine you’re known as Methuselah, and you’ve been amortal for two hundred years, and you are Agent Dooley, Ronan Dooley. Your eyes have artificial lenses implanted, hooked to nanoservers, via which you can call up any data layer you need. You have been killed and recloned many times.

The Amortals Project has become the most vital government program in the world. You work now, this lifetime, for the FBI – a corporate body in this century. The case for your latest lifetime?
To find out who murdered you, and why…

As Dooley works with his partner – he chose her himself in his last lifetime, but does not remember (no backup) – his discoveries are unsettling, as he realises he has not really had a good grasp of the project which began with him as its first cloning. And, unless you are already a Forbeck fan, the journey to resolution will surprise you with its cross-over of reality and technology. A masterpiece…

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My Dalek Has a Puncture by Simon Fisher-Becker

Doctor Who fans don’t often get to hear a lot about the people
with a small recurring partFront cover image in the show–and Simon is quite funny.
He first appeared as ‘Dorium Maldovar’–the large, blue intergalactic Black Marketeer–in a brief exchange with Dr Song (then played by Alex Kingston) in 2010. Almost immediately he was called on to appear at Sci-Fi fan conventions he kindly describes as “part car boot sale, part antiques fair–crossed with a zoo”.
When asked about his autobiography, he set about the challenge. In this, the first of a planned trilogy, he explains the source of the title and also what to expect in the following two books.
The memoir is well structured, following a time line from his origins his career, and those who have influenced him. The anecdotes are entertaining and the entire memoir lets us “hear” his voice and personality. Beginning on stage at age sixteen as Mr. Bumble in a school production of Oliver, he also appeared as the Fat Friar ghost in Hufflepuff House. He tells of his many other performances, and includes anecdotes of other film and stage personalities and professionals he has worked with or befriended.
Within the pages, Simon explains what works for one who wants to become an actor, and much of the advice can be paraphrased to apply to any career beginner. His Trials and Tribulation are ironically amusing.
Overall it is thoroughly enjoyable to read–amusing and insightful–one of three “must own” books by the man who played Dorium Maldovar

Publication date: 2015
ISBN: ebook: 978-1-909 163-79–9
print: 978-1-909 163-80-5

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