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Ian C. Douglas book launch: The Particle Beast
June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Come and join author Ian C Douglas for the publication of The Particle Beast, the third book in his sci-fi saga for younger adults. Expect a couple of readings, Q & A, and plenty of chat. Free wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available and please feel welcome to BYO.
About the book:
They say the truth can set you free. Yet on Mars the truth can kill. Zeke Hailey is happy enough at the Chasm School for psychics. But an answer to a secret compels him to choose between his friends and his missing father. Mars, however, isn’t ready to let him go. A mining operation uncovers an ancient Martian city. A hideous monster lurks there, so deadly it must never get free. A battle begins, taking Zeke from a settlement without machines to a hotbed of rebels. Along the way some old foes will try to stop him. Finally, he must brave the Martian city, where the monster is not the only danger waiting. Zeke must defeat his greatest enemy before the fabric of time and space unravels forever.
Local author Ian C Douglas first became known for his bestselling children’s history book. So, when he swapped the caves of Nottingham for the craters of Mars, it seemed a radical, not to say risky, departure. What made him move into science fiction?
“History is fascinating, but astronomy was my first love. When I was a little boy, my father took me outside our holiday caravan and traced the constellations in the night sky. As a wartime pilot, he’d needed that knowledge to get across the English Channel safely. From that moment, my imagination was fired up by the idea of distant stars. Today we’re living in a golden age of discovery about Mars and the universe. These advances
rekindled my boyhood obsession.”
Ian used these advances in cosmology to create a unique vision of Mars, where colonists battle ancient Martians. “The stories are highly imaginative, but the science is rock solid,” Ian explains. Book Three in the series, entitled The Particle Beast, is launching in June. It is for younger adults, but anyone who loves a fantastical tale with thrills and humour, will enjoy this. One independent reviewer described the series as ‘Harry Potter meets Star Wars by way of Grange Hill.’
The hero, Zeke Hailey, is a teenager enrolled at a school for psychics on Mars. Inbetween telepathy and precognition lessons, he fights a cosmic demon with a taste for the human race. In this new book, Zeke must brave an alien ghost town suspended in a bubble universe. Not only is this home to a terrifying monster, but also a danger that could unravel the fabric of time and space. Can Zeke and his best friends save humanity?
Ian lives in Sneinton and is a founder member of the Nottingham Writer’s Studio. He regularly visits local schools and runs creative writing workshops. As well as YA novels, he writes short stories and press articles. His work has been nominated for and won several prizes. The book is available at all good online bookstores. Find out more about Zeke Hailey and his strange, deadly world at www.zekehailey.com