Authornaut

Mike French is an author and the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by the late Iain M. Banks and for having a “great passion and drive” by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy.

Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was released in October 2013 from Elsewhen Press and was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014. 

Coming to a Galaxy Near You


“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



Launch of the ebook version of CONVERGENCE
Location: Circinus Galaxy

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF CONVERGENCE

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/convergence-13
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/convergence/id725273579?mt=11
KINDLE (USA): click here.
KINDLE (UK): click here.

The ebook launch of Convergence is being held 13 Million Light years away at the Circinus Galaxy. However if in the unlikley event you can't make that then you can still take part here or on facebook.

How?

Well Convergence is available from today (25th Oct) on Kindle, Apple's ibooks on itunes and other digital platforms which you should be able to access here on planet Earth. If you buy a copy on any of these platforms and let me know in the comments below that you have, then you'll be entered into a competition to win a signed copy of the paperback which is released on the 30 Dec 2013. ( Competition open to UK and USA only )

To find out more about the book visit my publisher's site here :
http://bit.ly/ConvergenceBook

If you don't have a Kindle or Apple product you can read it on your smartphone or computer by getting the free read anywhere Kindle app ...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000493771

Definition: Convergence Point - a lifetime’s worth of memories contained within an infinitely small amount of time.

When the Convergence Project manages to record a Convergence Point, a shimmering orb is brought into being that expands out destroying the earth. Inside the Orb is paradise, a beautiful, sun-drenched, lush environment where humanity and nature fuse and beauty, love and hope are woven into the landscape...

The Convergence Project is a covert military/governmental science project that uses prisoners on death row to explore what happens to people as they die. The experience of life flashing before your eyes, just before death is a process called active retrieval where memories are being recalled and lived out again in the mind.

As the amount of time before death decreases the brain exponentially increases the speed of playback and starts looping: repeating over and over a lifetime’s worth of memories. Each playback makes the memories stronger and retains more detail. Eventually an infinite playback speed is reached forming a memory singularity called a Convergence Point, where the ‘moment’ lasts for ever and the person effectively enters an afterlife of their own making.

Killing subjects by lethal injection within an enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core, brain activity can be imaged moments before the Convergence Point forms. The ‘near’ Convergence Points are downloaded into neutral clones which effectively decode the brain patterns back into memories. These Convergence Clones undergo psychoanalysis to try to gain an understanding of the death experience.

"Featuring an extraordinary cast of characters and a labyrinthine plot that twists and turns, Convergence is unsettling, ambitious, lyrical and utterly gripping."
Book 1 of the trilogy The Ascent of Isaac Steward
http://elsewhen.alnpetepress.co.uk/index.php/catalogue/title/the-ascent-of-isaac-steward/

Book 2 of the trilogy Blue Friday
http://bit.ly/Blue_Friday