Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves #WritersGuide – Creating a Sci-fi World by Richard Dee

About Creating a Sci-fi World

Do you want to write Sci-fi or Steampunk adventures?

Are you struggling with World Building?

Do you want to create a world: or even a universe, but you’re put off by all the science you think you need to know before you can start?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, I’ve tried to simplify the process by showing you another way.

This guide is based on the World-building workshops that I hold as a member of the Exeter Authors Association. The aim is to show you an easier way of doing things, with chapters on such subjects as Location, Characters, Sidekicks and Steampunk. I’ll tell you the method that I’ve used to create several universes in the future and in an alternative present, maintaining realism without getting bogged down in the technicalities.
Creating a Sci-fi World contains exercises and suggestions, as well as examples from my novels, there are even some short stories to illustrate how my methods can be applied.

Head over and buy the book:

and on Amazon US:

A Selection of other books by Richard Dee

One of the reviews for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe

Jul 02, 2019 Steph Warren rated it four stars

This is a fresh take on the cosy mystery café genre and it really worked.

The space setting and mining/Scooper-driving details added an interesting backdrop and an overall claustrophobic, dangerous feel behind the pleasant surface.

Well, mostly pleasant surface anyway. Within just a few days of opening their Oort Cloud Café Andi and Cy are already up to their eyeballs in overeager volunteers, mafia-esque henchmen, break-ins and bodily harm. Not to mention the inconvenient whereabouts of the previous owner!

The plot unfolds nicely and at a good pace, and whilst there are plenty of suspects and motives it remains easy to follow what’s going on. I instantly loved Andi and Cy (who wouldn’t), but also found the side-characters interesting and well fleshed-out. I’ve seen this described as ‘Agatha Raisin in space’ and agree for the most part, except that I never really took to Agatha the way I did to Andi here.

Richard’s light, witty tone lifts the story, and the elements of romance and thriller that he slips in alongside the main mystery plot mean that there is a little something for everyone. I would definitely recommend this book to cosy mystery fans looking for something new!

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About Richard Dee

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon, England He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. He contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection and is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

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