Author's debut novel

PUBLISHED: 13:07 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

A PILL author has created his debut science fiction novel set 200 years in the future.

A PILL author has created his debut science fiction novel set 200 years in the future.

Gareth Powell, a father-of-two, has already had fiction published in magazines all over the world but Silversands is his first novel.

The book tells the story of Avril Bradley, a reluctant astronaut thrown headlong into a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge; a world where retired cops, digital ghosts and corporate assassins battle for possession of a hidden computer file that may just hold the key to humanity's future.

Gareth, aged 39 of Westward Drive, said: "It took about eighteen months to write the novel.

"I was working a nine-to-five office job and writing in my spare time, and wrote the whole thing in the order it appears in the book - straight through from start to finish. "There's a lot of action and adventure but the book also explores some deep and personal themes, such as the loss of a parent, and what it means to become a father."

Silversands will be published by Pendragon Press in April, priced £12.

The first 100 copies will be numbered and signed by the author.

Up until the book's launch, Silversands will be available to pre-order direct from Pendragon Press at www.pendragonpress.net at the special promotional price of £10, or via Amazon at full price.

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