Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott writes fiction written in several different genres. The first area is speculative fiction, set either in a historical fantasy world, or else in a near-future solar system exploring issues of high-tech crime and human-machine relationships. The second is historical fiction set in the Middle East at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200BC. His first excursion into historical fantasy is Half Sick of Shadows - a retelling and metamorphosis of the Arthurian tale of The Lady of Shalott. The book was awarded an IndieBrag medallion in December 2017. His first science fiction book, Far from the Spaceports, introduces Mitnash Thakur and his virtual partner Slate as they investigate financial crime in the asteroid belt. A follow-up novel, Timing, takes place about a year later, and sees the duo travelling down to Mars and its moon Phobos to thwart a plot targeting AIs. The Liminal Zone takes the setting twenty more years into the future, and out to Pluto's moon Charon. Further books in this science fiction universe are in preparation. His first book, In a Milk and Honeyed Land, explores events in the Egyptian province of Canaan. It follows the life, loves, and struggles of a priest in the small hill town of Kephrath. A follow-up novel entitled Scenes from a Life begins in Egypt. It follows the journey of a scribe as he travels to discover his origins. down the Nile from Luxor and finally out into Canaan. A third book, The Flame Before Us, is set in the middle of calamity. New settlers are arriving from the north, sacking cities and disrupting the established ways of life as they come. This story follows several different groups each trying to adjust to the new situation. Author readings from most of these books are available online as YouTube videos, and also as part of a range of Alexa skills. Richard lives and works in Cumbria, England, as part of a family business. This includes all manner of jobs including designing AI skills for Alexa and similar technologies. When not writing words or computer code, he enjoys spending time with family, walking, and wildlife, ideally combining all three pursuits in the English Lake District.
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