• Second book
  • The building of timeships

    Timeships

    As I work on the second book (I’ll try not to drop too many spoilers), I found myself thinking about time craft or timeships. Not the ubiquitous blue police box type but something more steampunk, with the Vernian (is that even a word?) extravagance of the Nautilus from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Timeships and time […]

  • Oblivion Order
  • The Continuum

    Continuum

    The main timeline is commonly referred to as the Continuum, but in reality, the Continuum is the Order’s mathematical model, a complex algorithmic formula that is used to manage the past and calculate possible futures. I was inspired by Asimov’s Second Foundation and their Prime Radiant. This was a holographic cube that recorded every change and […]

  • Ideas
  • Creation of story worlds

    Story worlds

    Possibly the hardest challenge I have faced in writing these books is the creation of the world in which they are set. There is something close to sadistic in the way I constantly push myself to take the story into strange and unknown places – developing an alternative reality with an Order dedicated to time […]

  • Ideas
  • Ice Age Antediluvians

    Antediluvian

    There has always been something that has fascinated me about a pre-flood (antediluvian) civilisation. If we can assume that there actually was a genuine deluge at some point, and there have been a number of studies into creation myths from disparate cultures that seem to suggest there was one — the Babylonian flood story is believed […]

  • Monsters
  • Time Wyrrm

    Time Wyrrm’s are rare and unusual parasites. Their bodies are so vast that they can stretch across many centuries, winding around the timeline they use burrowing tentacles to penetrate the Chronosphere, leeching the energies of the local population and usually resulting in plagues, famines and epidemics. The Wyrrm can only exist in the outer layers of the […]

  • Oblivion Order
  • Lensing

    Lensing

    Lensing is a Draconian technique which uses specially treated mirrors to refract different versions of the time stream. It allows the user to look at alternative paths, see how their current time could have been. Lensmen spend years learning how to interpret the many-layered multiverse that the Lens exposes, an experience which is known to induce […]

  • Oblivion Order
  • Maelstrom

    Maelstrom

    Outside the Continuum lies the Maelstrom. As the name suggests it is a place where anarchy reigns: a chaotic null space where time holds no dominion. It is believed by some to be the home of the Elder Gods and a myriad of dark and malevolent creatures such as the Strzyga, Monad and many other nameless horrors. The […]