Dancers (A Short Story)
James C. Rocks [2023-07-30]

 Dancers (A Short Story)
The second in my series of short stories; a squad of highly trained and armoured men prepare for the rigours of a high-level atmospheric drop onto the planet of New London. "Boiling to death," Marines were fond of saying, "as you're shot down into increasingly thick atmosphere, isn't a great deal of fun!"

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Herbie (A Short Story)
James C. Rocks [2023-07-22]

 Herbie (A Short Story)

A short story inspired by the poetry of my late brother-in-law, Terry. This story is the first of a series of shorts, most of which will be science fiction and, usually, a metaphor for moral or societal issues.

Herbie is sent on a mission to destroy hostiles, interlopers or terrorists who are challenging the rightful rulers of the land.

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A Review Of "Cold Eyes (First Contact)" By Peter Cawdron
James C. Rocks [2023-07-14]

 A Review Of

Persuading myself to buy Peter Cawdron's book, "Cold Eyes (First Contact)" took a while, the description was intriguing but I was unsure. I shouldn't have been; it is one of the best books I have read in recent years. The plot was excellent, intelligently researched and Cawdron ended up writing a book that is optimistic, hopeful and reflects the kind of human race I would like us to be but, unfortunately, usually aren't.

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A Review Of "The Stone Man" By Luke Smitherd
James C. Rocks [2022-02-01]

 A Review Of Starting with a simple event, the appearance of a stone man in central Coventry which subsequently starts walking with no regard for people or property, Smitherd tells a stunningly addictive tale. Using interesting characters, including a rather charming female Brigadier in a British Army that has transitioned to greater equality, Smitherd develops his plot from that rather nicely.

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The Goodreads Writing Challenge
James C. Rocks [2022-01-04]

 The Goodreads Writing Challenge

Last year (2021), I saw the Goodreads writing challenge and it seemed like a pretty good idea so I decided to have a go. I was already enjoying E C Tubb's thirty-three book "Dumarest" series (twenty-one books in) and was planning a re-read of some my favourite "Doc" Smith books so surely, I thought, it would be a doddle.

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An Anti-Distraction System For Authors
James C. Rocks [2021-08-01]

 An Anti-Distraction System For Authors

Like most authors, we have problems concentrating. In these days of the internet, of social networking, it is easy to get distracted. Facebook, Twitter and other social networks never sleep, they’re always there, always calling us; we decide to check our newsfeed (or whatever) and what seems to be a two-minute tasks leads us down the rabbit hole and ends up being an hour or more. The solution, it seems to me, is to block access to such sites during specific periods but blocking software is expensive. So I decided to turn some of my scripting skills to creating a system that would act as a barrier to such sites.

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The Chaos
G Nolst Trenite [2021-04-25]

 The Chaos
English is a weird language and G Nolst Trenité's poem, "The Chaos", demonstrates that only too well. Written from the point of view of a non-English student of the language, the poem emphasises how difficult it is for the foreign learner to pronounce many English words which is, of course, problematic since English is arguably the most important global language.

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The Physics of Santa Claus
Unknown [2020-12-24]

 The Physics of Santa Claus

I'm a geek, an atheist and [somewhat] pro-science but I still love Christmas so is it any surprise that I love humorous pieces like this one? It's arguably one of my all-time favourite pieces of Christmas fun. Bear in mind this was first published way back before the millennium so some of the figures are a little dated; for example, there are probably around two and half billion children in the world today compared to a mere two billion back then.

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Some More Things About Me
James C. Rocks [2020-10-12]

 Some More Things About Me
Originally an idea for a sort of interview article about fellow authors but I reckoned it might be worth doing one on myself in the first instance. In this article I discuss my interest in writing, entertainment, my qualifications, my career, food & drink, my favourite colour and the basis of my personal philosophy.

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The Characteristics Of A Propaganda Movie
Ben Slythe [2020-05-06]

 The Characteristics Of A Propaganda Movie
Propaganda films have the aim of representing the expected behaviour of people under stressful conditions. The objectives identified in the protagonists are loyalty and success, not survival. All propaganda films have four types of character and, in order to accomplish this, they all represent only one side of the story. This article uses the movie, "Independence Day" (1996) to demonstrate how it represents a classic propaganda movie.

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