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‘My previous book, Nor Am I Out of It (Random House/FeedARead, 2015), was a short-story collection dealing with characters who were trying to make sense out of the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland,’ writes subscriber Graham Andrews.

‘But The Stopgap Spaceman (ditto, 2018) doesn’t try very hard to make sense of anything all that much – except in its own demented terms, I hope. Having said that, some wee thinky bits might have slipped in here and there. Perhaps even some big thinky bits.

‘I have dedicated this just-for-fun “personal” novel to the memory of four great science-fiction writers: Philip K Dick, Murray Leinster, Eric Frank Russell, and AE van Vogt. Gene Roddenbery pillaged the books of all these writers – and a whole lot more – when he created the TV series Star Trek. As did I with Stopgap, come to think of it…

‘Paraphrasing the old Army maxim: “There’s a right way, a wrong way, and there’s my way.” I threw anything and everything that helped what the late, lamented Brian W Aldiss called the “extensively recomplicated plot” along into the mix. In other words – spoken by James Blish, who wrote the first Star Trek tie-in books – the Kitchen Sink Technique.

‘In case you’re wondering what the novel is actually about, here’s a would-be helpful hint: Ensign Todhunter Blaine of the Solterran Space Navy feels that the entire Universe has turned against him – and he might be right. Tod sets out to save only himself, but he ends up by – but I’m giving away the plot!

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