Nick Cook – A Ramble Through an Oxford Author's Imagination and Inspiration

The Signal Has Arrived!

The Signal Has Arrived!

For decades radio telescopes have scoured the skies for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence but have found none. Why? Could it be we really are alone in the universe? Or is it that the truth has been withheld from us by a global conspiracy of silence?

When radio telescope operators Lauren Stelleck, a woman with a special gift enabling her to literally see certain sounds, and Steve Andrews, a diehard sci-fi geek, detect a signal like no other at Jodrell Bank in England, a chain of events is unleashed that propels Earth towards all-out nuclear war. Can Lauren and Steve unlock the secret of the signal before our species tears itself apart?

The Signal is a prequel novella to the Fractured Light trilogy, and is part of the Multiverse Chronicles, an epic series of interlinked stories that follows the struggle of humanity to survive across parallel universes.

Watch the skies because the darkness is coming for us.

Today is the culmination of years of work as I launch myself into the world of indie publishing with my new company, Voice from the Clouds. To mark that launch I’m giving away The Signal, a novella set in my new Multiverse Chronicles series. If you love epic science fiction storytelling that spans many interlinked tales, then this series will be for you.

To mark this special moment I’m going to make The Signal free to the readers of my newsletter. All I ask is that you subscribe and in return, apart from being able to read The Signal for free, I’ll keep you updated with news about my books and other books that I think you might love too. I also want to hear back from you on here, or via email, or on Facebook. I view the journey ahead as a collaborative one between me the author and you the reader. 

Subscribe and let that journey into a multiverse where humanity is battling for survival, begin right here, right now.

Please note that there is the occasional use of strong language in The Signal and the story deals with adult themes. Recommended age is 16+.

Do remember to leave a review on Amazon or alternatively you can buy a paperback version


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Okay, big drum roll... Here is the front cover The Signal, the first story in my new Multiverse Chronicles series. The Signal is a novella that links to my Cloud Riders trilogy to my new Fractured Light trilogy due to be launched on the 1st September 2018.

I just love the epic movie poster feel of this cover that talented designer Ryan Schwarz came up with. Brilliant.

I had a blast writing The Signal and I hope you'll love it as much as I loved writing it. One thing to note is that this particular book has a suggested minimum age of 16+. The reason for this is I explore more adult themes in the story and there is the occasional use of strong language. 

Now to the best news of all. The Signal will be available as a free download to subscribers of my newsletter. How cool is that! So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now and you'll be eligible to download it from 9am GMT on the 12th July 2018. I can't wait for you all to read this.

Subscribe to my newsletter and be eligible for your free copy of The Signal here:

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When Fan Art is Taken to a Whole Other Level

When Fan Art is Taken to a Whole Other Level

What do you think of this beauty?

I've run a lot of writing workshops over the years and have been given quite a few drawings by students inspired by Cloud Riders. But today I received an email with an attached image that took this to a whole other level.

This is the work of David Carpenter, an exceptionally talented illustrator who I had the pleasure to meet at the MCM Comic Con in London a couple of years ago. Out of the blue yesterday, he sent me this amazing image and it's like a scene straight out of the movie that Cloud Riders so needs to be turned into one day.

David, as you can see, has a serious talent and if you're are after a concept artist or storyboard designer, do please check out his website here:

David, thank you so much for sending this to me. It absolutely made my day. Hollywood/Netflix, see what Cloud Riders could look like on the screen!
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