Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 9 – Fighting the Fire Dragon

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Having survived a sword fight with the Mighty Masked Swordsman of Mongo (who turns out to be Prince Baron, the rightful ruler of the planet and admirer of Princess Aura), Flash finds himself battling an un-killable orangopoid. Let’s see how Flash gets himself out of this mess in Chapter 9 of the Flash Gordon Rewatch – Fighting the Fire Dragon.   Hold on a minute! There wasn’t any talk of ancient legends last week! The High Priest tells Princess Aura about a spear that will apparently kill the orangopoid – presumably because he fancies her too. Aura grabs the spear, gives it Flash, and he does indeed use it to kill the creature. Outraged, Ming makes the High Priest responsible for finding the traitor who told Aura about the spear. The traitor’s punishment will be death. Uh, oh. To Dale’s delight, Vultan demands that Flash and the others be declared free and given the right to choose their brides. Ming stalls and, claiming the battlefield is no place for a party, declares they will be given their freedom (and their wives) in three days. Ming heads back to his palace, and Flash wishes a fond farewell to Prince Thun. As you might expect, once they are … Read More

Glitch in the Flesh

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No, that’s not the title for my next book. The proof copies of the print edition of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet arrived yesterday and they are fantastic. I wasn’t expecting the books until Friday at the earliest so they came as a bit of a surprise. I resisted the temptation to open them while I was at work and held off until I got home so that my wife could be there for the big event. I must admit, I was getting a bit blasé about the book. Glitch has been through 6-7 drafts plus two editors and three proofreaders plus several rounds of tweaks during the formatting process. I’ve spent so long with the book now that it hadn’t really sunk in that I was actually going to be holding the book in my hands. And then I opened the box and took out the first copy. I just stood there staring at it, grinning like idiot, for ages. Then I put it down. Then I picked it up again and grinned even more. The books are beautiful, Mike Corley’s cover is even more impressive in real life than it is on a computer screen, the matt cover feels great and the interior layout is perfect. In short, it’s … Read More

Glitch Going Wide

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Up until now my ebooks have only been available on Kindle. Amazon offers various promotional incentives for being exclusive to them (primarily the ability to easily run price promotions and inclusion in their subscription service – Kindle Unlimited), and I wanted to be able to try them out. For my next release, Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet, I’ve decided to “go wide” and launch on all the major platforms – Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Nook. The reason is very simple – I want as many people as possible to be able to read the book. Although there is a Kindle app for tablets and phones, not everyone uses it. If you’re an Apple user then you’ll probably go with iBooks. Nook readers will go with the Nook app. Kobo owners will go with the Kobo app. Although Amazon is the big player, there are a lot of readers using those other platforms and they’re loyal to them. Personally, I have a soft spot for Kobo. It isn’t as well known as Kindle in the US, but it’s much bigger in other countries – particularly in Canada. I bought my wife the first Kobo when it was released here – I had to queue outside the bookshop before it opened to make sure … Read More

Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 8 – Tournament of Death

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It’s Saturday so it must be time for Chapter 8 of the Flash Gordon Rewatch. Last week we left Flash with an electrified shovel he was about to use to sabotage the atom furnace powering the rays that keep Vultan’s flying city aloft. So, grab some black and white popcorn and settle down for Chapter 8 – Tournament of Death!   After some rather badly written caption cards we rejoin Flash as he sabotages the atom furnace. The furnace explodes in suitably dramatic fashion but despite the damage, Flash and the others are uninjured. With the atom furnace destroyed, the flying city begins to fall. Flash and Thun go to the throne room to rescue Dale but thanks to Dale’s timely distraction (or is it a betrayal, it’s hard to tell) and Vultan’s annoyance at their continuous interference, Flash and Thun are captured and taken to an execution chamber. Meanwhile, Prince Baron finds Zarkov who explains (sort of) that they can’t rescue Flash until the strength of the beam supporting the city reaches zero. Flash and Thun are brought before a firing squad but thankfully the beam collapses just before they’re shot. As the city begins to fall, Flash and Thun head to the … Read More

Almost there…

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The first proof of the Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet ebook arrived today… Just a couple of minor tweaks and it’ll be ready to go. This is your last chance to get a FREE copy of my science fiction novel, Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. I’ll be giving everyone on my mailing list the book for free TOMORROW! If you’d like a copy, just sign up here – I’ll give you FOUR of my other ebooks as well. [Almost there… by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 10th August 2015]

Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 7 – Shattering Doom

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Time to find out if Flash survives Chapter 7 of the Flash Gordon Rewatch. Last week’s chapter ended with Flash being electrocuted and Vultan trying to find out if Dale still has feelings for the earth man.   Despte knowing Vultan is testing her loyalty, Dale cannot hide her true feelings towards Flash. She makes a half-hearted attempt to save him, then faints again. Having snuck off at the end of the last episode, Aura appears and rescues Flash by convincing Vultan that murdering Flash would prevent Vultan from hooking up with Dale. Vultan realizes Princess Aura has the hots for Flash and sends him to the laboratory so that Zarkov can save him. Zarkov is interrupted while playing with his new toys. In an effort to save Flash, Zarkov and Aura put Flash in the necrostimulator. They’re cutting it close, but Zarkov thinks it’ll turn out okay. So do I. Dale is still hung up on Flash and is horrified to learn Flash is being given to Princess Aura to take back to Ming. Vultan decides that chasing Dale around while laughing manically is not the best way to win her over and instead tries a few compliments. Dale is not amused. Trying a different tack, Vultan shows off … Read More

Glitch Gets a Release Date

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I tend to be cautious when it comes to release dates. There’s a lot of pieces that have to line up correctly before a book is launched, and I like to be sure that everything is going to slot into place before I start talking about dates. I sent the files for Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet to my formatter last week so I should get the first pass of both the ebook and print versions in the next day or two. Which means I can confidently announce the release date for the book.   DRUM ROLL PLEASE . . . Tuesday, 25th August   Here’s the description:   A gateway to another world. A lucky contest winner. An adventure across the cosmos! Dwayne “Glitch” Mitchell has always been obsessed with space. When he learns that NASA has discovered an alien gateway, he’s the first to enter a contest to see the incredible phenomenon. Glitch wins and he travels deep within the Colorado Rockies to get a peek. He’s in awe, but he’s also in danger. As project head Dr. Zheng discusses the gateway, an armed man calling himself John Smith takes Zheng hostage and causes an explosion. When the rubble clears, Glitch is alive … Read More

Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 6 – Flaming Torture

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An appropriate title for this week’s chapter of the Flash Gordon rewatch – it’s flaming hot here in Vancouver at the moment with no sign of the heat letting up. At the end of last week’s chapter, Dale was being chased around by the King of the hawkmen and professional cackler, Prince Vultan. Flash, Zarkov, Princess Aura and Prince Baron were plummeting to their deaths in Prince Baron’s rocketship.   That was a close call! Baron’s Rocketship is stopped by the gravity defying rays that support the sky city but our heroes are now King Vultan’s prisoners. Prince Baron, being a bit of a pessimist, seems to think this is a really bad development. It turns out to be good for Dale though because King Vultan is interrupted in his harassment of her by the arrival of the prisoners in his throne room. Power couple, Flash and Dale are reunited. Zarkov gets shipped off to another laboratory and Flash and Prince Baron are sent to the furnace room. Vultan finds everything very funny. Again. Unimpressed with the capture of his daughter, Ming launches his rocket fleet and sets off to teach Vultan a lesson. Flash and Prince Baron arrive in the furnace room and rejoin Prince Thun. Flash isn’t happy about … Read More

Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 5 – The Destroying Ray

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In last week’s episode of the Flash Gordon rewatch, Flash, Dale, Princess Aura and Prince Thun were trapped in the palace of the shark men as it floods. Time to find out how they get out of this particular mess… Ming uses a “ray” to counteract the magnetic power that holds the shark palace underwater. Thanks to Ming’s intervention, Kala’s palace rises above the water allowing Flash and the others to escape. Princess Aura wants to return to her father but Flash sides with Prince Thun and the three of them (sorry, four of them,  I forgot about Dale) head off to the lion men’s kingdom. Back in Ming’s palace, Prince Baron approaches Zarkov.  Baron is the true ruler of Mongo and promises to help Zarkov rescue his friends in return for their allegiance. On the way to the lion men’s kindom, Flash and the others are attacked by hawk men. While Flash fends them off, Dale and Thun flee, but they are captured and taken to the King of the hawk men – Vultan. Prince Baron and Zarkov arrive and scare off the last of the hawk men. Prince Baron offers to take Flash in his rocketship to rescue Dale, and despite Aura’s protestations, Flash agrees. … Read More

Flash Gordon Rewatch – Chapter 4 – Battling the Sea Beast

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The Flash Gordon rewatch continues… Last week, Ming “precipitated” Flash and Dale through a trap into the undersea city of the Shark Men were Flash ends up trapped in the arms of an “octosack” and is about to drown.   King Kala forces Dale to watch as Flash battles the eponymous sea beast – at least until she faints. Again. Luckily for Flash, Princess Aura and Prince Thun arrive and force Kala to drain the water. Aura leaves Thun and Dale to stand watch over King Kala while she frees Flash. Despite Kala’s attempts to thwart her, Aura finds and frees Flash. Proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the megalomaniac tree, Aura tells Flash that Dale and Thun have left on a hydrocycle (Hydracycle? Hypercycle? Who knows?) and will meet them on the surface – the lying little minx. Meanwhile, Zarkov and his short shorts are trying to contact Earth (so he is a good guy after all). The signal gets through to Earth where Flash’s dad recognises that it is a message from the mysterious planet that is presumably still on a collision course with Earth. Ming interrupts Zarkov and reveals that he has Kala’s underwater city completely in his control. Continuing to build trust with … Read More