CERN’s Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful machine; its sole purpose is to prove the existence of the mysterious God Particles – the essential building blocks of the universe. But after a series of global catastrophes, suspicion arises as to whether they are occurring naturally or are somehow connected to the collider’s experiments.
After the sudden death of the project’s director general, professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tom Halligan, is headhunted by CERN’s governing council to continue the search for the elusive particles.
He is soon embroiled in a titanic struggle against sinister forces that are intent on creating a chain of events, the outcome of which will determine the fate of mankind.
The battle to save the planet from annihilation is being fought by the most unlikely of heroes.
Targeted Age Group:: 25-55
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Sci-Fi as a genre covers a multitude of topics, from flying saucers and aliens to time travel and parallel universes. Most require a suspension of disbelief by the reader. I wanted to create a fictional world that didn’t require such a leap of faith. It had to be both engaging yet conceivable – science fiction based on science fact. The only way I could achieve this was to know my subject matter inside out and after a considerable amount of research i found there were more questions than answers which ultimately spurred me on – What if the spate of so-called natural disasters – tsunamis, earthquakes, floods etc have been triggered by something we’re doing? What if the motives for scientific discovery are not necessarily for the benefit of mankind? What if we have reached a tipping point of developing technology so profound, that it can destroy the human race?
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I have found, probably like most new authors, that the writing is only a small part of the process – admittedly an important one and one that you need to get right but to get your book read by your audience is another matter altogether. The marketing of your novel is just as important. What’s the point of writing the best book in the world if nobody reads it? You need to be clear who your audience is and target them specifically, through websites, blogs, book tours etc. The aim of the game is to get reviews and the more positive reviews you have the more confidence readers will have to purchase your book.
Born in Yorkshire, England, Daniel spent his formative years with his head buried squarely in a book. His appetite for literature was insatiable; by the time he was a teenager he had read an entire library of books, from ‘the classics’ to popular fiction, but his preferred genre was action and adventure, citing Frederick Forsyth, Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum amongst his favourite authors.
It was inevitable that he would take his passion into adulthood and, in 1979, went to Manchester University, graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a short spell as a journalist at the Manchester Evening News, he recognised the commercial potential of the newly emerging computer industry and joined IBM, where, his forward-thinking creativity was put to good use, developing some of the computer platforms that are still recognise as the industry standard, today.
Daniel left IBM in 1995 to set up his own company. Carving a career as an internet entrepreneur left little time for him to pursue his dream of writing his own novel, although, his passion for reading never waned and was rarely seen without the latest best-selling novel in his hand.
Daniel now works as a freelance writer and, with the encouragement of his family, has finally found the time to put pen to paper. His first novel was inspired by a business trip to Geneva, where he overheard two technicians from the nearby CERN institute discussing the Hadron Collider.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have a passionate belief in the underlying message in my book: science in and of itself is not a justification for creating devices that could threaten the destruction of the world. Scientists must temper their reckless curiosity with a sense of extreme caution to avoid doing far more harm than good.
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