Chester’s Climate book re-released

For a change I’ve released a non-fiction book. Chester’s Climate first came out in 1985, printed by a local Handbridge printer and sold out within a year. Recently, I have received requests for copies but I only have 3 and they’ve been taken apart. So Mrs N scanned in the pages and I uploaded them to Payhip – related to Paypal. I’d already done most of the research and work in the 1980s so I’m only charging $2 because it is an ebook at present.

This is from the press release:

This 40-page booklet was inspired by extremes of temperature and rain in the 1980s and was first published in 1985 and sold out in the same year. This edition is substantially the same but with a couple of pages at the end updating temperature and air pollution trends.

In this book are answers to:

Did the mid 20th Century have the best summers?

Are we due for the storm of centuries?

How often has the River Dee frozen over?

How is the Chester climate suitable for farming?

Did you know that local weather in Chester:

Uprooted trees in the city centre?

Made the city walls fall down?
Made a church kill a child?

Made a man eat his wife then is eaten himself?

Had colder winters than 1947 and 1963?

Had tornadoes and hurricanes?

Has its own cloud formations?

CHESTER’S CLIMATE: past and present new edition released 4th January 2017

First four books of 2017

Choosing the next four books turned out to be surprisingly painless. They are:

  • 21st January Douglas R. Brown – Tamed
  • 18th February A. Lee Martinez – Emperor Mollusc versus the Sinister Brain
  • 18th March Neil Gaiman – American Gods
  • 15th April Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Time

See you all on 21st January.

Tamed seems hard to get hold of as a printed copy. At the time of writing Amazon has several cheap second hand copies but they ship from the US so I’d order right away if you want a copy. I have a copy of the ebook if anyone wants to borrow it.

Next meeting Saturday 17th December

The last meeting of 2016 is in Chester Library on Saturday 17th December. We will be discussing Made to Kill by Adam Christopher.

This has received somewhat mixed reviews. As I recall we thought we hadn’t had a robot story for a while and a combined robot and detective story seemed like a good bet. However Kirkus Reviews summarised it as A small idea stretched until it snaps, which doesn’t sound too promising. Oh well.

We need to choose the first four books for 2017 from our shortlist of a dozen books.
The shortlist is:

  • A Lee Martinez – Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Time
  • Douglas R Brown – Tamed
  • Ken Macleod – Descent
  • Lawrence M. Schoen – Barsk
  • Naomi Alderman – The Power
  • Neil Gaiman – American Gods
  • Paul McAuley – Something Coming Through
  • Sergei Lukyanenko – Night Watch
  • Stephen Baxter – The Time Ships
  • Stephen Graham Jones – Mongrels
  • Ted Chiang – Story of Your Life and Others (anthology)

Summaries of all the books can be viewed here.

Geoff’s Chaos

Realising not all members are in our facebook group, I’m shamelessly posting this ad for my latest science fiction story to be published.



Imagine a city which exists only in the minds of its inhabitants. There’s everything you’d expect in a real city including fun and trouble. Olga, has to get past the bouncer then in Mokii she finds an intruder. He is trying to usurp the virtual city because there is financial reward from the advertising revenue beamed into the visitors’ minds. Can she thwart him?

New science fiction book release and already has a 5 star review.

Created as an ebook by Solstice Publishing read for only 99 pence

Kindle ebook at

If you like it I’d be much obliged if you’d leave a word in the Amazon reviews. If you don’t like it I’ll try harder next time.

Next meeting Sat 19th November

The next meeting is in Chester Library on Saturday 19th November. We will be discussing The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley.

We need to start thinking about the first four books for 2017. At this meeting we need to choose a shortlist of about a dozen books so we can select our four favourites in the December meeting. So starting thinking about all those books you’ve enjoyed so much you want everyone else to read them.

The books still on the shortlist from the last selection are:

  • A Lee Martinez – Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain
  • Douglas R Brown – Tamed
  • Jack Williamson – Darker Than You Think
  • John Scalzi – Old Man’s War
  • Lawrence M. Schoen – Barsk
  • Pat Cadigan – Synners
  • Paul McAuley – Something Coming Through
  • Piers Anthony – On a Pale Horse
  • Sergei Lukyanenko – Night Watch
  • Stephen Baxter – The Time Ships

We already have ten books on the shortlist, but some of those have been on the shortlist so long they really need putting out of their misery!


There are summaries of some of the suggested books in this pdf.