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Work almost complete on my first work of fiction - based on the Cursed Legacy rock opera.

I've written a few books in my time - CMD You Computer and C is for C Programming, both of which feature in American and Australian universities and colleges. But now I've taken a different path and written a work of fiction.

I expect the book to be available before June 2016 as an eBook and soft-cover.

Based around the storyline for my rock opera Cursed Legacy will put out in the next year, I present to you, Lunar Incarceration:

In 1969, man first landed on the moon. It was seen by millions across the globe and marked a new stage in man's quest for exploration and adventure.
In 2069 -- Almost a century to the day later -- a combination of space agencies from the United States, United Kingdom and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to fund and develop an industrial base on Earth's moon. To tackle the budget cuts and the extremity of their investments, the countries agreed that labour would be carried out by a combination of professional space workers and those they could legally enslave: convicted criminals.

Not only would the strict act of justice be a huge deterrent on all crime in these countries, but the economic growth from mining the moon for its natural resources would be in far excess of the trillions of pounds, dollars and euros spent on such an ambitious project. Killing the two birds with one stone was met with criticism and favour. With the abolishment of capital punishment in 2060 meaning this was the only way to banish these vile men and women from Earth.

The year is 2092 and this is the story of Damon Hugo - one of the first prisoners to be relocated to Lunar Isolation.


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