Irresistible coincidence


ARIA: Left Luggage begins with the discovery of a silvery suitcase-like object in the struts of the International Space Station (ISS). Nerd that I am, I was keen to ensure that those struts couldn’t be magnetic so I found by chance a Nasa engineer’s email and asked him. Imagine my surprise when he confirmed the struts are a rather thin aluminium, too thin for his – Leroy Chaio –  liking because he was up there in orbit as we spoke! I don’t know of any other science fiction writer who was in more-or-less live communication with an astronaut in orbit.

Anyway what was in the news today? An engineer on an EVA at the ISS lost hold of a white toolbag. There, a photo of it looking rather like a suitcase!

See the case reflected in the faceplate of ARIA’s astronaut? (image by Andy Bigwood).

Jim Brown, my publisher, reminded me that in ARIA: Left Luggage I’d also predicted a viral pandemic although mine was rather more strange with infectious amnesia.

All we need now is for that toolbag to be really an alien helpful box of tricky viruses.


 Nelder’s books in chronological order:

Escaping Reality – humorous thriller •
Hot Air – thriller set in Mallorca •

ALIEN EXIT a science fiction first-contact novel as an ebook only
ARIA: Left Luggage – infectious amnesia scifi  •
ARIA: Returning Left Luggage •
ARIA: Abandon Luggage •

The Chaos of Mokii   ebook at

Revised Xaghra’s Revenge set in present-day and 16th Century Malta and Gozo now retitled as Vengeance Island
Incremental – 25 surreal short stories •
Suppose We -science fiction space exploration •
Kepler’s Son

Vanished Earth


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