Vanished Earth is here!

News! Vanished Earth is released. What is this? Earth hasn’t vanished, has it? Why has no one told me?

Yes, Earth vanished at the end of book 3 of the scifi series, Flying Crooked. Humans who’d left Earth to explore for another home found an advanced species who could take them back to the solar system using tricky science (fiction) in a trice and so they had the urge to see Earth again. Except that it wasn’t there. Book 4 speaks of the plucky humans and their not-quite-human offspring attempts to find their mother planet. Join them by reading either the Kindle or paper version of VANISHED EARTH.

Don’t worry if you’ve not read books 1-3 because a brief synopsis is provided at the beginning.  Published by LL-Publications and the interior formatting and cover art was crafted by Jim Brown after an idea from my school pal, David Hargreaves. The background to the cover image is a close up of Jupiter.

Billye Johnson is our supreme editor.

Latest news: Mark Iles has blogged Vanished Earth and asks serious questions. Do I give serious answers? See here Vanished Earth, a new book by Geoff Nelder (

So this blog is linked to another blog which is linked to this blog… self-referential blogging!


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This series is called FLYING CROOKED. See what folks have said about the earlier books:

From Peter Wilhelmsen, fantasy writer: “The exploration-part, the unknown part of it all, made me turn the pages. The world building is impressive, and the way the humans interpret things makes the science behind it all easy to follow. The Keps are very alien-like, like something taken out of X-files. I enjoyed reading Suppose We immensely.”

Chris Rimell, science fiction author of Untold History: “As always you do a lovely job of describing the worlds and filling them with colour and aromas.”

Jaine Fenn: “I enjoyed Suppose We. An intriguing first contact story with original touches.”

Dr Bob Smith: The best thing about reading speculative fiction is the creative imagination of someone else, who thinks up things I haven’t. If the writing is good, I join into the author’s reality-construction while reading. Then, afterward, the new concepts challenge me. I muse over “what if” considerations, and perhaps my view of the possible is enlarged. This is why I enjoy Geoff Nelder’s writing. He and I think very differently. At first, some of his concepts strike me as bizarre — then they grow on me. (Please don’t take that literally.)

His story named after the spaceship, “Suppose We,” is just like that. The narrator, small, slight but bouncy Frenchman Gaston, is delightful. The four humans in the story have very real, contrasting personalities, leading to some fun and games, but most enjoyable is a character who names itself CAN, and then has endless fun punning on the name.

David Leaper: Geoff Nelder is a visionary writer.

Colm Herron: Our world can be a terrifying place. And the world that Nelder portrays left me fearful, gripped, and yet giddy with laughter at times. This use of humour is utterly ingenious because it serves as a release valve.

Gladys B. Hobson: An unusual, mind-blowing read.

Dr Jacques Coulardou: Imagination, when compared to life, is so absurd that it becomes fascinating, mesmerizing and even hypnotizing.

From Rosie Oliver author and aeronautical engineer: Falling Up has many forms of reality interlaced into this space opera – actual reality, surreality, the virtual reality of data, and a type of reality Geoff has invented that is all too possible in science.

 Nelder’s books in chronical 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


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