A: I’m a Lieutenant in Security Enforcement, Surveillance division, I’m also second generation Redfern, born and bred. My parents died in an accident when I was a kid and with no other family, the state took me in. After the orphanage I joined the enforcers, my father used to be the Commissioner and I kind of want to continue the family tradition. I’ve had to fight my way up the ranks, every step of the way, but surveillance, especially the night shift, is a dead end. I’m starting to look for something else to justify my existence. I’m not one of the ‘remembered’ like Ted, the only stuff I know about Earth are what I’ve read and seen on the history tapes. This planet, Redfern, is the only home I’ve known and I will defend it with my life.
Q: What is your role in the story?
A: It’s my story and it’s all about me, but doesn’t everyone think that? I just want to solve the mystery of ‘The Ashen Man’. I know something is going on that I don’t understand and that others don’t want me to understand. Well guess what, I want to understand and I won’t let them stop me. I want to know if there’s a threat to my home and if so, I want to stop it. I’m not around to be rescued like some damsel in distress, I will fight just like I always have and I don’t care if I don’t win, I just won’t give up.
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: Hobbies? You mean like tennis or football or something? I can do sports, I can win tournaments, I can beat male opponents in hand to hand combat, even those who don’t underestimate me. If it comes down to what I enjoy, I enjoy being around Ted Holloway. He calms me down and he makes me think that maybe there’s another way to live.
Q: What challenge are you trying to overcome?
A challenge? Living is a challenge, and I don’t mean the eating, breathing, sleeping part, I mean just having an identity, just having a place. I’m a Lieutenant in Enforcement, but that doesn’t mean I’ve arrived anywhere, that I get to stop. Every day I have to make decisions, solve problems, deal politely with people I’d rather throw out the airlock. It’s not the planet, it’s not Redfern, it’s the people on it that are the real problem. That’s why they’ve put me in Surveillance, because I can think and they don’t want me to. They put me on the night shift to break me.
Q: If you could make one wish, what would you wish for?
A: Ha, one wish would never be enough. I want all the things I can’t control to go away. I want my parents back from the grave to tell me what they want from me. I want, I wish, for a world that makes sense, where I make sense. It’ll never happen of course, in surveillance I watch so many people and you know what? They don’t have any more idea about how to live their lives than I do. I write reports, statistical analyses, I chart the minutiae of their existence, I watch them lie to each other, push each other, hurt each other, and I try to see the pattern, I try to make sense of it, see the order in the chaos. Guess what, there is none, it’s all made up, my superiors already know what they want me to say and even if I don’t say it, they hear what they want to hear anyway. The Ashen Man is something different, something outside, something I can get my teeth into, an enemy to fight. The other enemy I can never beat, the other enemy is me fitting in with the rest of ‘them’.
Author: Gary Tinnams
Genre: Science Fiction
“Humans don’t project past their own frequency. It’s why you’re so isolated as a species. The beings of other frequencies can only witness what you build and feel what you destroy.”
Earth – Tomorrow – The Singularity:-
The machines have taken over and mankind is cast out.
Millennia later, the inhospitable planet of Redfern is in the process of being made habitable for the proposed rebirth of the entire human race. All is proceeding as planned until Enforcer, Ted Holloway, witnesses the unexpected appearance of a long dead and former friend – A man who can become invisible and immaterial, a man that can penetrate any and all security.
A man whose very existence should be impossible.
As Ted and his superior, Lisa Carmichael, investigate further, they face dangers and creatures that challenge their very concept of reality and also encounter the colony’s caretaker Machine Mind and the human Security Commissioner, both of whom have opposing and intricate agendas of their own.
For the true nature of Redfern is stranger and more deadly than anything Holloway or Carmichael can possibly imagine.
And it could change or destroy humanity forever…
I have been reading and watching science fiction since I was old enough to watch Peter Davison walking around an unrealistic jungle set in Doctor Who. The first set of sci-fi books I ever read was The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher without ever having watched the resultant TV series. The Tripods were scary.
Over the years I’ve come to love a variety of science fiction and fantasy books from many different eras and so came to the conclusion that I wanted to create my own adventures, set in my own worlds, with characters that acted and felt like real people. My third novel ‘Redfern’ is an adventure story which poses question about alien first contact, artificial intelligence, the singularity and the continued survival of our species at any cost.
“If you love your science fiction on the cinematic side but also want big ideas, intelligently explored, look no further.”
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