Debut author Elliott Pemberton presents Beyond Orbit, an original science fiction novel that sees two best friends, Josh Arnold and Ben Neill, working aboard a space station orbiting the Earth. But when devastation strikes, the two are thrust into the cosmos where they meet other beings and learn that their new world is far greater than the one they’ve been used to. As the last survivors of Earth, they must learn what happened to their home, and ultimately survive all the incredible dangers of the universe.
“I began writing Beyond Orbit in September 2015,” says the 33-year-old author, who cites the likes of J.K. Rowling, Matthew Reilly, Stephen Baxter and the late Michael Crichton as his sources of inspiration. “But before I even picked up a pen, I had worked numerous jobs: at a bank, a telephone company, a garage, I had been a retail supervisor, a delivery driver, repaired computers for a living. And in that time I had also studied environmental science, web design and media. It took me over ten years to realise what made me truly happy, but it was something that had come so naturally to me as a teenager: writing fiction. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved creating stories and characters. In short, creating worlds – or in this case, universes!”
But Pemberton looks back in frustration, warning us that hindsight can sometimes be a bitter pill to swallow and is no time machine. “Follow your dreams,” he reminds us. “As I grew older, I came to the opinion that creating stories and concepts was not a “realistic career”. So I stopped and focused on working whatever jobs I could get. But here I am, many years later, with a lot more experience behind me – and wisdom, too, I suppose – and the lesson I’ve learnt is just do what makes you happy. Follow your dreams, or go beyond orbit.”
Pemberton’s out-of-this-world page-turner is now available on Amazon in e-book format at just £2.25, or completely free to KindleUnlimited subscribers! You could own your very own copy in a matter of seconds, or if you prefer your reads the old-fashioned way, it’s also now available in paperback at just £7.99.
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