Far from the Spaceports


Quick wits and loyalty confront high-tech crime in space
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Far from the Spaceports, a new science fiction book set in the fairly near future, explores the relationship between human and artificial intelligence, solving high-tech financial crime in space. It has been published by Matteh Publications and is now available at online retailers.

Quick wits and loyalty confront high-tech crime in space

Welcome to the Scilly Isles, a handful of asteroids bunched together in space, well beyond the orbit of Mars. This remote and isolated habitat is home to a diverse group of human settlers, and a whole flock of parakeets. But earth-based financial regulator ECRB suspects that it’s also home to serious large scale fraud, and the reputation of the islands comes under threat.

Enter Mitnash Thakur and his virtual partner Slate, sent out from Earth to investigate. Their ECRB colleagues are several weeks away at their ship’s best speed, and even message signals take an hour for the round trip. Slate and Mitnash are on their own, until they can work out who on Scilly to trust. How will they cope when the threat gets personal?

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Samples (free downloads): Buy on Amazon: Some review comments:
  • Breakfast with Pandora: “…a splendid good read… possibly the best thing the author has done to date…”
  • The New Podler Review of Books: “Far from the Spaceports is a delightful read. Abbott’s characters are very personable and make for good companions as he carries us to a promising future…”
  • Sruti’s BookBlog: “…the awesome set up… keeping in touch with the subtle ways of humans, way into the future…”
  • Amazon.com: “…well written, good characters, good world building, good story. Interesting tech…”
  • Amazon.co.uk: “…brilliant and believable… the story just carries you along…”
  • Ian Grainger photography: “…believable futuristic technology… a futuristic crime thriller… a strong plot, which although set in space, has a grounding in the real world…”
  • Radio Scilly: “Scilly has been the setting for quite a few fiction books over the years, from swashbuckling historical yarns to bodice-ripping romantic tales. But the newest novel to feature the islands is quite literally ‘out of this world’…”
See extract from the novel.

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Cover image: Far from the Spaceports
Cover image © copyright by permission Ian Grainger www.iangrainger.co.uk.

Published by Matteh Publications.

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ISBN Numbers:
Softback: 978-0993-1684-4-4
ebook (kindle/epub): 978-0993-1684-5-1

Listen to author readings:

Far from the Spaceports Reading 1 - The Start
from Richard Abbott on Vimeo.

For more information please email books@kephrath.com.
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