About Me

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    • Peter Cawdron is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in hard science fiction.

      Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there’s no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter’s forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.

      Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent.


  • writing sci-fi
  • running in the forest
  • reading Winnie-the-Pooh or Dr. Seuss to my kids
  • looking up stuff on the internet and trying to wrap my head around it all…

Favourite Movies

Favourite Music

  • Dire Straits
  • Monte Montgomery
  • Billy Joel
  • David Bowie
  • U2
  • Elton John
  • Bob Dylan
  • Maroon Five
  • Norah Jones
  • Ed Sheeran

Favourite TV Shows

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Dr Who (at times)
  • Fringe
  • Dirk Gently
  • Sherlock Holmes/Elementary
  • State of Origin (Rugby League)
  • The Blacklist
  • QI (Quite Interesting)

Top Ten Books

  1. On the Origin of Species/Descent of Man
  2. 1984/Animal Farm
  3. All the Trouble in the World – P J O’Rourke
  4. The Lucifer Effect
  5. A Devil’s Chaplain (plus pretty much all of Dawkins books)
  6. Is God is a Mathematician?
  7. Cosmos – Carl Sagan
  8. Riding Rockets
  9. Sphere (and pretty much anything written by M. Crichton)
  10. Dracula/Frankenstein/War of the Worlds/I am Legend/Who Goes There? (I love the classic scifi)

OK top ten-ish books… but how could anyone limit themselves to just ten?

Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain