Author Name: David Cuff
Book Name: The Last Noah
Book genre: Sci-Fi (with Adventure, Mystery and Romance sub-genres).
I built a four-decade career in operations management and logistics, in the UK and then Western Australia, before reaching a point in my life where I wanted to engage in something completely different. So I wrote my first book, The Last Noah. In my earlier years, I read most of the works of Isaac Asimov, which gave me an interest in sci-fi books with a superb plot, but which explore social science fiction themes as well. I’ve also read many other books during my lifetime, in a variety of genres. I now live in Leicestershire, and also compose classical-style music.
Robin and Miranda go to bed in their separate rooms, but wake up somewhere else. Somewhere that is alien and way outside their comfort zone. However, as they discover more about their new surroundings and have several unusual and action-packed adventures, they begin to suspect that all may not be as it first seemed. As the days progress, their passion for each other grows as their relationship develops emotionally and physically. However, is someone or something watching them? Why do they keep discovering things which don’t feel right? And what’s the story behind the various androids who they meet during their adventures? “In space, nobody is watching your reality. Or are they?”
Could you tell me a bit more about your book?
As well as being a fast-moving science fiction action and adventure novel, The Last Noah touches on several social topics. Covert surveillance; humanity’s journey after the extinction of Earth; how AI might develop; and whether humans would, one day, upload their minds into robots (and, if so, what sort of society might result?). As well as all this ‘serious’ stuff, the book includes various hidden references to well-known science fiction movies and TV shows from the last 50 years or so. That’s a challenge for some of the more serious SF readers to notice as many as they can, whilst enjoying the book. Author’s note: a few of the clues are easy, but many of them are quite obscure!
What inspired you to write the book?
I was inspired to write The Last Noah by my love of ‘social’ science fiction, such as the works of Isaac Asimov and others. I hope that you’ll find my book to be written in a similar vein. I was also motivated by my desire to do something creative in my life which, hopefully, will bring enjoyment to many readers.
What was your process of writing the book?
I did prepare a basic outline before
starting to write The Last Noah, but I’m fundamentally a seat of the
pants writer. Any aspects of the plot derived from the initial outline seemed
to change as I progressed through the work; fresh, new ideas came into my head,
and I developed those as I went along. In fact, the end of the tale changed
entirely from the one I had in mind when I started it. I surprised even myself
with the eventual outcome!
Why should people read your book?
It’s got a great plot, with characters who are full of life and are ‘real people’. Whilst it is fundamentally a science fiction novel, it’s also quite ‘broad brush’. There’s themes in it which most adults will enjoy: plenty of adventure; a developing romance between the main two characters; and an intriguing plot with several surprising twists. I’ve also made it very readable and (I hope) easy to follow whilst, at the same time, being detailed enough to be enthralling.
What is so special about your story?
I think I’ve covered most of this in my answer above. I didn’t want it to be just a science fiction action novel. Or just a romance. Or just with a mysterious plot. Or just a commentary on some topical social issues. I have worked some aspects of all of these into the plot, which I hope makes it special.
Who is your ideal reader?
Anyone who enjoys reading it! (It’s not really suitable for children though).
How did you celebrate finishing writing your book?
Having never done anything like this before, I was, in fact, overawed by what I had achieved. This gave me great inner satisfaction. It was encouraging to get a five-star review, from someone I’d never heard of before, within a week of the book’s launch. That was ‘celebration’ enough.
Who is your favourite character in the book?
Miranda, because she’s a young, feisty, out-there woman who drives the plot forwards, whilst we watch her character developing and expressing itself as we go through the book.
If your book would be made into a movie – what actor would you want to play your main character and why?
I can’t really answer this one. I’m much more into written books than movies. I’d only care that whoever made the movie employed an actor who was able to portray my characters as closely as possibly to how I’d written them.
What is your favourite book?
As above, most of Isaac Asimov’s works… I can’t single one out in particular; but I did particularly like his short story “Nightfall”, which has, for its time, one of the most original plots I’ve come across.
What author do you look up to?
Anyone with a fantastic imagination who can then translate this into an amazing story. There are too many great authors like this to be able to single any one out.
What would you do if your book became an international bestseller?
You mean after I’d spent some of the income on a long, long holiday touring the world? Well, I’d write more books which other people could enjoy, for sure.
Anything you want to share with my readers?
If you do read my book, I hope it doesn’t disappoint!