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Written by Si Clarke

Devon’s Island (Devon Island Mars Colony series #1) signed paperback

Devon’s Island (Devon Island Mars Colony series #1) signed paperback

Planning the first permanent Mars colony

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Other stories will take you to Mars. This one will take you inside the boardroom, the pub, and the bedroom with the people planning the mission.

Gurdeep is an engineer and a soldier. Georgie’s a food scientist. One is pragmatic with a tough outer shell; the other's an optimist, a person of ideas and compassion. In the span of a single afternoon, the couple find themselves in charge of planning a self-sustaining colony on Mars. Together, they’re humanity’s last hope for survival.

They have 160 slots to fill with experts from all over the world as they set about designing an all-new society with its own government, economy, and culture – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Among those chosen for the mission is Devon, an autistic scientist with a unique skill set who finds life on Earth strange and alienating. Maybe a whole new planet is exactly what's needed.

With 1,114 days until the launch, excitement and tensions run high. Earth’s second chance hangs in the balance. Between strict genetic requirements and the dangers of the dystopian almost-present, will everyone make it to the final countdown?


Devon’s Island is the first book in the Devon Island Mars Colony series. It’s a work of neurodiverse, culturally diverse, gender-bendy, socio-politico-economic, drunken-arguments-in-the-pub science fiction – not bang-bang-pew-pew science fiction.

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Okay, so true story… Back when I was a baby author, I ordered a bunch paperback copies, assuming they'd sell eventually. Yeah, no, sorry. I sell, maybe one copy a year. So if you buy one, it'll be a signed copy and I'll have to walk down the street with it to the post office. I'm selling these at basically the cost of shipping. If you're in the US, you'll pay the price listed above and no shipping. If you're in the UK, hit me up for a discount code as domestic shipping is (obviously) less than international.

How long is this book?

Estimated reading time: 6-7 hours

83k words / 268 pages

Why should I buy direct from the author?

When I published my first book in January 2020, someone at work laughed and asked me when I was going to quit my job. 

There's this perception out there that authors are wealthy people. And I'm sure the big names (e.g. Richard Osman, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, etc.) are doing just fine.

But it's not like that for indie authors. It's tough out there. There are great, amazing things about being an indie author. But most of us aren't making bank.

You know who is making money out of books? Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.

You may have noticed a move in recent years of indie authors selling their books directly to you. There's a reason for that. 

If you buy a book for 0.99 from Amazon, the author gets to keep maybe 0.26 of that. Maybe. It depends on the file size. And they won't even get that for around 3 months. But if you buy a book from an author for 0.99, the author gets to keep around 0.83. And we get that money within days.

Because that first book I mentioned? Four years later, it hasn't come close to paying for itself. 

If you can't buy direct, libraries are a great way to get books for free while still helping authors get their fair share. 

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Manuel F.
Optimistic apocalypse

I'm not great at reviews, but I will say it made me cry in a good way. It made me hopeful about and also portrays my worst fears for the future.