Teacher writes science fiction trilogy

Former science teacher Dennis Rawlings, of Lumsden Square, Murton, who is writing a trilogy of sci-fi novels.
Former science teacher Dennis Rawlings, of Lumsden Square, Murton, who is writing a trilogy of sci-fi novels.
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A TEACHER is using science fact in his tales of science fiction as he writes a trilogy for fantasy fans.

Supply teacher Dennis Rowlings, 62, is allowing his imagination and knowledge of physics to come together in his writing.

Having already completed his novel, Before New Earth Time Began, Dennis is following it up with New Earth Solar System and the final instalment, Stepping Stones, which are both being written at the same time.

The novels are based on the challenges and journey faced by a group of Phd students who head across the Himalayas to mark the end of their studies at Cambridge University, only to discover worm holes in the mountains.

Dennis, who moved to Murton from his home city of Glasgow 26 years ago when he met wife Janice, 54, who is from the village, plans to complete the trilogy before finding a publisher for the books.

He said: “I began this about five years ago.

“It’s purely for pleasure.

“A lay person who doesn’t know a great deal about science will have a better understanding of the subject because of it and will also be entertained.

“The first book is finished, the second is on its way and I’m just finishing the ending as I do the third book to try and tie them together.

“I hope to have it all done by the end of the year.

“Arthur C Clarke is one of my inspirations and like myself he had an education background.”

Dennis, who is dad to Gareth, 26, and Jenna, 23, and lives in Lumsden Square, works as a supply teacher of students aged upwards of 12, with Tyne Metropolitan College in Wallsend among the places where he has taught.

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