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Sutcliffe, Richard

Richard J. (Rick) Sutcliffe, is Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, and has been Adjunct Professor in the nearby School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. At TWU, Rick coordinates academic computing curriculum and facilities, serves on numerous campus committees, and has also spent two years as Acting Dean (Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences.)

Sutcliffe represents Canada on international computing standards committees and has published a text in computing science, written one on ethical and social issues in technology, and has authored more than fifty articles and reviews in a variety of trade and technical publications. He has been a columnist for several magazines and newspapers (The Northern Spy, Anodidacticus, The Dialectical Apple, Through a Glass Darkly ). He coined the terms "New Renaissance", "Metalibrary", "concinnity", "Fourth Civilization" and "wired campus", has been a leader in electronic publication, and has been active on the Internet since the 1970s. He has also been an invited speaker at numerous churches, educational and computing conferences, and technical symposia at local, national, and international levels.

Rick Sutcliffe is the author of several fictional works in various stages of publication. Most of these are Irish-flavoured Christian science fiction and deal with a variety of technology and ethical issues in thought-provoking plots set on alternate earths. His first novel, "The Peace" was published electronically in June 2000 and became its publisher's best-seller. Others in the same series followed. He revived The Northern Spy electronically, and also has a Philology site at opundo.com. Affiliated companies sell domain names and do web hosting.

Prior to his academic career, he taught secondary school for twelve years in Langley, BC, last at Mountain Secondary School. There, he served as his school's math/computer science department head, physics teacher, staff chairman, club sponsor, and scholarship counsellor. He brought the International Baccalaureate programme to public schools for the first time, was active in curriculum development and was among the first to use microcomputers in secondary schools.

He has research interests in standards, programming languages, data structures, and in the social, ethical, and religious aspects of high technology. He is active in Aldergrove Fellowship Baptist Church, having been chairman, treasurer, deacon, elder, youth worker, librarian and Bible teacher. He has built two houses, gardens, writes software, and been active in politics. He has also been appointed as external advisor in the accreditation of several local schools. He has travelled extensively as a speaker and to represent the Canadian Standards Association and the Standards Council of Canada at ISO meetings. He presently resides in Bradner, B.C. with his wife Joyce and their two sons Nathan and Joel.


Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 1: The Peace by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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The Peace is alternate-history Irish-flavoured Christian science fiction. James IV, High King of Ireland and the worlds he rules, is deposed at the height of the Three Worlds' War (1941). Banned from the throne by his corrupt nobles for 60 years, he struggles to survive and maintain the Pax Hibernia despite clan MacCarthy's genocidal high-tech schemes. Characters from our earth struggle with their own religious and political loyalties as they are drawn into Greater Hibernia's intrigues. Remote Edwardstown (Calgary) becomes the stage on which three interwoven tales of romance and tragedy converge, launching reborn lives and new hopes.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 2: The Friends by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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In the decades following the deposition of James IV, his descendants and relatives continue the struggle to survive clan MacCarthy's plots. Katherina Rourke loses everything except her close-knit group of friends when first her mother, Iron Kate, then her father Matthew (formerly Donal IV) are murdered. Later her friendships disintegrate, and a subsequent donal uses Sean Reilly to kill Katherina, Jack, and their infant Mara. Or, does he? We follow Lady Katherina to and through the battle of Glenmorgan. An intertwined story tells of Sean Reilly (the man she once loved but now hates) and his allies in their quest to depose the corrupt donal. A third and later sequence relates the coming to age of Katherina's daughter, as she builds The Friends of the Day, dedicated to restoring Tara's true throne. London, Moody, Tara, and Penal City are the stages on which these stories play out toward the 2000 nexus and the 2001 culmination of the ban on the throne.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 3: The Exile by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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This third book in the series tells of Mara's further adventures, climbing the military ranks of Tara on her way to a confrontation with Donal XII, the former Sean Reilly. Meanwhile, Angus and Day McAllister, exiled to our earth in one of Hibernia's many palace coups, have their own scores to settle with Mara's McCarthy enemies and their allies. So do Lady Katherina and her adoptive daughter Sheana. Others also have reason to be present in court when the ban on the throne expires. Their lives intertwine with Mara's and each other as they struggle spiritually while facing well-financed high-tech conspiracies to turn Hibernia and the other earths into ethnically cleansed MacCarthy family dictatorships. This story cycle takes us to Afghanistan, Rome, Glenfinnan, Prison City, and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 4: The General by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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The General recounts Tadgh O'Kelly's life from his 1987 graduation as Kilkarney's top cadet to his career as an army forensic investigator. As the years go by, he gradually knits the threads of evidence from numerous kidnappings of women and children into a noose, but finding the guilty neck to tie it around takes all his skill, and not a little help.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 5: The Nexus by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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The Nexus continues Mara's story from the conclusion of the trial over which Tad O'Kelly presided as Senchus in The General, through new foreign assignments, then back to Tara to await the coming nexus and the crisis it will bring to Hibernia's capital. There she battles pirates, gun runners, kidnappers, and a host of plots against the realm.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 6: The Builder by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Irish/Science Fiction)
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The Builder is alternate-history Irish-flavoured Christian science fiction, that further develops the legacy of the first five books in the series.

The Builder continues Mara's story following the street battle in Tara through her engagement, her disgrace at court, her defection to the MacCarthys, the unravelling of the MacCarthy plot to destroy Tara, and her discovery of the truth about her father's death.

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Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 1: Culmanic Parts by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Science Fiction: Christian, Irish)
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Culmanic Parts is a small part of the alternate history story of two long-lived and hard-to-kill men, Samadeya-Qayin and Pelik-Qayin, the alternate continuations of the repentant and unrepentant Cain respectively, always deadly enemies, once Thor and Odin, but in the last millenium duelling over the High Kingship of Ireland.
Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 2: Rea's Blood or Navy Girl by Richard J. Sutcliffe (Christian Science Fiction/Alternate World)
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Rea's Blood continues the alternate history enmity of the long-lived two Qayins, and of Amy Rea, adopted daughter of Samadeya-Qayin, the ally of the Almighty. It follows Amy's career from her post-Academy appointment as second officer to the Royal Army Naval Corps frigate Boudicca, her rapid promotion to commodore, then Vice-Admiral, and finally Admiral of the Orange aboard Victory.

Her novel tactics and ways of dealing with her shipmates become Royal Navy doctrine. Rea cultivates a band of fellow officers who will follow her "to hell and back" and most of them do so for her last battle against enemy nations Spain and France off Trafalgar Point, where she is shot down by snipers as she resolutely stands in full uniform on Victory's quarterdeck. But who was Amy Rae, what was her great secret, and why does she have so many look-alikes?

Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 3: Tara's Mother by Rick Sutcliffe (Irish Science Fiction/Christian)
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Tara's Mother is the sequel to Culmanic Parts and Rae's Blood, and continues the alternate history enmity of the long-lived Samadeya-Qayin, ally of the Almighty and check against Pelik-Qayin, who is something more than evil twin...

Who are Amethyst Meathe and Joane, really, and will Amethyst and the band of brothers and sisters she inherited from Amy Rea live to see a new, better, and peaceful Ireland emerge from the ashes of war? What of her own heart, broken before by others' faithlessness and again when Thomas dies following his historic battle? And will she win free of the spectre of treacherous Marnie Caine and the assassins guild?

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