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 has coordinated academic computing curriculum and facilities, served on numerous campus committees, and has also been Assistant Dean and Acting Dean (Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences), and Chair of the University Senate.

Sutcliffe has represented Canada on international computing standards committees and has published a text in computing science, written another 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 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. 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 originally 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 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. They have two married sons, Nathan (Charlene) and Joel (Jen) and six grandchildren.

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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 1: The Peace
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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
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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
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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
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    The General is alternate-history Irish-flavoured Christian science fiction and is the sequel to The Peace, The Friends, and The Exile (Volumes One to Three of The Interregnum). 

    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.

    A second arc of the story cycle follows Mara Meathe from her arrival at Tara's court.

    The third arc takes place on Tirdia, near the BC Fraser Valley's Chilliwack. Nellie goes to Tirdia to assist Day MacAllister with some court appointed espionage.

    Events of The General play out on Hibernia at Tara, Edenderry, Luna City, Toronto, South Africa, India, Afghanistan, Centralia, West China, and Japan of Hibernia as well as in Chilliwack and Aldergrove on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada (Tirdia). 


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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 5: The Nexus
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    The Nexus is alternate-history Irish-flavoured Christian science fiction and is the sequel to The Peace, The Friends, The Exile and The General (Volumes One to Four of The Interregnum).

    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.

    Elbon the Builder of Meta (John Dominic on Tirdia) returns from a meeting of the Metan elders to Tirdia and the orphanage at Berea, unaware that his daughter Eider has followed him. She encounters Lucas and the two have a narrow brush with two of gangster Al Marcotti's thugs. In the aftermath, Lucas eavedrops on Eider's conversation with her father and hears of their relationship and of the other earths. His loyalties now torn, Lucas leaves that afternoon's creation debate to strike out on his own. But Eider follows, and the two are caught up in both the nexus and Marcotti's ongoing violence.

    Maeve Derry sends one of her Centralia cadets out on a training mission, only to have to pull his body from the bottom of a river several hours later. What she learns next necessitates the reappointment of Tad as Senchus, and another sensational hearing at Tara, one punctuated by a shocking and cowardly attack. After Maeve's return to Centralia, she is lured to the St. Charles islands, and there disappears.

    We experience the nexus with Lucas, Eider, Catherine, Mara, Margaret, and Maeve, then hear the account of the aftermath at Tara's court the next day, when MacCarthy forces mount an all-out attack, but find themselves under pressure from the Friends at other locations.

    Events of The Nexus play out on Hibernia at Tara, Dublin, Afghanistan, India, Berlin, Moscow, Mergui, the St. Charles Islands, and Centralia well as in Chilliwack and Vancouver on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada (Tirdia) and in the Builder's City and home on Meta.


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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum Series, Book 6: The Builder
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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.

    Truth also comes to John Dominic's children, albeit too late, and the new Earth where he relocates is lost in the Timestream. It does not come to Roger Hyland (the Builder of Tara), the CRAE CCC who constructs railways on land, underwater, and in space, but rejects spiritual realities, despite his friends' earnest pleas. From Metan MS, we learn of the initial three Nexi, of the first Builder, and of his age-old nemesis who plots time and again to either rule the earths or destroy them. As this sixth story cycle concludes, the stage is set for the definitive second battle of Glenmorgan, whose outcome will determine who next will sit on Tara's fabled throne.


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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 1: Culmanic Parts
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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. 

    The prologue tells the early eleventh century story of Brian Boru's rescue by Cormac Meathe and Catherine Neal at Clontarf, and the subsequent elevation of Cormac and Catherine to the throne. 

    All the King's Horses tells of a fourteenth century horse girl descendent of Catherine--Kate the Culmanic, who likewise becomes High Queen. 

    Mother's Girl tells the early life of fifteenth mystery woman, prodigy, and national heroine Amy Rea, adopted daughter of super-spy Carlan Rea, who renames the Culmanic "Science" and makes it her own, who with nine unlikely friends takes the Royal Academy at Tara by storm, suffers profound betrayals, then joins the Royal Army Naval Corps. Who is she, why is she The Mother's Girl, and why have the Assassin's Guild accepted three contracts on her life?


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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 2: Rea's Blood or Navy Girl
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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?




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  • Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 3: Tara's Mother
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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. 

    In Rea's Blood, Amy Rea, Samadeya's adopted daughter, and First Lord of the Admiralty, was shot down aboard her flagship Victory at Trafalgar. But two powerful look-alike women do emerge from the smoke and blood--Amy's flag officer Joane O'Donnell, and the mysterious Amethyst Meathe, who both play a vital part in Thomas Rourke's battle against the French despot at Mount Sainte Jean, near Waterloo. 

    Joane takes on prominent military role in now allied new France. But Amethyst still has battles to fight--first with lead enemy nation Spain, then with Ireland's own King Frederick and his would-be replacements back home. She takes over from her mentor as "The Mother"--High Queen of Low Tara, queen maker for several nations, and continues Amy Rea's battle against God's enemies. 

    Who are she 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? 


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