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A link to Robert P. Fitton Audio Books. The novels below are FREE with the exception of the Ramdama's Kingdom which the reader can donate or also listen for FREE.

The Magnaminous Mr. Fitton

Fitton's Ancient Papyrus

(Lots of FREE audio books)

No this isn't a scam. You can have my early books in audio for free. 

However, if you feel so inclined you can reward my efforts for the Ramdama's Kingdom and the subsequent audio by having Pay Pal graciously acknowledge your generosity. There is a Pay Pal button DONATE button below and cart in the upper right corner of this page.  The other books on this page are indeed Freebies.

The majority of my novels and audio are for sale on Amazon and Audible.

Amazon-in paperback-Kindle and Audible.

Freebies? Freebies? Why would Fitton give away his audio books? Indeed….

Perhaps the author is magnanimous. Of course, he is… but that’s not the reason.

Ah, then these novels must be terrible, some leftover remnant of early efforts… partially true.

The Ancient Papyrus stories are very good, the dialogue makes sense, the settings are spectacular, and the audio output has merit.

When the these books were written the manuscripts were submitted to my agent. Whether a concerted effort was expended to circulate the books to various publishers is questionable.

The manuscript writing (on typewriter) is choppy, details are lacking, and character point of view sporadic. I had not engaged in the subsequent instruction I received  from accomplished authors and professionals. The ancient papyrus stories, if edited properly, would take years to finish. I have numerous projects scheduled but still wanted the original stories out there. While recording the audio, I did minimally update and refine scientific irregularities and obnoxious plot dragging.

The end product is good. If you should leave a Pay Pal donation  for the Ramdama's Kingdom.  Thank you!  As for the rest of the Ancient Papyrus, I suggest for all to eat, drink and be merry... and enjoy.

The Apex of Power

by

Robert P. Fitton




Robert P. Fitton On Nantucket Island 1978

1977

Penning a first novel is not easy. Breaking the confidence barrier and actually writing a book is the first hurdle. Growing up in the sixties I was and still am an unabashed Star Trek aficionado. We became known as Trekkies. Over and over again in reruns and audio recorded cassettes I reveled to the deep space exploits and adventures of the captain and crew of the USS Enterprise. When I began the Apex story in 1977, I typed the first and subsequent drafts on a portable Smith Corona typewriter-a dictionary nearby. Mistakes were not corrected with a backspace but with

Liquid Paper and White Out. The finished product was a good Star Trek story. Not bad for a first try. Apex was good enough to procure an agent in New York City. The novel made the rounds and came close to being signed at Bantam Books.

The Apex of Power’s characters were indicative of the TV characters’ persona. Settings were pretty much in line with the show with some poetic license. My reference point for the book was the Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry and David Gerrold's The World of Star Trek. The novel was written in a teleplay point of view-as if seen on TV. Character point of view is sporadic, repeated words are numerous, and extraneous descriptions abound. The President of the Federation did not come into prominence until the roles of Robert Ellison and Jonathan Archer in the 1980’s and 90’s. The head honcho in Apex is the Chancellor- now the president in my recording.

To reconstruct The Apex of Power into a tight, polished novel would take considerable time with a sales and distribution dead end. However, putting Apex into an audio rendition was possible. I do not claim to be a mimic and have merely enunciated the emotions( Spock excluded) and motivation of crew and Klingon swine. The Klingons after the writing of the Apex of Power acquired a cloaking device.

Paramount Pictures Corporation and CBS Studios own the copyright to the series. So, I have no financial aspirations in getting this story out. I have my own projects. My only desire is that Star Trek fans enjoy what I have written.

Robert P. Fitton

The Apex of Power

by

Robert P. Fitton

1977

The Red Light District

by

Robert P. Fitton

1978


Fitton during the writing of the Red Light District in 1978

The Red Light District

by

Robert P. Fitton

Introduction

1978 was a long time ago. This story is not updated to present day technology. Pay phones abound and landlines laced the landscape. Cars were big. With no Internet communication not instantaneous. People were tracked down not Google searched. Yet, human nature, albeit exposed to so much more today, remained fixed. Some say that this early Fitton science fiction story too bizarre or the government intelligence agencies of the mid and later 20th century were incapable of withholding projects from the public. The truth as John Denver wrote “is hard to come by.”

The story, reminiscent of Hollywood's 1950’s science fiction motion pictures, spawned from the incredible revelations of the Church Committee in the 1970’s. Rogue elements of the intelligence agencies decided that they were the true guardians of the country and the people be damned. Add to this scenario Jim Jones and his "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project" in Guyana. Jones convinced the 900 members of his cult into “drinking the Kool-Aid,” sprinkled with cyanide, to an instant death on November 18, 1978. Dr. Paul Richards is a gifted scientist of similar charisma and his drug is used for compliance.

The original manuscript needs revisions and editing, some of which was done on the audio version. The Red Light District was circulated in New York City by my agent and then was promptly packed away, moving around the country, and is now resurrected on Cape Cod in 2018.

The Red Light District

The Bearded Wonder 1980



A Noble Experiment

A Noble Experiment

by

Robert P. Fitton

1979-80



From a rediscovered manuscript written in 1979-80. And I do mean rediscovered. This typed manuscript went to New York and my agent. I kept a copy and sent a copy to compadre from UMASS. The agent began producing Broadway shows and I moved from Amherst to California. Between California and Cape Cod my copy of a Noble Experiment vanished. Alas, it was located in storage near D.C. and shipped to Cape Cod in 2017.

This science fiction saga begins in the less technical time of 1963. Bill Brady is a classic investigative reporter, based in Chicago. For years Brady has debunked the famous, but fraudulent UFO researcher Dr. Olin Von Grunkle. But now Von Grunkle has unequivocal proof: a filmed extraterrestrial ship returning with human abductees to earth. The obsessed Brady, plagued by anxiety and out of body experiences, sets out to prove Von Grunkle’s latest stunt as bogus. In his pursuit Mr. William Francis Brady is thrust into the real universe, alive with alien beings and fighting aged old conflicts. And he learns one significant truth: Without intervention the earth will self-destruct on August 31, 1992.

I wanted to address several themes in Noble Experiment. It’s a no-brainer in science fiction to blow up the earth. But this threatened terrestrial destruction is linked to choice and another favorite theme of mine- runaway technology. These alien beings are part of a long history of rules and law. It is this intransigence that insists they not prevent what they know will happen to earth in the future. There is a precarious balance even in our own lives about interfering versus allowing the freedom to make mistakes. In a Noble Experiment the entire human race is threatened at the expense of following the strict ancient law.

This novel is also about excess. Bill Brady’s obsessions encapsulate humanity’s excess. Brady fights for justice against the fraud and deception of those more willing to gain money and power at the expense of the truth. Lorna is a governor on Brady’s impulses as well as a hope for mankind.

In 1977 I marveled at the way Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss )and others were drawn to the extraterrestrials. I've even traveled to Devil's Tower itself. Imagine, I thought, walking into that alien ship and being a part of a totally alien civilization. Imagine I would because I never got to see Roy’s tour of the galaxy. Let’s combine this with Erich von Däniken. My mother bought von Däniken’s books, speculating and inferring how aliens infiltrated our world. This was at a time when I was enamored by Carl Sagan’s scientific view of the universe in Cosmos. So, I created Olin von Grunkle, an exaggerated character and brought Brady on the galactic journey I had longed for in Close Encounters… with the morality play of Star Trek.

Welcome aboard!

Before the electric typewriter-the manual typewriter!

A Noble Experiment required a lot of time and effort while working full time. Here's the number one impediment which I would not acknowledge at the time.


The typewriter!

Are you kidding, Fitton?


The manual typewriter​

Using the manual typewriter required great dexterity. A  mistake or 'typo' meant taking out a little container of White Out and brushing it over the errant word or phrase. Maybe even drying the white out with a hair dryer. Really!


The Smith Corona Selectric-No white out!

The Coronamatic Cartridge was introduced. This self-contained cartridge revolutionized ribbon changes by allowing users to execute a ribbon change without touching any part of the inked ribbon. Used for a Noble Experiment. At the time it seemed a phenomenal change.

A Noble Experiment-Part 1

A Noble Experiment-Part 2

A Noble Experiment-Part 3

My Other Face...Sci fi Horror

An adaptation of a manuscript from 1981.

WARNING: Novel Contains Graphic Violence

My Other Face

Amherst, Massachusetts... 1979-80

Agent to Fitton: “You need to write what's selling, Bob. And horror stories are selling.”

That was 1980. I ‘kindda’ followed his advice. My intention in writing My Other Face was to inject the idea of ghosts, spirits and the walking dead into my writing. The book evolved into a science fiction panoply of the living dead and opening a Pandora’s Box of unknown physics. Before writing this novel, I read half a dozen horror novels of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It is not my nature to write graphic descriptions of violence. But I do like suspense and tense situations in my books. My Other Face has both.

In this bizarre cauldron is Marta DuPont Pendleton- vulnerable and frightened and cast into a horrific situation in an isolated New Hampshire town. Marta is in intense therapy and sees ‘flashes,’ black and white snippets of a skewed deadly reality. No one believes she is sane. I utilized the device of echoing her inner thoughts as she meanders back to what will be come the ultimate horror of her life in her husband’s home town of St. Argus, New Hampshire.

Like the novel Peyton Place’s wealthy and powerful Harrington family, the Pendletons control St. Argus in My Other Face. Unlike Peyton Place no such gossip and scandal resides in St. Argus. My Other Face is gory… but good.

Do not read on a midnight dreary while you ponder, weak and weary.

My Other Face


My Other face

My Other Face

My Other Face

Robert P. Fitton in the San Gabriel Mountains-Los Angeles-1982

Then it was off to California...

Off to Southern California in 1981 where Fitton wrote numerous short stories and novellas and XB-234 which became the Ramdama's Kingdom. Then he began outlining the novel Sojourn.

Book One


Book Two


Robert P. Fitton

Launch of the First Space Shuttle

April 12, 1981

(Listen from launch site)


There are transition novels and there are transition novels. This book was written before I began learning more about writing.

Seeing the launch of the first space shuttle in Florida left me in awe and dreaming of passenger flights into the solar system. The adventure of traveling into space is mixed with Harry McGee's financial obsession 'to score the big one.' Not too different from my own sales career goals at the time. The balance of what is really important vs individual aggrandizement is thrust upon McGee… and me.


At the end of the 1970's and into the 80's, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union, tyranny existed forthrightly in Poland and the Soviet satellites. A Polish non-governmental trade union was founded by Lech Walesa and workers on August 14, 1980, at the Lenin Shipyards. It is the nature of the human spirit to stand up to tyranny. It may take some time, but it does happen. In the book the Polish communist General Jaruzelski is represented by a machine-like being called a zome. (Jarril) The Insurgency in the Ramdama's Kingdom is of the same venue as Solidarity.

Standing up against tyranny in Poland.


The Ramdama is the epitome of the suppressing of the human spirit. It is only when the Ramdama realizes he cannot suppress the human spirit that he, in his sadistic and amoral way, changes humanity. The large celestial body in the novel comes from an incredible dream I had in 1981, in which the sky was vividly dotted with bright moons and planets. Take that Dr. Freud!


Living in Southern California in 1982 and having traveled to Death Valley on numerous occasions, brought me to many areas described in the book.

Death Valley 1982

I felt as I wrote the book as if I had already traveled to alien worlds myself!


I would be remiss if I didn't mention the original Magnum PI which upon reading this manuscript after all these years is clearly an influence and evident in the beginning of The Ramdama's Kingdom. Also, the alien hieroglyphics, painstakingly constructed in English grammar, are an interesting component. And finally, the Ramdama was involved in additional tyranny which I will let be uncovered in the book.

The Alien Message

Yes, there is a translation inside the novel.

Robert P. Fitton in Northern California -1982 (While Writing the Ramdama's Kingdom)

Who says alien worlds are only in outer space?


One never knows what can happen on an alien planet.


Death Valley 1982

The Ramdama's Kingdom

Donation- Your choice.

Thanks for listening!

Introduction

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 1-Chapters 1-4

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 1-Chapters 5-8

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 1-Chapters 9-12

The Ramdama's Kingdom- Book Two


The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 2-Chapters 1-5

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 2-Chapters 6-9

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 2-Chapters 10-13

The Ramdama's Kingdom-Book 2-Chapter 14-Eplilogue


FITTON @ AUDIBLE

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

                                             

                                                           -Jean-Jacques Rousseau


     Je n'aurais pas pu mieux dire!


                                                                    -Robert P. Fitton



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