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I'm a doctor who writes bestselling epic fantasy and popular science books.



I am the author of a four book epic fantasy series, The Three Powers.  I was thrilled to bits with Glenda A Bixler's review of the first book in this series, The Snowmelt River, for AuthorsDen, which had a positive impact on sales.  I hope this will encourage other people to believe that AuthorsDen can really help them with their writing.  I'm also delighted to say that The Snowmelt River entered the epic fantasy top ten bestsellers in October 2012.  Many thanks to the readers who made this possible.  The first three titles in this epic fantasy series are now published, in order, The Snowmelt River, The Tower of Bones and The Sword of Feimhin. The fourth title, The Return of the Arinn, is now in the pipeline for publication in 2015. The series is intended for a young adult/ adult readership.

I'm delighted to say that The Return of the Arinn is currently being serialised on, with a free new chapter download every month right up to publication of the book later in the year. More at

I've written quite a few novels, including contemporary fiction (Taking Care of Harry) - note that Between Clouds and the Sea is an abridged version of Taking Care of Harry with the laddish humour cut down to suit a more gentle heart.  I've written the popular thrillers (Goodbye Baby Blue, Sweet Summer, Tiger Tiger), a science fiction novel that is doing particularly well as a Kindle e-book (The Doomsday Genie). I've also been writing science books for two decades, such as the New York Times Book of the Year, The Forgotten Plague (Tuberculosis: The Greatest Story Never Told), the Charlie Munger Chosen Book, Virus X, a comparative critique of neo-Darwinism and symbiosis in Darwin's Blind Spot, and with the book in which I pioneered viral symbiosis and the concept of a holobiontic genome, Virolution.  I have just completed an important new popular science book, The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Puzzle.  This is now published - attracting one or two fine early reviews, including New Scientist.  I've written features in New Scientist on the subjects of both these latter books.  In terms of real science, I've been developing the concepts of viral symbiosis and the holobiontic nature of the human genome for many years.  More at My major new science book, The Mysterious World of the Human Genome, will be published by HarperCollins in late May/ early June this year.

I'm interested in many things other than writing.  I'm a family man, with two children and two grandchildren. I also like sport and support my local football team, Sheffield Wednesday.  I used to play the guitar but these days do more listening than playing.  I ran an art gallery for nine years and like the company of artists.   

Accomplishments: My book The Forgotten Plague was a "book of the year" for the New York Times and Darwin's Blind Spot was Charlie Munger's book of choice that year. The Snowmelt River was the Chosen Book for 2010 by John West. Several of my books have been best-sellers in the US and UK. They've been translated into many languages, one being translated into Chinese twice.


The Mysterious World of the Human Genome by Frank P Ryan
Your genome lies at the very core of your make-up. This book explains it for readers who know nothing whatsoever to start with....

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The Sword of Feimhin by Frank P Ryan
Third in The Three Powers bestselling epic fantasy series, which began with The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones...  The Fantasy of Frank P Ryan 

The Snowmelt River by Frank P Ryan
This is the Quercus (Jo Fletcher) first edition of Frank P Ryan's epic fantasy novel. It is a top ten epic fantasty bestseller on  The Fantasy of Frank P Ryan  Swift Publishers

The Tower of Bones by Frank P Ryan
This is the second novel in Frank P Ryan's acclaimed fantasy series, The Three Powers. The first in the series, The Snowmelt River, is a top ten epic fantasy bestseller on amazon....  The Fantasy of Frank P Ryan 

Between Clouds and the Sea by Frank P Ryan
19-year-old Mylie O'Farrel is interested in music, girls and wild nights out on the town in London. Then Harry, an elderly ex-army officer, is brought into the psychiatric unit where Mylie works, purportedly for having attempted to strangle his wife. Harry, who has no visitors, is suffering from melancholia. Both Harry and Mylie are having difficulties with the women in their lives...  FPR-Books Ltd 

The Mystery of Metamorphosis by Frank P Ryan
A scientific exploration of one of Nature's great mysteries....


Sweet Summer by Frank P Ryan
Murder mystery thriller. One of the trilogy with Tiger Tiger and Goodbye Baby Blue....

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Tiger Tiger by Frank P Ryan
Murder mystery in the Sandy Woodings series...

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Goodbye Baby Blue by Frank P Ryan
A child is kidnapped, followed by several murders. A mystery thriller in the Sandy Woodings series. ...

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The Doomsday Genie by Frank P Ryan
When America is attacked by what appears to be a ferocious WMD, a small group of people lead the fight back. Includes violence and graphic detail...

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Virolution by Frank P Ryan
Our human genome is full of viruses with genetic sequences similar to the genome of HIV-1, the viral cause of AIDS. These viruses have played an important role in human evolution and still play an important role in human embryology and day-to-day chemistry....

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The Brain Food Diet by Frank P Ryan
Draws on new research that shows that omega-3s can improve cognition at any age and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline in middle age and old age....

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Tuberculosis: The Greatest Story Never Told by Frank P Ryan
This tells the heroic story of how a handful of people, none of them TB experts, found the cure for the greatest infectious killer of all time....  Google Book Program  FPR-Books Ltd

Taking Care of Harry by Frank P Ryan
A contemporary novel about relationships....

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Darwin's Blind Spot by Frank P Ryan
A different way of looking at evolution, now increasingly espoused in leading scientific journals, universities and presentations....

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Virus X by Frank P Ryan
Tells the story of where viruses, such as Ebola and HIV, come from and why they behave as they do. This book changed beliefs in evolutionary biology....  FPR-Books Ltd  Google Books Program

Short Stories

A Bane Returns
 by Frank P Ryan
After writing nine novels, this is my first fantasy short story....


What is it that you think you are doing?
 by Frank P Ryan
Few of us know. Maybe writers should know better than most of, but I doubt it ......

The Song of the Fairy King
 by Frank P Ryan
In The Snowmelt River Mo sang part of an ancient and very beautiful song out of ancient Celtic legend. Here it is complete....

A Glimpse of the Apocalypse
 by Frank P Ryan
The opening pages of my apocalyptic science fiction thriller, The Doomsday Genie, which has been the top-selling kindle for Swift Publishers for 36 months running....

Of Blues and books and Captain Beefheart
 by Frank P Ryan
Closing down a small press that served me well, plus the blues and dealing with two of my best books......

I'm all a-twitter about romance
 by Frank P Ryan
Eight figure advance for romance - boy do you ladies have it all sewn up!...

A Painting Called “Sweet Summer”
 by Frank P Ryan
How a painting came to take on the title, and theme, of my first published novel....

Stick to your guns
 by Frank P Ryan
This is one of the most important lessons I have learnt as a professional writer. I've just added a very happy footnote to this article, written many months earlier. ...

Ann Rice Review of Metamorphosis
 by Frank P Ryan
Anne Rice has put up a glowing review of Frank Ryan's book, The Mystery of Metamorphosis" on her Facebook page....

When Art and Literature Connect
 by Frank P Ryan
The late artist, Dave Pearson, and my fantasy writing have interesting commonalities in terms of inspiration....

Do Omega-3s Enable Us to Live Longer and Healthier Lives?
 by Frank P Ryan
This article is a summary of the findings of three interesting scientific studies. For discussion and advice for ordinary readers, see my book The Brain Food Diet, at

 by Frank P Ryan
This is the prologue to my forthcoming book, The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Puzzle. Note two free chapters available from

Why we don't lay eggs
 by Frank P Ryan
This is a slightly whimsical article but about a serious subject -- how viruses made possible every human pregnancy....

Prometheus (Frankenstein) Revisited
 by Frank P Ryan
Another look at the Frankenstein Scenario - my science fiction thriller, The Doomsday Genie...

A review of a delightful book
 by Frank P Ryan
I met Trevor Norton when researching a book, called Metamorphosis, which will be published some time next year. He was the Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and head of the M...


What lies at the core of you
 by Frank P Ryan
Would you like to know what lies at the core of you? The human genome is our most important and precious possession. It is being engineered for the first time. What does that mean? What will it do to...

Free Chapters of my Final Book
 by Frank P Ryan
Serialisation of the final book in The Three Powers Series...

Major new non-fiction title
 by Frank P Ryan
I'm delighted to provide details of my new non-fiction, The Mysterious World of the Human Genome....

Spectacular Film trailer for The Doomsday Genie
 by Frank P Ryan
It has taken several months to prepare and yet it is only two minutes long. Take a look if you would like to be scared . . . ...

Now out - The Sword of Feimhin
 by Frank P Ryan
The Sword of Feimhin is the third book in my bestselling epic fantasy series. First edition copies have just arrived for sale on my website

Lovelock and Gaia Reappraised
 by Frank P Ryan
Lovelock has a new book out and criticises the eco/green fanaticism....

Excellent Review of The Snowmelt River
 by Frank P Ryan
Review by the American Library Association...

Machievellian cunning in The Snowmelt River
 by Frank P Ryan
Politicians, despots and princes have all learned from one of the greatest books ever written. . ....

A Surreal Experiment
 by Frank P Ryan
A way of easing the frustration of readers of a fantasy series while as yet incomplete......

We Downtrodden Characters Demand Our Say
 by Frank P Ryan
Help us strike a blow against the tyranny of sealing characters between the covers of a book....

US edition of The Snowmelt River
 by Frank P Ryan
Fabulous first hardcover of the bestselling epic fantasy novel, The Snowmelt River, is now published and available in the States....

new twitter address
 by Frank P Ryan
I've introduced a new twitter address for anyone who might be interested...

You really can write your own short story or novel
 by Frank P Ryan
Get my free booklet and try your hand at fantasy writing. What do you have to lose?...

The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones
 by Frank P Ryan
I am delighted to say that The Snowmelt River has entered the top ten bestsllers in epic fantasy on I hope The Tower of Bones follows its lead when published on November 8....

Book Three in the Three Powers Series
 by Frank P Ryan
I'm delighted to say that Book Three, to follow The Snowmelt River and The Tower of Bones, is now written and being polished before editing. I hope it will be published in November 2013....

helping teachers
 by Frank P Ryan
Fun exercises to help teachers in creative writing and biology...

That Champagne Feeling
 by Frank P Ryan
Why not celebrate with me the fact that my fantasy series has entered the epic fantasy bestseller series....

Yosemite Park Virus
 by Frank P Ryan
The current outbreak involves the Sin Nombre virus I described in great detail in my best-selling book, Virus X...

Self Published Doomsday Genie enters top 100
 by Frank P Ryan
My self-published action science fiction thriller, The Doomsday Genie, enters amazon co uk's kindle top 100 in science fiction military action novels several years after first publication....

Fantasy in the World of Greedy Bankers
 by Frank P Ryan
All might not be as escapist as it first appears......

Strange Liaisons
 by Frank P Ryan
How people don't add up two and two .. and thus fail to make the obvious and interesting connection......

Apocalyptic Thriller becomes Topical
 by Frank P Ryan
My thriller, The Doomsday Genie, has been given an injection of topicality because the underlying science is becoming fact....

New e-book release - Between Clouds and the Sea
 by Frank P Ryan
Between Clouds and the Sea is an abridged version of my novel, Taking Care of Harry. ...

omega-3s sources in diet
 by Frank P Ryan
Omega-3s are important in reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cognitive decline and the effects of ageing. This is a brief guide to how to get them into your diet. ...

The Kindle Question
 by Frank P Ryan
Answering the question I posed earlier on pricing a Kindle e-book...


Swift Publishers/ FPR-Books Ltd
I've returned to fantasy fiction after several years devoted to science. See also

The Mark Salwowski website
Mark is one of the best sci-fi and thriller cover artists in the business. Here he describes how he made the cover art for The Doomsday Genie

The Fantasy of Frank P Ryan
My developing fantasy website, but contains details of all of my fiction.

Additional information

I'm looking forward to completing the third and fourth of my fantasy novels and to moving on with a new non fiction title based on the rapid expansion of ideas around the themes of viral symbiosis and the holobiontic human genome.

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FPR-Books Ltd
PO Box 1436 Sheffield, UK
Sheffield     S17 3XP   UK
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