Gareth Ogden

G J Ogden is an independently-published science fiction author whose debut novel, a post-apocalyptic adventure/thriller called The Planetsider, was released in February 2018.

Gareth studied Physics at UMIST, but spent more time writing for and later editing the University magazine, GRIP. This was the stepping stone into the first of his careers in IT journalism.

He created and launched Custom PC magazine for Dennis Publishing Ltd, the most successful enthusiast PC magazine in the UK, before later moving into technology PR and marketing.

A proud nerd and sci-fi geek, he has had a lifelong love of science and technology.

Gareth’s books can be found at:

His website is, and he can be contacted via email at, on Facebook at ThePlanetsiderNovel and on Twitter, @GJ_Ogden.


And now more about his book…

A story of self-discovery, belonging and hope.

Several generations after The Fall – an event that caused the near annihilation of all life on the planet – the scattered pockets of civilisation that grew in its wake live in ignorance of the past. No-one wants to know what caused such devastation or why. No-one, except Ethan.

Ethan used to believe in the guardians; mysterious lights in the night sky that, according to folklore, protect the survivors and safeguard them from The Maddening. This debilitating sickness killed many of the earliest survivors, and twisted others into Roamers, dangerous nomads stripped of their humanity and conscience. But the death of Ethan’s parents when he was a boy shattered his faith and instilled within him a hunger to learn the truth.

One night as Ethan watches, a light grows brighter in the night sky and crashes to the planet’s surface near the ruins of an ancient city. Ethan volunteers to investigate and finds Maria, a descendant of the pre-Fall civilization, which is trapped on the moon, unable to return to the irradiated planet. Maria has risked everything to find a Planetsider; a man or woman born on the planet and possessing a natural resilience to the radiation. She needs Ethan’s help to save her people, and in return Ethan will finally know the truth about the planet’s past. But this truth comes at a terrible cost and Ethan finds himself at the centre of a conflict that has raged for generations, placing his own life and the lives of the people he loves in the balance.

Powerful, thought-provoking and emotionally absorbing, The Planetsider is a gripping, post-apocalyptic thriller that will keep you hooked until the very end.

You can purchase the book at, (change the for your country’s url) or upon request from your favourite outlet.