Andy is an author, editor, public speaker and subject matter expert in counter-terrorism and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons & explosives).
In August 2019 he published his first in a trilogy of science fiction novels. Fields of Orion: An Odyssey is set in London in the near-future world of terrorism, espionage and alien contact. The second book in the series Fields of Orion: The Mission continues the story.
in 2021 he began work on an illustrated astronomy book – Stars of Orion – featuring photographs of the Orion Constellation by amateur & professional astronomers. To include Forewords & Guest Articles, fun facts for Astronomers of all ages, how to view Orion, & the story behind Orion the Hunter.
His first major book on explosives and terrorism, IRA: the Bombs and the Bullets: A History of Deadly Ingenuity was published by Irish Academic Press in 2008.
He is Editor-in-Chief of CBNW (Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare) and CBNW Xplosive magazines.
Before specialising in defence, for many years he worked on popular science books and magazines including the American magazine Omni, where he worked with famed astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and the legendary astrophysicist Prof Carl Sagan.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers and a Member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators. A former Editor of Jane’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence, he has written hundreds of articles for specialist defence and security journals, provides consultancy and interviews to media, and is a speaker at conferences worldwide.
He has also been a singer/songwriter of electro pop music since 1982 (Oppenheimer Analysis, Oppenheimer MkII, Touching the Void), and a painter of surrealist pictures since childhood.
Only after nearly 20 years as an author and editor specialising in defence did I think of writing fiction. After a brief spell in government service I went into science publishing – working on an American futuristic magazine which included science fiction. I had read mainly ‘old school’ sci-fi authors, and met several famous ones, such as Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, in that first job. I also love astronomy, which is where the Orion connection comes in, and ‘psychological’ sci-fi. ‘The Twilight Zone’ is my favourite TV science fiction series and ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ – David Bowie’s first film as a beautiful, enigmatic extraterrestrial – is a huge influence on my image, imagination, and identity.
I decided to write the first novel on pure impulse, however. I had just painted a picture called ‘Nine Lives’ to donate to a favourite military charity. It shows a bomb tech in a surreal setting. As I looked at the painting, the plot of Fields of Orion came to me in that moment.
Invited speaker to more than 100 events on counter-terrorism and CBRNE since 2002. Visiting Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton 2011-18 and Instructor, Workshops on Counter-IED, SMi Group, London 2009-13.
Spooks (BBC 1); Mountbatten: Death of a Royal (History Channel, RTE, Sky 3); Critical Times (Border TV/Discovery Channel); The World’s Deadliest Arms Race (ITV); Terror Attacks That Shocked Britain (Current TV/Sky), Silent Witness (BBC1)
CBNW (Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Warfare) https://cbnw.co.uk/
Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) https://cstpv.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/
Institute of Explosives Engineers https://iexpe.org/
International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators https://www.linkedin.com/company/international-association-of-bomb-technicians-&-investigators-iabti-
Felix Fund Bomb Disposal Charity https://www.felixfund.org.uk/
Help for Heroes https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Veterans in Action http://www.veteransinaction.org.uk/
Jane’s Information Group https://www.janes.com/
Military Periscope https://www.militaryperiscope.com/
Military Technology https://www.monch.com/mpg/publications/military-technology.html
Royal United Services Institute https://rusi.org/
Change Step http://www.changestepwales.co.uk/
CBNW & CBNW Xplosive https://cbnw.co.uk/
The leading journals for CBRN and Counter-IED defence, countermeasures and analysis of threats worldwide.
Former Editor, Jane’s Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defence.