My books are available from the links at the side. All my ebooks are DRM-free.
As well as the books listed below, I have a forthcoming novel, Faction Paradox: Head Of State due from Obverse Books in 2015. Obverse also publish my short story, The Adventure Of The Piltdown Prelate, in their collection of SF Sherlock Holmes stories Tales Of The Great Detectives.
The Beatles In Mono
In The Beatles In Mono, Andrew Hickey examines, track by track, the Beatles’ work as it was originally created, in mono. Going through the 2009 The Beatles In Mono box set, he looks at the band’s influences, their musical techniques, and the progression of their career from Love Me Do through to Get Back. As a bonus, this edition also contains appendices giving brief overviews of the stereo-only material the band recorded, as well as ‘non-canon’ albums like the Anthology series, Live At The BBC and Liverpool Sound Collage. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
What do Batman, Doctor Who, quantum physics, Oscar Wilde, liberalism, the second law of thermodynamics, Harry Potter fanfic, postmodernism, and Superman have in common? If your answer to that was “Nothing” then… well, you’re probably right. But in this book Andrew Hickey will try to convince you otherwise. In doing so he’ll take you through:
How to escape from a black hole and when you might not want to
The scientist who thinks he’s proved the existence of heaven and what that has to do with Batman
What to do if you discover you’re a comic-book character
Whether killing your own grandfather is really a bad idea
And how to escape from The Life Trap!
An examination of the comics of Grant Morrison, Alan Moore and Jack Kirby, Doctor Who spin-off media, and how we tell stories to each other, Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! tells you to look around you and say:
“This is an imaginary universe… Aren’t they all?”
The Beach Boys On CD, Vol 1: The 1960s
Between 1961 and 1969 the Beach Boys made nineteen albums, including some of the best music ever recorded – and some not so good.
In this book, Andrew Hickey looks at this music track by track, analysing every song that Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike, Al, Bruce and David recorded and released during that time period.
From early surf and car classics like 409 to sophisticated masterpieces like Time To Get Alone, in this book you’ll learn how they were recorded, why they work the way they do, and which albums to buy if you want to hear a great band at their best.
The Beach Boys On CD, Vol 2: 1970-1984
Between 1970 and 1984 the Beach Boys, both solo and together, made some of the best albums ever recorded – and some not so good. In this book, Andrew Hickey takes a personal look at this music track by track, analysing every song that Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike, Al, Bruce, Blondie and Ricky recorded and released during that time period. From psychedelic masterpieces like Surf’s Up to the raw rock of Pacific Ocean Blues, in this book you’ll learn how they were recorded, why they work the way they do, and which albums to buy if you want to hear a great band at their best.
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An Incomprehensible Condition: An Unauthorised Guide To Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers
In An Incomprehensible Condition, Andrew Hickey examines Grant Morrison’s 2005 comic series Seven Soldiers of Victory, and traces the history of the ideas used.
From Greek myth to hip-hop, from John Bunyan to Alan Turing, from Arius of Alexandria to Isaac Newton, we see how Frankenstein connects to Robert Johnson, what George Bernard Shaw had to say about Bulleteer, and what G.K. Chesterton thinks of I, Spider.
Here they come…
In Monkee Music, Andrew Hickey, author of The Beatles In Mono and The Beach Boys On CD, examines the music of Micky, Mike, Davy and Peter from their early bubblegum pop hits with Last Train To Clarksville and I’m A Believer, through their reinvention as a self-contained band with songs like Pleasant Valley Sunday and Daydream Believer, and their psychedelic masterpiece Head, and on into their reunion albums Pool It! and Justus.
This book contains analysis of every studio track the Monkees ever released, and is a must for any Monkee Maniacs.
Doctor Watson Investigates: The Case Of The Scarlet Neckerchief
When Holmes is called away, Watson is left to assist a client with a uniquely horrible problem. Can Watson solve the mystery of the scarlet neckerchief before his client is murdered?
Doctor John H Watson was the companion and biographer of Sherlock Holmes for many decades, but here for the first time is proof of the good Doctor’s own deductive abilities.
Ideas and Entities
In Ideas And Entities, Andrew Hickey, author of Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!, asks such questions as: What if the singularity was brought about by social media gaming? Who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays? What should you do if you accidentally defame a werewolf? Are physicists keeping the secret of time travel to themselves? And is it possible to have people agree with you too much? These and other questions are answered in the ten science fiction and fantasy stories found inside.
Fifty Stories For Fifty Years: An Unauthorised Guide To The Highlights Of Doctor Who
Doctor Who has been a British institution for fifty years, enthralling generations of fans. In this book, Andrew Hickey takes a personal critical look at one story from every one of those fifty years, starting with the very first story, An Unearthly Child, and ending with 2012’s The Snowmen, and looking not just at TV stories, but at the books, audio adventures, films and comics that are also part of the Doctor Who story. In doing so, he tries to find those threads that are common to the series, and discover what it is that has made the series last so long, and what the prospects are for the next fifty years. This book is not authorised by the BBC.
Preservation: The Kinks’ Music 1964-1974
In the first ten years of their career, the Kinks underwent a creative explosion that was almost unparalleled in popular music. Starting with simple but potent garage rock tracks like You Really Got Me, the band, and lead singer/songwriter Ray Davies, quickly became one of the most idiosyncratic bands of the 60s, recording classic singles like Days and Waterloo Sunset, and albums like The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. In this book, Andrew Hickey analyses every studio recording by the Kinks from their first album in 1964 through to the epic triple concept album Preservation a decade later, looking at what influenced the songs, their subject matter, and the stylistic changes the band went through. Hickey takes a critical look at what makes songs like Lola, Sunny Afternoon and All Day And All Of The Night work, in a book that is full of forthright and sometimes controversial opinion.