Here’s a complete (as of May 2017) list of books I’ve written and published. All ebooks linked are DRM-free.


My second novel. When Rudolph Hess flew to Britain, he was on a secret mission — to give Nazi spies in Britain the secrets of an occult ritual that would win the war for the Germans.
With the fate of the world at stake, Alan Turing, Dennis Wheatley, and Ian Fleming have to find the occultists and stop them. But what is Aleister Crowley’s involvement? And how can they decode the ritual in time?

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Faction Paradox: Head of State

My first novel, in the Doctor Who spinoff series Faction Paradox:

‘When the seventh head speaks, the War will end…’
In 11th century Arabia, Shahrazad tells her final story, on the thousand and second night.
In 19th century Britain, Sir Richard Burton is sent on the most important mission of his life.
In 21st century America, a serial killer is stalking a Presidential campaign.
And the hero has been written out of the novel.
‘”…and the true War will begin.’


Buy from Obverse Books

I also have a short story in Obverse’s collection Tales of the Great Detectives, available here

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.

Available for $2.99 from Smashwords, Kindle (US) and Kindle (UK)

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.

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Non-Fiction: Music

California Dreaming: The LA Pop Music Scene and the 60s

In 1960, a group of young men in California recorded an instrumental single, Moon Dawg, and started what would become known as surf music. Within a few years, those young men would have been important parts of records by the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Canned Heat, the Monkees, and many more.

In this book, Andrew Hickey takes a look at the LA pop music scene of the 60s through the lens of its greatest records, looking at the interconnections between seemingly disparate bands and performers. Discover the song Davy Jones of the Monkees wrote about Captain Beefheart, or the member of the Mothers of Invention who named Buffalo Springfield and wrote songs for the Beach Boys.

California Dreaming: The LA Pop Music Scene and the 60s takes you from the Gamblers’ surf instrumentals, through sunshine pop by the Mamas and Papas and the Beach Boys, to Little Feat and Randy Newman, and shows how all these different artist influenced and inspired each other, in ways that might surprise you…

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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.

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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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Monkee Music
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.

paperback, hardback, PDF, Kindle (US), Kindle (UK) and ePub (all DRM-free).

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.

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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!

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Essays on Comics, Science Fiction, and Strangeness

The Black Archive: The Mind Robber
The Black Archive – a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.

‘We obey our creator. That is all that can be expected of any character, unless the Master bids us otherwise.’

Season 6 of Doctor Who was a time of transition and experimentation, with a production team wanting to move from one formula – the base under siege that had defined the previous two seasons – and toward another – the more grounded stories of season 7.

No story in the season was more experimental, though, than its second, The Mind Robber. The debut of arguably the series’ most visually inventive director, David Maloney, the story was beset with production problems, including the last-minute addition of an extra episode and the sickness of a principal cast member; yet the creative solutions to these problems lifted the final story from a run- of-the-mill piece of whimsy into one of the series’ finest moments.

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Welcome To The Multiverse: An Unauthorised Examination of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity

Andrew Hickey, author of An Incomprehensible Condition: An Unauthorised Guide To Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers, takes a brief, discursive, tour through the many worlds of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity series.
Not authorised in any way by DC Comics, this is not a guidebook, and not annotations. Rather, it’s a series of essays meditating on the themes of the comic, sometimes with only loose connections. You have been warned…

(ebook only) Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), ePub

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.

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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.

Paperback, Hardback, Kindle (US), Kindle (UK), other ebook formats

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?”

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  6. Jon Harrison says:

    When is Beach Boys Volume 3 coming out?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I plan to start writing it when I’ve finished writing my current music book (California Dreaming: The LA Pop Scene of the 60s), which has been a little delayed but should be out this summer.
      The previous Beach Boys books have taken me about six months to write, so I’d *guess* it’ll be out for Xmas, but if life gets in the way it might be early next year.

      • Jay Luster says:

        Did you ever finish BB on CD 3? I’d love to hear your take on all of Bran’s solo stuff.

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          I’m working on volume three at the moment — and have serialised some of the essays in it in draft form on my blog. I’d hoped for a Christmas release this year — see the previous reply on this page — but my health problems became increasingly worse (in the last couple of years I’ve developed hypertension and arthritis, and have also been diagnosed with sleep apnoea — as you can imagine, this is not a good combination for staying focussed ;) ). I’ve also been a little stuck on how exactly to deal with That Lucky Old Sun since Scott Bennett’s conviction this year, which is really the elephant in the room in any discussion of that album right now.
          I’d guess it’ll be out in January or February — I have only six proper albums left to do full analyses of (That Lucky Old Sun, A Postcard From California, Reimagines Gershwin, In The Key of Disney, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and No Pier Pressure) plus a bunch of shorter essays on things like live albums, compilations, and so forth — but I’m not going to tempt fate by saying it definitely will. But it’s nearly done — the document is 38000 words long at the moment (the first book is 45,328 words long to give you some idea). I’m sorry this has taken longer than I thought — as you’ll see, there are a few people who’ve been asking about this — but I’m *very* glad that people liked the first two enough to be interested.

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  8. Simon Colwell says:

    Any update on Beach Boys vol 3 ?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Definitely this year. I’m serialising rough drafts of many of the chapters to my blog as they get written (though there’ll be quite a few in the book that aren’t serialised here too). It’s taken longer than I expected because my previous music book (California Dreaming — a book on the LA music scene in the 60s) grew to almost twice the length I expected, and then I had some health problems, but one way or another it *will* be out for Xmas.

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