Books

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A God of Manageable Size

As the cover says, it’s “a philosophical novel about Christianity, power, democracy, and the human mind.”

I had a lot of fun writing this, and priced it so that I make $0.00 on each copy sold. It’s beautiful with its glossy yellow cover. Please buy it and make me rich in spirit, if not in cash.

Here’s the Amazon page for the book.

thedanceThe Happiness Dance

A graphical book about happiness. I wrote this when books on happiness were all the rage, but not having the appropriate credentials to get a book contract I decided to make this a web-based book. Take a look.

Smalltalk

Smalltalk by Example

A book about writing computer software using the Smalltalk language. Smalltalk is one of the most elegant and beautiful programming languages, but, alas, it was relegated to the minor leagues when the Java programming language became popular – just after this book was published 😢.

CreativityCreative Thinking

I’ve always doubted that I’m particularly creative. I wanted to become more creative, and the best way to learn something is to teach it, so I decided to write a book about creative thinking. However, I never managed to find a publisher, then became interested in other things. The concept was that thinking creatively gives you more options, and more options lead to greater optimism, which then leads to a better life. I made the book available as a download but have now removed it because I’ve decided to rework it, publish it, and put it on Amazon. Sometime.

Climbing Articles

fullsizeoutput_c89When I was climbing I wrote articles, interviewed climbers, and had articles written about me. Here are some of the articles.

Who’s Your Friend. An interview I did with Ray Jardine, the inventor of Friends, the revolutionary climbing cams. It appeared in Mountain 69.

The Gogarth Saga. A two part article about the sea cliffs of Gogarth, which appeared in Mountain 57 and 58.

Bolder Bolder. An article about climbing in Boulder, Colorado, which appeared in Mountain 86.

Those Fearful Days. An article about three climbs I did, which appeared in Rock + Ice #54.

The Sharp End. An article about me which appeared in Rock & Ice, December 2000. (The caption on the initial photo is incorrect: I did both the first and second ascents of Days of Heaven 😀)

Boulder Canyon Rock Climbs. I did many new routes in Boulder Canyon, and this guidebook has some flattering things to say about me 😀: “The big event of 1979 and the early 1980s, however, was the debut of Alec Sharp, an imported Englishman who burst upon the scene with a flurry of hard new routes. With a British eye for potential lines, a willingness to do a little rappel inspection and cleaning, and the talent to back his ambitions, Sharp quickly established a slew of testpieces in Boulder Canyon, including Arms Bazaar (5.12a R) on Bell Buttress, and Englishman’s Home (5.11c/d) and Never a Dull Moment (5.12a/b) on Castle Rock – all rite-of-passage climbs that inspire climbers to this day. Sharp’s energy, skill, tactics – and the computer generated list of new lines he would compile and print out in a notorious series of 4×5 yellow-covered, staple-bound booklets – galvanized complacent locals into action and ignited a surge of development that has continued ever since.”

Eldorado Canyon – A Climbing Guide. I also did many new routes in Eldorado Canyon, and this guidebook also mentions me: “The most prolific first-ascentionist of this time was Alec Sharp, an ex-pat British climber who broke the traditional mold in several ways, with frequent use of rappel previewing, and a preference for new terrain over freeing old aid routes. Sharp’s bold climbing and keen eye for a subtle line produced dozens of runout and dangerous routes in the next few years, including The Human Factor, False Prophet, Climb of the Century, Kindness, Tanquerey, Kubla Khan, Ministry of Fear, Dangerous Acquaintances, and Way Honed and Gnarly.”

Other

I wrote another book on computer programming (Software Quality and Productivity) but it is long out of print. I wrote guidebooks to two rock climbing areas in the U.K. (Gogarth and Clogwyn du’r Arddu) and have also started but not finished various other books. Besides that I’ve had articles and interviews published in software and climbing magazines, and have had two other blogs – Endless Curiosity, and Diary of an Indecisive Man. My current blog is First World Problems.

One Response to Books

  1. Linda Hunter says:

    Hi Alec
    Love the book The Happiness Dance. You really should publish it ! Knew you in Bristol when you were on teaching practice and you started me off drawing with pen and ink. I’m still doing it all these years later and get so much pleasure from it, so am taking a leaf out of your book, the section entitled Being With Others 2 and saying a big thank you. And I still have some of your pictures !
    Linda

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