Shadow is a reluctant god with a broken mind and a death wish.
He used to be Thomas Astley-Byron, an affluent young screenwriter whose creativity and idealism saved a world from the brink of collapse. Together with Henry Nowak, an AI expert, Tom created heaven on earth by inventing a Jungian simulated reality that helps humans confront their dark sides. The benevolent manipulation platform turned the two unelected leaders into beloved gods, but now everything is failing.
The worlds suffer as a sentimental Tom descends into his own personal hell, becoming the embodiment of everything he despises and a shadow of his former self.
A grimdark bio-punk thriller set in a decaying urban environment and lush mutant wilderness.
Solari wasn’t alive when the ozone layer split like a gutted fish above Tasmania and spilled radiation over the edge of the stratosphere, but she’s living with the consequences—the mutations, the gangland war, and the border wall that divides the affluent North from the contaminated South.
Orphaned and alone in the southern reaches, Solari survives the chaos the only way she knows how: cooking the wildly addictive snowrock for local crime lord, Worcsulakz, and avoiding the mutants that skulk in the city’s shadows.
When the Antichrist comes to town, bad things can happen.
In a bustling metropolis verging on the edge of chaos, all Peter Gold wants is the chance for a simple life with his wife and young daughter in the safety of their apartment. When two strangers appear at the door one evening however, his world is thrown into turmoil when a sudden act of sickening violence destroys everything he has ever loved.
Will Peter’s hunt for vengeance bring the answers he’s looking for?
See The City Red is a no holds barred dystopian horror thriller that is as relentless as it is thought provoking, and certainly not for the faint of heart.
There’s a mystery hidden deep within us all…
Former police officer John Richter’s life is falling apart. His marriage is broken, the money’s run out, nightmares taunt him night after night and his only friend in the world is a rescue cat called Bobbie. When a mysterious client offers him a missing persons job in the city of Miami however, it seems there might be some hope yet.
Neuroscientist Candice Garland is part of a secret government research team investigating a strange code hidden in blood, but when sinister events begin to unfold she’s forced to question just what it is they’re about to unleash. A rogue doctor may hold the answers she’s looking for, but that means infiltrating a strange cult that is said to be protecting him.
Could the cult’s end of world predictions be true?
Who is the mysterious girl in the wheelchair?
When Tayler is sent to Beta City to help its citizens disconnect from the all-knowing Social Media Central, he becomes the target of a deadly game.
Augmented reality players wearing head to toe gaming suits believe he is the Enemy Alien, and they shoot to kill. So Tayler is forced to hide in a secret bunker, trapped, with no way to escape this urban nightmare.
And as his friends hatch a plan to get him back home, they find the person toying with Tayler’s life is more AI than human.
The Outside can be a dangerous place... But so can the inside.
It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.
However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.
As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.
After experiencing paradise, humanity must now endure perdition.
Through a series of journal entries and illustrations by supposed prophets, we follow the settlement known as The Varangian Guard as they try to move through the new world. Though they are a strong, militarised, and skilled enclave, the new world is an unforgiving place.
From the towering constructs that are Inquisitors, to the ever-hungering Rakshasas, the new world is never short of horrors to send after humanity. Our survivors will need to learn to trust those even outside their home, as the path to salvation cannot be walked with mere guns and bullets alone.
Do not let your eyes deceive you in this new world, there is no magic here. Only Science.
Astraeus, by Callan J. Mulligan, is a bestselling scifi thriller for fans of James S.A Corey's The Expanse, Alex Garland's Sunshine, Isaac Asimov's Foundation, and the like.
Onboard a world-settling starship named The Astraeus, a colony adjusts to their new life in the stars as they embark on a two hundred year journey to the centre of the Milky Way.
When a passenger is murdered, the colony begins to turn on each other, and things get far worse when the ship begins to experience violent tremors.
In a race against time, they must find answers and repair the damage or risk falling victims to the cold empty void of space...
A global pandemic. Billions dead. Healthy young survivors are sent to the Australian Outback. Their task - to feed what's left of civilisation.
Anarchy is rampant outside the capital, the most ruthless seizing scraps of the old world. Farming zones are said to be disease-free, patrolled and secure. Yet people sometimes disappear.
Witek, a backpacker tortured by his past, Phuong, a gifted drone specialist, Sienna, an impulsive outsider, and Harrison, a duplicitous cynic, arrive in a place where corruption is worse than any pestilence. Isolated and hunted, the survivors must question who they can trust in order to stay safe. Crossing the wrong people could mean death - or worse. But a hidden secret in the wilderness might change everything...
Seven by Seven is the first book in a new Australian dystopian speculative fiction series.
The passengers and crew of the cruise ship Jewel of The Stars were expecting a two-week luxury cruise, but when Earth falls to an alien invasion they find themselves alone and on the run.
Fleeing into unexplored space they must do whatever it takes to survive.
They may be the last free humans in the galaxy.
If they reach unexplored space, they might yet survive, but an unstoppable enemy stands in their way…
Would you really want your vacation to last forever?
Avaline wanted a perfect honeymoon on board the luxury cruise ship Jewel of The Stars, but when an alien invasion of Earth forced her ship into unexplored space, her vacation turns into a life sentence.
She’s determined to fight with everything she has to hold onto her perfect dream, but why isn’t her new husband fighting with her?
A series of lootings on the ship turn violent, prompting security chief Jaylen Banks to investigate potential organised crime, while first officer Maya Rice leads a supply mission to a mysterious earth colony that shouldn’t exist. When the invading aliens catch up and strand them on the planet, they meet what might be a new ally.
The big question is, can they trust him?
Humanity asks life's biggest questions - who made us? Who arrived in the past? Where are they no, and where are we going?
Three archaeologists, DR Paige Andrews, Lauren Williams and Caleb Daniels ask those questions and uncover the truth in Egypt, Mexico and Jordan.
At each site a mysterious substance is found. The archaeological finds leads them to a mythical city that ancients named Atlantis. Paige uncovers a weapon that can destroy a whole planet in a second. Agent Jones, who works for the government, is after Paige and her team.
The government wants control and uses the mysterious substance to control the archaeologists. During a race to save the planet Paige, Lauren and Caleb reunite and discover the link they share.
Time is running out and together they try and save the planet from destruction and control.
This trilogy came from a short story - Xenure Station: A Billion Light Years.
It is the continuation of Dawa and Zenac's story and their struggles with the High Priest Enforcer and The Enforcers who follow him.
Xenure Station Trilogy, a sci-fi space drama where The Enforcers and The High Priest Enforcer are taken on by two power couples who free humans from the grip of this dystopian society.
Could your gap year crew survive the apocalypse? In the Aussie outback? With monsters, magic and RPG rules?
Keat brought three things to the Aussie mana apocalypse...
1) His trusty BBQ fork (+15 damage).
2) A giant wombat
3) A group of mates he hadn’t seen since high school.
Australia already had the world's ten most poisonous snakes, crocodiles, and sharks. Then the monsters showed up...
You’ll love this LitRPG Western, set in the Australian Outback, because it reminds us how people change on a gap year, and because it takes the piss. Get it now.
Ayla is a villain. With a gift that allows her to see when anyone will die, she’s remorseless in her profession as the perfect assassin.
When she wakes up in a cryo-tank three thousand years in the future, and no idea how she came to be there, all that matters is survival. Rescued by Leith and the crew of the Nuria, Ayla discovers a far evolved world of space ships and galactic colonization.
But everything comes with a price, and though Ayla is no princess locked in an icy tower, she still has to pay for the rescue she didn’t know she needed. Given over to Leith, a darkly handsome man who reads Ayla far easier than she’d like, they must work together if Ayla is to repay her debt.
As the pair come to learn how dangerous one another are, so too grows a lustful bond that comes with rules of its own. Fighting to learn why she was frozen, Ayla’s dragged into Leith’s past with a criminal organization seeking to take over this sector of the galaxy.
In order to survive, Leith will need Ayla’s help, but Ayla doesn’t know if she’s willing to pay what it will cost her…
Ayla’s dark past as an assassin with an untouchable gift cost her more than she’d ever guess... and her husband was the one to take the toll.
Ragnar’s sudden arrival on her newfound world brings everything crashing down. A bounty is placed on Leith, Kabe, and Casey’s life, and Ayla will do anything to free them. Even if it means dying. But not before she finds Ragnar and makes him suffer for what he’s done. Except his methods of leapfrogging through time are a mystery to her, along with whatever he’s done to inhibit her ability.
Only one man can help her, but he may offer more truth than she wants to hear.
Sylas can unlock the distant parts of her mind but at what cost?
A narrow escape from the love of Ayla’s past, Ragnar, leaves her and her crew in hiding, and desperate for answers.
The prison that Ragnar built for Ayla isn’t a physical one, it's inside her head, and if she doesn’t get rid of it she’s going to die. But when the solution lies behind Ragnar’s armada, on a distant water planet, there’s only one chance of getting there; trusting Leith’s ex, Rawiya.
The beautiful and clever diplomat betrayed Leith once before, but if Ayla is going to slip under Ragnar’s armada, she’ll need to help Rawiya overthrow a tyrant. Leith’s homeworld Gallus is under the yoke of the Skarlatos leader, Torin.
When Torin demands water resources from Aquacore, the company Ragnar uses to control the galaxy, Rawiya will do anything to make peace. Even trust Leith again.
One ordinary day, everything changed: an enormous creature dragged itself out of the ocean and laid waste to a city.
In the months and years that followed, more and more creatures appeared until not a single country remained untouched. At first, people tried to understand and accommodate them. And then they tried to fight them. In the end, all they could do was try and stay alive.
A story-cycle/novel-in-stories, We Call It Monster is told in a grounded and realistic way, with each chapter unfolding from the perspective of a different character and detailing their experience of the conflict between humans and monsters. It is a story of forces beyond our control, and of immense and impossible creatures that make plain how small we really are.
Herein lies the story of our fight for survival and our discovery of that which truly matters: community and compassion, love and family, hope and faith.
The safe world of the Pale is under threat.
Inside the policosmos, the new Regent Adaeze strives for dominance over the all-powerful Senior Forecaster, but the Pale’s humachine citizens are unaware that their city is close to collapse.
Outside on Broad Plain, the exiled human Hector undertakes a dangerous trek to find a safe haven for the orphaned twins.
How can anyone survive as their world shifts underneath them?
Exiled from the Pale, humachine Hector has found a home with the tribes Outside... Or has he?
While the canini struggle to care for the human twins, Feather travels Broad Plain to reunite them with their father. But his own family is scattered as the Pale sends out its terrifying army and the land itself buckles beneath them. Can anyone survive the ruination of the land?
In this gripping conclusion to the Chronicles of the Pale, the citizens of the mighty Pale have as much to lose as the communities of the Outside.
Would YOU be chosen?
After a global outbreak threatens to decimate the planet, Australian scientists select a group of highly skilled young people to establish a sustainable island community built on the modern values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Their primary task? To learn the art of survival and save humankind.
Lonely and homesick, Cam Mackintosh overcomes his anxiety to find belonging, passion and friendship in his new life before his dreams are ripped away.
Sent hurtling on a journey of discovery through the Antipodes, he finds friendship and acceptance when he encounters other communities like his own, but is forced to make the ultimate choice.
What would YOU sacrifice for family?
Content in his new life on Lewis, Cam learns that someone he loves may still be alive. Compelled to embark on a monumental journey, he discovers the true value of family and loyalty in a bleak and challenging world.
The Liminal Space is the second novel in the Antipodes series.
This series asks the question, “if we had the opportunity to start over, would we? Or is our society destined to make the same mistakes?”
What value do YOU place on friendship?
Heartbroken, Cam embarks on a voyage to seek answers. Will the journey answer his burning questions? Or will he learn more than he bargained for?
His journey presents both challenges and opportunities as he builds new friendships along the way, as well as reuniting with old acquaintances.
Just as Cam and Freyja's life comes full circle, their friends and community are threatened, forcing them to defend those they love.
In this third instalment of the Antipodes series, friendships are tested when the survivors learn the horrifying truth about why they were chosen. Which friendships will survive?
Sometimes traditions shouldn't be forgotten.
Going back to their Gaelic roots, the community entrusts their safety to the circle of protection the Caim provides. As it envelops them, Freyja and Cam are blissfully happy. Living with their family and friends in their isolated community on Lewis, they finally feel safe and content.
But when old acquaintances arrive with shocking news, they leave their safety behind as they try to learn the truth of why they were chosen, and what diabolical plans the scientific communities have designed, just for them...
Love, loyalty, and friendships are tested in this thrilling fourth instalment of the Antipodes series.
In a thirsty, drought-stricken future Australia, the country is well and truly sunburnt.
As the Eastern states are evacuated to more appealing climates, a stubborn few resist the forced removal. They hide out in small country towns – where no one would ever bother looking.
Bill Cook and Tobe Cousins are two such holdouts, united in their disregard of the law. Aussie larrikins, they pass their hot, monotonous existence drinking at the barely standing pub. When strange lights appear across the Western sky, it seems that those embittered by the drought are seeking revenge.
And Bill and Tobe are in their path.
In the heat of the moment secrets will be revealed, and survival can’t be guaranteed.
17-year-old, Cassie never wanted to participate in the reality tele-program.
She’d rather be making animal documentaries than be courted by three princes from rival planets all with their own agendas. But when Cassie’s crush, zoological researcher, Dennian tricks his way into the competition, she may not need her back-up escape plan.
Dennian is used to keeping quiet, but as the competition takes a dangerous turn and contestants are forced to face their greatest fears, the secrets that have kept him alive are revealed, but why is Dennian afraid of the Keeper?
Greg and Lou learn that their daughter has a terminal illness.
In their desperation, they make a deal from which there is no return. When their crimes are exposed, their world is turned upside down.
Henry wants nothing more than to leave his Amish community behind, even as their land is under threat; their traditions under fire; and their faith faces its greatest test. But his mother is his world - where she goes, so too will he.
Circumstances bring these two worlds together - a family banished to the edge of the galaxy; a community praying for a new life and the re-orientation of their destiny. But when fate abandons them to an uncharted, inhospitable planet, some struggle for survival while others embrace the opportunity to explore this strange new world.
Relationships are tested, beliefs are tried and emotions are pushed to the limit.
Risha is the first successful child to be born with her father's memories.
To avoid an alliance with a brutal warlord, she enters the virtual-reality game to seek help from the first warlord who resides at Castle One.
The Castle is a stand-alone story that fits into the Suri Series.
Dawa and Zenac want to escape from The Enforcers.
They have three hundred followers who want to do the same. Why do they need to do this and who are The Enforcers? This is a thrilling sci-fi short story of a power couple wanting to keep humanity safe.
Can they achieve this?
If you enjoy science fiction, science fantasy and stories of heroes who do good for all, this short story will certainly keep you entertained.
What was supposed to be a sixteenth birthday celebration cruise for identical twins Jilda and Rosa, quickly turns into a nightmare...
While her mother and sister are enjoying an excursion on a Fijian island, Jilda, who is unwell and remains onboard, finds their ship has sailed off, leaving most of its passengers stranded on shore.
An unknown group has taken over the ship. After a few days, they collect thousands of new passengers from a distant archipelago, making conditions onboard overcrowded and uncomfortable. Nobody seems to know where they are headed, so the mood on the ship rapidly deteriorates.
Though Jilda is desperate to reunite with her family, she meets someone who comforts her and will completely change her world.
Everyone – the good, the bad and the undecided – has a story.
While Toni Delle is crisscrossing the sector, investigating a criminal empire intent on war, other members of the White Fire world are busy with their own endeavors.
The businessman closing a treasonous deal that will bring conflict to the galaxy. The politician giving the biggest speech of her career in the shadow of an assassin. The smuggler who can’t be trusted, desperate for redemption.
The Good, the Bad and the Undecided is a collection of twelve short stories set during the thrilling events of White Fire – A Toni Delle Adventure. A cast of guns-for-hire, undercover agents, revolutionaries and rogues reveal their part in Toni’s adventures. Because everyone – the good, the bad and the undecided – has a story.
Everybody lies. Watch your back.
Sure, Agent Toni Delle has trust issues. Mate, her canine robot partner and Zach, her attitude-enabled shipboard Computer Intelligence Interface constantly tell her that – but as she told them, that was because of The Smuggler. She would have refused her new mission altogether if it wasn’t for the insane amount of money...
Oh, who was she kidding – danger, betrayal, secrets, lies – these were all the things she loved about her job. She just didn’t expect The Smuggler would be involved. If she’d known that she would have told her boss to jump out of an airlock, in space, without a suit.
So she takes the mission: find and stop a new weapon being manufactured and smuggled into the hands of criminal elements all over the galaxy. And hey, while she's at it, can she also find the missing weapons designer linked to these shipments?
The only problem is she has to rely on information provided by The Smuggler himself. And he may not be the only one capable of betrayal.
Alida struggles for survival in the slums beyond the walls of a futuristic city.
As her unsustainable civilization hurtles towards catastrophe she forms an unlikely friendship with a cloned Neandertal soldier. This is the frightening yet moving story of orphaned Alida and her younger sister Graycie, and their struggle for survival in the Demi-Settlements outside the wall.
When the sisters are forced to enter the City by very different means they risk being separated forever.
In an age where everyone lives their lives through a screen, no one has more celebrity status than fashion blogger, Madeline Q.
In a chance meeting, Tayler, loner and geek, is introduced to her world of parties, fan worship, and seduction. But as his own star rises, Madeline Q is arrested for murder. There’s just one problem... there is no corpse.
Tayler soon learns that fiction blurs reality on Social Media Central.
Utopia isn't for everyone. A classic dystopian tale for fans of Brave New World, Red Rising, and Fahrenheit 451.
Winner of a OneBookTwo 2017 Standout Award.
In an future Paris, now the walled city-state of Otpor, forbidden murals are appearing on crumbling walls and disrupting the excess and abandon of the city's golden age.
In a world where everything is engineered, including identities, the Cooperative trials a radical new procedure and realigns the identity of one of their Peacekeepers to send them undercover.
But once realigned, Anaiya finds herself caught up in the heady vibrancy of the resistance movement and conflicted about whether to fulfill her mission.
In 2493 there are two very different civilizations surviving in a world so damaged no-one can go outside in daylight.
The Thrallians are a high tech civilization, unaware of the existence of the Centrals, who live in a deserted subway. That is until Derek and Patric discover a girl locked in the Supers' quarter.
A girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, unlike anyone in Thrallia.
In early 2020 much of the world went into Lockdown as a means of dealing with Covid-19. This created a new situation for many people - separated by distance; connected by ideas and relationships, new and old.
Written during the first wave of the virus, this eclectic anthology documents the early days of Corona, and how we began to negotiate the strange new force that took over our lives.
With a broad range of characters, experiences and reactions, everyone will find something to relate to in "Life in the Time of Corona."
Gloam is a tale of romantic love, family love, loss and hard decisions, which takes place on an Earthlike planet somewhere in the Universe.
There is no science fiction.
Everything that happens could be true.
There is sadness, but also happiness and fun as two species deal with day to day life in turbulent times.
Part of the Drowned Earth series.
Katie James’ life is about to change . . . again. Having survived The Great Rise which decimated the land, the former medical student has made a new life for herself under the leadership of the Authority.
But her peaceful existence on the edge of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is shattered when she discovers a body floating in the waves.
Unsure who she can trust, Katie embarks on a mission to discover the truth… even if it puts her on the same kill list.
Part of the Drowned Earth series.
Six years after the Rise, Australia’s coastal towns are gone, lost under the ocean’s unstoppable advance. The survivors have retreated to a series of newly formed islands off the coast of New South Wales, seeking to rebuild their lives with limited resources, destructive weather, and fierce competition amongst communities.
And not all are successful . . .
Baz is a fresh water merchant, desalinating saltwater and bartering this valuable commodity throughout the struggling island communities. But his real mission is something closer to his heart, the one thing that has plagued him since the catastrophic rise in water levels: he must find his daughter and grandchildren.
While the rest of the country fights to stay alive, all Baz cares about is reuniting with the only family he has left. His greatest fear is that he’s already too late.
Part of the Drowned Earth Series.
Maria may have survived the initial Rise, but the survivor encampment where she lives is now in the grip of famine. The crops are failing. Food stores are running low. Tensions are at an all-time high.
Until one day when Maria discovers a dying man while out fishing. Upon regaining consciousness he tells her of an enormous floating 'lotus city', with enough food to feed the survivors many times over... except this city is reserved for the wealthy and powerful alone.
Determined to right this terrible injustice, Maria forges an alliance with the other survivor communities, to take from the wealthy elite what they hoarded for themselves.
The tides of war are rising, and the lotus cities will know the vengeance of all those left behind.
Part of the Drowned Earth series.
Six months ago... A tsunami devastated Melbourne, submerging the central business district and dividing the city in two. The mainland is now under martial law, controlled by General Messinger who believes the rise was god's retribution against a sinful world.
David escaped Messinger's persecution and the violence of the mainland by fleeing to the remains of the city skyscrapers. Life in the flooded city is tough, resources are scarce, and the raids by the defence force keep everyone on edge.
But David is determined to survive, protecting the one thing the rise hasn't taken from him—his adopted son, Salim. When Salim goes missing, taken during one of Messinger's raids, David is desperate to get him back—even if that means facing the wrath of Messinger and the Australian Defence Force.
But he won't be fighting alone.
TimeStorm is a thrilling epic adventure story of revenge, survival and honour set in a strange new world of unfamiliar technology and equally unfathomable social norms.
In the literary footsteps of Hornblower, comes Lieutenant Christopher ‘Kit’ Blaney, an old-fashioned hero, a man of honour, duty and principle, dragged into the 21st century… literally.
A great fan of the grand seafaring adventure fiction of CS Forester, Patrick O’Brien and Alexander Kent, and modern action thriller writers such as Lee Child, Steve Harrison combines several genres in his debut novel. The book was inspired by a replica 18th century sailing ship on Sydney Harbour and a question from Steve’s brother, Tony: “What if that was a real convict ship?”
TimeStorm explores that question in a fast-paced story as a group of desperate men from the 1700s clash in modern-day Sydney.
Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards for 2013, Jim Hamilton Award in the fantasy/science fiction category, for an unpublished novel of sustained quality and distinction by an Australian author.
Steve Harrison’s latest novel Blurred Vision is a young adult science fiction adventure involving first contact, but unlike any you’ve ever experienced before!
When Polly Hart agrees to swap places with a girl from another planet, she has no idea that this makes her a fugitive in the fabulous universe revealed by her new friend, and now she must outwit the school bully, a weird teacher and an interstellar hit squad to survive.
They’ll kill to get more time. She’ll die to stop them.
In a world where each person’s life span is limited by law, time is a lucrative commodity that some people will do anything to get more of. Fourth-dimension physicist, Dr Varya Galanos, invented the technology that time thieves used to murder children by stealing their remaining years of life.
Although it was destroyed 10 years ago, and the thieves brought to justice, she still suffers from the burden of guilt. Masquerading as a lowly lab technician at the Minor Miracles Foundation, Varya finds a certain peace searching for cures for rare childhood diseases, like the one which took her 4-year-old son, Kir, away from her.
Varya’s tenuous peace is shattered when children start disappearing again. She fears the worst – that the time thieves have returned and have somehow resurrected the technology to steal precious years from children.
Varya is the only one who can find a way to reverse the time drains and save the returned children. But doing so could cost the lives of those she holds dearest.
When her best friend’s son becomes a victim, returned with just hours to live, she is faced with an impossible choice.
No child lives in poverty and every child is safe. But at what cost?
19-year-old Monica never wanted a baby but the laws require her to give birth twice before she can move on with her life. Now that her first son, Oscar, has arrived she’s not so sure she wants to hand him over to be raised by professional parents - the Maters and Paters.
When Monica turns to her birth mother, Alice, for help, she triggers a series of events that force Alice to confront her own dark past.
Alice must decide – help her daughter break the law, or persuade her to accept her fate and do what’s best for the nation’s children?
Anika has nowhere left to run.
Stuck at the edge of the desert and unable to return home, she and her dingo companion steal from travellers about to cross the climate-ravaged sands to Alice Springs.
Such journeys are fraught with danger: heatstroke, dehydration, snakebite. Many people die trying to reach Alice, Anika knows this first hand. She tried once and nearly lost everything.
But when she gets caught stealing, her hand is forced. With a group of enraged, gun-toting travellers on her trail, she must run one last time.
She must face the desert and its ghosts again. This time, there's no turning back.
While investigating why a victim's brain has melted, a detective uncovers an intelligence raising program which slowly transforms his thinking.
He discovers a secretive group, whose members are linked by a strange tattoo, is distributing the program. Will he become part of their plan to change the way the world is run?
Incite Insight has been described as "educational of the human condition," and “smart and imaginative.”
This twelve story collection is centred around the theme of being altered by a situation.
In 'How to Win a War', a soldier experiences a strategy for ending wars that might just work.
In 'The Patriotic Amnesiac', a mother voluntarily gives up her ability to form new memories with far-reaching consequences.
A Queen and a Prime Minister plot against a President in 'Sever-Reign'.
'The Legend of Legend' is a light-hearted caper about an egg that contains a universal truth.
In the dystopian 'The Second Fear' a ministry attempts to produce fear in someone who is literally fearless.
In the closing story, Devilish Tricks, a deal with the Devil changes Casimir Hendrix’s life, but is it for the better?
London, the nineteenth century. Victoria sits on the throne of an Empire powered by caloric fluid – heat, in pure liquid form.
Caloric steam engines power ships, aeroplanes, cars and trains. The world runs on caloric – and Lord Grimsdale controls the caloric.
In a little music hall in East London, Australian singer Gladys Dunchurch finds herself working for a second-rate stage magician who has one first-rate trick: a mysterious wand that allows the user to teleport someone over a short distance. When the magician disappears (and not in a good way) it is up to Gladys to find him.
Perhaps fortunately, Gladys runs into the Hon. Edward "Charlie" Decharles. The unlikely pair form an alliance – Charlie will help Gladys with his considerable resources and Gladys will help Charlie with her even more considerable brains. Their investigations only leads to more questions.
Charlie and Gladys find themselves pitted against dead-eyed assassins, murderous pirates, wingless flying machines, and perhaps even creatures from beyond this Earth. And lurking behind it all lies a sinister cabal that knows the secret origin of the steam-powered society. Can our heroes save the day, or will the fallout from that secret destroy two worlds?
Governments have fallen. Corporations control the world. Now their eyes are on Mars.
But Benjamin Drake is about to ruin everyone's plans.
Benjamin Drake has an uncomplicated life, hauling cargo around the world in his Hydrostar, until a run of bad decisions leaves him with nothing to haul. Down on his luck and desperate for a contract, he makes a decision that he instantly regrets.
As Drake gets caught in a tug of war between a mining mogul and the world's most ruthless security force, he realizes alliances must be forged if he is to come out of this alive. But who can he trust?
Set in the near-future, Hauler is the first book in the Benjamin Drake adventure series, filled with witty dialogue, flawed heroes, and plenty of bad decisions.
A wild near-future ride across Europe and Russia with the circus from hell...
In 2070, Europe is in chaos. A young performer, Blanco, is trapped in a sinister travelling circus, the Cirque du Curiosities. His only family are heavily-armed freaks, disfigured innocents, malignant criminals, and the volcanic Baba Yaga, a Russian witch.
Blanco wants out, but how can he leave behind the people he loves?
Then he learns the circus is not what it seems – and neither is he. The answer to the mysteries, and his only hope of survival, lies in a remote valley in Central Asia. It’s four thousand miles, but getting there is the least of his problems …
The Last Circus on Earth is a wild roller-coaster ride across Europe and Russia, a page-turning spec-fic thriller.
In a future Australia, where light is only for the powerful and the poor struggle in darkness, Sam grew up praying for a way out.
Living as the only sighted boy in a town of blind workers was tough. Discovering it didn't have to be that way was tougher.
Sam is just one of the five desperate people, each from vastly different societies in a deeply divided land, who must survive prejudice, calamity and each other, to unlock the secrets of their world, and ultimately help a fabled AI defeat an ancient foe.
Letters from the Light is a debut dystopian sci-fi novel by Australian author Shel Calopa. Join her and celebrate diversity, explore the corrupting influence of power, and ask whether it's truly possible to break free of your upbringing.
What would you do to escape the dark?
*2019 Aurealis Award Winner*
With nothing but a map and a rickety solar truck, Jax journeys to a top-secret government facility at Lake Jindabyne—one of the few freshwater lakes left in Australia.
Outraged by the injustice of these people having excess water while his family suffers from dehydration, Jax hatches a plan. At first he starts small—stealing just enough water to ease the parched tongues back home—but with each trip the risks he takes become greater.
It is only a matter of time before he gets caught...
And the penalty for hydro-theft is death.
A mechanic who can save the world. A mercenary who should hide from it. Just another day living the dream in post-Rise Australia.
Rosa lives in one of the last idyllic settlements since the Rise. Unlike those in other communities, she has grown up with access to ample food, fresh water, and safety—but the community's secretive nature, and the fact they do not offer help to outsiders, troubles her.
So when Rosa finds a map that could lead to a fortune in fresh water—a scarce commodity—she embarks on a plan to make a real difference to the world. The only problem? There's an apocalyptic wasteland between her and possible salvation.
Rosa has a map, a mercenary, and a hope to salvage the future.
Life is easy for Cassie…
Born in the post-rise utopia of New Melbourne, she has everything she needs, but lacks the one thing she wants—attention from her parents.
Cassie is too young and sheltered to truly understand the hardship faced by humankind during the greatest disaster on earth. The horrors of the past are of no concern to her… Until an impulsive decision to go diving during a storm leads her far away from the comforts of New Melbourne.
Cassie soon discovers that not everybody lives the same way she does. With her life in danger, the horrors of the past become the horrors of today.
Will Cassie salvage the wreck of her life?
500 years after the Rise...
The last remaining humans have become numans, dangerously enslaved by a virtual world called the BigDry.
Wall Manager Macie is an 'incompatible,' unable to assimilate with numan technology due to a disability. As a lowly human, her job is to patch the cracks in the wall that encircles DarwinTwo, protecting the city from the encroaching sea water.
When numans embark on a dangerous step which will change mankind forever, Macie's job becomes obsolete.
There is no room in DarwinTwo for those who don't fit in. But perhaps that's exactly what numanity needs.
When the end came for women they fell, as corn to a scythe. Only a handful could be saved; those with exceptional intelligence, strength and creativity.
Sent to the stars, they hid, as darkness descended upon the Earth, knowing that one day that darkness would reach for them – and when it did, it would be worse than the scythe. For it sought not their intelligence, their strength, or their creativity - but their bodies.
That time has come.
For 20-year-old Selena, just thrown off the Star Biosphere Force for insubordination and anger management issues, this couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Finding out her sister has been captured by the men who rule Earth, she resolves nothing is going to prevent her from getting her sister back, even if it means risking her own freedom.
When your old toaster finally breaks down, should you ask its permission before putting it out for the hard rubbish collection?
This sounds absurd today, but in the future, similar questions may be harder to answer. Artificial Intelligence (AI) aims to create technology that can achieve things previously only possible for the human mind.
Since Deep Blue beat the reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, AI’s applications have proliferated from health services to warfare. One of the things that make us human, and helps us empathise with others, is self-awareness. If AI develops to the point where machines become self-aware and can think about their own existence, should they be treated with more consideration and less as disposable items?
Intelligent Consent, considers this question, and explores the parallel lives of Robert, an engineer whose brain is scanned, and Rob, a robot loaded with this scan. It follows their personal development and relationships as they face both shared and separate challenges. Although their minds were essentially identical at the moment of the scan they immediately start to develop differently as a result of their separate experiences.
Rob soon finds he has little control over his own destiny, or even the right to a continued existence...
A misunderstanding of galactic proportions has seen the Yggdrasil return.
Straight out of fashionable Viking mythology to prime time viewing on Celebrity Council Elimination. Now the world must confront a ‘trees-have-feelings too’ paradigm. As the invader’s numbers and influence grow an underemployed forester, ex-platypus researcher and a DJ must act.
Is it time to gather the deadly arrow frogs, or can Dubstep, Bach and ukuleles save the world? Alternatively, is it already saved and who should decide?
Return of the Yggdrasil is a comedy romp through ecological Armageddon. Hang onto your phone and prepare for a thought-provoking journey through issues such as the media, sustainable agriculture, plant communication, climate change, science and the nature of truth.