Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait

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Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel)

• You'll be shocked and surprised to learn what lies at the end of time!
• Relish the conundrums of time travel in this story of a man attempting to both solve a mystery and come to terms with his life.

"Bedford is funny in a crazed, Rudy Rucker kind of way. While Rucker writes of gonzo theorists, Bedford writes of the gonzo mechanics who keep the machines running." -- Fred Cleaver, Denver Post

Winner of the Australian Aurealis Award

In the future, Aloysius "Spider" Webb will journey to the End of Time.

For now, he must be content with repairing broken time machines, rebuilding his life and avoiding the lunatic antics of his boss, Dickhead McMahon.

Spider's life is status quo until he discovers inside a broken second-hand time machine, the corpse of a brutally murdered woman from the future. The Department of Time and Space steps in to manage the situation -- leaving Spider asking a lot of questions that only lead to more questions; unsettling evidence, brewing trouble, and the knowledge that Spider himself might be involved in an epic battle for control of time itself.

Will his knowing the future be a curse or a blessing? and will Spider Webb really find out how things turn out before they happen? With his new found knowledge, who can Spider trust?

One thing is certain: it will all happen before the End of Time!
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About the author

About the Author:

K. A. Bedford lives in Perth, Western Australia. All of his novels have been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel, and he has twice won, for Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, which was also shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, and Eclipse.

• Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel) was subsequently released in Australia by Fremantle Press after its initial success in North America.
• Paradox Resolution (A Spider Webb Novel) won the Australian Tin Duck Award.

Bedford attended Curtin and Murdoch Universities, where he studied Writing, Theater, and Philosophy.

Other books by K. A. Bedford:
• Orbital Burn
• Eclipse
• Hydrogen Steel
• Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel)
• Paradox Resolution

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3.8
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Publisher
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
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Published on
Aug 1, 2008
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781894063739
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Language
English
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Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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K. A. Bedford
The heartbreaking story of reckless young love and a tricked out time machine that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the universe!

 "K. A. Bedford does a really good job exploring the societal impact of a huge technology." — Paul Lappen

In a world where time machines are cheap and portable, ex-cop Aloysius 'Spider' Webb is eking out a living as a time machine repairman.

"Spider is described as “a good man in a bad situation,” which I take to mean a schlemiel who labors to be a mensch." — Chris R. Paige, Book Nook

"One of science fiction’s unexpected pleasures in recent years..." — Kirkus Reviews

 Winner of the Australian Tin Duck Award

Aloysius "Spider" Webb is a good man in a bad situation.

Aloysius "Spider" Webb fixes time machines for a living. He hates his job; he hates his life, and hates time travel even more. He’s a hard working ­Australian bloke — a good man in a bad ­situation who is willing to do almost anything to regain his self-respect and the affection of his nearly ­ex-wife, Molly; a mad sculptress on her way to international fame and fortune.

Spider's life and his world are changing. ­After quitting the Western Australian Police Service, Spider studied to become a time ­machine repair ­mechanic, eking out a sparse ­living fixing broken down machines. But the ­repair business isn’t what it used to be. Once, time machines were as big as cars; but now they're smaller and compact, portable, and cost too much to get fixed so it's easier for people to simply buy a new one. Times are tough and there is no end in sight.

Meanwhile, Spider's new boss at the Time ­Machines Repaired While-U-Wait franchise needs help: his ­secretly built, totally ­illegal, radically overclocked, hotrod time ­machine has been stolen, and Spider is the right man to get it back before it falls into the wrong hands, or worse inadvertently destroys the entire universe.

Spider's journey begins with a simple favor to help his almost ex-wife, Molly, and moves to the icy wastes of the far, far future.

Surprise and shock are the only ­constants in ­Spider’s life; why should this job be any ­different?

 

"More than anything else, Spider Webb reminds me of Hoffmann, from Offenbach ’s opera Tales of Hoffman, with his relentless nemesis, his yearning for love, his macabre adventures. You will enjoy this book best if you have an affection for the brooding quality of film noir as well as for the insane wildness of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." - Chris R., The Nameles Zine

"If you love "Casablanca" and "Blade Runner", you'll have no happier a weekend than curled up with PARADOX RESOLUTION." — Robert William, reader 

Paradox Resolution is the second installment of the Spider Webb must-read Sci-fi adventure series!

K. A. Bedford
Do you think THEY are so different from US?

It's rare to see a genuine mystery embedded into the rich fabric of a science fiction setting, but HYDROGEN STEEL accomplishes both.

"Bedford has crafted a strong Science Fiction title filled with excellent dialogue, action at every turn, a compelling story, a dash of philosophy and somewhat surprising ending" — Tim Adamec, The Dragon Page

"This is a gem of a novel. It's also quite mind blowing, and is very much worth reading." — Paul Lappen

"Hydrogen Steel is a highly readable and entirely convincing book." — Lucy Schmeidler, reviewer


Aurealis Award Finalist

"Hydrogen Steel is a tense and thrilling mystery within a mystery, a tale of secrets and truth, and a journey to the limits of existence — and a bit beyond!"

The keeper of truth is a firemind named Hydrogen Steel

When retired top homicide inspector Zette McGee, late of Winter City, Ganymede, gets called out of her mysterious retirement to help Kell Fallow, a desperate former android accused unjustly of murdering his wife and children, she knows she has to help him, for Zette has a secret she is desperate to keep, and Fallow knows all about it.

With the help of her best friend, the elderly but very suave former secret agent Gideon Smith, and his ridiculously impressive personal starship, the Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Zette sets out (a) to help the accused man, but also (b) to keep Gideon from finding out her own awful secret, even as everything they learn in the investigation keeps pointing to it.

But when Kell Fallow is killed by a bomb he didn't know was buried in his guts, and when a homebrew android identical to Zette destroys her home on the luxurious Serendipity habitat, Gideon and Zette go on the run, only to run afoul of sabotage, spies, nasty infections, and bad guys galore and ordinary machines come to relentless, murderous life.

The case will take Zette and Gideon on a terrifying journey into the darkest reaches of human space, in pursuit of an ancient truth — and will bring her into deadly contact with that truth's keeper, the awesomely powerful firemind, Hydrogen Steel, an artificial consciousness evolved far beyond its original design, and which is utterly determined to keep that same truth from getting out, at any cost.

Hydrogen Steel is a tense and thrilling mystery within a mystery, a tale of secrets and truth, and a journey to the limits of existence — and a bit beyond!
K. A. Bedford
Graduation should be your best memory!
(Especially from the Royal Interstellar Service Academy!)

"Eclipse is an intelligent novel that will leave readers with much to think about." - Victoria Strauss, SF Site

"Bedford has a fascinating way with building stories. By the time you realise you're hooked. you're having to tell your family to go ahead without you." - Jill Hayes, Bookchick

"Reading Eclipse was my great pleasure! It truly is one of those books that is hard to put down, it's been a long time since I've devoured a book like this. Seat belts should come standard with every copy." - Charlie Stuart

Eclipse convinced me that K. A. Bedford is an author to keep an eye on." — Terry Baker, The Eternal Night

A taut psychological thriller set in the claustrophobic confines of a starship.

"I just finished it... and the ending blew me Away!" - Ken Kanton

He was warned "not to rock the boat"

Watching HMS Eclipse through the geosynch spaceport window, Officer James Dunne, a newly minted graduate of the Royal Interstellar Service Academy, thinks his first assignment will be routine ... an easy going excursion on an aging deep-space cruiser, heading into the Dark, on a mission to explore the farthest reaches of known space.

James had always wanted to be a part of the romantic final frontier. Now, he thought, his lifelong dream was about to come true.

In fact, he was about to begin the greatest challenge, and worst nightmare, of his already-too-short service career!

Although repeatedly warned "not to rock the boat", it soon becomes obvious that it is too late for the young Officer!

He is drafted into the First Contact Team where he realizes two things: (1) that his contribution to the Interstellar Space Service might easily turn out to be that of a 'replaceable warm body' and (2) that disrespecting junior officers, like Dunne himself, often suffer 'unfortunate' and sometimes fatal 'accidents' out in the Dark.

Dunne's survival will depend on his ability to separate power from perversion while enduring the corruption and control of others!

PRAISE:

"Eclipse works in all the ways that matter. It kept me turning pages way past bedtime. It has an edge of barely contained terror throughout; it has love, (sort of); it has mysterious, very alien aliens. It has a big picture that gets bigger as the story ends. It left me eager for more. Eclipse convinced me that K. A. Bedford is an author to keep an eye on." - Terry Baker, The Eternal Night

"Eclipse... was a good read - very intense in parts, violent in others - and had me staying way too late in the evening when I had to get up early for work the next morning… I couldn't just put it down to finish tomorrow." - Lisa Ramaglia, scribesworld.com

Eclipse is a must-read Sci-fi adventure novel!

K. A. Bedford
What would you do if you were 'dead' and 'alive' at the same time?

"Orbital Burn is a very entertaining book with one of the best opening lines I've read in a long time: One morning, not long before the end of the world, a dead woman named Lou sat drinking espresso in Sheb's Old Earth Diner, one of the few places still open in the cheap part of Stalktown. - Laurie Thayer

K. A. Bedford captures your imagination on the first page and never lets it go until the last thought provoking sentence.

"I have to say I really liked this book, and think K. A. Bedford is a writer easily capable of taking his place with better-known contemporary sf authors like Alister Reynolds, Ken McLeod, and Paul McAuley." - David Mead, New York Review of Science Fiction

"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work...hardboiled SF at its finest." - John Peters, New York Public Library

"It's rare to find a first novel which grips your imagination from the outset..."

"As a scientist, I was thrilled that the science part of the book is believable. As a reader, I was even more pleased that the science adds to the story and doesn't overwhelm what is primarily a story about human interaction..." - Trish Amundrud from Vancouver, BC

What would you give up if you could live forever?

In Orbital Burn, a seriously down on her luck unlicensed Stalktown Private Investigator named Louise "Lou" Meagher ekes out a sparse living solving petty crimes. She is chronically broke, clinically dead, and nervous about being evacuated from her home planet, Kestrel, which in nine days time will be hit by an unstoppable doomsday rock, known as the Bloody Bastard. But Lou takes on one last case: helping a cybernetically enhanced canine named Dog, ­locate his former master, a defective biological android boy known only as Kid...

Praise:

"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work ... a wild, transcendental climax. Here's hardboiled SF at its finest." - John Peters, New York Public Library

"As with all literature, it's the questions that matter and in SF they are often the big ones. These are perhaps the biggest questions of all. What is life? What is intelligence? Is there a God? Is there such a thing as soul, or a personality? Are they different? Of what do they consist? Can you manufacture emotions?" - Dave Luckett, author and reviewer for The West Australian newspaper

Orbital Burn is an intriguing science fiction / crime / mystery novel with a twist!


 

 

 

 

In Orbital Burn, a seriously down on her luck unlicensed Stalktown PI named Louise “Lou” Meagher ekes out a sparse living solving petty crimes. She is chronically broke, clinically dead, and nervous about being evacuated from her home planet, Kestrel, which in nine days time will be hit by an unstoppable doomsday rock, known as the Bloody Bastard. But Lou takes on one last case: helping a cybernetically enhanced canine named Dog, locate his former master, a defective biological android boy known only as Kid...

K. A. Bedford
The heartbreaking story of reckless young love and a tricked out time machine that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the universe!

 "K. A. Bedford does a really good job exploring the societal impact of a huge technology." — Paul Lappen

In a world where time machines are cheap and portable, ex-cop Aloysius 'Spider' Webb is eking out a living as a time machine repairman.

"Spider is described as “a good man in a bad situation,” which I take to mean a schlemiel who labors to be a mensch." — Chris R. Paige, Book Nook

"One of science fiction’s unexpected pleasures in recent years..." — Kirkus Reviews

 Winner of the Australian Tin Duck Award

Aloysius "Spider" Webb is a good man in a bad situation.

Aloysius "Spider" Webb fixes time machines for a living. He hates his job; he hates his life, and hates time travel even more. He’s a hard working ­Australian bloke — a good man in a bad ­situation who is willing to do almost anything to regain his self-respect and the affection of his nearly ­ex-wife, Molly; a mad sculptress on her way to international fame and fortune.

Spider's life and his world are changing. ­After quitting the Western Australian Police Service, Spider studied to become a time ­machine repair ­mechanic, eking out a sparse ­living fixing broken down machines. But the ­repair business isn’t what it used to be. Once, time machines were as big as cars; but now they're smaller and compact, portable, and cost too much to get fixed so it's easier for people to simply buy a new one. Times are tough and there is no end in sight.

Meanwhile, Spider's new boss at the Time ­Machines Repaired While-U-Wait franchise needs help: his ­secretly built, totally ­illegal, radically overclocked, hotrod time ­machine has been stolen, and Spider is the right man to get it back before it falls into the wrong hands, or worse inadvertently destroys the entire universe.

Spider's journey begins with a simple favor to help his almost ex-wife, Molly, and moves to the icy wastes of the far, far future.

Surprise and shock are the only ­constants in ­Spider’s life; why should this job be any ­different?

 

"More than anything else, Spider Webb reminds me of Hoffmann, from Offenbach ’s opera Tales of Hoffman, with his relentless nemesis, his yearning for love, his macabre adventures. You will enjoy this book best if you have an affection for the brooding quality of film noir as well as for the insane wildness of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." - Chris R., The Nameles Zine

"If you love "Casablanca" and "Blade Runner", you'll have no happier a weekend than curled up with PARADOX RESOLUTION." — Robert William, reader 

Paradox Resolution is the second installment of the Spider Webb must-read Sci-fi adventure series!

K. A. Bedford
Do you think THEY are so different from US?

It's rare to see a genuine mystery embedded into the rich fabric of a science fiction setting, but HYDROGEN STEEL accomplishes both.

"Bedford has crafted a strong Science Fiction title filled with excellent dialogue, action at every turn, a compelling story, a dash of philosophy and somewhat surprising ending" — Tim Adamec, The Dragon Page

"This is a gem of a novel. It's also quite mind blowing, and is very much worth reading." — Paul Lappen

"Hydrogen Steel is a highly readable and entirely convincing book." — Lucy Schmeidler, reviewer


Aurealis Award Finalist

"Hydrogen Steel is a tense and thrilling mystery within a mystery, a tale of secrets and truth, and a journey to the limits of existence — and a bit beyond!"

The keeper of truth is a firemind named Hydrogen Steel

When retired top homicide inspector Zette McGee, late of Winter City, Ganymede, gets called out of her mysterious retirement to help Kell Fallow, a desperate former android accused unjustly of murdering his wife and children, she knows she has to help him, for Zette has a secret she is desperate to keep, and Fallow knows all about it.

With the help of her best friend, the elderly but very suave former secret agent Gideon Smith, and his ridiculously impressive personal starship, the Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Zette sets out (a) to help the accused man, but also (b) to keep Gideon from finding out her own awful secret, even as everything they learn in the investigation keeps pointing to it.

But when Kell Fallow is killed by a bomb he didn't know was buried in his guts, and when a homebrew android identical to Zette destroys her home on the luxurious Serendipity habitat, Gideon and Zette go on the run, only to run afoul of sabotage, spies, nasty infections, and bad guys galore and ordinary machines come to relentless, murderous life.

The case will take Zette and Gideon on a terrifying journey into the darkest reaches of human space, in pursuit of an ancient truth — and will bring her into deadly contact with that truth's keeper, the awesomely powerful firemind, Hydrogen Steel, an artificial consciousness evolved far beyond its original design, and which is utterly determined to keep that same truth from getting out, at any cost.

Hydrogen Steel is a tense and thrilling mystery within a mystery, a tale of secrets and truth, and a journey to the limits of existence — and a bit beyond!
K. A. Bedford
Graduation should be your best memory!
(Especially from the Royal Interstellar Service Academy!)

"Eclipse is an intelligent novel that will leave readers with much to think about." - Victoria Strauss, SF Site

"Bedford has a fascinating way with building stories. By the time you realise you're hooked. you're having to tell your family to go ahead without you." - Jill Hayes, Bookchick

"Reading Eclipse was my great pleasure! It truly is one of those books that is hard to put down, it's been a long time since I've devoured a book like this. Seat belts should come standard with every copy." - Charlie Stuart

Eclipse convinced me that K. A. Bedford is an author to keep an eye on." — Terry Baker, The Eternal Night

A taut psychological thriller set in the claustrophobic confines of a starship.

"I just finished it... and the ending blew me Away!" - Ken Kanton

He was warned "not to rock the boat"

Watching HMS Eclipse through the geosynch spaceport window, Officer James Dunne, a newly minted graduate of the Royal Interstellar Service Academy, thinks his first assignment will be routine ... an easy going excursion on an aging deep-space cruiser, heading into the Dark, on a mission to explore the farthest reaches of known space.

James had always wanted to be a part of the romantic final frontier. Now, he thought, his lifelong dream was about to come true.

In fact, he was about to begin the greatest challenge, and worst nightmare, of his already-too-short service career!

Although repeatedly warned "not to rock the boat", it soon becomes obvious that it is too late for the young Officer!

He is drafted into the First Contact Team where he realizes two things: (1) that his contribution to the Interstellar Space Service might easily turn out to be that of a 'replaceable warm body' and (2) that disrespecting junior officers, like Dunne himself, often suffer 'unfortunate' and sometimes fatal 'accidents' out in the Dark.

Dunne's survival will depend on his ability to separate power from perversion while enduring the corruption and control of others!

PRAISE:

"Eclipse works in all the ways that matter. It kept me turning pages way past bedtime. It has an edge of barely contained terror throughout; it has love, (sort of); it has mysterious, very alien aliens. It has a big picture that gets bigger as the story ends. It left me eager for more. Eclipse convinced me that K. A. Bedford is an author to keep an eye on." - Terry Baker, The Eternal Night

"Eclipse... was a good read - very intense in parts, violent in others - and had me staying way too late in the evening when I had to get up early for work the next morning… I couldn't just put it down to finish tomorrow." - Lisa Ramaglia, scribesworld.com

Eclipse is a must-read Sci-fi adventure novel!

K. A. Bedford
What would you do if you were 'dead' and 'alive' at the same time?

"Orbital Burn is a very entertaining book with one of the best opening lines I've read in a long time: One morning, not long before the end of the world, a dead woman named Lou sat drinking espresso in Sheb's Old Earth Diner, one of the few places still open in the cheap part of Stalktown. - Laurie Thayer

K. A. Bedford captures your imagination on the first page and never lets it go until the last thought provoking sentence.

"I have to say I really liked this book, and think K. A. Bedford is a writer easily capable of taking his place with better-known contemporary sf authors like Alister Reynolds, Ken McLeod, and Paul McAuley." - David Mead, New York Review of Science Fiction

"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work...hardboiled SF at its finest." - John Peters, New York Public Library

"It's rare to find a first novel which grips your imagination from the outset..."

"As a scientist, I was thrilled that the science part of the book is believable. As a reader, I was even more pleased that the science adds to the story and doesn't overwhelm what is primarily a story about human interaction..." - Trish Amundrud from Vancouver, BC

What would you give up if you could live forever?

In Orbital Burn, a seriously down on her luck unlicensed Stalktown Private Investigator named Louise "Lou" Meagher ekes out a sparse living solving petty crimes. She is chronically broke, clinically dead, and nervous about being evacuated from her home planet, Kestrel, which in nine days time will be hit by an unstoppable doomsday rock, known as the Bloody Bastard. But Lou takes on one last case: helping a cybernetically enhanced canine named Dog, ­locate his former master, a defective biological android boy known only as Kid...

Praise:

"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work ... a wild, transcendental climax. Here's hardboiled SF at its finest." - John Peters, New York Public Library

"As with all literature, it's the questions that matter and in SF they are often the big ones. These are perhaps the biggest questions of all. What is life? What is intelligence? Is there a God? Is there such a thing as soul, or a personality? Are they different? Of what do they consist? Can you manufacture emotions?" - Dave Luckett, author and reviewer for The West Australian newspaper

Orbital Burn is an intriguing science fiction / crime / mystery novel with a twist!


 

 

 

 

In Orbital Burn, a seriously down on her luck unlicensed Stalktown PI named Louise “Lou” Meagher ekes out a sparse living solving petty crimes. She is chronically broke, clinically dead, and nervous about being evacuated from her home planet, Kestrel, which in nine days time will be hit by an unstoppable doomsday rock, known as the Bloody Bastard. But Lou takes on one last case: helping a cybernetically enhanced canine named Dog, locate his former master, a defective biological android boy known only as Kid...

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