Among the escaped convicts, seething resentments fuel an appetite for brutal revenge against their former captors while, for their part, the crew attempts to track down and kill or recapture the escapees. However, it soon becomes apparent that both convicts and crew have more to concern them than shipwreck and a ruthless fight for survival; they have arrived in Sydney in 2017.
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.
TimesStorm was Highly Commended in the 2013 Jim Hamilton Award fantasy/science fiction category of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards.
Steve Harrison was born in Yorkshire, England, grew up in Lancashire, migrated to New Zealand and eventually settled in Sydney, Australia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
As he juggled careers in shipping, insurance, online gardening and the postal service, Steve wrote short stories, sports articles and a long running newspaper humour column called HARRISCOPE: a mix of ancient wisdom and modern nonsense. In recent years he has written a number of unproduced feature screenplays, although being unproduced was not the intention, and developed projects with producers in the US and UK. His script, Sox, was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Awgie’ Award and he has written and produced three short films under his Pronunciation Fillums partnership.
For space and time adventurer, Quality Times, the chance to go exploring in the caves of Azrokaran is too good an opportunity to refuse. But a startling discovery leads to a trip back in time, and loyalties are tested to the limits as those within the group reveal their true colours.
The first book in the Quality Times series.
Other work by Gayle Ramage
Cigs, Bolan and Strange Men With Guns (Time Travelling Assassins #1)
The Shoemaker's Son (Time Travelling Assassins #2)
The Grandparent Trap (Quality Times #2)
The Trouble With Pixies (Edinburgh Elementals #1, FREE)
Tears of Gold (Edinburgh Elementals #2)
Land of the Ice Giants (Edinburgh Elementals #3)
Keywords: scifi, scifi adventure, science fiction, adventure, time travel, aliens, humor, space, planets, free, freebie, series, space and time,
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!
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:
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel)
Paradox Resolution (A Spider Webb Novel)
"Hydrogen Steel is an enjoyable read, littered with powerfully godlike Fireminds (the Hydrogen Steel of the title), complex technologies, action and noir mystery. The characters are believable and sympathetic, the setting is intricately planned out ... It's not surprising that Hydrogen Steel was nominated for an Aurealis Awards." - Liz Grzyb, editor Ticonderoga Online
"If you’re looking for a bit of a space adventure, an exploration of self and identity and a hint of romance, Hydrogen Steel will be a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon." - Alisa Krasnostein, AsIF
"Bedford amasses plenty of high-flown SF concepts. (I particularly like his notion of turning whole planets into computers ...)" - Paul Di Filippo, SCI FI Weekly
Hydrogen Steel is a must-read Sci-fi adventure novel!
It starts with the thinking before the writing, and how to create the all-important Brief. Then it takes you step-by-step from how to write a headline to how to get the response you want from your reader. With examples at every stage, and explanations based on both the author's twenty-five years' experience and recent scientific research, this book will help hone your skills - whether you're writing websites or press ads, e-zines or direct mail, brochures or blogs, posters or landing pages, emails or white papers.
In fact, you'll see that everyone plays a crucial role in producing creative work that works:
What it means to be creative,
How to build a creative culture,
How virtually all great work is underpinned by a simple problem/solution dynamic,
How to use that dynamic to create your big marketing ideas,
How to brief a creative team,
How to use 'relevant abruption' to produce big creative ideas,
How to simultaneously build a brand and get response,
How to sell your work,
How to run a creative department.
All this is illustrated by some of the best advertising, direct and digital work ever produced, plus 12 case studies featuring ideas that have not only sold millions of pounds worth of products, but also won dozens of the world's most coveted awards.
"Steve writes like he talks, with great intelligence, wisdom and common sense. He's one of the few people capable of looking at a notoriously self-obsessed industry and saying, "The Emperor has no clothes." And he's one of an even smaller number who can look at its problems and say, "here's how you fix it." Creative Work is as challenging as it is engaging. When I reached the end I felt like I wanted to continue the conversation, which is probably the highest compliment you can offer a book." - Jon Steel, author of Truth, Lies & Advertising and Perfect Pitch.
"This is genuinely essential reading for anyone who wants to demystify the advertising creative process – and vastly more entertaining than your average business book. Harrison’s simple, commonsense approach makes you wonder why so many ad campaigns fail so spectacularly. Buy it, read it and learn from it!” - Larissa Vince, Campaign magazine.
"This is a smart, straightforward and very special book. It affirmed so much I knew already, but my eyes were opened afresh to what is genuinely important about the work that we do. I came away with ten or twelve things I wanted to share with the rest of the team at glue and it also fortunately gave me some confidence that we’re getting a lot of this right already." - Mark Cridge, CEO, glue London.
"Steve is one of the dying breed of creative directors that clients crave. He tells it like it is and delivers. How to do better creative work is a refreshingly honest must-read for any client, suit or creative who want to cut through the bullshit and produce great creative work that does the job. Harrison has the right to say what he likes about the ad industry - and he does!" - Charlie Smith, Head of Brand Marketing, Vodafone UK.
"This book isn't just about how clients can help get the best work from their agency. I loved the insight into the thinking that goes on before the creative idea is had and realise it applies to every business that takes a creative approach to problem solving." - Paul Ferraiolo, President, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, North America.
“If, one day, my son tells me that he wants to be part of this business, I will make sure that he reads Steve´s book and, if possible, find a way for him to spend a couple of hours with Steve himself” - Pablo Alzugary, President, Shackleton Madrid.