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Reach for the stars. Ethan’s lifelong dream.

His success in developing the warp bubble drive makes faster than light space travel possible, fulfilling that dream at last. But he must go to Iapetus.

Loki gets whatever he wants and he wants what's on Iapetus.

Ethan and Loki race to Iapetus. The stakes are high. Who will prevail, and at what cost, as they both lock their weapons on each other… More

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About John Wegener

I'm a dreamer…always have been.

I have dreamed of flying to the stars since I was a child, looking up at the Milky Way on a moonless and cloudless winter’s night, wondering what was out there.

As a career in engineering for star-hopping warp drives is currently non-existent, I settled on the next best thing and did some chemical engineering in the steel industry for a while…most of my working life really…while waiting for an opening.

Growing up in Lobethal in South Australia, I studied at the local primary school and high school in Adelaide, finally obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering at Adelaide University.

Then I trekked to the steelworks in Whyalla, South Australia where I spent 13 years working as a Process Engineer. Moving on to Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, I provided process engineering for installing and modifying steel strip processing lines both in Australia and overseas. I was fortunate enough to visit places in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Kenya, China, Saudi Arabia, India, and many other countries in the process. Leaving that industry after almost 22 years, I now write, still living in Wollongong with my wife and family.

Being an avid reader, I read almost anything. It is not uncommon for me to be reading three or four books at the same time on completely differing topics, both fiction and non-fiction. I mainly enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy books, my favorite authors being Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and J.R.R. Tolkien. I also enjoy crime mysteries. Ancient and medieval history in Europe also fascinate me. So I now write, drawing on my many experiences in my working career. They have been many and incredible at times! There have also been many other experiences to draw on. Some are funny and interesting.

Cosmology, general relativity and quantum physics intrigue me. There seem to be new concepts and understanding continually developing in these fields. This is exciting to me and is the way of the future. Humanity is finally escaping the shackles of Earth and seriously reaching out into space.

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About the Series: Reach For The Stars
Ethan Richards dreams of reaching for the stars. How will he fulfil his dream? Who will stand in his way and what will he do when he reaches the stars? Follow Ethan's journey from developing the first faster than light space drive to finding new planets for humanity to live on. What is out there? Did we originate on Earth? What will the future bring for Ethan and humanity?

The Reach For The Stars book series traces the development of the first faster that light space drive, the first flight to another star and the first colonisation of another planet in a different star system.

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Marti Ward reviewed on Jan. 10, 2020

This is serious hard science fiction - if you like Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, then I expect you'll like this series. Wegener admits to their influence on him, and with his own science/engineering background he has worked hard to set a compelling story within a realistic environment encompassing reasonable futuristic developments of our current society and technology.

The story is set against a kind of space race - except China, Russia and the US are sharing their competing science and technology, and sharing the results of their cooperation. But the corporate world may not be so happy about that as the stakes begin to rise...
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