I was born in England in 1951, and migrated to Australia in 1964. I studied Agricultural Science at Adelaide University and worked as a research technician at the Waite Agricultural Institute for 17 years.
My wife and I have owned and run an aquarium shop in the Adelaide Hills since 1990. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
I have written a number of science fiction books, but am currently branching out into other genera.
In this sequel to my Autobiography, I introduce you to my four young friends and together we battle the Bad Man who is becoming totally mad and tries to shoot me with a gigantic shot gun.
You also meet Charlie, the harmless ten year old intruder who is somehow linked to the Bad Man.
With color pictures.
This book is most suitable for ages 10 to 16 although I hope everyone will read it.
This book gives advice on keeping and breeding 36 species of tetra. It is based on the author's over 50 years experience in keeping fish and the things he has learned in over 20 years of running an aquarium shop.
This book brings together in one volume the 3 novellas of the War and Space Trilogy.
"War and Space",
"The Local War" and
"Battle for Homeworld".
Although these are 'space war books' they are not the typical unrealistic space battles so common in science fiction, but are an attempt at examining whether war in space between advanced races is even possible.
The Homeworld of the peaceful Idaltus is attacked by a huge war fleet. The Idaltus cannot take effective action against the attackers. Every Idaltu ship that jumps to the Homeworld system is destroyed as it re-enters our universe.
The Earth exploration ship, the 'Highway to Heaven' is damaged when it jumps to the system and has to fight its way to Homeworld.
This book makes fun of scifi ideas.
A collection of 5 short stories for children with Joey, a little boy living in outback Australia. The 5 stories:
"Joey’s New Job",
"Joey and the Boomerang Tree",
"Joey and the Didgeridon’t",
"The Dog That Lived On Paper" and
"Joey and Tyrannosaurus Rex"
total 4700 words.
There is also a brief explanation of a few of the many Australia references in the stories.
Illustrated with colour pictures.
The Flagship of the Earth fleet investigates the homeworld of aliens who have been wiping out life in 30 galaxies galaxies.
The 11 year old tele-empathic twins Chance and Nigel play a vital part in the investigation with Chance taking a shuttle and getting marooned on the planet.
He has to cope with hostile aliens, bloodsuckers and nocturnal predators.
This book makes fun of sci-fi ideas.
The author spent a month's holiday each year staying with his grandmother in rural Suffolk from the time he was ten to when war broke out when he was fifteen.
This is a collection of six true short stories only totalling about 5700 words in which the author is able to capture the society and atmosphere of 1930's country England, and convey images of a bygone era.
I am a Cat who has had a lot of experiences in my 4 years. In my Autobiography with 21 pictures and 5000 words you can meet my friends like Michael, the local mob and the kind farmer, hate my enemies like the Big Fat Ugly Dog, the Bad Man and the Satanic Cat and laugh at the odd ideas of the enigmatic Bad Boy.
An unarmed Earth Exploration Ship is attacked by unknown aliens with more advanced technology.
The other two novellas of the trilogy are 'The Local War' and 'Battle for Homeworld'.
This trilogy is an attempt to look at whether space war is possible, and like the previous 4 novels of the Bad Boy cycle makes fun of some accepted Sci-fi ideas. This is not a conventional space war book.
The Old Firm is the story of how the genial, generous and gregarious George Charlesworth, master painter, manages to find enough work to feed his family and keep his men employed during the Great Depression of the 1930's.
This is closely based on the Author's own father and his company. One difference is that Gregory Challlis had 10 children.
Time and Chance is the business autobiography of Richard F. Challis, covering his life from when he was 15 and became a management aprentice until he was 36 and was his company's area sales manager for the north of England.
The author describes the cutthroat politics of the office.
When Angels Travel is a fictionalized account of the international business travels of Richard F. Challis during the 1960's. It starts with his visit to Moscow.
He visited many countries in 4 continents. His style is very personal and easily readable. This story follows on from his business autobiography, "Time and Chance".
Jonathan Rush and the Star Academy
on July 10, 2011
A good young peoples' book can be read with enjoyment by people of any age. This book is intended for young people, but although I am not young I still enjoyed it immensely.
“Jonathan Rush and the Star Academy” is well worth reading.
Between Honor & Glory
on July 10, 2011
This is a very well written story with considerable excitement as well as real messages about honor and responsibility. I recommend reading it.
on Aug. 05, 2011
This seems like an interesting start, but is too short to really assess the idea. I look forward to reading the longer release.
I Am A Submariner
on Aug. 06, 2011
This is an excellent book. I would have liked it to be longer; it is very clear that the author has enormous knowledge of his subject.
The Sunset of Big Oil
on Aug. 12, 2011
This is a very readable story that once I had started reading I read straight through without a break. As a printed book it would be very difficult to put down.
As well as the story 'The Sunset of Big Oil' there was the added bonus of information about other books by Terry Compton, and the quite long first chapter of another good book by Mr. Compton.
Smite Me, Oh Dark One
on Aug. 29, 2011
An excellent but unusual story. Very well written. I look forward to reading more of Steve Thomas's books.
on Nov. 03, 2012
Galaxium is a very exciting story told in a gripping way that made it difficult for me to stop reading. I read it in one sitting despite having other things I should have been doing. The story stopped at an exciting point. I eagerly await the sequel.