Steve Challis

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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.

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Queen Luna and the Gang of Four
Price: Free! Words: 10,840. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime
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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,110. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
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.
War and Space trilogy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,860. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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.
Battle for Homeworld
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,640. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Nature
This book is about Kangaroos. It describes 12 widely differing species and has general information about the group as a whole. A number of myths are addressed. Illustrated with color pictures.
Joey in the Outback
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Australia & Oceania
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 Local War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,130. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
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.
Luna the Autobiography of a Super Cat
Price: Free! Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
War and Space
Price: Free! Words: 19,510. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,950. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography, Fiction » Business
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,680. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,690. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2011 by Steve Challis. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Fiction » Biographical
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".

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Steve Challis' favorite authors on Smashwords

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Robert Challis
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Smashwords book reviews by Steve Challis

  • 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.
  • Unknown SuperHero 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.
  • Jonah on Aug. 06, 2011

    A very good short story.
  • What Dragons Prefer on Aug. 06, 2011

    A very good short story with a classic twist at the end. This story is very well worth reading.
  • Jack the Frogmaker on Aug. 06, 2011

    Good story.
  • 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.
  • Riggity Rabbit and the Cookie on Aug. 30, 2011

    Amusing, but well worth reading! I liked the cover as well.
  • Galaxium 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.
  • Triumph of the Scientific Mind on Dec. 15, 2012

    A very amusing little story.