Christina Engela

Biography

Christina Engela is one of South Africa's most unique and skilled storytellers, having written 29 books in science fiction, and also several non-fiction titles. Best known for her realistic characterization and for casting fully-fleshed-out LGBT characters in leading roles, Christina brings a wealth of personal experience to each of her stories. With several new offerings already in the pipeline, including several standalone titles, 2020 is bound to be a busy year for her fans!

You can find out more on ChristinaEngela.com

Smashwords Interview

What do you write about?
I write sci-fi with a twist of humor, wit, action, adventure, fantasy, and horror. Usually some of my characters are gay or transgender - but then, so am I, and I've seen too few LGBT characters in leading roles in the books I read to be happy with that.

For that reason, I think at least some of my books fill that gap in the market. My target market is not just Sci-fi/fantasy/horror – but LGBT-inclusive, affirming Sci-Fi/fantasy/horror!

If you'd like more detail about my writing, subjects and target audience, please read this article: http://www.christinaengela.net/target-market-who-is-christina-engelas/
When did you first start writing?
From as soon as I was old enough to hold a wax crayon! I started writing stories as a young child, inspired by my father who was a writer. I started writing stories before I even knew how to write, to form letters, and I copied the shapes I saw and made up my own stories, drawing them into the shapes I made with old pens and crayons on sheets of scrap typing paper given to me by my mother. Dad and I made up stories together at bed-time about "Mr. Mann" and "the Three Jolly Yum-yums" – and from the start I knew I wanted to be a writer!
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Series

Panic! Horror In Space
Of all the starships in the Terran Space Fleet, the I.S.S. Mercury is probably the unluckiest ship in history. Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew - give or take a few dozen casualties - on a supposed voyage of deep space exploration, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural... You can find out more about Panic! Horror in Space here https://christinaengela.com/novels/about-panic-horror-in-space/
Static
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Life Signs
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Panic! Horror In Space #3: Dust
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Space Sucks!
Launch into space, the future and beyond! Enjoy another humorous look at life in space in this second collection of unique sci-fi short stories by Christina Engela, spanning everything from adventure to suspense to comedy and then back again!
Space Sucks Too!
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Space Sucks!
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Quantum
The Quantum Series by Christina Engela is sci-fi with a dash of fantasy, featuring a host of regular characters including heroes, heroines, villains, aliens, and unusual and often humorous situations mostly set on Deanna, a backwater Terran colony on the fringes of known space - which has something of a reputation, and not always a good one. Known as a bit of a space oddity, Deanna orbits a star named Ramalama - and has two mad little moons of its own named Ding and Dong. Life out on the frontier isn't always easy, and there are various things that make living on Deanna a mite more interesting than on more civilized Human colonies. The Quantum Series is sci-fi, but instead of focusing too strongly on tech, Christina focuses more on her characters, creating believable and very realistic people, fleshing them out with her own broad range of experiences and creative interpretation. Tech and how it works is less important to her than the people who live in those times and use it, and their own stories and experiences. You can find out more about the Quantum Series at https://christinaengela.com/novels/the-quantum-series/
Black Sunrise
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The Time Saving Agency
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Dead Man's Hammer
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Loderunner
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Prodigal Sun
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High Steaks
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Galaxii
Action! Adventure! Space Opera! The Galaxii Series by Christina Engela is set in the not too distant future - at a time when an Earth shattered by a 21st century global nuclear war has risen from the ashes to become the seat of a peaceful and prosperous stellar Terran Empire. The series tells of the struggles and adventures of realistic characters, each with their own unique interests and obstacles to overcome: career-minded Space Fleet officers, solo adventurers and rogues, Corsairs - the space pirates who made the less-traveled space lanes perilous journeys to travel in their pursuit of wealth and fame - and aliens of all persuasions. The Galaxii Series blends adventure sci-fi with suspense and horror. You can find out more about the Galaxii Series here: https://christinaengela.com/novels/the-galaxii-series/
Blachart
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Demonspawn
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Dead Beckoning
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Books

Panic! Horror In Space #3: Dust
Series: Panic! Horror In Space. Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 28,910. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » General
A ghost ship missing for more than 60 years shows up out of the black at a remote starbase. Stuart Flane, the captain of a starship with a reputation for handling paranormal activity is drawn in unwillingly to investigate.
Best Served Cold
Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 60,120. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Having just survived the Big Nuke twenty years before, a recovering Earth just beginning to reap the rewards of interplanetary colonization was suddenly attacked by an alien race that didn't communicate, didn't negotiate – and seemed absolutely intent on taking the entire solar system for itself.
Space Sucks Too!
Series: Space Sucks!. Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 21,930. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In Space Sucks Too! you will meet little green men, an alien in a human suit turns up at a radio station for a midnight talk show, a couple of vampires make out in a bar, the long-awaited alien invasion finally happens - and the inventor of the matter transmitter has an out-of-body experience!
When Darkness Calls
Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Sometimes the most unlikely of people find themselves under attack by supernatural entities - and usually no-one will believe them. If they say anything, they risk becoming the butt-end of countless jokes about the paranormal. Worse still, some will place the blame for their predicament squarely on the victims themselves! In the case of Tracey, it was her closest friend.
The Next Room
Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 24,750. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Outwardly, Andy Niksn appeared to be the successful, respected, somewhat over-paid Captain of a commercial space liner. Trouble was, he felt trapped in a relationship with Mandy Fringle and on top of that, Jim had died recently, leaving Andy in the darkest place he'd ever been - and he didn't mean space! He wished he could just wake up to a different reality! As it turned out, someone heard him.
Duck Blind
Price: $2.99 $2.09 USD. (30% off!) Words: 22,470. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Things aren't always as they seem. Neither was Charlie Branson. In an atmosphere where cos-playing and roleplaying redefined 'normal', telling fact and fantasy apart became more complicated than expected. For those who preferred the pleasant escape from the harsh realities of life outside, like Charlie, wishing it could all just be real became something almost like a prayer.
The Jug Of Death
Price: Free! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Unfortunately for Stuart Flane – Captain of the Terran starship Mercury - and his intrepid crew, their latest assignment did not go without a hitch ...but then, the thing was called ‘the Jug of Death‘, and obviously with good reason.
Escape From Paradise
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Newly promoted, Captain Joe Lofflin ("Demonspawn" - book 2 in the Galaxii Series) and his crew are on shore leave recuperating from their harrowing experiences while marooned in deep space - and their chance encounter with the alien derelict vessel and its sole homicidal resident, the Akx. Meanwhile, the Terran colony of Tremaine plays host to them, and it does so far too efficiently:
A Nine In Time
Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
“A Nine In Time” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Quantum Series – Johnathan Scrooby, a Time Agent working for that super-secret clandestine organization, the Time Saving Agency. "A Nine In Time" overlaps “Prodigal Sun”, the fifth book in the series! Get it now, FREE!
Overkill
Price: Free! Words: 15,710. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Who is the mysterious Mykl d'Angelo? Where did he come from? Why was so much of his past before joining the Space Fleet locked away behind secret protocols? “Overkill” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Galaxii Series and contains over 15000 words worth of new material not seen in any of the novels!
A Badfeller's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
“A Badfeller’s Tale” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Quantum Series – Gary Beck, a.k.a. ‘Beck the Badfeller’ - legendary bounty hunter and the colony Deanna's most famous son!
Broken Promises
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
“Broken Promises” is set just two decades after the Big Nuke, on the eve of the Gimp War, when Earth faced the threat of alien conquest by a horde of invading Ruminarii. Set about a century before “Blachart”, book 1 in the Galaxii Series, "Broken Promises" frames the background for the entire series.
Going Quantum
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
"Going Quantum" is a preview and introduction to the Quantum Series, featuring one of the main characters, former CIA agent Cindy-Mei Winter. The last night of Mei's journey to Deanna aboard the S.S. Duval, contains over 3000 words of completely new, original material.
Mercury Rising
Price: Free! Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
While on a routine deep-space mission to chart new territory on the frontier of unknown space, the starship Mercury stumbles across an apparent shipwreck in deep-space that poses quite a mystery for her crew - and a threat. "Mercury Rising" is a preview of "Panic! Horror In Space" - a series of sci-fi-horror misadventures in deep space by Christina Engela.
Malice!
Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 22,880. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"Malice!" is a collection of horror tales by Christina Engela.
Space Sucks!
Series: Space Sucks!. Price: $2.75 $1.10 USD. (60% off!) Words: 25,030. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Launch into space, the future and beyond! Enjoy a humorous look at life in space in this collection of five unique sci-fi tales by Christina Engela, spanning everything from adventure & suspense to comedy and back again!
Life Signs
Series: Panic! Horror In Space, Book 2. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 69,150. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
An alien marooned in a ship wrecked on the surface of her long-dead world... A shuttle recovered in deep space that turned out to be the last remnant of a ship that disappeared thirty years earlier... What was it about a mysterious cursed alien artifact that took the lives of those who touched it? Would Stuart Flane, commander of the starship Mercury, be able to sleep that night if he found out?
Static
Series: Panic! Horror In Space, Book 1. Price: $2.75 $1.10 USD. (60% off!) Words: 65,560. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The last thing Stuart Flane, captain of the starship Mercury expected - or his crew - was a day-long running battle with the undead in the bowels of a long-lost shipwreck they'd pulled over to investigate! Their troubles didn’t end there though, because the Mercury – their only ride home – was also in trouble...
Wiggle Room
Price: Free! Words: 5,490. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Nosocomephobia – a little known word which is said to mean ‘a fear of hospitals’. Whether or not this fear is a rational or irrational one… well, that will be for the reader to decide.
The Thirteenth Ship
Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Hell Queen was the epitome of the deep space Corsair – and far more. For Hank MacMillan, the perils of deep space travel were a familiar occupational hazard... but when she took your ship, it stayed taken.
Death By Vampire
Price: Free! Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.00 from 1 review)
"Death By Vampire" by Christina Engela - an interplanetary double agent brokering a trade-off of blood-diamonds in return for 100 Terran hostages gets more than he bargained for.
High Steaks
Series: Quantum, Book 6. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 63,070. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A reign of terror meets an umbrella of steel. "High Steaks" is the sixth title in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela.
Prodigal Sun
Series: Quantum, Book 5. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Fear doesn't mean you're weak. It makes you stronger.
Loderunner
Series: Quantum, Book 4. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 53,380. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Sometimes the best place to find yourself, is elsewhere.
Dead Man's Hammer
Series: Quantum, Book 3. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 51,100. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Sometimes death is just a temporary inconvenience.
The Time Saving Agency
Series: Quantum, Book 2. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 54,880. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Each day shapes the days that follow. Preserve the past. Save the future.
Black Sunrise
Series: Quantum, Book 1. Price: $2.75 $1.10 USD. (60% off!) Words: 60,090. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Cindy-Mei Winter came to Deanna looking for a fresh start. She found a whole lot more than that.
Dead Beckoning
Series: Galaxii, Book 3. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 51,990. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After nearly two days of fierce fighting, the Battle of Turtle Island left the skies of the Corsair world darkened with their dead. In orbit, the remnants of the once feared Black Fleet drifted, blazing... while below, the Corsair civilization breathed its last. The Terrans had finally defeated the dreaded Corsairs. Or had they?
Demonspawn
Series: Galaxii, Book 2. Price: $2.75 $1.93 USD. (30% off!) Words: 53,220. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The I.S.S. Mordrake is in serious trouble after a skirmish with a Corsair marauder, she is stranded in deep space far from regular shipping routes and death appears certain. but in space, not all things are certain, not even death.
Blachart
Series: Galaxii, Book 1. Price: $2.75 $1.10 USD. (60% off!) Words: 85,640. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
All Mykl d’Angelo had to do to redeem the other shipwrecks in his life – his lost career in the Imperial Space Fleet and a chance at a relationship with the girl of his dreams - is lead a recon team on a suicide mission behind enemy lines, brave the perils of Meradinis, risking danger and death. No Problem.

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