Chris Landau

Biography

Chris Landau published scientific papers from 2008 to 2010 on geology and astronomy. He began writing Oped science articles in 2010. He started Science Fiction and Fantasy writing in 2014. He has completed a Science Fiction Epic Multiverse Trilogy called XiFiSy and published it in January and February of 2018.
The first book, is Xi and is about getting to know the main antimatter character Xi and the Earth Astronauts in both matter and antimatter universes.
Book 2 is called XiFiSy and is about their meeting and how they interact on Earth and other planets.
Book 3 is called Xing. It is the story of multiversal travel and the battles that are waged in many universes until XiFiSy takes her place as the communicator in the Ultriverse.
He lives in Florence, Oregon, USA with his wife, Susan, a writer and Special Education and English Teacher.
He has also published two short stories called, 'The War of the Muses' and 'Red and Blue Sheep.'
All stories are written in International English with Oxford Spelling.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Empty if I can manage it. I write mostly on an iPad, sometimes my android phone and a tablet. I write at my dining room table. I write best with nobody present and with no noise.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was a geologist and geographer by training, but also sold life insurance, investments and pensions for many years. I had my own water well drilling rig. I fixed up houses with my parents in my school and university years. They were both teachers and encouraged reading in all their kids. I got to know quite a bit of South Africa by doing geophysical exploration field work for underground water for different farmers. Meeting different people in different locations almost daily helps broaden knowledge and understanding that the world is complex and diversified. Astronomy, meteorology and geology were my first loves. Gardening and growing all kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers was my second. The most scenically beautiful areas of South Africa, for me were the coastal belts from Mozambique to Cape Town. I loved the Drakensberg (Dragon) Mountains as well. I used to climb into Lesotho from the KwaZulu eastern side with my brother, a medical doctor. I only went once to the Okavango Swamps in neighboring Botswana as a twenty four year old. Seeing the Elephants, Rhinos and Baobabs in those sandy and watery grass plains left a lasting impression on me. The loss of wildlife and their habitat is a tragedy we all need to help prevent. We need to introduce our kids to the beauty of nature from an early age. I came to the US with my wife and three daughters in 2003. We became citizens in 2009 and 2010. I worked on oil and gas exploration rigs in California for about a year and a half years (too long) and in environmental geology and in gold exploration sampling in Nevada and California. It has been more than fourteen years since I left South Africa. I went back last year in September 2017 to bury my mom who died at 87. When your most loved ones die, a profound feeling of loss is produced. Their death kills one just a little. My mom, Julia Landau was a great reader who wrote many letters, but never wrote her own book. I wish she had done so. I miss her almost every day. She had a great sense of humor and would have said, "Get on with your life." The people you meet, the places you visit, the books you read, the movies you watch all get thrown into the mix of 'you', the individual. One's writing is probably an amalgamation of those people and events in thoughts and in dreams. In my quiet times I escape to magic land to write down those dreams.
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Where to find Chris Landau online


Books

Xi
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 48,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Xi is part one of the XiFiSy Trilogy. It is action packed from line one and the pace never slows. It is the story of the growth of our heroine Xi, as she gains power and knowledge to travel from her own antimatter universe to ours. The heroines of Earth are brilliant, clairvoyant, empathetic and courageous. This is their story as these, astronauts begin their galactic and antimatter journey.
Land without Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Essay » Political
The Children of the USA fight to be loved in an environment increasingly indifferent to their well being. Guns are valued more than the lives of the children by the president, the senators, the congressmen, the governors and the people. Who will love the children of the USA? This is a poem of about 600 words on the sad state of being a kid in the USA in the school system today.
Red and Blue Sheep
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The wind stops to listen to the sheep, the Red and the Blue Sheep arguing to be recognized as the best of their clan. The old sheep are entrenched in their ideas. They see themselves as better value dead than alive
Xing
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 56,910. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This is the grand finale in the XiFiSy Space Opera where Kholwa, Xi, Annae and Xing fight on multiple planets in our universe battling with the GODS to stay alive. XiFiSy battles to save and control the Ultriverse as the multiverses break apart.
XiFiSy
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 57,380. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Astronaut heroines Kholwa, from South Africa, Xi from China and Annae from Russia are captured by XiFiSy. She is immense and powerful and has learned the art of multiverse travel. This is the story of the interactions of many women, trying to survive, communicate and travel across the boundaries of matter-antimatter universes
War of the Muses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Sensory Muses and Number Muses spar for control of humans to get themselves published on Earth.

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