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Shane Griffin lives in Australia near the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. He is a part time author and full time scientist. He has been writing science fiction and fantasy since age 19. He has published over 20 short stories in magazines and ezines such as Potato Monkey, Antipodean Science Fiction, Ripples, Eclecticism and Masque Noir.
With stories like Accident Man, Border Patrol and the Duel proving popular with readers Shane is now focusing on e-publishing under his own label - Poupichou Press.
Newest release - Prominence - Redemption & Prominence - Veteran - third and fourth books in his new sci fi short story series.
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Current Project - Visions of Magic series novella - Invasion
What's the story behind your latest book?
I don't want to say too much, however Farrel is back in this next instalment in the Visions of Magic series. This one is going to be novella in length so it will be the longest story of the series so far. The story is set a good 15 years after the Duel. You will learn a lot more about the world of Umijia and hopefully more about Farrel. Future works in this series will continue to jump back and forwards in time so the more you read to more you will be able to piece things together. Then after that some deep breaths before attempting a collection of short works by new young Australian/New Zealand sci-fi authors in an incubator program - fingers crossed I can get it off the ground.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love science fiction and fantasy. One of my favourite authors is Harry Harrison. Bill the Galactic Hero series is really my cup of tea when it comes to sci fi and dry humour.
Vaslus is a doomed world orbiting an unstable star. To preserve their civilisation the Vaslisians are embarking on the greatest colonisation scheme ever imagined. It will also set their entire civilisation on a path that nobody ever expected.
It is 15 years after the end of the Starvation War and Farrel has become a powerful wizard. He was on a secret quest with his best friend Solomon until he finds himself pulled back to his homelands as an army from across the Great Sea has invaded and subjugated the orcs and is now determined to invade Risandea. Can Farrel and Solomon defeat the invaders and their mysterious masters the Azdaha?
The war between the Orlak and the Vaslusians is finally over and an unstable peace has been reached. It is the dawn of a new era of politics and trade, but Del has a personal promise to keep with his one love Ezva. This short work in the Prominence series is all about coming home after being away for quite literally a lifetime.
The Orlak are strange plant like beings that appear intent to annihilate every Vaslusian world they find. They are winning. With Vaslus under increasing threat of total destruction by its unstable star things are desperate. It is now or never to make peace, but how do you make peace with a civilisation you cannot even communicate with?
Vaslus is a doomed world orbiting an unstable star. To preserve their civilisation the Vaslusians have embarked on the greatest colonisation scheme ever imagined. However the first intelligent beings they encountered have attacked them without provocation or reason. They are now at war. Follow Relv, survivor of the Abarath, as he fights in the first fleet to bring the attack back to the enemy.
Vaslus is a doomed world orbiting an unstable star. To preserve their civilisation the Vaslusians are embarking on the greatest colonisation scheme ever imagined. In the first of this short story series follow Jump Master Tanlen and his new apprentice as they embark on a jump to bring colonists to a new world only to find more than anyone had bargained for waiting at the other end.
Neen and Sliver have unwittingly unleashed an army of undead orcs into the world and with it a dark magic plague that threatens to destroy civilisation. Follow the two streetwise fairies as they try to track down the wizard behind it all and exact their revenge. Who knows, they might even try to save the world along the way in this exciting next novella in the Necrofairies series.
With the Zombie apocalypse complete what happens when there are no humans left? What is a zombie to do? Keith is not a well zombie, he has resorted to eating rats to feed his craving for fresh flesh. Follow zombie Keith as his world is turned upside down by the very rats he has been eating!
Neen is a fairy living in a harsh polluted city. She has learned to adapt and survive. She is a talented thief and not shy with a gun.
When her regular partner in crime, an assassin called Sliver, lands a job with a massive payout she accepts fearless of the risks.
Find out exactly what Sliver has dragged her into and whether she will survive to enjoy her pay.
Check out Shane's novel, Apocalyptica
A collection of three new short-short science fiction and fantasy stories. What would it be like to be on a planet where being quiet is paramount? Will Farrel's last ever spell bring him glory or destruction? In the future what will retirement look like?
Please also check out Shane's first full length novel, Apocalyptica - Rogue Memories - out now!
Hirri is a talented Sioken, someone who can control minds. His job is to keep the peace. However, his brain has been damaged and is augmented by AI. He has lost part of who he is.
Morgan is Hirri's Linker, the one who keeps him from losing control. Their minds are linked through the psych-link. If she dies he dies. Follow Hirri and Morgan as they uncover a plot that may start a galactic wide war.
When an ancient Ark ship from the early days of galactic exploration and colonisation is discovered drifting in close orbit around Concorde 5 the experienced salvage crew of the Southern Cross are called in to investigate. When the salvage crew arrives they soon discover this is no ordinary salvage mission.
Neekay is a humanoid on the run. His body is augmented through very special and secret technology. He is always ready to run at the first sign of danger, the technology in his body is too precious to allow it to be captured. Follow Neekay to find out just who he is running from and why.
Before Farrel Tarse defeated Beskar Aarl in "The Duel" he was once an apprentice to the Master Wizard Varn Maun. Farrel is secretly in love with Lord Ulan's daughter so when she is kidnapped by goblin raiders he sets out to rescue her.
Follow Farrel on his next adventure and at the same time learn more about the world of Umijia in this next story in the Visions of Magic series.
In a world where matter transportation is a reality how would countries protect their borders? Follow Bob, an aging Border Patrol officer, as he shows his new trainee Samuel exactly what it takes to keep the country safe from an avalanche of illegal immigrants.
When Farrel tracks down the notorious master wizard, Beskar Aarl, who has stolen the book of the Makers and is attempting to cast the spell of dominion, he finds himself with few choices. He is a young and talented wizard in his own right, but the last thing he wants is to be in a duel. Unfortunately Beskar Aarl has other plans for Farrel, but will Farrel survive?
Teklas is a dump and Isa is desperate to get off planet as fast as possible and back into a real job. She finds herself running illicit portable poker machines to make money. It's either that or go back to stripping or the mines.
So far she has been lucky and avoided the cops. When her friend Tara tampers with one of the machines see how her luck changes and why.
Ferret is a street smart career criminal who is skilled at one thing, saving his own neck. One doublecross too many has put his life in imminent danger. Ferret is a survivor and has one last doublecross planned. Find out what lengths Ferret is willing to go to in order to avoid trouble and stay alive.
Sam just came home from a hard day at work. The last thing he was expecting to find was a deathday notice. With just two weeks notice of his impending death follow Sam as he tries to make the most of his last days and find love before it's too late.
Shady Hazy is a jack of all trades, of sorts. He'd do just about anything for the right amount of cash. He even did the odd hit if times were tough. More than one person had snuffed it so Shady could pay the rent on time.
He is also able to read people's thoughts, it's how he stays one step ahead of the game. Will his abilites be enough when he has to hunt down a criminal who can control minds?
Gundar is just another alien living on earth trying to make ends meet. He is working hard to make his club, The Black Hole, successful enough to franchise it, but to what end? Find out what Gundar really has in store for the people of earth.