Gilles Messier was born in Winnipeg in 1989 and studies aerospace engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. As well as writing, he designs and develops mechanical devices and innovations. He enjoys painting 1930s-style travel posters, and studying history and philosophy.
January 1945. WWII still rages overseas. Eager to do her patriotic duty, Tennessee farm girl Vera volunteers for a mysterious assignment. What she sees will haunt her throughout her life as a dark shadow falls over the post-war world.
Australia, 1956. Luke van Houdt has escaped the ruins of war-torn Europe and settled into his new life Down Under, working for a prosperous electronics firm. The economy is booming, and life is good. But while working on a routine job, Luke stumbles upon a dark secret - one that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Christian joined Air Phenix looking for adventure. But when a seemingly routine cargo flight turns into a harrowing, absurdist odyssey to the most dangerous corner of the world, he gets far more adventure than he bargained for.
Olivia knows the power of science and technology. As radiotherapist, she sees miraculous cures every single day. But an unexpected patient will put her resolve - and personal integrity - to the ultimate test.
Gerhardt was born to be a soldier - to fight and die with honour for his country. But when a chance encounter in the North African desert finds him pitted against the legendary French Foreign Legion, Gerhardt embarks on a harrowing odyssey across the changing landscape of modern warfare, discovering what it truly means to be a soldier.
Adam is the greatest 12-year-old chemist in the world - at least, as far as he knows. To prove his prowess, he attempts his most audacious feat yet: an experiment that will bring the fundamental forces of the universe to the confines of his potting-shed laboratory - and forever cement his reputation.
MID-CENTURY SPECULATIVE FICTION: The Second World War. Nuclear Power. Space Exploration. Three powerful forces that forever changed the course of history. In these nine new stories Messier explores our intimate and often fickle relationship with science and technology in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and how it came to define our past, present and future. With 27 archival photographs.