John Wegener

Biography

I was born a raised in Lobethal, South Australia, which is a small town of German migrant descent in the Adelaide Hills.
I had read almost every book in the primary school library in Lobethal before I left for high school education in Adelaide.
I went to the University of Adelaide and completed a Chemical Engineering degree before gaining employment with BHP at their Whyalla Steelworks as a Process Engineer, where I worked for thirteen years.
I transferred to BHP Engineering, a separate division of BHP and then moved to Wollongong to provide process engineering for the construction and modification of steel strip processing lines in Australia and overseas. I have travelled to many countries during this twenty-one year period including, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Europe, India and Saudi Arabia and engaged in many experiences as a result. I have lived in many differing cultures and seen how they differ from my own. I draw on these experiences in my writing to provide real life interactions within my books and stories.
I have continued reading prolifically during this whole time period. It is not uncommon for me to be reading three or four books at the same time on completely differing topics, both fiction and non-fiction. I mainly enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy books, my favorite authors being Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and J.R.R. Tolkien. I also enjoy crime mysteries. I am also fascinated with ancient and medieval history in Europe.
Having been made redundant in 2015, I considered what I wanted to do. I decided to start writing science fiction, given my enjoyment of the topic, especially the possibilities of space travel and human expansion into the universe. I have dreamed of flying to the stars since I was a child looking up at the Milky Way on a moonless and cloudless winter’s night, wondering what was out there.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing creatively in 2015. Before that my writing centred on engineering reports, proposals and project management plans.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the Adelaide Hills, east of Adelaide, South Australia, although I spent a lot of time on farms both the one my father was managing and my Grandmothers farm further east in the Murray Mallee. I think that my childhood have provided many practical country living experiences that I have drawn on in some of my writing material.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find John Wegener online


Series

Reach For The Stars
The Reach For The Stars book series traces the development of the first faster that light space drive, the first flight to another star and the first colonisation of another planet in a different star system.

Ftl

Price: $2.99 USD.

Centauri

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Centauri
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,090. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The next instalment of the 'Reach for the Stars' Trilogy. Ethan takes a team to Centauri star system and discover habitable planets. Hu takes a Chinese wormhole portal with. A virus starts killing people on Chariclo, who have been infected. Jade is one of them. Can a cure be produced before Jade dies and devastate Ethan forever. What is the mystery behind the virus?
Beggar Woman
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
Margaret is horrified by the bag lady sitting in front of the most prestigious store in town. She avoids the woman and goes about her extravagant shopping activities inside the store. But is she who she pretends to be, or is she hiding her true self?
Scorpius
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,320. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A murder with mysterious symbols left as a clue. Alex Warner is assigned to investigate it but quickly becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of galactic proportions. A Cetusian woman enchants him. Can he solve the murders and uncover the conspiracy in time? Can he find a true meaningful relationship again? Will the Cetusians overcome their prejudice as he must overcome his?
Holiday On Grandma's Farm
Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Experience the awe and wonder of a child who lives in a town in the early 1960's and has a holiday on his Grandma's farm way out in the bush. What strange things will he see? What things will he do that are just not done in town? Milking cows, making butter, emptying the toilet and more. Maybe you will reflect on some of your childhood experiences as you read this story.
The Love Particle
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Rorkon is obsessed with discovering the Emoton, a fundamental particle that is the source of human emotions, much to Scythia's annoyance, especially when he is using up their life savings in search of it. After much heartache and many failed attempts, he finally detects it…but at what cost?
Ulysses' Great Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Adventure » General
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Read of one of Ulysses' adventures as he struggles with the elements, his emotions and the gods to complete his king's commission.
Ftl
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,390. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ethan Richards develops a warp bubble drive to travel faster than light (ftl). He builds a spaceship because he needs to go to Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, to get the element Astatine for the drive to work. Loki, a business mogul, finds out about the deposit and wants to own it himself. He builds a ship also. Ethan and Loki are in a race to Iapetus. Who will get there first?

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