John Wegener


I'm a dreamer…always have been.

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.

As a career in engineering for star-hopping warp drives is currently non-existent, I settled on the next best thing and did some chemical engineering in the steel industry for a while…most of my working life really…while waiting for an opening.

Growing up in Lobethal in South Australia, I studied at the local primary school and high school in Adelaide, finally obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering at Adelaide University.

Then I trekked to the steelworks in Whyalla, South Australia where I spent 13 years working as a Process Engineer. Moving on to Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, I provided process engineering for installing and modifying steel strip processing lines both in Australia and overseas. I was fortunate enough to visit places in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Kenya, China, Saudi Arabia, India, and many other countries in the process. Leaving that industry after almost 22 years, I now write, still living in Wollongong with my wife and family.

Being an avid reader, I read almost anything. 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. Ancient and medieval history in Europe also fascinate me. So I now write, drawing on my many experiences in my working career. They have been many and incredible at times! There have also been many other experiences to draw on. Some are funny and interesting.

Cosmology, general relativity and quantum physics intrigue me. There seem to be new concepts and understanding continually developing in these fields. This is exciting to me and is the way of the future. Humanity is finally escaping the shackles of Earth and seriously reaching out into space.

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 Lobethal, 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 Grandmother's 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.
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Reach For The Stars
Ethan Richards dreams of reaching for the stars. How will he fulfil his dream? Who will stand in his way and what will he do when he reaches the stars? Follow Ethan's journey from developing the first faster than light space drive to finding new planets for humanity to live on. What is out there? Did we originate on Earth? What will the future bring for Ethan and humanity? 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.
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Halwende's Legacy
A trilogy about Halwende's return from self imposed exile to re-establish a thriving free empire.
Halwende's Redemption
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Zodiac Series
Alex Warner and Chooli investigate complex and baffling crimes as they venture through the Galactic Confederation. Each crime links to a sign of the Zodiac.
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Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,330. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Someone is watching… A mysterious star map is found. Ethan, restless for more adventure, goes to explore Tau Ceti and finds another habitable world. Buildings exist where there shouldn’t be any inhabited by an alien. Loki finds out about the alien…and sees potential wealth. Jade is shot and clinging to life. He has only one option to save her, but dare he risk both their lives to save hers?
Halwende's Redemption
Series: Halwende's Legacy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,620. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
What the…? Halwende crash lands on a planet that shouldn’t be there. He is alone…or is he? Two children ask Halwende for help…and lead him into a civil war. Betrayed, captured and tortured, he wonders what sort of mess he’s gotten himself into. When his leader is captured, all seems lost. Time is running out, but he knows what he must do to finally find peace again…
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,140. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Something happened…two million years ago. Ethan heads to Alpha Centauri on his first interstellar adventure with a team he selected. A geological expedition finds a closed off cave. They open the cave and explore it with shocking surprises. When Jade falls ill, Ethan knows he must find a cure before he loses the one who means more than anyone to him. Will they find a cure before it's too late?
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?
Series: Zodiac Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,770. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An Ambassador is murdered… Alex must find the murderer, but quickly finds out the murder is only one of many…and they keep happening. “They will pay for what they did to me…” Tensions rise between the Humans and the Cetusians of the Galactic Confederation. When Alex finds out that much more is involved that murder, he races against time to stop a catastrophe spanning the whole confederation.
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
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Read of one of Ulysses' adventures as he struggles with the elements, his emotions and the gods to complete his king's commission.
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,980. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Reach for the stars. Ethan’s lifelong dream. His success in developing the warp bubble drive makes faster than light space travel possible, fulfilling that dream at last. But he must go to Iapetus. Loki gets whatever he wants and he wants what's on Iapetus. Ethan and Loki race to Iapetus. The stakes are high. Who will prevail, and at what cost, as they both lock their weapons on each other…