John Wegener

Biography

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’s out there.

I started writing in 2016 and now write full time. Ten published books later, I’m still writing strong with many more stories in my head for others to enjoy. My stories revolve around science fiction, primarily space based stories with as strong an element of hard science as I can place into the stories. This means they usually occur in the near future (next one to two hundred years). But I do delve into the fantastic sci fi for stories of intrigue and adventure other than hard science based ones.

Before taking up writing, I undertook chemical engineering in the steel industry for 35 years.

So I now write, drawing on my many experiences in exotic places throughout my working life. These were incredible at times! I also draw on many other experiences. Some are funny and interesting.

Being an avid reader, I read almost anything. It is common for me to read 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 fascinate me and I use extrapolated facts from this history in my stories at times.

Cosmology, general relativity and quantum physics intrigue me. New concepts and understanding continually develop 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.

I rarely use aliens in my stories as the aliens I encounter in the stories I read are usually humans dressed up as aliens. So why not use humans. I do delve into genetic engineering. That is a realistic scientific development worth exploring in science fiction.

You can get to know me better by viewing my website and subscribing to my emails, where I provide more information on my activities and explore interesting topics. Or follow me on Facebook.

I live in Wollongong, Australia with my wife and family.

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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Series

Halwende's Legacy
A trilogy about Halwende's return from self imposed exile to re-establish a thriving free empire.
Halwende's Redemption
Price: $0.99 USD.
Halwende's Resurrection
Price: $2.99 USD.
Halwende's Reincarnation
Price: $3.99 USD.
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.
Scorpius
Price: $0.99 USD.
Libra
Price: $2.99 USD.
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.
Ftl
Price: $0.99 USD.
Centauri
Price: $2.99 USD.
Ceti
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Halwende's Legacy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 221,520. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
You can’t change your destiny. Read all three books of the amazing Halwende’s Legacy trilogy in this box set. Join Halwende as he embarks on a path of discovery, heartbreak, despair and determination to retake what is rightfully his. Can he restore the empire to its past glory? What will it cost him to achieve it?
Halwende's Reincarnation
Series: Halwende's Legacy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,360. Language: American English. Published: June 3, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Halwende glanced at them. I’ll rescue Adala, or I’ll die trying.
Halwende's Resurrection
Series: Halwende's Legacy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,410. Language: American English. Published: April 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Give me one chance, and I’ll change your mind. What do you say?
Sagi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,670. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A man, an AI, a world to change. Oswald searches for answers with an unexpected outcome.
The Dark Ages
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,830. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
No electricity, a dying town, a reluctant engineer. Will he help them? What will it cost him? Nelson just wants to live in peace on his farm. But when the Earth enters a nebulous cloud and the electricity fails, the town of Seahaven looks to him for answers and leadership. He reluctantly helps but how much must he sacrifice for them?
Libra
Series: Zodiac Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,910. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
I appeal to the President of the Confederation… When a duke and duchess are murdered on Franconia and a Cetusian is convicted, he appeals to the Confederation as a last resort. Can the true murderer be brought to justice? And what is the motive?
Reach For The Stars
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 237,540. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Ethan has a dream of exploring the stars. When he develops the Warp Bubble Drive he can finally fulfil that dream but he has to overcome the greed of a businessman to achieve it and when he does reach the stars, everything isn't as it seems.
Ceti
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,170. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,470. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Halwende wants to forget his past… but can’t. Halwende crash-lands on a planet that shouldn’t exist and is asked to help fight someone else’s civil war he knows that he must deal with his demons, even if it kills him.
Centauri
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,090. 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?
Scorpius
Series: Zodiac Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,640. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The sting is in the tail! Alex Warner rushes to Caerus to find the murderer of a Cetusian Ambassador. Between an uncooperative son of the deceased, a grumpy partner, and an enigmatic Cetusian woman, Alex has his hands full just staying sane while he investigates the crime and prevents a catastrophe.
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?
Ftl
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,990. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ethan Richards only needs one thing to fulfil his lifelong dream … And it’s not available on Earth. But it's plentiful on Iapetus. He must race there first to secure the mineral, so he can reach for the stars.

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