Nicholas Sheffield grew up in Hamilton, New Zealand. He obtained a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, and has a long history of work in the Information Systems sector. He and his wife Simone have six children.
Double Dragon published his first work, Overlanders, in 2004. The novel revolves around a group of friends whose utopian existence is put at risk when they’re thrust into the archaic and dangerous cities of the overlands.
Sheffield’s writings are generally set in, or around, the Earth, and employ a plausible use of technology. Therefore many of the popular science fiction themes, such as time travel and alternative dimensions, never appear in his works.
The concepts that form the spine of each story are often as important as the main narrative. They’re not always held up to the spotlight, but tend to be woven quietly into the background.
This exposition presents the blueprint for a future city. Its design is a complete overhaul of contemporary layouts and bestows numerous new benefits. Some of the highlights are: every residential property overlooks a park; pedestrians never cross the path of a vehicle; commuters travel from point to point without encountering an intersection; nobody walks from their car to their destination.
On the brink of imploding, the last thing the ruling government of an economic backwater wants is a scandal. Miguel, a senior political figure in that government, knows that better than anyone. Unfortunately he finds himself in the middle of one at the most inopportune moment.
What’s worse, he doesn't know the first thing about it. Someone is using him. Someone has set him up.
The comet Nefarious is on a collision course with Earth. Apparently. And the US is scrambling to stop it.
But Tamas, a seasoned journalist in the Eastern world, discovers that there may be an ulterior motive for putting a huge arsenal of weapons into space.
Sierra is charged with managing the closure of a cryogenics center - a place where dead people are suspended in the hope that a future civilization will revive them.
Only Sierra is part of that future civilization, and technology hasn't progressed enough.
She goes about her grim task with impassiveness until she stumbles across an intriguing file, and makes the fatal mistake of reading it.
They copied Lewis Bregman's brain slice by microscopic slice, capturing every cell and every electrical connection that made up his consciousness. Then they reassembled it in an android's head, creating a perfect emulation.
This new version of Lewis has now been activated. But has it really come to life? Does it have the vital spark of a conscious mind? Only the android knows the answer.
The Jacobite comet is coming back after a two hundred year absence.
Riding on it should be an antiquated probe. The device was deployed on the comet's last pass, so just like the comet it hasn't been seen for two hundred years.
The probe was meant to begin transmitting when it entered the solar system. No signal came. Now two astronauts are going out to intercept the comet and find out why.
The new launcher has been a revelation with its ability to get equipment into orbit at an economical price. But can it be used to launch humans?
There's only one way to find out... fire up a chimpanzee and hope for the best.
Two astronauts are sent out to recover samples from a stranded exploration rig on Mars. One of those samples - a new metal element - could have a huge impact on power generation back on Earth.
But it soon becomes apparent that someone doesn't want them to take it back.
Why can't we build a streamlined city? We have the technology but seemingly lack the motivation. Are we so used to our substandard way of life that we simply can't imagine anything better? Are we so besotted by the current rambling designs?
We don't need robots to carry our shopping, we simply need a better layout so that the shopping arrives by itself.
Enter Synergy City.
The crew of the shuttle Thjasse-Volund are forced to dock at an orbiting shipyard for repairs. Only they have no idea it's more than chance that brings about the encounter. They're about to become unwitting participants in a bizarrely veiled battle.