Shayne T Wright


Engineer, Author and Photographer

Shayne T Wright holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering as well as a Masters in Engineering Science. He has over 20 years experience within the high tech world of the Australian based defence sector, both in and out of uniform, coupled with a smattering of exposure to next generation autonomous mining developments for super pits within Australia and the USA.

Shayne resides in central Victoria (Australia) with his wife and four kids.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Equal mix of three parts; tech heads dream, clean freaks nightmare and personalised comfort.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
Ciaphus Cain series by Sandy Mitchell - A great smattering of humour, packed with action and subtly flawed characters set in the archaic sci-fi future of Warhammer 40K. Just a barrel of laughs from start to finish with good character development which sets it apart from others in that universe.

The Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamiliton - Well crafted space opera that combines classic themes with modern thriller / horror sub plots that just explode over the series. This introduced me to Peter's works and I have been an avid reader since first reading this series.

Dune (Original series) by Frank Herbert - I read these in highschool many moons ago. Just amazing concepts which set the style for sci-fi for decades since publication. A must read for those seeking depth to any sci-fi story.
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Where to find Shayne T Wright online


Cyber Nightmares: Autonomous Chaos
Series: Cyber Nightmares, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,770. Language: Australian English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A rising power block fuels the flames of global cyber-warfare. The war of ones and zeroes spirals out of control and to the victor go the spoils, economic prosperity or financial ruin, which will it be?
Sisters of Salvation: Cult of Z
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Confessional intelligence has identified the resurgence of an age old enemy, the Cult of Z. Guns blaze with righteous fury as the Sisters of Salvation wage an inquisitional war against the undead zombie hordes. Flesh will be torn asunder, sisters will die and flame will cleanse but whom is behind the mask of dead flesh?
Nature Abhors a Vacuum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,090. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
As winter grips New York, three newly homeless men descend into the cities dank underbelly in search of shelter. Mike, Leroy and Miguel discover that the upper sewer system is already overpopulated and are forced to descend lower into the cities bowels. Urban legends eagerly await the arrival of fresh flesh... Will any of them survive another winter?
Cyber Nightmares: For the sake of nine million
Series: Cyber Nightmares, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A hi-tech cyber-criminal outfit, an underground gas storage facility and blackmail… Chris Whiteman and the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team might be ready but are they able?

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Shayne T Wright's favorite authors on Smashwords

Gene Denham
Latest book: Eureka Hotel. Published July 22, 2013. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Matt Quade
Latest book: The Baghdad Bugle. Published August 29, 2016.
Odette C. Bell
Latest book: The Frozen Witch Book Three. Pre-release—available November 7, 2016.
Tara-Lee Green
Latest book: Checking on Grandma. Published April 13, 2013.

Smashwords book reviews by Shayne T Wright

  • How Jones Goes on Jan. 31, 2013

    A difficult first page but if you push through it then you will be rewarded with a fantastic story. A great back plot and hopefully an opening to a wider story...
  • Into the Void on Feb. 06, 2013

    A romantic view of reicarnation that is well crafted. I believe it achieves the authors objective of getting the reader to consider the concept of reincarnation. Story aside, it made me consider the practicality of reincarnation as a theology and I wondered...with the worlds population growing exponentially, where were all tehse souls coming from? mmmmm, now there's another thought
  • Hope Janitorial on Feb. 23, 2013

    A strange short story. I found no back story to the weirdness which caused me to continuously question what it was about. Comedy...? Didn't raise a chuckle for me sorry and the author's style was hard to follow.
  • The Last Long Walk Home on March 18, 2013

    A beautiful story that really does tug at the readers heart strings. The only downfall was maybe 3 uses of the wrong tense. Overall, a fantastic read!
  • Metal Soldiers #1: Soul Searching on March 31, 2013

    I tried 4 times to read this story. Deep down I wanted it to work as the subject seemed very promising. The thought of Jim Carey in the mask mixed with Starship Troopers is all I kept seeing. The combat was simple and could really do with some beefing up as well as some detailed descriptions of what each race looks like.I couldn't get more than 2/3 through. Sorry just didn't flow for me.
  • An Improbable Journey on March 31, 2013

    Felt like a Disney novel in the vein of wall-e. Paying homage is alright but this felt like a clone. Well written and reads easy though so the author has potential to watch for. I look forward to some inspired but radically different stories.
  • Running on Empty on April 08, 2013

    A fantastically paced story that had me reading faster and faster as the drama built. The story is constructed well and flows easily. Overall, a great zombie story which is hopefully followed up with more.
  • The Death of the Dollar on May 15, 2013

    At first glance I didn't like this at all, then upon re-reading I actually enjoyed it as I let my mind explore the concepts being discussed. A short and straight to the point expose on how things might transpire if the good old USA does not sort out it's financial problems soon. For something a bit different, give this one a try.
  • Blue on June 11, 2013

    A great 10 min read with a quick pace. I really enjoyed the stories themes and the twist jumped out at me. I recommend taking 5~10 minutes to check this well written story out....and maybe some of Michael's other work - I will be.
  • First One There Dies on June 12, 2013

    Well written but expected more from the end twist...Loved the humour - spot on!
  • Europa on June 23, 2013

    Fantastic! A great story which really brings the dead to life.
  • Shelter on July 11, 2013

    Could not put this down! On completion, I went straight to another one of the author's short stories.
  • Airholes on July 11, 2013

    Loved it! A very well crafted short story. The underlying message and implications are humoursly black.
  • iWitness on Oct. 03, 2013

    A hard core sci-fi short story and entertaining piece of flash fiction. Conceptually good however, for me, the stilted writing disjointed the fast action being described resulting in a stop start feeling which should have flowed more smoothly. Overall, a bit of fun which provides a sample of the author's style.
  • In Space No One Can Hear You Scream on Oct. 03, 2013

    A well written piece of flash fiction which achieves a great balance between humour, pace and a hint of thriller. Most of all, I did not want to stop hence I am looking for more from the have been warned. :)
  • Twas the Night on Oct. 03, 2013

    A splash of fun. First few paragraphs were a little stilted but then the author hits her usual straps and it just flows like running water.
  • Same Time Next Year at the Spaceport Cafe on Oct. 03, 2013

    A great read that actually tugged at my heart strings, a GREAT surprise for a 1000 word piece. This author just gets better with each piece I pick up!
  • Toy Planets on April 20, 2014

    A stuttering first page that rapidly unfolds into a fun story. I found this story to be a light read that had fun with itself.
  • Something Borrowed, Something Blew on May 18, 2014

    A devilish short story with great sarcastic humour…
  • Hobo on March 01, 2016

    Entertaining read with a side-serving of dark humour....
  • Black Hole On Erie Boulevard on June 19, 2016

    The writing is clean but it was very hard, nigh impossible, to suspend belief to make a credible story in 800 words. An OK 3 minute read over a lunch break.