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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 author...you have been warned. :)