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Books by Christina Engela listed in sequence, by series, and with links to paperback and ebook (Kindle) formats. Christina’s books are available via Lulu, Nook, and Google Books! All items will soon gradually start appearing on Amazon as well!
The GALAXii Series Book 1
“Truthfully, d’Angelo found himself unsurprised that the engines had finally packed up. Weaver – like his predecessors – had been a kind of starship ‘backyard mechanic’ and at the time of the explosion, the stardrive was all but held together by bits of wire and duct tape. Weavers mistake cost him the star… [Read more]
The GALAXii Series Book 2
“The battle cruiser was lost. Kaine was the last of his crew that survived – or if any others were still alive, he was unaware of it. It didn’t seem likely. Somehow the thing had managed to kill every one of them within the space of only a few days. They all died horribly – mangled and mauled to death. At first the deaths were taken as freak accidents, being at first sight unrelated and spaced far apart. Then, as suspicion was aroused, murder seemed the cause. Soon it became clear that it was no natural thing that was killing…[Read more]
The GALAXii Series Book 3
“Meradinis – home to the once fearsome and legendary Corsairs, had finally fallen to the might of the Terran Space Fleet. Justice had been swift and those living under the name of ‘Corsair’ faced relentless pursuit, imprisonment or death. After decades of living in fear, the nightmare of the Terran colonies was over at last. Or was… [Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 1
“When a single Ruminarii Hammerhead arrives to invade the small backwater Terran colony of Deanna, the people of Atro City go to meet them at the space port with open arms. (Perhaps ‘exposed’ is a better word?) Life as a private investigator, slash bounty hunter isn’t all Gary Beck wanted it to be. There aren’t any big mansions on a palm beach owned by an affluent writer generous enough to let him live rent-free and use his spare Ferrari. But then you have to ask yourself, what could you expect living on a planet like Deanna? As a third rate colony in the…[Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 2
The Time Saving Agency
“The TSA liked having fresh agents on the job with a clear mind and steady hand. Time travel wasn’t for the faint of heart. The pay was good enough, but as Scrooby had decided long ago, that even if he didn’t get paid for it, the thrill alone was payment enough. Then again, the TSA realised they couldn’t afford to have disgruntled employees with the power of God at their fingertips, so the pay was very, very good…[Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 3
Dead Man’s Hammer
“Obsidian crows frequently got run over because quite frankly, they were too damn lazy to get out of the way and anyway, they would just get up and walk off again afterwards. They were flightless birds, mainly because they were extremely hard bodied and far too heavy to fly – unless they fell off a cliff or were launched from a catapult. (Anything will fly if launched from a catapult – ask the Navy.) Deanna was just another third rate colony in the Terran Empire – and it was pretty much as boring a lump of rock as could be expected. That is, until Gary Beck, aka Beck the Badfeller ran over an obsidian crow with his Jeepo and didn’t have a spare tire. (Things pretty much went down hill from there.)…” [Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 4
“Ever since he’d decided to quit being a P.I. and to try his hand at running cargo instead, things had just blown up in Timaset Skooch’s face one day at a time. (Florpavian Flamebirds tended to do that occasionally.) Between the labor disputes and accidental deaths among the crew, (who believed in settling disputes internally) he was beginning to get a headache worse than the ones he got from getting kicked in the head. Things had just gone pear shaped again and now he found himself in the middle of a kind of cat and mouse game with some cloaks and daggers thrown in for good measure. Returning from an evening spent visiting relatives in Mars City he didn’t know he had… [Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 5
Prodigal Sun COMING SOON!
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“Something’s coming!” Said Vernon Carridene, almost as a whisper. “Something bad is about to happen on Deanna! The mundane authorities are unaware of what is unfolding right now, in this city – things are happening at a blistering pace, and I fear it is too late to warn them!” Nobody could say when it started, or where, but something had changed. Hate had come to Deanna… hate and fear. And …[Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 6
High Steaks COMING SOON!
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Something had stirred in the darkness, something ugly… It always gets darkest before the storm – and right now, Gary Beck knew – things were looking very dark indeed – and there was going to be one hell of a storm… Deanna, a third-rate colony, was just big enough to be interesting – and just far away enough from the center of Terran civilization to be desirable to… other parties. After a much anticipated royal visit by a member of the imperial family ends in an unexpected…[Read more]
The Quantum Series Book 7
The Last Hurrah COMING SOON!
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Deanna, a third-rate Terran colony, was just big enough to be interesting – and things had been getting very interesting on Deanna of late… Hate had come to Deanna – and it had outstayed its welcome. A fierce resistance had arisen, determined to throw off the yoke of the oppressive Deannan Republican Army, to dislodge the revolutionaries and return the colony to its rightful place in the Terran Empire. But the fascists were not going to release their grip, and neither would they leave that easily. Nor would they do so without leaving their mark. War had broken out on Deanna… an Uncivil War…[Read more]
“Everybody likes to take a vacation now and then, and perhaps on the rarer occasion, people like to take an extra-special holiday. In the more likely case of the wealthy – and less frequently, the extremely lucky – this means a cruise off-world on one of those really fancy star-liners that go from one system to the next, picking up and dropping off glittering and excitedly chattering passengers along the way. ‘Paradise between the planets’, they call it. Most of the time, that’s how it is. But not this time. How could a holiday in space turn into a murder mystery involving vampires? Yes, you read that right. Vampires…[Read more]
A collection of sci-fi short stories by Christina Engela.
“Starship on frontier patrol… Suddenly attacked by unidentified ship… Heavy damage… Loss of weapons and defensive capabilities… Engines off-line… Life support has failed… We’ve missed supper… Disaster seems inevitable…” Launch into space, the future and beyond! Huge space ships, blasters, aliens – and a few vampires. Enjoy a humorous look at life in space through the eyes of…[Read more]
A Children’s Story For Adults!
“When a sci-fi author makes an honest attempt to write a story for children, the hilarious and mind-bending result is something the author never expected… a children’s story – for ADULTS! Deanna is a quaint planet, home to odd-ball quantum physicist Dr. von Gleichstein and his little dog Vluffy… and a few uninvited guests…[Read more]
Other Kids Are Kids Almost Just Like You
“Join a lovable group of children in a delightful romp through an explanation of diversity, understanding it better, encouraging them to be compassionate towards others, regardless of who they are. Many kids today face bullying from their peers based on differences in race, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. In a world where bullying and intolerance of diversity… [Read more]
“Bugspray’ is about Beetles. Not about the flashy show cars, but about the ordinary bugs people drive every day, and treasure as a member of their extended family. It’s a book of inventive, low-budget hacks and fixes to keep your bug alive, preserved and even to make a few improvements… [Read more]
EDITED BY CHRISTINA ENGELA
Available in Print
“Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day, providing a fresh look at a world now long vanished. Using imagery and place names unfamiliar to folk living in the 21st century, the author shows us a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War. Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand…[Read more]