Fantastic Review For “The Time Saving Agency”!


The Time Saving Agency” just got an amazing 4 star review!

A highly enjoyable time travel caper…

“Only two months previous were the citizens of Deanna dealing with the threat of an alien attack, but now another threat of perhaps greater proportions emerges from the fabric of time, quite literally.

Christina Engela has created a story that follows not only a similar concept of the previous entry in the Quantum series, but one that fuses those ideas with something completely different and original. Written in a way that sometimes tributes Terry Pratchett, yet again readers will find this story quirky and clever with a style that confides in the reader. More

The Quantum Series by Christina Engela


2016 Facebook QuantumThe Quantum Series is a series of sci-fi novels by Christina Engela, set in what might be considered the not too distant future, perhaps in a parallel dimension. The Quantum Series is set in the same universe as the Galaxii Series (also by Christina Engela) and technically follows onto that series, but sometime later, and in different settings. More

The Quantum Series: A Glimpse Into The Future


“Imagine, if you will:

In as much as it was unwise for any time-traveler to attempt to explain a television screen to a Grand Inquisitor of Medieval times – unless he had either a big gun handy, or a guaranteed running head-start with a fast horse waiting at the end of it – it would be particularly difficult for Johnathan Scrooby, a time agent, to explain the precise workings of the device he was using at that particular moment to someone from the twenty-second century.

It might be less risky perhaps, but just about equally as difficult. As an agent of the Time Saving Agency, a clandestine and inevitably mysterious and generally unknown super-secret organization charged with policing Time, it was his job to observe historical events in a completely different timeline in – er, real time. That way, at least hopefully, Time would turn out the way the curiously yet somehow accurately named Anals of History said it would.

Scrooby skipped back a thousand years, stopped, fine-tuned the time-stream, and zoomed in.

In the blackest veil worn by the night sky, a diamond shone – a solitary tiny sparkle lost in an ocean of faint tiny sparkles, a tiny orb of light in the immeasurably empty blackness of space: a star… but not just any boring old star. This star was special, and its name was Ramalama.” – from Underground Movement (book 7 in the Quantum Series). More

New Release: “Bang! Splat!” – a short film by Christina Engela


Christina Engela is proud to present a short animated film: “Bang! Splat!: A children’s story …for adults!

“Deanna is a quaint planet, home to odd-ball quantum physicist Dr. Gleichstein and his little dog Vluffy… and a few uninvited guests.

The Herr Doktor and Vluffy are faced with quite a conundrum – even bigger than the Doktor regularly losing his eyebrows. Their home is overrun by mutant two-headed cockroaches – and not even a hammer will stop them! However will they solve this problem?”

“Bang! Splat!” is based on “Innocent Minds“, and features some of the characters from my Quantum Series of novels – namely, Dr. Gleichstein and his little dog Vluffy. Dr. Gleichstein is a quantum physicist – and as everyone knows by now, quantum physics is a little like ordinary physics, except that you spend a little more time looking for your eyebrows.

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“Target Market” – Who is Christina Engela’s?


Good day, everyone!

Today I’d like to talk to you about stereotypes!

(Before I get into an explanation of what I mean, I would like to emphasize that my stories are not just “all about LGBT people” or intended to rub straight reader’s noses in a rainbow flag and sprinkle glitter all over their cornflakes!)

You see, I’ve been asked a rather difficult question as a writer, and that is “What exactly is my intended market?”

At first glance, anyone who looks at my books might think they are ordinary sci-fi stories – but nothing could be further from the truth!

My writing is NOT stereotypical, and my characters – regardless of their sexuality or gender – are anything but stereotypes!

This could be a consequence of the fact that I am no ordinary writer. As an individual I have quite a diverse background myself, being that I’m a transgender woman in a committed relationship with a woman – but that is just scraping the tip of the iceberg as it were, and without getting distracted too much by me waffling about my background, let’s get back to the subject at hand.

Those of you reading this may be happily heterosexual or happily cisgender; or you could be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or any other flavor or variation of the Kinsey Scale – that isn’t really the issue I want to address – BUT what I would like to do is to highlight the general stereotypes the media – and writers in general tend to apply to LGBT characters – and in so doing, the negative stereotypes they cast on real-life LGBT people!

For example – in almost every single movie I’ve seen (or books) featuring LGBT characters, the characters are stereotypes:

  • Gay men are shallow, weak, slutty, effeminate – and usually hair dressers.
  • Gay women are sex-objects for straight guys to get off on watching, and are really looking for a man to make them happy and ‘save’ them.
  • Bisexual people are immoral slutty individuals who can’t make up their minds, so they sleep with everybody and can’t form long-term committed relationships.
  • Transgender women are generally typecast as prostitutes or escorts, and tend to look like men in drag. Transwomen by the way, are almost always played by cisgender women in movies and series.
  • Typically, LGBT people are also negatively stereotyped as the villains in stories or as people who do not contribute positively or constructively to human society.

None of these movies (or books) featured LGBT characters who were cast as the lead in the story, as the ‘good-guy’ or action hero (or heroine). Either none, or very few I’ve seen, feature any LGBT characters that demonstrate admirable morality or inspiring values, behavior or acts – in fact, they are almost always included as a plot device to introduce an erotic angle or a sexual interest or fetish element into the story!

Of course, this is nowhere near the reality of life for LGBT people. As with any stereotype, there is only a tiny bit of truth to the bias – while the reality is far different, and remains ignored by the stereotype. There are LGBT people in every field of work, and in every social circle. There are gay airline pilots and members of parliament, transgender news anchors and politicians, lesbian soldiers and clergy – and well, bisexual folks are just everywhere! *wink*

All that is left otherwise, for the LGBT reader is smutty third-rate soft-porn on the LGBT shelf at the back of the book store that has no story content worth bothering to read – or a selection of autobiographies of LGBT personalities perhaps, and then of course, the countless fiction novels written by and mainly for heterosexual and cisgender readers.

In mainstream fiction – regardless of whether sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, or general – the average writer tends to tell stories of heterosexual cisgender characters and how they relate to others like them, getting on with the business of saving the world, winning wars, and so on, while generally ignoring LGBT readers and their interests or issues.

Sometimes this is deliberate, borne out of a personal bias or prejudice on the part of the writer. This isn’t always the case – it’s not always intentional – after all, how can a heterosexual person who has never had any cause to question their sexuality or gender be expected to understand the scope of issues LGBT people face?

These negative stereotypes of LGBT people in fiction – which tends to reflect the perceptions of the writers in relation to how they understand us in the real world context – reinforces the idea that if LGBT people are illustrated in these terms, then that is all that should be expected of them in real life as well!

No wonder so few LGBT people actually read books anymore!

Well, fear not!

Now there are TWO series of novels AIMED at the intelligent, discerning and open-minded reader who appreciates fiction written BY an author who is part of the LGBT community, and who has spent years campaigning for LGBT equality and human rights as an activist!

All my novels feature LGBT characters in some form or another – and in all of them, these characters are either THE leading character, or one of the main characters.

LGBT characters and issues are portrayed in a balanced outlook, and are not sensationalized.

My novels feature LGBT characters as inspirational people – action heroes, military personnel, leaders, pilots, scientists, police officers, CIA agents to mention but a few.

In my books, LGBT characters are treated just like normal everyday people – not as caricatures, or sensational elements!

My market therefore, is not just Sci-Fi/Fantasy – but LGBT-friendly Sci-Fi/fantasy!

If you’re NOT part of the LGBT collective, you needn’t worry that you will have some kind of ‘gay agenda’ rammed down your throat – the beauty of my stories is that these appear as ELEMENTS of the story – not AS the story! There are plenty of heterosexual and cisgender characters – even lead characters – in there to balance things out!

To illustrate my point, here is a brief listing of my novels and LGBT characters featured:

The Galaxii Series:

Blachart” – Blachart, the Corsair nemesis of the lead character Mykl d’Angelo (straight), is a gay man. Although he starts out as a fearful villain, as the story progresses, the character becomes d’Angelo’s firm friend and ally who leads him through a dangerous mission to scout the Corsair base.

Demonspawn” – Joe Lofflin, the first officer of the ISS Darraine, an imperial warship marooned in deep space, is a gay man. After the death of Captain Blaine, Lofflin leads the crew in their efforts to survive – and the investigation into the string of mysterious deaths on a derelict alien ship they encounter, and through a thrill-packed action adventure.

Dead Beckoning” – This story features characters from ‘Blachart’ and ‘Demonspawn’, working together to capture the last free, most dangerous Corsair leader after the fall of the Corsair base world. It also introduces Blachart’s new love interest, a trans-woman by the name of Marsha – who moved to the fringes of civilization to start over as an entrepreneur business-owner.

Black Sunrise” – This story features a transwoman (Cindy-Mei Winter), a former agent for the Colonial Intelligence Agency (CIA), who after her transition, moves to a little-known colony called Deanna. There she enlists the aid of Gary Beck, who is a bounty hunter, to help track a missing alien, and by the end of the story, the two enter into a relationship. Along the way, they meet Danielle Grauffis, a 17 year old girl just starting out in her gender transition.

The Time Saving Agency” – Featuring mostly the same characters as in ‘Black Sunrise’, this story puts Gary Beck – Mei’s boyfriend, at the center of the story. Aside from dealing with the heterosexual Beck’s difficulty in understanding Mei’s male past, the story is full of action and comedy – and time travel!

Dead Man’s Hammer” – Again featuring Cindy-Mei Winter as the lead character, this story deals with her grief and anger at what appears to be Gary Beck’s death, and her quest for justice – which leads her and her friends, including the very straight Sheriff Peggy-Ann Muller, Fred the Arborian, and Dannielle Grauffis.

Loderunner” – Timaset Skooch, a private investigator, and slightly confused heterosexual male who happened to fall in love with Dory, aka Dorian Wintermuller one heavy night at a local club, is faced with his partner’s choice to transition to fully female. To complicate matters still further, he has won a run-down old cargo-ship in a game of Uno, and the only choice to improve his lot open to him, is to seek his fortune running cargo across deep-space. Of necessity, he asks the local mafia contact for a little help in finding a fare to start out with. On the Celeste, he meets Victoria Somers, aka ‘Vic’ who is very masculine, but totally cisgender and straight, and a young transgender passenger accompanied by a sinister chaperone who turns out to be a kidnapper holding young Jaymie Vallantdorf for ransom until the Mayor of Mars City pays up. The story is a delightful interstellar romp filled with comedy, action and adventure!

Prodigal Sun” and “High Steaks” include numerous LGBT characters, and those closest to them.

My books are not exactly ‘activism’, but if you happen to end up understanding or even feeling more at ease around LGBT people better than you did before, then so much the better. Sarah from Focus Mid-South had the following to say about that:

“Engela’s eye for the quirky humor of even the darkest situations sets her writing apart from the masses. Her fiction combines oddball humor, in the tradition of writers like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, with the best of traditional science fiction. A government agency regulates time and its manipulation against the efforts of a brilliant scoundrel. A retired space cop turned bounty hunter grumbles and grunts like a classic pulp noir detective. A glamorous retired intelligence agent moves to a new planet in the hopes of escaping the mystery and mayhem of her former life. And tucked inside her stories, like a kind of stealth activism, lurks a beast almost never seen in either mainstream or science fiction: fully fleshed out LGBT characters.” – Sarah Rutledge Fischer, Focus Mid-South magazine

Again, my writing is NOT stereotypical, and my characters – regardless of their sexuality or gender – are anything but stereotypes!

My stories are about every day, ordinary people and extraordinary situations, told in an entertaining way – and some of them happen to be LGB or T.

You should try reading them sometime. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – whatever you are! 🙂

The Quantum Series – Unleashed!


2016 Facebook Quantum.jpgDear fans,

If you’ve been keeping up with my recent news, you will already know that the two titles in my Galaxii Series as published by JEA will be coming down from Amazon soon, and that I have elected to go back to the self-publishing route I followed before in order to make all my works available again. This has now culminated in the re-release of several titles in the Quantum Series (1 to 4) a novelette and a collection of short stories. More

Announcing the Quantum Series


Well hello there, folks! 🙂 Here’s a little news for you:

As you know I’m the author of the Galaxii Series, of which two titles have already been re-published by J.Ellington Ashton (JEA) Press, and the third is still pending. The Galaxii Series – at least as far as my fiction writing career is concerned – has been my life’s work. I started writing it since I was a fresh-faced 12-year-old starting high school. (Before that I wrote stories about Roman soldiers and fantasized about blending archeology, dinosaurs and a band of lost Roman soldiers wandering Southern Africa – LOL – but more about that another time!) When you write sci-fi and fantasy, change is more than a constant, it’s pretty much a fact of life – and so, I have an exciting announcement to make – a new series of sci-fi/fantasy novels, with added Quantum-ness! More

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