Christina Engela

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Christina Engela is one of South Africa's most unique and skilled storytellers, having written 29 books in science fiction, and also several non-fiction titles. Best known for her realistic characterization and for casting fully-fleshed-out LGBT characters in leading roles, Christina brings a wealth of personal experience to each of her stories. With several new offerings already in the pipeline, including several standalone titles, 2020 is bound to be a busy year for her fans!

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Christina Engela That would be Gary Beck and Cindy-Mei Winter - main characters in my Quantum Series ;)

Why? Because I know both of them intimately - both are ultimatel…more
That would be Gary Beck and Cindy-Mei Winter - main characters in my Quantum Series ;)

Why? Because I know both of them intimately - both are ultimately made up of parts of myself, including some of their experiences, dreams, schemes and might-have-beens.(less)
Christina Engela Hi Wendy! :)

Oh, there were many! When I was a child I read voraciously!

Top of the list is definitely Terry Pratchett of course - although I only sta…more
Hi Wendy! :)

Oh, there were many! When I was a child I read voraciously!

Top of the list is definitely Terry Pratchett of course - although I only started reading him in my last year of high school! I also found writers like Harry Harrison, Tom Sharpe, Tom Holt and E.C. Tubb inspiring. George Orwell and Tolkien also inspired me, though not in terms of writing style, definitely in terms of how to tell a bigger story behind the vista of the scene playing out in the story.

A hugely underrated writer is a man called James Blish, who I remember best for his adaptations of the original Star Trek TV series, which I also read from cover to cover many times over!

W.E. Johns and his "Biggles" character would be another - I once had the whole series of books and had read every one of them more than once too!
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Life Signs

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Dead Man's Hammer

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Space Sucks!

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The Thirteenth Ship

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Demonspawn

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Blachart

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The Time Saving Agency

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Dead Beckoning

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“In the process of helping others, I helped myself. In acting out of my own brokeness I became whole again. It's the kind of strength and determination you find when you have hit rock bottom and you realize you could die right now - and want to, but realize that even death won't make the difference you were hoping for.”
Christina Engela, Blachart

“Rejecting your gay or transgender child won't make them straight. It will only mean you will lose them.”
Christina Engela, Inanna Rising: Women Forged in Fire

“Nationalism leads to all sorts of nasty things (even Nazi things) like fascism and war.”
Christina Engela, Dead Man's Hammer

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“So rich a client having suffered such a messy death was an unsettling embarrassment to Captain Harald Biscay. It was bad for business. He had the murder hushed up immediately, his security staff investigating the matter covertly but thoroughly. Five and a half thousand souls onboard. Five and a half thousand suspects. Three days. So far, nothing. Now it would be taken further by the planetary authorities on the colony world below. A forensic team (cunningly disguised as a cleaning crew) was now rummaging through Smiffs apartment, examining every single particle. He had a feeling -- a strong feeling, about what they were going to find. Somehow, Biscay was of the opinion that this was going to be another contender for the Unsolved Murders show.”
Christina Engela, Dead Man's Hammer

“Beaming into the thick of a tree without becoming a lifelong tree hugger was a tricky business. A precision job. Scrooby’s job at the Time Saving Agency was a tough one. Billions of lives depended on him not screwing up. Literally billions and billions. Once, he’d screwed up in only a very small way and people wore those little yellow smiley faces on t-shirts for decades afterwards – and that was just a small screw up. He sighed. Here he sat, in the branches of an apple tree in an apple tree orchard – and without a single apple in sight. Below him, Isaac was waiting to get bonked on the noggin with an apple so that he could fulfill history by toddling off to invent gravity and shape scientific and mathematical principles for generations to come. Only one problem – no apples.”
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“Swallowing, he entered the second code. Then there was a sound like a marble dropping on the floor - bouncing slowly, gradually getting faster as it dropped lower and lower… The thing was toying with him! Where was it? He strained his hearing, but all was again silent. He wanted to shout and scream obscenities at it, but he fought the impulse. It might not really know his location after all - and that would've led it right to him. It must be coming for him! It must be by the door by now, looking for a way in. Time was running out. He hastily keyed in the third and last code.
Death the destroyer never is late!”
Christina Engela, Demonspawn




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