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Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait scoops Australia's main science fiction award

28/01/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Hades Publications has told the Nest that the KA Bedford’s science fiction novel Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait has won Australia’s Aurealis Award, the main award for sci-fi novels down Oz-way.

Bedford made appearances at the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver Colorado and was the Guest of Honor at ConVersion in Calgary Alberta. Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait is his fourth novel after Orbital Burn, Eclipse, and Hydrogen Steel.

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait is an look at time travel and all of its implications. In the future, Aloysius - aka Spider - Webb will journey to the End of Time to change the past. Spider's life is status quo until he discovers inside a broken second-hand time machine, the corpse of a brutally murdered woman from the future. The Department of Time and Space steps in to manage the situation — leaving Spider asking a lot of questions that only lead to more questions; unsettling evidence, brewing trouble, and the knowledge that Spider himself might be involved in an epic battle for control of time itself.

The Aurealis Awards were set up in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis Magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Winners were announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane on Saturday 24th January 2009.

The judges told the book was, "A very engaging, richly imagined, off-kilter time-travel mystery novel, with some wonderful flashes of invention and a consistently immersing and credibly skewed near-future Australian setting. The characterisation is vivid, plausible, and memorable, and there’s a credible feel to the conflicting motivations of at least the half-dozen major characters. This is not a book whose progress is linear - there’s an abundance of misdirection and plot twists, the obligatory intrusion of temporal paradox, and some brilliantly black humour."

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