K. A. Bedford captures your imagination
on the first page and never lets it go until the
last thought provoking sentence.
What would you give up if
you could live forever?
In Orbital Burn, a seriously down on her luck unlicensed Stalktown Private Investigator named Louise "Lou" Meagher ekes out a sparse living solving petty crimes. She is chronically broke, clinically dead, and nervous about being evacuated from her home planet, Kestrel, which in nine days time will be hit by an unstoppable doomsday rock, known as the Bloody Bastard. But Lou takes on one last case: helping a cybernetically enhanced canine named Dog, locate his former master, a defective biological android boy known only as Kid...
"Orbital Burn is a very entertaining book with one of the best opening lines I've read in a long time: One morning, not long before the end of the world, a dead woman named Lou sat drinking espresso in Sheb's Old Earth Diner, one of the few places still open in the cheap part of Stalktown. - Laurie Thayer
"I have to say I really liked this book, and think K. A. Bedford is a writer easily capable of taking his place with better-known contemporary sf authors like Alister Reynolds, Ken McLeod, and Paul McAuley." - David Mead, New York Review of Science Fiction
"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to
Frederik Pohl's early work...hardboiled SF at its finest."
- John Peters, New York Public Library -
"It's rare to find a first novel which grips
your imagination from the outset..."
"As a scientist, I was thrilled that the science part of the book is believable. As a reader, I was even more pleased that the science adds to the story and doesn't overwhelm what is primarily a story about human interaction..."
- Trish Amundrud from Vancouver, BC -
About the Author:
K. A. Bedford lives in Perth, Western Australia. All of his novels have been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel, and he has twice won, for Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, which was also shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, and Eclipse.
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel) was subsequently released in Australia by Fremantle Press after its initial success in North America.
Paradox Resolution (A Spider Webb Novel) won the Australian Tin Duck Award.
Bedford attended Curtin and Murdoch Universities, where he studied Writing, Theater, and Philosophy. (MORE)
Other books by K. A. Bedford:
"... a violent, sardonic SF yarn that harks back to Frederik Pohl's early work ... a wild, transcendental climax. Here's hardboiled SF at its finest." - John Peters, New York Public Library
"As with all literature, it's the questions that matter and in SF they are often the big ones. These are perhaps the biggest questions of all. What is life? What is intelligence? Is there a God? Is there such a thing as soul, or a personality? Are they different? Of what do they consist? Can you manufacture emotions?" - Dave Luckett, author and reviewer for The West Australian newspaper
"Background, characters, and plot are all so well crafted that the matter of plausibility pops up only after the book is finished." - Frieda Murray, Booklist review
"ORBITAL BURN is a very complex, very imaginative piece of science fiction. Lou is a very sassy character who does what she needs to do, despite being dead, and is more emotional and caring then the living surrounding her. Her dedication to her case despite all the trouble surrounding it marvels, especially when you consider that her client is a dog - a talking dog, but canine none the less.
K.A. Bedford has put together a very interesting piece of work here, one that was entertaining to the very last page. Give this author and ORBITAL BURN a look." - Lisa Ramaglia
"This book has a delightfully strange feel to it, even though the setting and plot seem normal enough, as if any science-fictional world can be considered truly 'normal,' in line with a reader's actual experience." - Lucy Schmeidler, sfrevu.com
"Bedford also raises some serious issues, using the interplay between disposables, synthetic minds, augmented animals, and a woman artificially enabled to live beyond her death to intelligently explore questions of free will, humanity, and the existence or nonexistence of the soul." - Victoria Strauss, SFsite.com
"Bedford does an admirable job of world building and moving the at-times gory story along." - Timothy Capehart. VOYA
"Bedford's word-choice in the book is trendy and fun. Additionally, his style in "Orbital Burn" mimics Isaac Asimov's theory of writing, as expressed by Asimov in 1986, "By my writing, I amuse people and make them happy. My writing style is simple, straightforward, and upbeat - nothing nasty or horrid or violent or perverse. In this sad world, I think that anyone who spreads happiness automatically justifies his existence." - Laura Robinson - amazon.com
"Adrian, your imagination packs a wallop! Original and unexpected. And yes, funny. :) Nicely done!!" - Clio Gesteland
"Very cool, very retro cover art. I like. Looking forward to having it on my coffee table (during the times when it's not actually open in my hands)." -Posted by steve
"the cover is so so so cool! i almost shreiked at my desk." -Posted by jenB
"The combination of high tech future world and old fashioned detective story is pretty well done and gets the reader in." - A reader from Sydney, Australia
"From the first sentence, you know this book will be different. ... Stalktown and the Orbital inhabit a richly imagined part of the galaxy, with strange things happening according to rules that Bedford creates and sustains in deft narrative and action. ... I couldn't wait to see what would happen, and I was sorry to see it end. Lou and Dog, Jen and Kid, and the ideas of the book, all stayed with me for several days, and are with me still. ..." - Leslie P. Grohe from San Antonio, TX
Orbital Burn is a thrilling must-read science fiction adventure novel!