Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait
What does the future hold in store...
In the future, Aloysius "Spider" Webb will journey to the End of Time.
For now, Spider must be content with repairing broken time machines, rebuilding his life and avoiding the lunatic antics of his boss, Dickhead McMahon.
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.
Will his knowing the future be a curse or a blessing? and will Spider Webb really find out how things turn out before they happen? With his new found knowledge, who can Spider trust?
One thing is certain: it will all happen before the End of Time!
About K. A. Bedford:
K. A. Bedford was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1963. He attended Curtin and Murdoch Universities, and studied Writing, Theatre, and Philosophy. (MORE)
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K. A. Bedford
"Al "Spider" Webb is a time machine repairman who happens to detest time machines. On a routine call, he encounters a machine that seems about ready to blow. In order to repair it, he must work with Australian officials to create a small, alternate universe—to protect the rest of the world from the explosion, of course. The job becomes far from normal, though, when it becomes apparent that the explosive device is hiding both another machine and a dead body. The corpse sets off a series of events that sends Spider across alternate realities and puts everyone he cares about at risk. Teens who enjoyed Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Macmillan, 1979) but are craving something more sci-fi, with fewer goofy antics, will appreciate Time Machines." — Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library
"...it is a very pacey read for most of the book, it has – unlike much SF – a decent set of female characters and there are touches of time travel genius and effective paranoia inducing scenes." — Mark Pack, Reviewer
"The Folks over at EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing have certainly peaked my interest. How? Well, in amongst the material sent to BMU for review was a wee bit of a booklet. I know, I was left turning the page [at the end of Chapter One] wanting more." — Beam Me Up, Reviewer
"The book takes place in Australia, and since I lived there for about a year, it was fun to read a book with Australian lingo. Bedford does a good job of keeping his sci-fi concepts accessible; main character Spider is often having to sum up things so that he (and the reader) can follow. Spider is pretty flawed yet likable, and there's some interesting time travel throughout the book." — Jen, Reader
"Bedford is funny in a crazed, Rudy Rucker kind of way. While Rucker writes of gonzo theorists, Bedford writes of the gonzo mechanics who keep the machines running." — Fred Cleaver, Denver Post
"I wasn’t crazy about the cover on this one, but the contents are pretty neat. Close your eyes until you’ve opened the book and you should be all right." Don D'Ammassa
"This is K.A. Bedford's fourth novel and he is proving himself to be a talent that is in it for the long haul. Each of his novels has been his best so far, and this one continues the pattern. It is filled with twist and turns, startling revelations, and plenty of humour; all of which have become his stock in trade." — Charles Stuart, Reader
"The author skillfully manipulates Spider's travails and travels through time. And he does time travel, both slightly backward and far forward, as his personal life both unravels and resolves itself. He does end up meeting other versions of himself, but the author helps both Spider and the reader out by referring to these alternates as Soldier Spider or Near Future Spider. If you relish the conundrums of time travel and enjoy the slightly off-kilter perspective from the opposite side of the world (Australia), this story of a man attempting to both solve a mystery and come to terms with his life will provide a pleasurable escape from present day reality." - SF Revu
"The local Western Australia ambiance provides a unique perspective that is quite consistent with the gonzo aspects of the story. Bedford has created a science-fiction novel that is sure to please most SF fans." — D. Douglas Fratz, Sci-Fi
"It's hard to do anything fresh with time travel, but throughout the first half of the book, K. A. Bedford delivers by focusing less on the "wow" factor than on the social-implications factor." — Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow
"Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait is a fast-moving novel that will appeal to the reader who appreciates complicated plot lines, murder, and amusing dialogue." Highly Recommended — Ronald Hore, CM Magazine
"If you'd prefer not to imagine time travel for yourself, I highly recommend a book that I'm exactly halfway through. It's "Time Machines Repaired While U Wait" by the adept Australian sci-fi author, K A Bedford. This is his fourth and best novel, and I know, because I've read them all." — Cubey Terra, Reader
"I am reading K.A. Bedford's Time Machines Repaired While U Wait. The book is a lot better than the title would suggest. The premise is not only is time travel common place, it's treated like any other vacation spot. The equipment is cheap enough that one can often find good deals on time machines on Ebay. But the book doesn't rest on one plot device but manages to pull off suspense mystery and intrigue. I am liking it despite myself!" — Paul, Reader
"This one is a must-read." — Jacqueline Lichtenberg
"This is a gotta-read, with some thoughtful concepts to ponder." — Pam Allen, ConNotations
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"Teens who enjoyed Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Macmillan, 1979) but are craving something more sci-fi, with fewer goofy antics, will appreciate Time Machines." — Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library
"Time Machines Repaires While-U-Wait reads like a good, old 1950s story by Fredric Brown or William Tenn story. I´m a huge fan of those master writers, so I enjoyed reading this homage to a long lost (but never forgotten) past." — Fabio Fernandes, Fantasy Book Critic
- Mark Pack
- Beam Me Up
- Denver Post
- Charles Stuart
- Don D'Ammassa
- Jen, Reader
- Pam Allen
- Jacqueline Lichtenberg
- Ronald Hore
- Dru Pagliassotti
- D. Douglas Fratz, Sci-Fi
- Solano County Library
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