Friday, June 25, 2010

David Niall Wilson--The Orffyreus Wheel

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer's Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, and Vintage Soul – Book One of the DeChance Chronicles. The Stargate Atlantis novel “Brimstone,” written with Patricia Lee Macomber is due in of 2010. He has over 150 short stories published and has been collected five times.

The Orffyreus Wheel : In 1712, a remarkable man named Johann Bessler unveiled an amazing invention. It was a Perpetuum Mobile – a Perpetual Motion Device – a wheel that spun after being set into motion until it was stopped with no mechanical input. His secret died with him.

Except that it didn’t. 

Elly Kassel, Bessler's only living heir, is whisked off to America to take control of an inheritance she had no idea was hers. What follows is a series of harrowing near-misses as Elly studies and learns the secrets of The Orffyreus Project, where free energy might be a very real possibility, and her grandmother’s dream of bringing the perpetual motion wheel into production for the good of all mankind. All she has to do is keep the secret from the hands of a man named Black.

Q: What will readers like about the book?

The Orffyreus Wheel tells a rich, historical story – the life Johann Bessler, and parallels that with a high-speed, action-packed modern thriller. The theme is very timely – big oil trying to prevent their stranglehold on the world from being lost.

Q:Why did you go indie?
Rather than just going indie, I've gone hybrid. I still write with NYC publication in mind, but I no longer let my out of print work, or books I have faith in, waste away on my computer when people could be reading them. Also – as CEO of Crossroad Press, I have a dog in the race, so to speak.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Since I write several genres, that's hard. Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Steven Savile, John Grisham, Thomas Harris, and Caitlin Kiernan come immediately to mind.

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  1. If anyone has any questions about this novel, or any of my work, I'm watching / listening and happy to respond.

  2. Is The Orffyreus Wheel available in some print fashion (hard/soft copy)? I've been to Amazon and B&N and they only offer ebook versions of your title. Books I particularly enjoy and want to keep, I like to purchase in some form of print edition to have in perpetuity, electricity notwithstanding. Thank you. Ms. Max