Yeppoon man's publishing deal out of this world
HE IS frequently published in the pages of The Morning Bulletin, but columnist Malcolm Wells now has a few hundred pages of his own.
The Yeppoon man published his first novel, The Spires of Kurrong, this year and it is sure to be a hit with young sci-fi fans.
Set in a dystopian future, most of humanity has perished, leaving behind a select few to live in domed cities above volcanos.
Those living there believe that daemons have inhabited the planet's surface.
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In the centre of the epic is the tale of two star-crossed lovers, who flee the confines of the city to discover the secrets to the surface.
Mr Wells said he had been offered the publishing deal after his short version of the story won at the CQ Literary Festival last year.
"I have had a few short stories and poetry published... it is a great feeling to see my name in print, it has always been my ambition to get a novel published," he said.
"I belong to the Capricorn Writers group, so it was good to go along there and tell them I'm in print."
The concept was written by Mr Wells years before, when science fiction was big in popular culture.
Currently he is working on his second novel, another out of this world classic with a pinch of humour.
Mr Wells' novel is available at Morris Publishing and Amazon.