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John Harper

John HarperJohn Harper’s writing career began in his first year of school when he stood before the school assembly and read out his ‘novelisation’ of the movie Short Circuit.


School was spent writing endless pieces of original and fan fiction, most of the action revolving around his first original hero ‘Jack Hamilton’, Awesome Ass Kicking Extraodinaire and Pontiac Enthusiast.


Fast forward a few years and John is a science fiction writer living in Wellington, New Zealand. He avidly follows the cricket and V8 Supercars. John is a passionate writer at night and occupies his days working as a chartered mechanical engineer.


John is the author of official Elite: Dangerous novel, ‘Elite: And Here The Wheel’.


John first played Elite on the Atari ST in 1989 as a seven year old who couldn’t dock to a Coriolis space station to save himself which is appropriate as docking was a life and death situation.  A hacked save game got him a docking computer and he was off.  With age and practice John was able to start again, manually docking his way to a fully equipped ‘Iron-Arse’.  Bored of the ‘local group’ John set off to explore Chart 1 – his biggest memories are using his escape capsule to quickly travel across the chart.  And then blowing up the Atari ST in the process.


Aside from Elite fan fiction, he has written and published many short stories and is included in the anthology that emerged from our Sci-Fi Synthesis competition.


Find more about John on his website.


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  1. Elite: And Here The Wheel by John Harper

    Elite: And Here The Wheel by John Harper

    Written by John Harper under official license from the creators of, and based in the vast universe of, the seminal space trading computer game Elite: Dangerous. 

    Robert Garry, ex-military officer, wants nothing more than to maintain his integrity and his team’s safety despite a career change to pirate leader but a cargo freighter he targets proves to be holding much more than he bargained for. Will he escape with his own life, let alone the lives of his crew? He has always shunned the ‘folk hero’ label but is he in danger of becoming an arch villain in the process…

    10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Wellington Cancer Society, a local division of a New Zealand wide charity that helps combat cancer with education, prevention, care, support and also runs local projects.

    4Gb USB Cards feature the cover artwork and all files are DRM-free meaning you can listen to them wherever you like. Audio version performed by Scott Ainslie, music by Steve Wilson. A Radio Theatre Workshop production for Fantastic Books Audio. ACEO Collector card artwork created by Alice taylor from character profiles supplied and approved by the author.

    Follow John on his website here: andherethewheel.co.nz


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  2. Synthesis by Boris Glikman and various authors

    Synthesis by Boris Glikman and various authors

    Synthesis is a gripping science fiction anthology featuring established authors alongside debut writers. Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf’s Kryten) has written the Foreword and the collection features Drew Wagar, Stuart Aken and Boris Glikman. The amazing artwork is by Alvaro Escudero, and the cover was designed by Heather Murphy.

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