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Sascha Martin’s Time Machine

Sascha Martin’s Time Machine – an interactive romp with Australia’s Pleistocene megafauna.

Front cover image of Sascha Martin's Time Machine, book 2 in the Sascha Martin Series, by John Arthur Nichol

 

Australia in the Pleistocene

The Pleistocene was a time 12,000 years in the past, when gigantic animals called megafauna dominated the earth.

Detail from Sascha Martin's Time Machine, a kids sci fi picture book by John Arthur Nichol. Pallimnarchus pollens - Australian Pleistocene Giant Crocodile. Illustration by Manuela Pentangelo.Australia was wetter in the Pleistocene, and it was bigger than it is today. You could have walked from New Guinea to Tasmania, seen volcanoes erupting, and wandered in woodlands all around the coast.

And if you didn’t know better, you could have swum in shallow lakes across the continent.

A Time of Giants and Predators

But those lakes held predators. Very big predators, with very sharp teeth.

And giants walked and crawled and hopped and burrowed and slithered on land.

There were birds the height of your ceiling, but they couldn’t fly. Armoured turtles as big as a car, with horns on their heads. Marsupials the size of four wheel drives.

And they weren’t all quiet and shy like the marsupials you see today.

Mega Marsupial Carnivores

Detail from Sascha Martin's Time Machine, a kids sci fi picture book by John Arthur Nichol. Thylacoleo carnifex, marsupial predator of the Australian Pleistocene. Illustration by Manuela Pentangelo.
Thylacoleo carnifex – the Marsupial Lion

Man-sized carnivorous rat kangaroos stalked the woodlands. Marsupial lions prowled and hunted with razor claws and stabbing, shearing teeth.

 

 

Giant Carnivorous Reptiles

Detail from Sascha Martin's Time Machine, a kids sci fi picture book by John Arthur Nichol. Megalania prisca - the giant goanna of the Australian Pleistocene. Illustration by Manuela Pentangelo.
Giant Goanna (Megalania prisca)

And the reptiles were just as fearsome – mega crocodiles cruising those shallow lakes and rivers for prey. And lizards bigger than the biggest mega crocodiles, and snakes that could swallow animals whole.

Megafauna Beyond the Fossils

It’s hard to say exactly what some of these creatures were like, because we only know them from their fossils.

Detail from Sascha Martin's Time Machine, a kids sci fi picture book by John Arthur Nichol. Sascha Martin clutches his time machine while hiding from a rampaging giant bird from Australia's prehistory. Illustration by Manuela Pentangelo.But Sascha Martin’s about to change all that.

His class is studying Australia’s megafauna, and Sascha’s determined to bring their subject to life.

Easy-peasy!

Some hands-on science, a time machine, and a journey back to the Pleistocene for 2M and Mrs Mayhem.

Welcome aboard Sascha Martin’s Time Machine. Adventure here we come!

Sascha Martin’s Time Machine: an Interactive Read

Experience this deliciously aberrant, horrifically delightful, surprisingly interactive adventure on Kindle as Sascha Martin, his classmates and their teacher, Mrs Mayhem, come face to face with Australia’s megafauna – no longer just bits of bone, but creatures living and breathing, biting and fighting, flapping and snapping and chasing and fleeing and howling and hooting and snorting and buzzing in the sky.

And then there’s the Demon Duck of Doom, a nightmare from the Miocene – but that was a calibration error.

 

Where to get Sascha Martin’s Time Machine

Sascha Martin’s Time Machine is the second book in the Sascha Martin Adventures series. It will appear in 2018 as an interactive ebook, first for the Kindle platform and then as an EPUB 3 that will work on iPad, iPhone, Kobo and other ePub readers.

Want to be Among the First to Read Sascha Martin’s Time Machine? And get a Free Copy?

I need a number of people to test the interactive book on their Kindle devices. Check out the post here.

 

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