Sunday, 10 May 2015

Prose with Helen Hagemann at the Fremantle Arts Centre

Ice Station by Matthew Reilly, 15st May @ 1pm. We will be reading an extract from the novel. Writing exercises and discussion will revolve around pace and action. 

Cost:  $20  OOTA  $25  NON-OOTA

Room 3, Upstairs - Fremantle Arts Centre

Plot Summary
After a diving team at Wilkes Ice Station is killed, the station sends out a distress signal. A team of United States Recon Marines led by Shane Schofield, code named Scarecrow, arrives at the station. At the station he finds several French scientists have arrived, and several more come after the Marines' arrival. The French reveal themselves as soldiers and a fight ensues in the station, claiming the lives of Scarecrow's men Hollywood, Legs and Ratman, along with several scientists and most of the French soldiers, while Mother loses her leg, Samurai is badly injured, and two French scientists are captured.   Schofield decides to send a team down to find an object below the ice where the diving team was going. Later, Samurai is found strangled, leaving the only people he trusts to be one of the scientists, Sarah Hensleigh and another soldier named Montana as he was with them at the time of Samurai's death. Hensleigh, Montana and two other Marines, Gant and Santa Cruz, are sent down to where the diving team vanished. While alone, Schofield is shot and killed. He later wakes up, found to have been accidentally resurrected by his attacker, and is in the care of scientist James Renshaw, the believed killer of one of the other scientists at Wilkes. Watching a video of Schofield's death, they see the attacker and discover it to be one of Schofield's men, Snake. The two capture Snake before he is able to kill the wounded Mother.

Matthew John Reilly (2 July 1974) is an Australian action thriller writer. His novels are noted for their fast pace, twisting plots and intense action.
Early life:  Reilly was born on 2 July 1974 in Sydney, the second son of Ray and Denise. He grew up in Willoughby, an affluent suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Reilly graduated from Sydney's St Aloysius' College in Milsons Point, in 1992.[4] Reilly then studied Law at the University of New South Wales[5] between 1993 and 1997, graduating 31st out of 250 students.[6] While at university he was also a contributor to the student law society publication "Poetic Justice".
Career:  Reilly wrote his first book, Contest, at the age of 19 and self-published it in 1996. It was rejected by every major publisher in Australia, leading Reilly to self-publish 1000 copies using a bank loan. Reilly was discovered when Cate Paterson, a commissioning editor from Pan Macmillan found a self-published copy of Contest in a bookstore. Pan Macmillan signed Reilly to a two-book deal. Reilly wrote his second book, Ice Station, while studying at the University of NSW. It was quickly picked up by publishers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. He has since sold over 7 million copies of his books worldwide, in over 20 languages.  Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves was the biggest-selling fiction title in Australia in 2011. Three more of Reilly's books have been the biggest-selling Australian titles of their years of release: Seven Ancient Wonders (2005), The Five Greatest Warriors (2009) and The Tournament (2013).
In 2007, Reilly wrote a half-hour television script titled Literary Superstars. The script was picked up by Darren Star (Sex and the City) and bought by Sony Pictures for the ABC Network. Jenna Elfman signed on to play the lead role. The pilot episode was at the casting stage when the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike began, paralyzing Hollywood. The pilot was placed on indefinite hiatus before ultimately being dropped by the ABC.
Personal life: In 2004 Reilly married his childhood sweetheart, Natalie Freer. Freer attended a nearby high school, Loreto Kirribilli, and also went to the University of New South Wales, where she studied Psychology. Reilly credits Freer with encouraging him to self-publish his first book. In early December 2011, while Reilly was in South Australia on a book tour promoting Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, Natalie, who had suffered from anorexia and depression, committed suicide. Reilly subsequently cancelled his remaining book tours and announced his intention to take a break from online communications for a while.
Reilly owns several movie prop reproductions such as a life-size statue of Han Solo frozen in carbonite from Star Wars, a golden idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future. A big fan of Hollywood blockbusters, Reilly hopes to one day direct a movie adapted from one of his own books.

Bibliography
Stand-alone novels
        Contest (1996; republished in 2000)
        Temple (1999)
        The Tournament (2013) set in the year 1546.
        Troll Mountain (2014)
        The Great Zoo of China (November 2014)
Shane Schofield
    Ice Station (1998)
    Area 7 (2001)
    Scarecrow (2003)
    Hell Island (2005)
    Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (2012), re-titled as Scarecrow Returns in the United States.
Jack West Jr
    Seven Ancient Wonders (2005), retitled as 7 Deadly Wonders in the United States.
    The Six Sacred Stones (2007)
    The Five Greatest Warriors (2009)
Hover Car Racer
    Hover Car Racer (2004)
Published as three mini-books in the United States:
    Crash Course (2005)
    Full Throttle (2006)
    Photo Finish (2007)


References:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Station

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