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Woolf, Alex

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1964-    ) UK author, much of whose work has comprised popular nonfiction about a wide range of historical and contemporary issue; most of his fiction has appeared in series, invariably for children or Young Adult readers. Some are of direct sf interest. The Chronosphere sequence beginning with The Iron Sky sequence beginning with Time Out of Time (2012) revolves around the complications attending use of the eponymous central device, a Keep designed to allow its residents, through a form of Time Distortion, to escape the temporal flow of their personal histories; but the world the young protagonists eventually return has been malignly transformed (see Religion). The Alternate History Iron Sky sequence beginning with Dread Eagle (2014) is set in a Steampunk rendering of Victorian Britain, with France and England at war; armoured Airships clashing in the skies, which also contain floating Cities, and ornate Robots very common. And the Time Detectives sequence, beginning with The Disappearance of Danny Doyle (2014), carries its young protagonists, via their Uncle Theo's Time Machine, into various eras, where mysteries are solved. Soul Shadows (2013), a singleton, is horror; Mind Swap (2015), also a singleton, is an Identity Exchange tale. [JC]

Alex Woolf

born London: 24 January 1964




  • Time Out of Time (Brighton, Sussex: Salariya Book Company/Scribo, 2012) [Chronosphere: pb/]
  • Malfunction (Brighton, Sussex: Salariya Book Company/Scribo, 2012) [Chronosphere: pb/]
  • Ex Tempora (Brighton, Sussex: Salariya Book Company/Scribo, 2012) [Chronosphere: pb/]

Aldo Moon

Iron Sky

  • Dread Eagle (Brighton, Sussex: Salariya Book Company/Scribo, 2014) [Iron Sky: pb/]
  • Call of the Phoenix (Brighton, Sussex: Salariya Book Company/Scribo, 2015) [Iron Sky: pb/]

The Time Detectives

individual titles

  • Soul Shadows (Curious Fox, 2013) [pb/]
  • Mind Swap (London: ReadZone Books/Ludlow, Shropshire: Fiction Express, 2015) [chap: pb/]

collections and stories

  • The Remington (no place given: Phrenic Press, 2016) [story: ebook: na/]


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