Author Bio: Author Dr Ann Nyland was on Faculty at the University of New England, Australia. She is a grammar pedant, ancient languages translator, and best selling non-fiction author of such books as The Complete Books of Enoch; Angels, Archangels and Angel Categories: What the Ancients Said; The Book of Jubilees; A Devil of a Job to Find Satan in the Bible, among others. Hedgeland is her first novel.
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Excerpt: Chapter 7. Worthing.
"Do you mean to tell me you have been using Scientificarium research funds to make toys?" The short man did not raise his high-pitched voice, but spoke sternly, gesturing to a blue box sitting on Worthing's desk. Turns out he was Military Intelligence, although Worthing thought that title a contradiction in terms.
"Um no," Worthing said, trying to gather his wits.
The two sat opposite each other. Worthing was on a post-lecture high, as he liked to call them. Lectures always gave him a buzz. Wits gathered, Worthing tried to talk his way out of the situation. "As you are no doubt aware, High Master, my area of expertise is Future History, and specifically, Caridwen and the Kiste. In Future Time, Caridwen, who will then be known as April, will be very fond of a dramatica to be known as 'Dr Who.' I have asked the Faculty of Science to make replicas of 'Dr Who' items, such as this blue box and this life form known as a 'Dalek,' to aid in my research."
Worthing gave the Dalek a fond but loud pat on the head, hoping to draw the High Master's attention away from the shelves to his side, on which were perched many other Future replicas from the dramatica to be known as Dr Who: weeping angels, cybermen, David Tennant's sonic screwdriver, Matt Smith's sonic screwdriver, and a Rose Tyler action figure. Rose was Worthing's favorite companion, apart from Jo Grant, Donna, Turlough, and Adric, and what a sad ending he would have.
"Professor!" The High Master's reprimand snapped Worthing back to the matter at hand with an accompanying slap on the desk. "Your obvious misuse of Scientificarium funding is of little or no interest to me. We have gathered some Future Intelligence and request that you work with us on the matter of the Kiste."
Worthing wondered if it would be appropriate to ask if there would be any financial remuneration, but decided against it.
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