Truth is stranger than fiction - or so the saying goes. As a writer, I draw my inspiration from the past - from the strange, surprising stories that fill the annals of history. Starting from real events, I blend fact and fiction to create stories that illuminate the darker corners of history - and their effect upon our present and future. I am most inspired by the history of science and technology - particularly during the 20th Century - and strive for a high level of technical and historical accuracy in my work. Through my works I seek to depict the world from a unique perspective - the lens of the engineer.
Our Own Devices: Stories of the Machine Age
"...presents interesting, sometimes disturbing, perspectives on the interactions of technology and human behaviour."
-Ron Britton, Winnipeg Free Press
From the dust jacket: The Second World War. Nuclear Power. Space Exploration. Three powerful forces that forever changed the course of history. In these nine new stories based on historical fact, Gilles Messier explores our intimate and often fickle relationship with science and technology in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and how it came to define our past, present, and future.
Copies can be ordered through the Petra Books website or on Amazon.
Twentieth Century Blues
Picking up where Our Own Devices left off, this collection of 11 new stories explores myriad strange, haunting, and sometimes absurd facets of the Century of Progress and beyond, from the rise of computers and telecommunications to the wonders of the natural world, the changing face of warfare, and even the nature of modern relationships. From the depths of the Pacific to the jungles of New Guinea and the skies over Africa, Twentieth Century Blues is a grand tour of the modern world and all its eccentricities.