Wynne Whiteford attended St Patrick's College, East Melbourne, and left school during the Great Depression. His first business venture was a display company based in Prahran, Melbourne. He had a background in commercial law and practical engineering. In the 1930s he wrote short stories that appeared in journals such as the Sydney Bulletin. He wrote suspense stories for Australian magazines in the 1950s, and was technical editor of the Australian Motor Manual. He also wrote the 'pets' section of the Melbourne Herald for a year. Whiteford began writing long science fiction stories while he was living in Washington D.C. He later resided in London for two years. On his return to Australia he scripted a drama series for Radio Australia.
The Specialist1990single work novel science fiction mystery 'Lance Garrith, star reporter for the Solar News, came to Mars for the scoop of a lifetime: evidence of a visitor from beyond the stars. But a Martian colony can be a dangerous place. Lance is watched, followed ... and nearly killed. Something on Mars doesn't want to be found. Something not quite human...' (Back cover)
'When the explosions began, shaking the very roof of his world, only Rah had the courage to climb to the surface to investigate. There he found a strange machine, tended by two-eyed creatures with silvery skin. Aliens! A deep chill touched Rah’s very soul. The unbelievable had finally happened. Mars had been invaded!'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
Described as a novel of first contact between Martians and aliens.