Recent Reads: “Barsk”

Maybe I entered the world of Barsk with poorly calibrated expectations. Lavish critical praise described a unique, thoughtful science fiction tale. I typically view such panegyric with skepticism, but the book's premise sounded legitimately intriguing: in a galaxy of advanced sapient mammals, a planet inhabited by an ostracized elephantine race produces a unique drug that... Continue Reading →

Recent Reads: “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin

From my earliest memory of stories, I’ve loved science fiction; however, I admit I’ve had only a small exposure to non-Western examples of the genre. Liu Cixin's 2015 Hugo winner The Three-Body Problem offered an imagined future with different cultural roots. The result is an intriguing (if imperfectly executed) novel with exquisite historical resonance. The Three-Body Problem weaves... Continue Reading →

Recent Reads: Ancillary Mercy

“I feel a bit unqualified,” I confessed to my dad. “A lowly indie author criticizing a Nebula award winner?” The man who always provides unflinchingly candid feedback on my manuscripts observed that acclaimed works don't always stand on their own merit. “Call it like you see it,” he advised. So I will. Ancillary Mercy let... Continue Reading →

Recent Reads: “Assassin” by Anela Deen

Assassin, the latest in indie author Anela Deen's Insurrection novelette series, might be the most absorbing installment yet. In this penultimate fourth episode, we finally get the perspective of Everett "the Albatross", a government killer turned rebel leader. Glimpses of his dark past finally come to light and some of the shadows catch up with... Continue Reading →

Get Your ARC of Syzygy Pt II!

Syzygy Pt II: Opposition Effect, is back from my tech editor! A few final tweaks and it'll be ready to go. Barring any unanticipated catastrophes, I'm scheduling publication for Tuesday, October 25. For anyone who doesn't want to wait that long, I'm offering a limited number of advance reader copies (ARCs) in exchange for honest reviews... Continue Reading →

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