THIS PAGE LISTS my book-length works, including some now underway. Check
back for updates and news! Like everyone else, I also wrote a practice novel
or two not listed here; no need for details except to say I learned a thing or
two about what works and what doesn't. Ahem.
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chapters or full downloads of my released work. I'll continue uploading works
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Near-future cyberpunk/space opera/coming-of-age/new-wave philosophical action
Humankind rushes toward self-destruction, and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an
alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three
actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto
ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to
entertain his audience, an artificial intelligence facing personal crisis, and a cast of billions.
Here's a little of what I was trying to do with
Now available in trade paper and hardcover
editions at fine bookstores and directly from the publisher,
Hadley Rille Books; the
and Kindle editions
are also available.
If you would like to download the full novel in
various ebook formats - free - click here!
Want to see some
photos of the launch event? Here you go!
- August: Second printing is now available bearing a lovely quote from Library Journal.
- March 31: Hadley Rille Books is holding an
Fool's ebook sale; everything's 99¢! (No foolin'.) UPDATE:
seems to have kept the sale going....
- February 9, 2012: Just got my royalty statement and
learned that Transcendence has earned out. Hooray! Thank
you to everyone who has purchased a copy. If you haven't, well, why not take a
trip to your favorite bookstore ;-)
December 23: Happy Holidays from Hadley Rille Books! All HRB ebooks are on
sale for only $2.99 or less, including Transcendence in both the
Kindle edition and the Nook edition. Get 'em while they're hot!
- December 13: This story is an example of science fiction becoming
reality: One of the features of Transcendence is how
cyberspace - especially in a virtual-reality world - enables worldwide
collaboration, including choirs of millions. And now
choral composer Eric Whitacre is doing something just like that, only not live!
November 23: Happy Birthday to Hadley Rille Books! To celebrate six years in the
speculative-fiction publishing biz, they're now offering many of their e-books - including
Transcendence - for only 99¢! This includes both the
Kindle edition and the Nook edition.
For a limited time only: Offer ends November 29, so act fast!
- March 5: Now available for the Nook.
- February 28: Transcendence gets a positive Publisher's Weekly review.
February 13, 2011: Nice review on
Shoestring Theory's "Books
You Should Read" segment.
- December 23, 2010: full HTML version is now available for free download.
December 6: Book launch article in
- December 5: Transcendence gets a nice Library Journal review.
- November 26: Article on the Lawrence Journal-World about Transcendence, mostly accurate *g*
- November 25: full ePub version is now available for free download.
- November 22:
Live e-interview with the Lawrence Journal-World on the topic of piracy and writing in the Digital Age.
- November 18: Post about "Piracy,
freedom, and making a living as a writer" - also, I finally upload the whole book (in .pdf format) here for free download.
- November 16: I
discover the book has already been pirated... just hours after the Kindle edition was released.
- Friday, November 5: Book launches today! Reading and signing at the University of Kansas Jayhawk Ink bookstore (aka Oread Books), from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.
Party afterward at my house.
- November 3: Editor delivers the first hardcover - woohoo!
- October 18: Jacket design complete, with new blurb from Jack McDevitt. Off to press!
- September 17: Book launch set - so excited!
- July 17: First batch of advance reader copies shipped to Eric.
- July 7: First advance reader test-copy shipped to Eric.
- July 4: Best
birthday cake ever.
- July 1: Printer typography set and ready to go.
- June 30: Cover
- June 23: Cover art contracted.
- June 17: Edits complete and off to my editor.
- June 15, 2010: Cover design meeting with designer Melissa Lytton and Hadley Rille Books editor Eric T Reynolds.
More news and updates on my LiveJournal blog, under the tag
Want to pre-order the novel directly from the publisher at discount with
free shipping? Go to the
Hadley Rille Books website.
The Galactic Adventures of Jack and Stella
Present-day YA SF. When a brother and sister reach
adolescence, they begin to "remember" things they never studied - ancient,
secret keys to the universe buried in their DNA. To save their lives, their
mother kicks them out of their home and sends them on a road-trip to danger and
discovery, where they learn they're more than human, children born into an
interstellar game of politics where worlds stand in the balance. This revelation
drops them into the middle of a
millennia-long galactic conflict that threatens not only to destroy Humankind,
but throw all of galactic society back into devastating war!
on the run first across Kansas and then to other worlds, they must discover whom they can trust: human, alien,
AI, or just each other. Along the way, they must also evade powerful forces, build a
stardrive, and save Earth's population from a
winnowing plague unleashed upon our people. By the end of the first book, they are capable of
traveling to the stars, destroying entire planets... and surviving on their own.
Through their actions, all of galactic society is tossed into turmoil, and Earth
becomes a symbol of hope and change for all intelligent species... if they can
This is an ongoing series
that follows our heroes across the galaxy as representatives of
Humankind, traveling to alien worlds - some inhabited by strange and wondrous
beings, and some ruined by the last war
- and facing crises that they can only solve by building alliances, mastering their new-found
talents, and controlling the vast powers they're beginning to sense within.
The Galactic Adventures of Jack and Stella
March 25, 2013: Progress continues - just completed revising the first chunk
of the novel and outlining Book 2 and much of Book 3....
Nov. 12, 2012: Our young heroes have been tracked down and taken into custody
by their stepdad and other operatives of the Alien Management Agency. Right now, they are being subjected to interrogation and tests -
which, because the results are inconclusive, are threatening to escalate to brain biopsy....
The notes document has reached 18,000 words - including further fleshing-out of
Oct. 28: Of note to people
interested in the writing process: While the book's wordcount has finally
breached the 20,000-word milestone, the notes document has also just surpassed
17,000 words. That's only the .doc file, not counting dozens of pages of
hand-written notes. Taken together, Jack and Stella technically
comprises nearly a novel's worth of writing so far. Huh. And still I
regularly encounter challenges where I need to stop and re-outline scenes before
jumping back in.
Sept. 19: Just a note to report that progress continues.
Wordcount went down despite continued writing: such is the nature of the
work. The notes file has nearly doubled in length this year, and I'm in the middle
of a new set of scenes that drop Jack & Stella into the world of adult trouble....
June 4: Jack and Stella have been kicked out of their home, hit the road, and had an emotional bombshell dropped on them....
Reading at ConQuest! Also
donated a Tuckerization - a local fan will make (a bit more than) a guest appearance in the
May 23, 2012:
Draft underway! ETA to agent:
December 14, 2011:
Hard-edged far-future SF. A menace from the ancient past threatens
galactic civilization. Aboard a world-sized Empire Ship, a boy comes of age in a
society that sharpens men into weapons while the ship's Captain plans to resurrect
the Empire. Meanwhile, a woman launches a mission to destroy the
threat and must decide how best to save the human species.
Along the way, she works to save her father from her boss while teaching a couple of borderline-psychopaths about
loyalty and love... sorta.
Click here to read an excerpt.
Time Clogged with Space
Medium-future SF. Two hard-drinking spacecraft
pilots wreck their supercargo ship on an alien planet and stumble into a secret interstellar war.
While dealing with the fallout, one man comes to terms with losing his son while
the other falls deeper into the external drama.
Status: Draft complete, needs revision.
One Good War
Near-future SF. A disturbed software engineer tells two parallel tales:
The first is his personal story of coming of age in small-town America; the other is an adventure
arising from first contact with aliens and
conspiracy to commit terrorism on a vast scale... and why he ended up saving the human species
he sought to destroy.
Status: Draft complete, needs revision.
Near-future SF. Beings from another universe tunnel
into ours and download a vast amount of data into one man's mind. They
tell him that they hope to save their vastly superior civilization by enlisting us in a grand
scheme: For those willing to help, they promise eternal life and
paradise... but - even if they can be trusted - the price might be the destruction
of our universe and surrendering our humanity. Our protagonist must decode the
aliens' agenda while human civilization shudders under the revelation he offers.
Only when he recognizes that he holds the key to unlock the passage between our
universes does he realize how he can save both... but time is short as the Earth
teeters toward self-immolation: Religious ideologies first reject the news and
then fight to incorporate what they have learned into their structures, economic
and political structures are shaken to their roots, and our protagonist faces
not only the loss of his world but the woman closest to him if he cannot solve
the problems he has caused.
Status: Outlining phase.
Modern SF-horror. One of our main characters is "the Vivisectionist,"
a self-styled superhero... and serial murderer. He decided at a young age to use his power
to sustain life (while doing horrible things) for good; that is,
to remove bad people from the streets, torture confessions out of them, distribute their detailed
confessions, and then transform his subjects into tools to help perpetuate his mission.
The other main characters include a man who receives one of these confessions -
a recording of his child's murderer - and a cop who discovers the Vivisectionist's identity.
Status: Draft begun, researching.