My latest novel The Crossover Gene is now available at all major ebook stores (including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple) and in paperback through Amazon. Here’s the gist of it:
Andy Davis is nothing special. A roster of failed relationships. A magnet for dead-end jobs. Untalented and uninspired. Add in a penchant for booze and drugs and he’s headed nowhere fast.
But when two hit men try to kill him in a dark alley, Andy discovers he’s anything but average. In fact, he’s the most important person in the world.
And the parallel world next door.
This was a fun book to write. I originally started it back in 2012, but put it on hold for a couple of years while I worked on other projects. I finished it up last year and released it in October. If you like fast-paced thrillers, parallel universes and an unlikely hero’s journey then this book might just be for you.
I’m happy to announce that I recently published a collection of short horror stories. It weighs in around 56,000 words (approximately the length of a short novel). This is particularly rewarding since some of these stories and ideas are ten or fifteen years old and are finally now seeing the light of day. I had a lot of fun writing and publishing this. So if horror is your thing, you might want to check it out. It’s available for the Kindle and the Nook eReaders.
One of my absolute favorite science fiction short stories is Bordered in Black by Larry Niven. For some foreboding reason that story really resonated with me. Here’s what Niven had to say about it in a little forward to the story:
“Bordered in Black” is a nightmare vision.
If a vision were enough, it would have been sold at once. I wrote it as a vignette. Ed Ferman’s comment (months before my first story sale) was that it looked like an outline for a story. So I set it aside, and tackled it again a few years later. The version that appeared in F&SF was much changed.
If I wrote it today it would be changed again. A story needs more than the original idea…but the nightmare still shows through.
You can read the entire short story here.
Back in 1992 I found a book in the trash called Inherit the Stars, written by James P. Hogan. I read it, loved it, the bought the three sequels that followed. Apparently Hogan wrote a fifth book in the series in 2005 called Mission to Minerva. It’s been so long since I read the first one I’m going to just reread the whole series before buying the latest book.
I guess one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Inherit the Stars is brilliant, definitely worth checking out. What’s also very cool is that you can pick this book up for free from Baen Books here.
Synopsis from the back cover (the last line is what hooked me):
THE MAN ON THE MOON WAS DEAD
They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there…or what had killed him.
All they did know was that his corpse was 50,000 years old…and that meant that this man had somehow lived long before he could have existed.