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Monday, December 4, 2017

Five-Phobos Recommendation for Keisha Fladrick's Strangers of Earth

With the human race facing extinction, what is the greatest threat faced by the survivors searching for a new world to colonize? Why, hell is other people, as Jean-Paul Sartre famously told us. Can low-level engineering drudge Nyota survive a mysterious plague striking down her shipmates, not to mention the evil predations of the onboard human resources department, long enough to find happiness with her lover Liam? With enough paranoid switchbacks in this plot to power one and a half Philip K. Dick novels, the answer will surprise you!

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5 Phoboses!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Get Your Copy of Day of Vengeance!

Get your Kindle copy of Day of Vengeance ("Days of Ascension" Book 2) for just $2.99 until November 20! It's my ninth published novel, just out from Silver Leaf Books.
In related news, check out my brand-new interview on "The Gal in the Blue Mask" blog, which also interviewed Suzie Mitchell, one of my favorite characters from the whole "Days of Ascension" series! See and

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just-in-Time Satire (Review of Martina Fetzer's Time Binge)

The concept of time travel has long since burst through the walls of the science fiction genre ghetto and gone mainstream, in everything from popular novels and movies to network TV shows. It's so familiar, in fact, that we're apt to forget how bizarre and illogical an idea it is, which is one of many reasons why Martina Fetzer's Time Binge (Brooks & Smith Book 1: 99 cents ebook, $12.99 paperback) is such a refreshing comic treat.

Zany energy pulses through this tale, told in a wry, deadpan tone, of the terrible troubles paranormal detectives Edward Smith and Arturo Brooks encounter when their employer, a secretive agency that calls itself "the Reticent," sends them to investigate the reported invention of a time machine in Staten Island. Smith and Brooks are fully drawn characters with massive personal flaws, which fuel the tragicomic plot along with their love for each other, and the setting of present-day New York City and its outer boroughs is vividly depicted. Other characters and supposed glimpses of the historical past and the far future are not as successfully fleshed out, although Patience Cloyce, a time-traveling Puritan from the height of the witch craze in Salem, Massachusetts, does show promise. Our present day's corporate drone world, electronic gadget obsession, and navel-gazing hipsters are the main, deserving targets of the book's sharp satire. Highly recommended.

This review is cross-posted on Amazon and Goodreads.

Four-and-a-half Phoboses (out of five).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Guarding Liberty with Zap-Guns?

SFF as Protest Literature: Are we guarding liberty with zap-guns, or trying to mind control our readers? Join me for a panel discussion at #Balticon, Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m., in the 5th floor Mt. Washington room at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. With @SarahPinsker,@KMSzpara,@nobilis,@GailZMartin

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Launch Party for Monsters of Venus!

Launch party for my new novel #MonstersOfVenus at #Balticon this Saturday, May 27, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Club Lounge, 4 p.m. But it now on Amazon!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cover Reveal for My Novel, Monsters of Venus!

Cover reveal for my latest novel, Monsters of Venus, the long-awaited sequel to Seven Against Mars! Come join me at the launch party at the Baltimore Science Fiction Convention (Balticon) in the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore, on Saturday, May 27 at 4 p.m., and/or hear me read from the novel at the same hotel, Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m.