Four Audio Books Released

New Titles Now Available at Amazon/Audible and iTunes If you’re new to audio books, click on the titles below for more information and to sign up for a free trial at Audible.  Or simply log in to your Amazon or iTunes account and give them a look. Four quick listens. Well written, -if I do say so myself  – excellently narrated, and all at a good price. The near-future short ‘Sozo’, included in The Crossover Alliance 2015 annual anthology. Narrator Steven Floyd’s weary cynicism is pitch perfect. The Celtic-flavored ghost story ‘The… Read More

Altered Carbon, Common Humanity

Binged ‘Altered Carbon’ this weekend, Netflix’ latest and reportedly most expensive series to date. ($6-7 million per episode? whoa) A 10-part cyberpunk/noir piece based on Richard K. Morgan’s book of the same name, it’s a bloody, sensual, cynical look at the future. Designer clone bodies, digitized consciousness, virtual imprisonment and torture, galaxy-spanning Spec Ops/Secret Police, obscene wealth disparity, functional immortality… the future’s so dark, you gotta wear NODs. A solid Sci Fi show with a gritty story and great effects, but if ‘Altered Carbon’ says anything about the future, it’s that science… Read More

Latest Zombie Six

  Charlie Foxtrot   The next chapter in the Zombie 6 novella ‘Enemy of my Enemy’ is now available. Click on the title link above or use the pull down menu in the header. Treachery, reversals, foes all around, the team races to confront the real enemy. Thanks and enjoy. * cover art by J. Penswick Designs. Nice one, eh?

Some cover art

  I write all the time but NaNoWriMo has been good for something this go around.  

New Installment of ZOMBIE 6

Is up for your consideration. Titled BLACK ECHO, just click in the Drop Down Menu up top under the Z6 tab. Thanks and enjoy.

Zombie 6: new Mil-SF

  Bit of writing news for the new year. I’ve decided to alternate fiction projects in 2017. My first and main effort continues to be the post-apocalypse fantasy novel Shattered Worlds,  (currently hammering out Act II, Into the Scorned Lands) while the second, ‘mistress project’, is a straight up military science fiction novella presently titled Zombie 6. Focused on a spec-ops team ordered to support the embattled Colonial Administration Security forces on the mining colony Mèng Tiān, Zombie 6 will be offered free here on HSSJ as it progresses. I have added a… Read More

Bread or Circus?

or “Why SyFy’s ‘THE EXPANSE’ show is better than the books” ‘Bread and circuses’ was the policy employed by jaded Imperial Roman politicians to control and appease the great unwashed pleb masses. Now this isn’t a political post (although I certainly could run down that rabbit trail barking like a pack of rabid hounds) This being a writing blog, I’m going take a moment to ramble on about the storyteller’s dilemma of Substance versus Spectacle. STAR WARS: THE PLOT DOESN’T THICKEN  THE FORCE AWAKENS After Christmas, I spent one of my rare… Read More

V.P. Writing Exercise

Here’s my writing exercise from the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop. Each of us was assigned to work up a piece for a notional short story anthology, as well as given a surprise toy that had to be included. My anthology was “Poe 3000”, a sci-fi homage to Edgar Allan Poe. My toy prop was… well, I bet you can figure it out. ***   The Annabel Lee at Ganymede Sam Ryoshi asked once more, to make sure. “You got her a nose?” Kishore Patek nodded, eyes flickering over the thruster display. “A… Read More

Illustrated Excerpts – “Dainty Monsters”

A chapter from Under Strange Stars, the second collection of Clar1ty Wars stories. Illustrations by Tim Teague  1 – DAINTY MONSTERS Jien stabbed at his maki roll. “It’s for your own good, babe.” Seeb frowned for the tenth time that minute. A bad situation was turning several shades shittier and showed no sign of stopping. Her head understood going to ground meant changes, hassles, aggravation… Orbital creeps were shooting up city streets to kill her. A cheap two-room flat in A-Town, drab blend-in clothes, and a severe cut and bleach for her… Read More

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

I don’t know who’s writing the Deus Ex storylines, but I’d love to hang out in Montreal Eidos for a couple days, just to catch whatever nano-virus they’ve got. In my opinion, these folks nail it. For me, Deus Ex is the latest iteration of the cyberpunk genre. No contest. Apparently there’s a bit of controversy over the theme/term ‘mechanical apartheid‘ in the upcoming game. I don’t mean to diminish that dark and difficult chapter of history, but is everyone in the fictional internal narrative/character/game dynamic required to be culturally sensitive/politically correct? Seems… Read More