Immortal Clay series
Duplicate. Infiltrate. Exterminate.
The alien ate its way out of Antarctica, devouring and duplicating every living thing it found. Humanity turned continents to glass and oceans to poison in a desperate effort to stop it—and failed.
Nobody expected that once the alien copied everyone, once it owned the world, it would set the copies free.
Police detective Kevin Holtzmann fled with his family into the desert, and almost survived. Now a new Kevin must figure out the terrifying new world’s rules before the world eats him alive—again. His life teeters between the yesterday’s nightmares and tomorrow’s unknown horrors.
But humanity’s best and worst features survived. Life means hope, and terror, and joy, and fear. New life means new dangers. New threats. New crimes…
Good thing he’s a new Kevin.
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Immortal Clay book 2
The alien Absolute eradicated Earth’s native life, replacing a fraction of it with alien duplicates. Kevin remembers the life of a police officer, but must find a new life in the bizarrely warped landscape of northern Michigan.
But even astonishingly resilient alien flesh breaks down, with enough effort.
Or enough electricity.
Absolute eradicated humanity. But his copies brought the worst parts of humanity with them…
Montague Portal series (stories/novellas)
No More Lonesome Blue Rings
Incurable prion disease eating your nervous system?
Abandon everyone you love. Go to a clinic in a universe where prions can’t replicate.
Sherry Rogers fills her days as best she can with her rattletrap nervous system. When aliens attack the clinic, however, she finds herself behind enemy lines.
Nobody can save Sherry. Except herself.
And nobody at all can keep the aliens from massacring everyone… except – maybe – Sherry.
Laws of physics inconvenient?
New security officer Redding fought for years to get on a Portal team. A whole universe to explore, and she’s babysitting tempermental, egotistical scientists arguing over a handful of dirt.
But even a petty argument can escalate into a threat to the entire team.
And a mere handful of dirt can threaten the Earth they’ve left behind…
There’s no grounds for murder. There’s no ground at all.
The people exploring and exploiting alien universes risk everything, including their lives. But Devin Gupper’s death makes no sense. And the more questions security officer Aidan Redding asks, the less rational it seems.
But in a bottomless universe full of impossibilities, one impossible murder begins everything…
Meet the new universe, same as the old universe—
but thirteen billion years younger.
Aidan Redding’s new assignment? A space station in a universe so young it’s barely invented hydrogen. Researchers study the cosmos’ earliest days, discover whole new realms of science…
and go screaming insane.
The mathematicians claim this universe obeys the same natural laws as Redding’s own.
At the beginning of time, though, the universe writes its own rules…
Drinking Heavy Water
Aidan Redding’s entire goal for her time in this universe: behave. For once. Discovering seafaring aliens trashes that plan.
The aliens raise questions. Her co-workers raise more.
The answers explain it all. And ruin everything.
On a world where gravity changes every second, Redding finds herself involuntarily allied with a mathematician from Soviet Texas as she races to save not just herself but civilization.
Forget aliens. Nothing threatens Earth’s golden age so much as ordinary human beings.
Non-series SF stories
Drums with Delusions of Godhood
Crash the Genetic Code
As civilization staggers, hardened veteran Frances Young plays euchre with her team and slashes throats. The new kid can’t play cards worth a damn, and he’s probably no better at cutting throats.
The Choreomania Response Squad. It’s a living.
(Originally appeared in “Boundary Shock Quarterly: Apocalypse Descending”)
Winner Breaks All
Gonna cure me?
Just you watch…
A fascinating and insightful exploration of “personality disorders” and what can be done about them and what should be done about them packed into a very tightly plotted story of future corporation intrigue. — Amazon review
Waking up Yesterday
He fell asleep a successful forty-six year and woke in his parents’ ramshackle home, decades earlier — eighteen years old again, with alcoholic parents and a violent brother.A chance for a better life? Or just another trip through the nightmare?
Sometimes, knowing then what you know now doesn’t help.
Every experiment needs untouched subjects for comparison – controls. Even routine genetic repairs on human beings.Genetic engineering fixed Kevin’s teeth and eyes, but couldn’t save his disastrous marriage.
Then he meets Fell, a woman with bad teeth and poor vision. A rare Control. Who turns his life inside out with simple phone calls.
Sometimes, the best change is no change at all.
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