Bernard Schaffer is the father of two children. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, his work ranges from the Kindle Top 100 Superbia, a gritty police story of corruption and unsung heroism, international best-seller Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes, and the fantasy western series Guns of Seneca 6.
Schaffer is one of the new breed of independent authors, embracing technology (he has over 13k followers on Twitter @ApiarySociety and provides digital "Authorgraphs" for all of his books) and eschewing traditional publishing mechanisms. In 2013, he launched a brand new Star Trek series, Return Fire, that he is giving away for free via his fan-access Dropbox (Links to the Dropbox are included in each of his books).
In addition to writing and publishing his own work, he is the creator and leader of the Kindle All-Stars Project, a conglomerate of authors who donate their work in the name of raising funds for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The 1st KAS publication, Resistance Front, featured legends such as Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster.
It was during the Resistance Front project that he first met Laurie Laliberte and asked her to provide editorial assistance. He has since worked with her exclusively, and Laurie has gone on to edit multiple best-selling novels for a wide variety of authors.
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by Bernard Schaffer
Approx. 115,390 words.
Published on December 9, 2011.
Resistance Front features thirty-one short stories and five essays from the widest variety of authors available in literature. Famous authors such as Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster, best-selling Kindle authors such as Jon F. Merz and Bernard J. Schaffer, and authors from the US, UK, New Zealand, and Nepal all come together in this collection to assemble the Resistance Front.
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- Evolution of Insanity
on May 18, 2011
Haresh Daswani is not your usual author, and it is no surprise he’s written a pretty unusual book. The title “Evolution of Insanity” is an exercise in truthful advertising. Either Daswani is nuts or he’s operating on a level way up there in the stratosphere.
The book is a collection of short chapters that contain virtually no dialogue. The descriptions of simple things take on a kind of poetic oscillation that are always moving and impossible to pin down.
This book abandons standard narrative structure and embraces a James Joyce type stream-of-consciousness that will make you sometimes smile and sometimes scratch your head. I liked it. It felt fresh and different from the norm, even if I don’t feel smart enough to understand all of it.