Byron Paul

Biography

I like soccer and auto-racing, and science fiction (especially dystopias, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, philip k dick) and post-modern fiction

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Smashwords book reviews by Byron Paul

  • Dark Futures: Two Science Fiction Short Stories on Nov. 10, 2011

    "Dark Futures" contains two somber SF stories - so says the description. These do leave a nice feel for the reader. Not too depressing, but not the old stale happy ending. Frozen Rock shines, think Dances With Wolves wrapped up in a few thousand words.
  • The Last Medal Winner: Four Science Fiction War Stories on Nov. 10, 2011

    Stories are short, but still enjoyable. Works better as a collection read at once than individually. I'm not specifically a military sci-fi fan, but I think these work well both for military sci-fi fans, and those who haven't read much in this subgenre. Recommended for sci-fi short story fans looking for a quick read.
  • I-O [Input-Output] on Dec. 23, 2011

    Logan is an exciting and refreshing new voice. Building from cyberpunk groundwork, Logan delivers new visions and dystopias in what is being termed as industrial-punk or dieselpunk. The collection starts and ends on strong notes, with some work that is a little raw and lacking direction, but overall very exciting and a writer I'm eager to read more from. I also like the inability to tie these works down to a decade, often feeling a blend of Great Depression, WW2-era, and Cold War misery juxtaposed into an unknown dark future dystopian culture. Cyberpunk needs the invention of computers and the internet, Steampunk needs Victorian era steam-powered machines, but Logan isn't limited, and the reader is stuck in a future-past void
  • Burial To Follow on Jan. 01, 2012

    This was my second Nicholson read, the first being the short story collection Scattered Ashes. Both have reminded me of Stephen King's grasp of true human fears and Hemingway's ability to make the mundane a riveting read. Nicholson is clearly one of America's most undervalued writers. This is some of the best stuff smashwords has to offer
  • Horror at Cold Springs on Jan. 03, 2012

    decent horror. steampunkish, but still more 'horror' at heart and also weird-western
  • Smaller Than Most on Jan. 17, 2012

    This is a collection of flash fiction containing the fantastic, surreal, and dark humor. It is the whims of an intriguing mind. This reads less like a true work and more like an introduction to a writer's mind and style. Nothing here really caught my attention specifically, but was intriguing enough for me to want to seek out more works from this author. This is one of the better short reads I've found on smashwords
  • Origins of Atlans on Jan. 17, 2012

    this sets up the Atlans myth for future works. The idea is better than the execution though.
  • When Minds Collide (Phoenician Short #0.1) on Aug. 18, 2012

    A very solid novella introducing The Phoenician Series, although without having read Conditioned Response I can say this works well as a standalone work. A fast-paced read that will keep your attention. It has an interesting appeal as Baldwin seamlessly blends space opera/space colonization style with some romance and with bio-engineering, along with age old questions like What does it mean to be human addressed with both a sci-fi way and reminiscent of a literary fiction way as well. My only complaint is there was enough here that could have been expanded upon to make a full novel, and it leaves the reader wanting more (which is part of the point, to get you into the Phoenician Series which you will likely gain interest in after reading this)
  • Seedlings on the Solar Winds and other stories on Sep. 23, 2012

    An excellent collection of stories from J Alan Erwine. It's been 3 years since I've read this, so I can't give details on the individual stories, but it led me to buy more story collections from Erwine and this title is on my to-read-again list.
  • The Big City on Oct. 28, 2012

    Interesting novel comparing quality of life in a massive overcrowded technological society versus a basic simple self-sustaining society of days past. This novel was definitely different from what I expected before reading and after reading the beginning. Likeable characters. Not complex, but not dumbed down, readable for teens and adults. A sci-fi topic with a fantasy feel. Many unexpected twists and idea presented by Reeves.
  • Living Stone on Nov. 18, 2012

    a very interesting read. like other reviewers of this title, I believe the main flaw here is length, as this really seems to be novel material, it seems as if William S Burroughs came by and cut every other chapter out ;) worth a read for sure though, as is Walking Like Morpheus by Cox, a great modern sci-fi novella
  • Sloughing Off the Rot on April 30, 2013

    What is Sloughing Off the Rot like? Take 2 cups of Stephen King's The Gunslinger and mix in 1 cup of each of the following 3 films: Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo, Lance Mungia's Six-String Samurai, and George Englund's Zachariah
  • The G.O.D. Factor on Aug. 13, 2013

    Sci-Fi novella, reminiscent of the style classic 50s stories, with a rogue AI named G.O.D. taking over a small ship and Monica must outthink it to save herself, and a crew that blames her. Also reminiscent of HAL9000, but the Oliver finds the right twists to keep this fresh and unique.
  • A Problem in Translation on Feb. 20, 2014

    typical space-opera first contact story. Erwine enjoys linquistics, and presents here connumdrums in translation. The humans have automatic translators, that in theory are still working correctly, but struggling with alien languagues that are vague, without structure, and possibly pronounless. The humans come across a few alien species, with two focused heavily on, the Lemec and Kulnar. The Lemec appear to be "running" the universe to an extent, but not in the same sense humans have created empires on Earth. The ship's captain and crew making first contact struggle to understand the Lemec, their intentions, and the views of the Lemec held by other species.. possibly the Lemec are to be greatly feared. The Kulnar are difficult to converse with as well, but easier, and serve as translators between humans and the Lemec. The Kulnar seem willing to help humans to a point, and seem loyal to the Lemec to a point.. again, the intentions of the species the humans come across are almost undefinable due to translation issues. In the end the human government and the ship making first contact find themselves in quite the confusing situation on the brink of war and peace.
  • Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed on Sep. 16, 2014

    odd, grotesque, and perverse at times, but not overly - Carbuncle does a great job mixing the bizarre with a classic folk road trip tale to come up with a very humorous and entertaining novel. Genre-wise this sits on the edqe of Bizarro sub-genre of speculative fiction and general comedy, if bizarro interests you I recommend Carbuncle's Sloughing Off the Rot published a few years ofter this one - it's a true bizarro classic.
  • Linehan's Trip on Oct. 28, 2014

    Interesting dystopian short tale merging the politics of football/soccer with that of real life - being the world's sport, it has always intertwined the most of all sports with politics, borders, religion, and war. Set in the future it echoes the dystopian feel of the past in terms of politics meeting sport. As a standalone piece, this is perhaps a little short and underdeveloped, but works really well as an introduction into Murphy's Linehan character and Padania state leaving the reader curious of these two entities