J Alan Erwine
J Erwine was born Oct. 15, 1969 in Akron, Ohio. Early in his life he was exposed to science, and specifically astronomy. From there on, J’s passion turned to science fiction, a passion that’s never died.
Due to family issues, J eventually found himself in Denver, Colorado, where he still lives (well, right outside now.)
From the time he could put subject and predicate together on paper, J has been writing stories. None of those early stories exist anymore (thankfully), but that passion for writing has never waned.
After several years of rejection, the story Trek for Life was eventually sold to ProMart Writing Lab editor James Baker. It wasn’t Asimov’s, but it was a start. Since that time J has sold more than forty short stories to various small press publishers. In addition ProMart also published a short story collection of J’s entitled Lowering One’s Self Before Fate, and other stories, which is still available. ProMart also published a novel from J entitled The Opium of the People, which sold a few copies before going out of print.
The relevance of the novel after the events of September 11th caused J to self-publish the novel, as he felt the story had a lot to say in the new reality we now find ourselves living in. Now, this same book has been re-released by Nomadic Delirium Press.
Eventually J would become an editor with ProMart. Then, after the untimely death of ProMart editor James Baker, J would move on to ProMart’s successor Sam’s Dot Publishing, where he continues to work today. J also spends most of his time working as a freelance writer and editor.
J’s novel was voted a top ten finisher in the 2003 annual Preditors & Editors contest, and his short story The Galton Principle won a ProMart contest for best story over 5,000 words. In addition, a number of his stories have been voted “best of” in various issue of The Martian Wave and The Fifth DI… and have been included in Wondrous Web Worlds Vols. 2, 3, 4, and 6.
In 2009, the Ephemeris Role Playing Game was released. J is the co-creator of this game, and has written several supplements for the game. The Fall of 2010 will see the release of J's second novel, Red Moon Rising.
J currently lives with his amazing wife, two wonderful children, one crazy cat and a very quiet turtle. J and his wife are expecting their third child.
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Sad Grey Eyes on Tharsis
A Martian marine is captured by rebels, but what will happen to him as they try to make him see their side of things...will he turn against his training, or will he turn against the rebels?
Twist of Fate
Edward Janick couldn't get into the space academy, so he decides to stowaway on a ship headed off Earth, but he has no idea of just what kind of adventure he's about to undertake, and who will be determined to see him fail...or die...
While mining a Jovian satellite, Patrick Clegg discovers evidence of ancient life, but how far will the corp he works for go to keep anyone from learning about his discovery?
The Galton Principle
Lewis Goddard has long supported the eugenics based government that rules the United States, so much so that he's a proud member of the Galton Youth, but when he suddenly finds himself classified as one of the "genetically inferior," Lewis suddenly finds himself questioning his beliefs...and on the run.
The Indoctrination of the Tolari
Religion is something that is very personal to most, but what happens when one zealot decides it's his personal mission to bring his religion to a group of aliens?
A Union in Death
As the end of the world approaches, a young couple is faced with some difficult choices, because not everyone will be allowed to leave the Earth.
The Opium of the People
Albert Jacobson is a man trapped in a nightmare society. The radical Christian Right has seized control of the American government, and Albert (a Jewish professor) now finds himself an outcast in his own nation...but he has no idea of the direction his life is about to take.
This is the story that inspired the novel of the same name.
The Coldness of Love and Death
Edward died and had himself frozen so he could see the future, but how could he survive that future without the love of his life...
Harvest of Debts
Debt is a huge problem in the world, and as the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" continues to grow, just how far will corporations and the rich go to make the poor pay off their debts...organ harvesting?
A Tortuous Wrong Turn
Hentor made a business of smuggling cargo for one of the most powerful criminal syndicates, but when he's forced to dump his cargo to try to avoid capture, he has no idea of just how much trouble he's about to find himself in.
A Problem in Translation
Humanity's first encounter with an alien species doesn't go as expected, when it turns out that the aliens are virtually impossible to understand. Forced to make decisions that no Human captain has ever been faced with, Captain Shiro Takahashi must try to negotiate with incomprehensible aliens, and keep his crew alive.
This is the story that inspired the novel of the same name.
Politics has always been ugly, and it just keeps getting uglier...this can only mean that in the future, politics could be deadly...
Who Listens to the Voices of the Past?
Humans have a long history of exploiting other races on their own world, but what will happen when they discover another sentient species on a new planet?
The Secret of the Coltao
The Coltao and the Humans live peacefully on the planet Nerthus, but the Humans have been told to never approach the Coltao city as their planet approaches aphelion. The Humans have always listened, until a young human named Dag decides he wants to disobey. He'll face terrible dangers as he crosses the frozen landscape, and nothing can prepare him for what he finds when he reaches the Coltao city
Private Coral Gnasher is a dolphin serving the navy of the hairless apes, as he calls them, but he's not happy about it. The dolphin wants to return home, but he has to learn how to escape from the hairless apes...without invoking their vengeance.
Adrift Amidst the Cooling Fires of Creation
A failed mission to Mars leaves four astronauts marooned and heading for the asteroid belt. Faced with certain death from lack of air or starvation, they each choose a way to exit life...all but one, who decides he just wants to see what's out there before he dies.
Lowering One's Self Before Fate
No one ever really knew what happened at the Kira Len Massacre until someone finds a detailed story about the massacre downloaded into their personal AI. Is the story believable? How did it get there? And is there more to the message than the reader thinks?
The Lives of Billions
As the terraforming of Mars swings into high gear, microbes are discovered deep in Valles Marineris, but the corporations don't care, until one scientist decides that it's time to make them take notice.
Trek for Life
A shuttle goes down in a blizzard, and the crew is forced to march through the deadly snow in the hopes of saving the passengers, but will any of them make it...
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