The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan

What happens when paranoid U.S. government officials decide their elderly agents and top scientists are becoming security risks with the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s?

The year is 2030. Meet DHS agent Ashley Scott and Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Eduardo Ortega. They battle a government conspiracy that goes far beyond an attack on the elderly who possess classified information. More

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About Steven M. Moore

Born in California, Steve Moore reversed the adage “Go West, young man,” living twelve years in South America before settling in the Northeast U.S. His training as a mathematician and physicist and his interests in music, robotics, genetics, and scientific ethics are evident in his story telling. Although he writes mostly mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, and books that combine these genres, it is the human condition that intrigues him—those idiosyncrasies and crazy internal contradictions that plague us all, along with the fight between good and evil. He also believes that humanity’s only salvation is for society to encourage creative individuals who “think outside the box.”

Steve grew up “cutting his teeth” on the great dystopian sci-fi thrillers of the 1950s and 60s—Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, No Blade of Grass by Christopher, Not This August by Kornbluth, and many others. The short stories of Phillip K. Dick—“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (made into the movie Blade Runner), “Minority Report,” “Paycheck,” “The Adjustment Team” (made into the movie The Adjustment Bureau), “Total Recall,” and others—inspired him long before they inspired Hollywood. They led him to the “dark classics”: Wells’ The Time Machine, Huxley’s Brave New World, Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, and Orwell’s 1984. Unlike the dark classics, in Steve’s novels there is always hope. Moreover, here in The Secret Lab you will find some evidence of an off-beat and irreverent humor that is interwoven even through his more serious works.

Steve’s dystopian vision of humanity’s possible futures is now associated with his concept of social singularity. His novels The Midas Bomb, The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan, Full Medical, Evil Agenda, No Amber Waves of Grain, and Soldiers of God, taken in their chronological order (not the order in which they were written), lead up to and through this singularity. The novel Survivors of the Chaos passes through it and is followed by Sing a Samba Galactica and Come Dance a Cumbia...with Stars in Your Hands! Soldiers ends with a bang, Survivors describes the whimper, and Cumbia trumpets hope. The story of the Fearsome Four and Mr. Paws is a light-hearted detour from such serious matters—it is serious fun, though, as some of the themes treated in The Secret Lab are very important ones.

The mystery/thriller side of his writing psyche is often confounded with the sci-fi. Classic authors like Chesterton, Christie, and James were early influences, but later authors from Le Carre to Rankin and Ludlum to Child have influenced him. His overall minimalist writing style--readers are given just enough to interact with the story, thus participating in the creative process--could be called "hard-boiled" a la Chandler, especially in his mystery and thriller stories.

Steve now dedicates full time to his writing career. He has published nineteen novels, four series, and three short story collections. For him, storytelling is the goal without consideration of genre--he wants to provide you with an entertaining story at a reasonable price.

After many years in the Boston area, his wife and he now make their home in New Jersey. Besides his novels, he has written many short stories and over thirty academic publications. Visit him at his website where you will find excerpts, short stories, and other freebies (a PDF on fiction writing is available for the asking), as well as a blog that contains many posts about current events, book and movie reviews, interviews, and irreverent tips on writing (look for "News and Notices from the Writing Trenches" on most Fridays). You can also find Steve on Google+ and Goodreads.

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