Robert Arias is a writer living in Maryland, and is also a skier, a sailor, and a community activist. His musings have been published in The Economist, Smithsonian, the Washington Post, The Capital, Spinsheet, and BoatUS Magazine, as well as on-line. Crown of Creation is his first novel; a sequel ("Volunteers") is in progress. You can contact him at email@example.com.
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Crown of Creation: 2046 - Two Nations, One Murder
by Robert Arias
It is 2046, 20 years after the Second Civil War. A skier is killed in Telluride, Colorado, now part of the Republic of Franklin. Adam Henry, a Denver detective, investigates. His quest for the killer brings him back East where he encounters the elusive terrorist organization, the Crown of Creation. Who killed the skier, and why? And how has America changed?
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- What the Market Will Bear: A Short Story
on Sep. 28, 2011
My first adventure of reading a book on-line. I'm also thinking of publishing one.
Anyway, a brilliant premise, well executed. Like all good future fiction, you took a current trend and took it to its "logical" conclusion. A very dark comedy indeed.
- The Cordwainer
on May 23, 2012
I really enjoyed the adventures of Beanie (the narrator), Flaky, and Mitty in this book. Once you accept the alternate history (global overheating discovered in the 1930s, some different affects of WWII, establishment of Corporatist State in the US), the plot follows logically. You really begin to care about these guys as the try to stick their fingers into the eye of the Concession in an alternative (and depressing) 1972.
on Sep. 03, 2012
A great first novel by Mr. Smith. I found his vision of 2066 disturbing, of course, but it was entirely realistic considering current trends. The main characters are people you want to care about and to find out what happens to them.
I'm a big fan of speculative fiction and detective fiction and this book contributes to both genres. It compares quite favorably with J. D. Robb's "... in Death" series (with Philip and Victoria replacing Roark and Eve) as well as my own novel, "Crown of Creation."