All right, I confess! I love physics. I blame my misspent youth reading science fiction by the likes of Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke. Not surprisingly, I also love science fiction. I grew up in Missouri, in a family of overeducated overachievers. Following in their footsteps, I've earned far too many degrees including an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Hmm? I may have a split personality. The evidence shows I've authored or co-authored many scientific articles, and am a longtime member of the American Physical Society. I'm also a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine http://www.electricspec.com and a longtime member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America. Both sides of my personality live in Boulder, Colorado where I do physics by day and science fiction by night. Please visit me on the web at http://www.lesleylsmith.com.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I only get to pick five? :) I love To_Say_Nothing_Of_The_Dog by Connie Willis because she's such a great storyteller with a great voice. (Really I love anything she writes.) I love In_the_Garden_of_Iden by Kage Baker because it's such an awesome epic adventure. I love Dead_Until_Dark by Charlaine Harris because...I guess I really like the main character Sookie Stackhouse; she keeps going despite all her challenges. I love This_Shared_Dream by Kathleen Ann Goonan because somehow she transports me to wonderful special world--it's this world but different. I love Godplayers by Damien Broderick because it throws the reader into the fray immediately and it has so many neat physics/math ideas.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot. My favorites are all kinds of science fiction and urban fantasy. I also read some mystery, horror, epic fantasy, romance, best-sellers. Really, I love reading.
On the summer solstice physicist Madison Martin hopes to enjoy A Midsummer Night's Dream but a medical emergency interrupts the fun. She must try to use her quantum powers to get the sick woman to the hospital before it's too late. Will she succeed?
Interstellar singer spy Jack Jones is kidnapped!
Armed only with his stunning good looks, amazing charm, superlative secret agent instincts and a special skill that seems to be on the fritz, Jack must get to the heart of the greatest unsolved mystery in the galaxy...even if it kills him.
Interstellar singer spy Jack Jones uncovers a nefarious bomb plot on planet Faspuayama. Can he protect an A.I., prevent murders and stop a civil war all in time to save The Shakespeare's performance of Cats?
After helping to overthrow her oppressive government, Katherine Garcia is enjoying a coffee with her new boyfriend when they're attacked with ray guns. Their lives and the future of the brand-new democracy are at risk. Can they defeat the bad guys to save their lives and democracy?
Brilliant young computer scientist Ella Hote doesn't believe in luck until she invents a quantum computer that makes even the longest of long shots pay off. Unfortunately, for every stroke of good luck, someone else pays the price in bad luck. Ultimately, when lives are on the line, how far will she go?
When interstellar singer spy Jack Jones has to solve his own murder on The Shakespeare his clone body loses thirty years of memories, and then it starts experiencing strange urges and abilities. As he investigates he discovers space pirates and a secret faster-than-light drive, which could push the galaxy into war. He would solve the mystery and save the day--if only he could remember how.
Physicist Chloe Phillipson has a dark matter accident and gets a superpower which her sons inherit. When she and her husband plan a romantic getaway at the same time as her oldest son's first boy girl party, what could possibly go wrong?
In Kat Garcia's world the sun is hot enough to kill and she works hard to keep her friends safe. In Kaitlin Garcia's world the Unified States is constantly bombarded by severe storms and she tries to fix climate change. In Katherine Garcia's world the government is all powerful. When Katherine's fusion experiment opens portals, the three Kats must work together to try to save all the universes.
Physicist and Quantum Cop Madison Martin knows it's her responsibility to bring a quantum killer to justice. As the q-crimes increase, she worries that reality itself if a goner. Can she take down the q-criminal before it's too late?
When lonely physicist Chloe Carsen discovers a parallel world she becomes addicted to her life there with a perfect family and a perfect career.
Chloe is torn away from them as her real-world brother finds her on the verge of death and destroys her equipment. Heartbroken and torn between two worlds, Chloe pushes her scientific expertise to the limit to find a way to reconcile her two lives.
When physics professor Madison Martin is smashed by a car, her quantum expertise and survival instinct enable her to rewrite reality and save her life. She's freaked about what happened but, luckily, the hot physicist from the office next door volunteers to help her decipher what the hell just happened. Everything seems lost when the nature of reality is endangered. Can she save the world?
What if Dreamtime is real?
In Boulder, Colorado college student and former foster-kid Kairi Johnson discovers she can time-travel but it's not as simple as it first appears.
In Sydney, Australia twenty-five-year-old Kyle Barada inherits his clan's Time Travel business. All seems lost until he tracks down missing clan member, Kairi. Can they save everyone they love by working together?