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.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I write sci-fi thrillers, so it's natural that I read and review sci-fi and books involving mystery, suspense, and action. Some of my books have a dystopian flavor. I discovered dystopian sci-fi a long time ago and admired the old-timers like Wells and Huxley to classic writers like Bradbury, Christopher, Kornbluth, etc. As a writer, I felt there was a niche to be filled that combines sci-fi with thriller--more so than what's called techno-thrillers because my books generally have more science and technology. But I read in many genres, including non-fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The pleasure of being alive. And now, as a full-time writer, enjoying another day pounding the keys in my constant quest to entertain readers. Oh, and don't forget those mugs of cafe colombiano--an addiction that my muses OK because it helps the words flow from the keyboard.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Steven M. Moore online

Where to buy in print


Angels Need Not Apply
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,340. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Steve Moore gives a new meaning to “narco-terrorism” in this thriller that has NYPD homicide detectives Rolando Castilblanco and Dao-Ming Chen thwarting another terrorist plot. Castilblanco uses his old Navy SEAL skills to good effect and Chen takes on a new sexy and independent role against the combined forces of al Qaeda, a Mexican cartel, and neo-Nazi militia members.
Soldiers of God
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In a future where the U.S. is only years away from the Chaos, three questions need answers. Why was an innocent graduate student of history studying a presidential assassination murdered? Why is a Catholic priest collaborating with terrorists who are religious zealots? And who is scheming to steal oil royalties from two South American countries? An FBI agent works hard to provide answers.
Silicon Slummin'...and Just Gettin' By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,680. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Mary Jo Melendez is back. The protagonist of Muddlin’ Through takes a security job in the Silicon Valley after bouncing across the U.S. through temp jobs. Her future isn’t all bright, though, as she discovers she has a stalker. She hires a PI for surveillance and protection who becomes a new love interest. Will this ex-USN Master-at-Arms survive this time?
Muddlin' Through
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,280. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Ex-USN Master-at-Arms Third Class Mary Jo Melendez struggles with restarting her life until she is hired as a security guard for an R&D firm with Pentagon contracts. She is framed after a violent break-in and lands in prison. She escapes, struggles to clear her name, and seeks revenge for her sister and brother-in-law’s deaths, during a journey that takes her around Europe and South America.
Rogue Planet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,490. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Hidden away from near-Earth planets in remote spiral arms of the Galaxy are Human worlds that have lost contact with more progressive worlds and reverted to strange and primitive customs and traditions, their leaders using religion, superstition, and imported technologies to rule in tyranny.
The Midas Bomb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,740. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The murders of a Wall Street broker and a Navy SEAL in Manhattan only miles and minutes apart seem unrelated, but Chen and Castilblanco, two NYPD homicide detectives, discover a connection. As the strange cases merge and they chase down the killers, even with federal stonewalling, they uncover a terrorist plan to destroy two American icons and generate a financial crisis.
More than Human: The Mensa Contagion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,700. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » General
“People of Earth! You’ve just won a complete makeover of your society that brings peace and prosperity. What will you do next?” “Why, go to Mars, of course!” This epic sci-fi tale relates how an invading ET virus affects Earth’s social structures and subsequent space exploration.
No Amber Waves of Grain
Series: Clones and Mutants. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,200. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Steve Moore’s new sci-fi thriller carries the reader beyond government conspiracies and political intrigue to world-wide suspense and action. His new addition to the “Clones and Mutants Series” features many players from Full Medical and Evil Agenda: Kalidas Metropolis and friend, two clones, and your favorite evildoer Vladimir Kalinin aka Rupert Snyder aka Sergio Battaglia.
The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,250. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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.
Sing a Samba Galactica
Series: Chaos Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,760. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Steve Moore goes epic in this new sci-fi thriller that continues where his Survivors of the Chaos ends. Covering centuries of humanity’s future in the Galaxy, the events of this novel take readers on a star-hopping ride from the discovery of ETs on the 82 Eridani colony planet New Haven; to battles against the evil Tali on the Delta Pavonis colony planet Sanctuary and Earth.
Come Dance a Cumbia... With Stars in your Hand!
Series: Chaos Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,100. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The sci-fi thriller Come Dance a Cumbia…with Stars in your Hand! completes “The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy,” a vision of the future that is troubling, inspiring, and astounding. Action, suspense, and intrigue are found in this star-hopping modern sci-fi saga that combines elements of space opera with new perspectives on today’s problems.
Evil Agenda
Series: Clones and Mutants, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,240. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
An interagency task force pursues an international money launderer. David Olsen feels uneasy about his assignment. The money launderer Rupert Snyder aka Vladimir Kalinin has an evil agenda—world domination. He wants to breed the perfect soldier. One of Rupert’s creations, Sirena, escapes his clutches and joins David and friends on a perilous mission to thwart the madman’s plans.
Full Medical
Series: Clones and Mutants, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,200. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
It is 2053. Only the privileged few who can afford full coverage have access to all the medical advances of the last fifty years. Periodic terrorist attacks are the aftermath of instability and wars in the Middle East. The economy is dragging people into despair. This is a revised second edition of Steve Moore’s Full Medical, a sci-fi thriller about a human cloning conspiracy.
The Secret Lab
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,030. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
What would you do if you could talk with an intelligent cat? Meet Mr. Paws, a mathematically inclined tabby cat who can help you with your calculus homework. He and his new friend, Shashi Garcia, are two main characters in this whimsical sci-fi thriller. Together, along with Shashi’s friends, they solve the mystery of The Secret Lab.

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