Steven M. Moore


If you’re reading this, thank you. Not many people find me...or recognize me as an author of many genre fiction novels. Maybe it’s because my name is too common—I thought once about using a pen name...and probably should have. Maybe it’s because I don’t get many reviews. (It's not hard to write one once you've read one of my books: just say what you like and dislike in a few lines, and why.) I know you have many good books and good authors to choose from, so I’m honored and humbled that you are considering or have read some of mine.
You’re here on Smashwords because you love to read. Me too. Okay, maybe you’re here to give someone the gift of an entertaining book—that’s fine too. I love to tell stories, so either way, you’ll be purchasing some exciting fiction, each book unique and full of action and interesting characters, scenes, and themes. Some are national, others international, and some are mixed; some are in the mystery/suspense/thriller category, others sci-fi, and some are mixed-genre. There are new ones and there are evergreen ones, books that are as fresh and current as the day I wrote them. (You should always peruse an author's entire oeuvre. I find many interesting books to read that way.)
I started telling stories at an early age, making my own comic books before I started school and writing my first novel the summer I turned thirteen—little of those early efforts remain (did I hear a collective sigh of relief?). I collected what-ifs and plots, character descriptions, possible settings, and snippets of dialogue for years while living in Colombia and different parts of the U.S. (I was born in California and eventually settled on the East Coast after that sojourn in South America). I also saw a bit of the world and experienced other cultures at scientific events and conferences and with travel in general, always mindful of what should be important to every fiction writer—the human condition. Fiction can’t come alive—not even sci-fi—without people (they might be ET people in the case of sci-fi, of course).
I started publishing what I'd written in 2006—short stories, novellas, and novels—we’d become empty-nesters and I was still in my old day-job at the time. Now I’m a full-time writer. My wife and I moved from Boston to the NYC area a while back, so both cities can be found in some novels, along with many others in the U.S. and abroad.
You can find more information about me at my website: I’m also on Facebook:; and Twitter @StevenMMoore4.
I give away my short fiction; so does my collaborator A. B. Carolan who writes sci-fi mysteries for young adults. See my blog categories "Steve's Shorts," "ABC Shorts," and the list of free PDF downloads on my web page "Free Stuff & Contests" at my website (that list includes my free course "Writing Fiction" that will be of interest mainly to writers).
I don't give away my novels. All my ebooks are reasonably priced and can be found here at Smashwords, including those I've published with Black Opal Books (The Last Humans) and Penmore Press (Rembrandt's Angel and Son of Thunder). I don't control either prices or sales on those books, so you can thank those traditional publishers for also providing quality entertainment for a reasonable price. That's why you won't find many sales of my books either. They're now reserved for my email newsletter subscribers. (If you want to subscribe, query me using
My mantra has always been the following: If I can entertain at least one reader with each story, that story is a success. But maybe I can do better than that? After all, you found me!
Around the world and to the stars! In libris libertas!

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.


Mary Jo Melendez Mysteries
This trilogy describes ex-USN Master-at-Arms Mary Jo Melendez's adventures as US and several other countries' agents pursue her and her MECH friends ("Mechanically Enhanced Cybernetic Humans") to acquire that super-soldier technology.
Detectives Chen and Castilblanco
Cases from the files of the NYPD homicide detectives...some local, some national, and some international.
The Midas Bomb
Price: $2.99 USD.
Angels Need Not Apply
Price: $2.99 USD.
Aristocrats and Assassins
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Collector
Price: $2.99 USD.
Family Affairs
Price: $2.99 USD.


Death on the Danube
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,980. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Esther Brookstone, ex-MI6 agent in East Berlin in the Cold War and ex-Scotland Yard Inspector in the Art and Antiques Division, is on her honeymoon with Interpol agent Bastiann van Coevorden. Their idyllic cruise down the Danube is interrupted when a reclusive and mysterious passenger is murdered. Why was the victim alone on that riverboat, in a stateroom by himself? And who killed him?
A Time Traveler's Guide Through the Multiverse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,670. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Enrico Fermi wasn’t the last physicist who was both an experimental and theoretical genius, but Professor Gail Hoff will never receive the Nobel Prize. She goes time-traveling through several universes of the multiverse, never to return to her little lab outside Philly. Jeff Langley, her jack-of-all-trades electronics wizard, accompanies her.
Goin' the Extra Mile
Series: Mary Jo Melendez Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Mary Jo is back. Her domestic bliss is rudely interrupted as a mercenary tries to kidnap her adopted children. She and husband Mario have a theory about why: after fighting off CIA and SVR agents in the previous novels in this series, it’s now the Chinese government that wants the super-soldier technology of her MECH friends (“Mechanically Enhanced Cybernetic Humans”) who are hiding in France.
The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy Collection
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 238,100. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The novels from the “Chaos Chronicles Trilogy” are bundled together to make a sci-fi tour de force. This collection covers thousands of years of future history from the time when Earth is controlled by multinational corporations and their mercenaries, to encounters with strange ETs.
Gaia and the Goliaths
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,600. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
An environmental activist is murdered on a street in Manhattan after a protest. NYPD homicide Detectives Chen and Castilblanco get the case. While pursuing the clues to find those responsible, they discover the activist’s boyfriend is in danger because he has key information that will expose an international conspiracy involving Europe, Russia, and the U.S.
Family Affairs
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,200. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
NYPD homicide detectives Chen and Castilblanco continue their adventures in this sixth novel. Castilblanco’s relative Teresa and Nasir are an item, but Nasir kills Teresa’s taunting and jealous ex-boyfriend in a fight. When they look to Nasir’s friends for help, those friends kidnap the two fugitives, and they become involved in a terrorist plot.
The Collector
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,400. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
NYPD homicide detectives Chen and Castilblanco are back home in this mystery. They’re hot on the trail of a murderer who killed a respected art dealer in the SoHo district. Their sleuthing leads to a wealthy importer and art collector, an old German with Nazis in his family tree. A possible dealer in stolen art, his motives seem more insidious—sex trafficking for porn and snuff videos.
Aristocrats and Assassins
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,790. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
The two NYPD homicide detectives—Chen on assignment in China and Castilblanco on vacation in Europe—have to meet and team up to stop a terrorist who is kidnapping members of Europe’s royal families. The reason why isn’t revealed to the very end. You’ll want to read this travelogue of a thriller.
Teeter-Totter Between Lust and Murder
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,130. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The sleuths of The Midas Bomb and Angels Need Not Apply will embroil you in action and suspense yet again. With this new crime novel, the author continues the saga of your two favorite detectives as they and their companions fight the corrupting influence of the illegal weapons trade.
Angels Need Not Apply
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 2. 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 F.B.I. agent works hard to provide answers.
Silicon Slummin'...and Just Gettin' By
Series: Mary Jo Melendez Mysteries, Book 2. 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 temporary 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
Series: Mary Jo Melendez Mysteries, Book 1. 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
Series: Detectives Chen and Castilblanco, Book 1. 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
Many players from Full Medical and Evil Agenda are back. Villain Vladimir Kalinin AKA Rupert Snyder AKA Sergio Battaglia is back but--surprise!--he's almost a good guy. The two Koreas are united, but an old North Korean is out for revenge. Kalinin and the clones and mutant team up to stop his plan to starve the West. But the Chinese and Russians are also involved.
The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,240. 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: 77,740. 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: 79,080. 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 inter-agency task force pursues an international 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 escapes his clutches and joins a clone and his 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. A small group of government and industry leaders, who believed that they alone possessed the right answers to society's problems, devised a plan twenty years earlier to ensure that they would stay in power as long possible. As the plan unravels and the cover-up begins, three courageous individuals are caught in the maelstrom.

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