Thom Whalen

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Thom Whalen studied experimental psychology at UCSD (B.A.), UBC (M.A.) and Dalhousie University (Ph.D.). After working for the Government of Canada conducting research on the human factors of computer networks for thirty years, he retired to begin a new career writing fiction.

If you wish to send him email, contact information is available at He eagerly awaits comment on his stories.

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Starship: Third and Final Flight
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 76,480. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Red has spent most of her life on a starship flying though the vastness of space searching for intelligent alien life. The dangers of interstellar exploration has claimed the lives of half the crew. Red does not know if anyone will survive to explore the last star on their itinerary and return to Earth, but she will do everything possible to complete her mission.
Variable Winds...Uncertain Skies
Price: Free! Words: 19,330. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2022 . Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
The poems in this volume are like a conservationist’s display of soil samples collected over the many years, from during droughts to after the monsoon rains, from joyous times, to the most vulnerable.
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 86,950. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ox has only rudimentary language skills, so everyone thinks he’s developmentally delayed. Everyone is wrong. He can solve almost any problem by making mental diagrams. He meets a lawyer and insists on helping her prove that her client is innocent of murder. To the distress of her colleagues, she comes to rely on Ox’s insights, even when they seem to lead her far astray and the trial is looming.
Starship: Second Flight
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 73,120. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The scout known as Red has been travelling for fourteen years on a starship with other scouts and crew since she was eighteen. The ship’s complement was reduced from forty to thirty-two at the first star they reached. When they arrive at a habitable planet orbiting their second star, they find structures that must have been built by intelligent aliens. But the aliens are nowhere to be found.
Starship: First Flight
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 83,630. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
At the age of eighteen, Amanda Riley volunteered to be a scout on a starship. She will spend most of her life living on a disk, two hundred meters in diameter and three stories high, with forty scouts and crew. Her most surprising discovery is that living in such close quarters with so many young people for so long is as hazardous as the dangers she finds on alien planets.
Death of an Immortal
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 94,810. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
In two hundred years, robots will produce everything, one thousand wealthy elites, called the immortals, will own it all, and a hundred million people will depend on their charity. The society is stable, even stagnant, until one of the wealthy immortals is brutally murdered. The four people who investigate the murder discover their world works entirely differently than anyone ever suspected.
The Forty-Niner
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 84,530. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
In 1848, the seventeen-year-old son of a Pennsylvania dairy farmer sails from New York to San Francisco on a clipper ship, spends two winters and a summer in the Sierra Nevada mountains panning for gold, then returns overland, forced by circumstances to detour through Texas, where he lives for another two years. Five years after leaving home, he returns with a wealth of tales to tell.
Saigon, Sixty-Nine
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Historical » USA
Sergeant Addington was a cryptographer posted to Saigon at the peak of the War in Vietnam. Seduced by a Russian spy, he was drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit. His survival depended on learning a single truth: The most dangerous weapon in the world is a well-told lie.
The Voices in My Head
Price: Free! Words: 76,660. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a collection of fifty-two short stories. These stories were written to be read aloud in various writers’ groups. To serve that purpose, they were written as first person narrations with a minimal amount of direct dialog. The narrators speak with different voices – a homeless man, a defense lawyer, a high school student, an itinerant short-order cook, and many others.
Bloody Profits
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 106,620. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Financial News: Merriweather Pharmaceuticals has earned record profits from their wildly successful acne medication, Lucepel. Medical News: Rates of fatal skin cancer have risen by almost fifty percent, mostly among teenagers. Local News: A scientist and his research assistant from Merriweather Pharmaceuticals have been murdered in an apparent love triangle. His wife is missing.
Price: Free! Words: 16,280. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 . Categories: Plays » Religious & Liturgical, Plays » Canadian
A man tells a young Christian woman that he is God. Can she believe him? Does she dare not believe him? Who is scamming who in this duel of wits, logic, and faith? A full-length stage play told in twelve acts.
A Poor Boy's Confession
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 93,130. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Horrible crime. A rich family slaughtered in their kitchen. We caught the perp coming out of the house. A seventeen-year-old kid from the slums. He confessed. It’s a slam-dunk. Except his mother’s preacher is trying to mess up our case. A twenty-nine-year-old ex-con who started his own storefront church a couple years ago. But Drexel's a tough cop. He’ll get Pastor Leon out of our way.
Death from a Clear Blue Sky
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 111,770. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
America is under attack. An unknown foreign power is targeting American citizens in the DC area with small missiles. Six men have been killed in isolated circumstances. The public is unaware of these attacks and it is imperative that nobody find out until we develop effective countermeasures. The appropriate agencies will take any action necessary to contain the situation, including casualties.
Sundog Gets Schooled
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 53,880. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Coming of age
Sundog is a fourteen-year-old boy who was raised on a houseboat by unconventional parents. They have never let him go to school or learn to read. When the family comes to San Diego for the winter, he decides that no one, not his parents, the school authorities, or the neighbourhood bullies are going to stop him from getting an education.
Now They Call Me Gunner
Price: Free! Words: 90,880. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.82 from 11 reviews)
In the summer of '71, between high school and university, Phil takes a job as a short-order cook in his home town in upstate New York. When the waitress's ex-husband is murdered, the police suspect Randal, a Viet Nam vet who is the head cook. To help Randal prove his innocence, Phil is dragged into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs and drug dealers.
Requiem for a Small Town Dance Band
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 103,090. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In 1956, tongues are wagging in Edenport, a small logging town in the Pacific Northwest, because the notorious Honey B has divorced her husband and is moving back. Settling in becomes a lot harder when one of her former high-school lovers is found floating in the harbor with his throat slit and the new police chief suspects that she is involved. Who is the mysterious man hiding in her house?
Lethal Rhythms
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 121,580. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Marie Lenoir is a New Orleans voodoo priestess and a serial murderer. But she errs when she kills the husband of a Canadian psychology professor, Dr. Jordan McIntyre. Marie may be too slick for the police but Dr. McIntyre is relentless in her determination to avenge her husband's murder. A life and death struggle between logic and magic rages as Marie's victims accumulate.