Troim Kryzl


Not providing a photograph and writing under a pen name for professional reasons. Please refer to my website and LinkedIn profile for as many details as can be made available under my current career circumstances.


Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing nonfiction since 1977, in different professional and activist contexts and three languages, and moved on to fiction in 2014.
Who are your favorite authors, why are you a fan?
Listed by order of encounter, not relevance: Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood, Terry Pratchett, Michael Crichton, Patrick Ness and Jasper Fforde. All of them send me off to very different worlds while still touching fundamental questions. Very much admire them and despair about not writing at that level. Except writing badly is still more fun than reading authors that fail to entertain me.
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Published at a steady rate of one episode every four months, this series provides you with a glimpse of the daily lives of people, both staff and clients, as affected by the ups and downs of a software company peddling a very innovative, perhaps even futuristic, virtual reality product.

The New Client

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Weight Matters

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Lack of Faith

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Dream Team

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Manager Man

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Plugger Stuff
First non-fiction steps.

Plugger Site One

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Witch Hunt

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Virtual Wrongs
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,910. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Episode 7 of the 1kYears series takes place in the resort. We meet the ghosts of Tabitha Tiryaki and Mickey Monrogue introduced in Episode "Weight Matters", and Big Boss Boris, the last of the founders to take the stage, as befits a recluse. There's some action, science fiction going detective story, but crimes in VR err on the soft side.
Guilty Until Proven
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,440. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Imminent future speculative fiction. In some respects, the fair new world will feel oh so familiar. Femke and Mobo, they could be your colleagues, in Europe or Africa. Come to think of it, you might have shared a school, or have attended the same university. A lawyer and a journalist, doesn't sound very SciFi, right? Even if you add a couple of scientists? Well, brace yourself.
Cruise Crisis
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,800. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Episode six of the series takes place on the 1kYears cruise liner. One day in the lives of Blessing Oduro and Tola Akinbola, two professionals making a living in very different, but equally high tech dependent careers. Personality downloads into a virtual resort isn't the only innovation gracing the 1kYears world, brands like EthaMar and MovNail are here to stay.
Manager Man
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,210. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the fifth episode of the series, we're once again back at the 1kYears HQ in MMA to watch brave Pandur, a novice ghost manager, struggle with the demands of his job and family life. And it's raining a lot, on top.
Dream Team
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,230. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Episode 4 of the 1kYears Series is the first to take the reader deep into the virtual resort. It offers glimpses into the lives of some interesting new characters: eKele, the virtual alter ego of a Ginerian Premier League football player stranded in what feels like a retirement home amid personal tragedy, and eFatma, a lady fighting really long odds to make her dream come true.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 135,520. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Three unrelated locations on three continents, each with their cast of characters. A new bug, a little progress and some events. Enough the reshape civilisation? Easily. Imminent future science fiction. Utopia or dystopia? Depends. How well do you fare under current circumstances?
Lack of Faith
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 18,570. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Third episode of the 1kYears Virtual Reality saga. Alt Left SciFi, imminent future type of. Diverse cast as usual. Some characters familiar, most new. Trigger warning for non-atheists: Chances are this plot comes across as blasphemous. Please do refrain from reading if you don't fancy making fun of religions,
Weight Matters
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,610. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The second story in the 1kYears series takes place on the cruise liner, where you will meet a whole new cast of spiky characters struggling with their wonderfully fulfilling jobs respectively the marvels of the great software product they have decided to splurge on.
Series: Plugger Stuff. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 141,000. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sequel to Plugger Site One and Witch Hunt. A new life under a new name in a new location, finding new friends. And enemies.
Witch Hunt
Series: Plugger Stuff. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 176,360. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sequel to Plugger Site One, life does go on once the traveller has left.
Plugger Site One
Series: Plugger Stuff. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 147,730. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Here and now science fiction saga featuring sapient dark matter gadgets and alienoid humans as supported, constrained and entertained by a diverse cast of (anti) heroes frolicking around mostly banal settings.
The New Client
Series: 1kYears. Price: Free! Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A year in the life of Zarah Zavaro, client acquisition operator at 1kYears Ltd, an exclusive IT service provider headquartered in the Mehut Metropolitan Area, continental location to be guessed. Science Fiction, remote respectively near or even imminent future type of.

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Latest book: The Smart Toilet. Published December 21, 2018. (4.00 from 2 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Troim Kryzl

  • Metal Heart on Dec. 26, 2016

    Congratulations: Wouldn't call it a page turner yet, but as of now you managed to keep me going for 3 chapters, instead of the more customary 3 pages. Like the mystery. In case you're interested in a more detailed feedback, please don't hesitate to contact me.
  • Ms. Halo on April 10, 2017

    Congratulations, really enjoyed this read!
  • The Black Hole on June 04, 2017

    On the plus side, suspense does build up on, the locations feel real and the writing gets smoother as the plot advances. On the critical side, the book could have done with a little round of editing (or beta reading and rewriting) before publishing. Some word repeats, typos and creative grammar interfere with reading pleasure. Might also be an idea to add the "young adult" tag. The student characters are the ones that come alive. The superpower plot does call for sequels that will speak to young readers. Or viewers, if it goes screen.
  • The Black Book on June 29, 2017

    In a parallel universe, Edward won the battle of the clock tower, proclaimed himself Eternal Ruler of the Fellowship of Mammals, had all insects exterminated and died wondering how the subsequent famine came about.
  • I Want To Be A Genius on June 29, 2017

    Nice read, and there's more than a short story in the plot core.
  • Final Resting Place on Aug. 02, 2017

    Like the setting, interesting place and cast. A little more rewriting (or a round round of beta-reader feedback) might have made it even better. The ePub file comes in a strenuous format, had to switch to PDF to be able to read comfortably.
  • White Storm on Aug. 02, 2017

    Very much enjoyed the read, pity it's so short.
  • The Lie - The Harsh Reality on Aug. 02, 2017

    Fascinating topic, and young adult is all the rage, and the writing comes across as professional,... But there is a spark missing. The protagonists lack in texture, both before and after a transition that proceeds too smoothly to feel real. Apologies for not rating higher, have probably been reading too many testimonials on the real thing.
  • Love Machine: A Robot Romance on Oct. 30, 2017

    Nice one. Make sure to find yourself an editor for a conventional version, you‘re sure to find an audience across the open spaces.
  • Speed's End on Dec. 21, 2017

    Cool chase, reading it felt like watching a movie (actually reminded me of the Blues Brothers Lower Wacker sequence). Nice fluid writing, too. And the rush to escape the unbearable, whatever the consequences, makes sense. Only the number of similarities with a certain type of present feels like a bit of a stretch. And how can the hero recall planetary living if they have been traveling for enough generations to reach other solar systems?
  • The Possum Man on Dec. 21, 2017

    Nice feel good story. The start is a bit slow, would have preferred to meet the Possum Man right away, and perhaps a couple of possums, but that’s probably only me being picky.
  • Retribution, A Weather Casters' Story on Dec. 23, 2017

    Full epic mode achieved, including a combat scene that longs to be turned into a movie scene. Familiarity with the cast would help. Quite a crowd to take in on first contact, and some of their names a bit tough on the tongue, but why not? Would prefer a lower adjective per sentence ratio, but that‘s probably only me being very naughty me.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 11 on Dec. 24, 2017

    Cool writing, like the mix of dialogue and telling, strong on ambiance. But as far as getting it is concerned, I have to admit a certain level of struggle. That‘s probably me, as usual, failing to check for fineprint of the „Please Start here“ kind.
  • The TEABAG Goblins on Dec. 25, 2017

    Very punk indeed, zero risk of anticipating what happens next. Creative mix & switch of perspectives. Not the easiest of reads, which suggests more art than entertainment. My respects, even if I‘m not the most appreciative audience in this exclusive realm.
  • 9 Point 8 on Dec. 28, 2017

    Cool plot in a cool location. Wonder about the added excerpt, though. Purpose or glitch?
  • Last Stop Eternal City on Dec. 29, 2017

    Great hard SciFi, congratulations. Very vivid descriptions of what happens in the professional realm. Some actors might also have more private concerns, though. And we do share a plight, writing in a non-native language.
  • Spact Cadets: Graduation on Dec. 30, 2017

    Congratulations for the smooth writing. Have to admit I do struggle with the plot. Once the cast was introduced, it felt like building up towards some kind of climax that either didn‘t happen or was lost on me. But that‘s probably just me resisting nice and normal.
  • The Passengers on Jan. 01, 2018

    Congratulations for an innovative plot that could do with expansion into a longer format. The human cast feel real. The passenger side a little less so, unless the proselytizing is supposed to count, which I doubt. Fine style overall, pleasant reading. A little less hurried publishing, as in one more editorial round, could turn it great.
  • Ruck Nor 3 on Jan. 01, 2018

    Nice writing and plot, sends you wondering.
  • The Miracle Makers on Jan. 04, 2018

    The writing flows nicely and the narrative sequencing works out well, but the plot might work even better in more condensed form, in the 1k words range.
  • Sown by Hand on Jan. 04, 2018

    Enjoyed the description of the workplace, even though my inner physicist insisted on balking at a couple of parameters. Nice classical dilemma, too. Would have preferred less heroic resignation and more angry regrets, but that‘s just a matter of taste, right?
  • Crystal Clear on Jan. 16, 2018

    Very nice suspense. The people the hero encounters, or endures, also come alive in a consistent way, in line with his initially, or naturally, negative attitude. I could have done with slightly less colorful language and a couple more situative prompts, but that‘s probably just my non-native speaker limitations interfering.
  • KRISHNA: The Sovereign of 2040 sample on Jan. 16, 2018

    Like the location, both in the geographical and in the socio-economic sense, and the plot, especially the way time is compressed into a few pivotal scenes. The cast could have done with a little more substance and differentiation, I just don‘t buy outright good or bad characters. And the formatting, consistently structured as it may be, doesn’t work well in ePub on an iPad. Minor grievance, but it does interfere with the reading pleasure.
  • First Contact on April 21, 2018

    Congratulations for the very polished writing, a lot of expertise was deployed to craft this short story. The punchline feels a bit Independence Day going UKIP, but some folks will like having that last laugh. Execution might have been a bit speedy?
  • Apeman: The Arkship Archives on April 21, 2018

    Thoughtful and brilliantly written, suspense right up to the end, solid scientific basis - pity I don’t fancy dystopias, otherwise I would unleash a breeze of praise on social media. Congrats anyway!
  • Desolace on May 02, 2018

    Very nice plot, the characters and their world come across as real and complex enough, a couple of lovely twists. Might work even better with a little less ethics lecture, and the nitial sequence would work better if related exclusively from the teacher POV.
  • The Color of Static on June 29, 2018

    Perfect if you fancy dystopias or need to get yourself out of an an acute bout of optimism, anyone else beware, this one is one the depressing side. The bits and pieces add up to a vivid idea of the place, but the sophisticated style and very adult worldview sits at odds with a young narrator with that kind of biography.
  • Scienceville on July 05, 2018

    Now that‘s what I call writing - glorious, love it. Cool plot, too, if not exactly hard scifi. Only grain of salt of criticism - tiny, ppm grain of salt - is the slightly slow start featuring more marginal protagonists than I can figure one go. But once the story picks up speed, that‘s totally irrelevant.
  • Outlaw Galaxy: Little Wind and Other Tales on July 06, 2018

    „Little Wind“ will ring a bell with anyone ever moved by the ‚noble savage’ theme, and fans of the movie Avatar in particular. Young adult exoplanet spirituality, sure to find an audience. A little more editing, as in snipping off some repetitions, would make the tale even better.
  • Biowar in Noraj on Aug. 31, 2018

    The style does surprise but didn’t get me hooked.
  • The Spiders Dark Web on Aug. 31, 2018

    Cool plot, this could well carry a full size novel, congratulations! One additional round of editing wouldn’t have harmed the reading experience, though (my inner editor was tempted to touch).
  • Isolation on Aug. 31, 2018

    Not done reading yet, but I’ll file a review anyway, to make sure not to forget doing it. Congrats for the style, your writing reads comfy, very much appreciated. And the plot is fascinating. We do share some topics, which feels funny, but definitely a very nice surprise.
  • Amalgam: Book 0 on Dec. 29, 2018

    Nice plot, like that particular alien and wonder where the two of them will got. Not so fond of the graphic violence, but the victims were alien enough to sooth the scene.
  • The Smart Toilet on Dec. 29, 2018

    Love that story, always keen on plots with real people, and artificial intelligences, doing real work.