Ben Boyd, Jr


Hello, my name is Ben Boyd, Jr. I am a freelance author and a screen writer. I write science fiction/fantasy novels, short stories, and flash fiction. I also am developing screenplays for each book in the series. Currently, I have written and published AZ2016 NEO and The Qixi Virus, books one and two in The Fall of the Americas series. The rest of the series is being edited and will be published at regular intervals throughout this year and next. A tentative schedule and title of each novel is listed for your convenience at the end of each published novel. My website is

I live, with my wife, on a horse farm in Tennessee near The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our farm is named Rooster-Cat Ridge Farm, after our first competition registered quarter horse. When I am not writing or editing, with my wife's help, I grow vegetables, make and bottle fruit wine from our orchard, and grow hay for the horses. I appreciate your comments on my novels if you have the time to spare.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began three years ago. My day job as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for a global smart grid enabling hardware/software company took me around the globe and to most of the states. I found myself on long airplane trips and spending many nights in my hotel room alone. Watching T.V. has never been of much interest. I began writing short stories to entertain myself.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In 2013, an asteroid passed closer to Earth than any other near miss asteroid. That was story enough for me to think, what would me and my family do if it actually hit the Earth. One 'what if, led to another' and my story was born. I've added things like the virus and the crazy President to really make it more dynamic.
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Where to buy in print


The Fires of Fear
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 55,790. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A psychotic U.S. President, plots to form the United Socialist States of the Americas; survivors of the Qixi Virus battle escape but find new dangers. The Happle Jack King family learns fears the deadly virus outbreak on America's west coast and the deadly mini-asteroid, AZ2016 NEO, about to destroy America's East Coast. Their only hope is to go to higher ground to save their beloved horses.
The Qixi Virus
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 45,080. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
THE QIXI VIRUS, thought to be the destroyer of the Neanderthal species 40,000 years ago, has been discovered inside an ice cave in far northeast China. When North Korean agents shoot down a top secret mission to test the specimens on live citizens of Canada, a battle between commando teams from the United States/Canada, Japan, China, and North Korea ensues. Whoever wins, controls the world.
AZ2016 Neo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,400. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
America’s enemies seize an opportunity to bring the country to ruin with the help of a psychotic President, a killer virus, and AZ2016 NEO, a 3,000 foot wide mini-asteroid. This story is about a nation and a family’s efforts to survive physical and economic history changing catastrophic events of a magnitude unlike any the modern world has ever experienced.

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