J Alan Erwine

Biography

J Erwine was born Oct. 15, 1969 in Akron, Ohio. Early in his life he was exposed to science, and specifically astronomy. From there on, J’s passion turned to science fiction, a passion that’s never died.

Due to family issues, J eventually found himself in Denver, Colorado, where he still lives (well, right outside now.)

From the time he could put subject and predicate together on paper, J has been writing stories. None of those early stories exist anymore (thankfully), but that passion for writing has never waned.

After several years of rejection, the story Trek for Life was eventually sold to ProMart Writing Lab editor James Baker. It wasn’t Asimov’s, but it was a start. Since that time J has sold more than forty short stories to various small press publishers. In addition ProMart also published a short story collection of J’s entitled Lowering One’s Self Before Fate, and other stories, which is still available. ProMart also published a novel from J entitled The Opium of the People, which sold a few copies before going out of print.

The relevance of the novel after the events of September 11th caused J to self-publish the novel, as he felt the story had a lot to say in the new reality we now find ourselves living in. Now, this same book has been re-released by Nomadic Delirium Press.

Eventually J would become an editor with ProMart. Then, after the untimely death of ProMart editor James Baker, J would move on to ProMart’s successor Sam’s Dot Publishing. He currently works as the managing editor for Nomadic Delirium Press. J also spends most of his time working as a freelance writer and editor.

J’s novel was voted a top ten finisher in the 2003 annual Preditors & Editors contest, and his short story The Galton Principle won a ProMart contest for best story over 5,000 words. In addition, a number of his stories have been voted “best of” in various issue of The Martian Wave and The Fifth DI… and have been included in Wondrous Web Worlds Vols. 2, 3, 4, and 6.

In 2009, the Ephemeris Role Playing Game was released. J is the co-creator of this game, and has written numerous supplements for the game. J currently has three novels and four short story collections available, and yes, they're all available from Smashwords.

J currently lives with his amazing wife, three wonderful children, three crazy cats and a very quiet turtle.

Where to find J Alan Erwine online


Where to buy in print


Series

The Divided States of America
The United States have come to an end. The federal government has fallen, and the country is now divided into several independent nation-states. These are stories set in those nation states.

The Dustbin

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The Wall is Beautiful

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Green in 2110

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It's In the Water

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What Lies In the Wastelands

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Books

The Least Practical of Jokes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A man gets conned into helping Robert Lendorin pull off a practical joke, but when things go wrong, what will the consequences be?
Seas of Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Attempts at cleaning up the ocean go very wrong and leave the entire planet in peril. Can it be saved in time? And if so, what will the consequences be?
Flight of Madness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The storms on Taranis are legendary for putting people on edge, but can they drive someone insane? Brice is just trying to get home, but he's about to find out just how bad the storms can really be. This is a new, never before published story from J Alan Erwine.
The Fifth Di... December 2017
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,970. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The December 2017 issue of The Fifth Di… brings you stories from Chris Dean, Karen Heslop, Kate Runnels, and G. W. Thomas. A serial killer is loose and it’s up to a psi talent to catch them, but can she hold herself together long enough to succeed? A young girl is “chosen” to sacrifice herself for the good of her village, but nothing can prepare her for what this sacrifice means. A woman is determ
Disharmony of the Spheres
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,730. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Mental illness is very common in our society, but it’s also very misunderstood. Many view those with mental illnesses as being weak, but there is a great deal of strength in those that must battle their own minds on a regular basis. Disharmony of the Spheres focuses on characters with mental illnesses that are still able to be successful. They may not completely overcome their illnesses, but they
The Martian Wave: 2017
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,940. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Martian Wave: 2017 brings you stories and poems that look at humanity’s exploration and colonization of space, with a special emphasis on our solar system. Some of what you read will leave you optimistic about our futures, while other stories and poems may leave you doubting our future, but no matter what, The Martian Wave: 2017 will leave you convinced that our future lies out among the stars
Back to the Old Ways
Series: The Divided States of America. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Captain Christopher Chases Crows knows that something horribly evil is going on in the Wastelands, but can he convince his government to get involved, and is getting involved even the right thing to do? Morality and law aren’t always the same things, but in the Wastelands, there are times when neither exists.
The Fifth Di... September 2017
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The September 2017 issue of The Fifth Di… brings you the story of a man caught in an experiment gone wrong…waking up to a different reality every day, and not sure if he will ever be able to get home. You can also read the story of a human that meets the Scorpii god, but there’s something familiar about this god. Also, a woman who knows the way of magic is attacked on a train by a power that only
Ecotastrophe II
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,110. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
More than a decade ago, Sam’s Dot Publishing released a small anthology titled Ecotastrophe that looked at the dangers posed by global climate change. Now, the planet seems in even greater peril, and maybe we are facing Ecotastrophe, but is there time to save ourselves.
The Fifth Di... June 2017
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,490. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Four new stories mark yet another issue of The Fifth Di..., one of the longest continuously published small press science fiction and fantasy magazines. This issue brings you Dale Carothers, Matthew Spence, Eamonn Murphy, and Robert N. Stephenson.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Forty-Five (Alexan Space)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,860. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
The exploration of “Deep Space” continues. Welcome to Sector Forty-Five, the home system of the Alexans. Here you’ll find their homeworld, and many of the worlds they’ve colonized. You’ll also find worlds that have been conquered by the Khruntha, and worlds that even the Alexans and the Khruntha won’t get close to.
It's In the Water
Series: The Divided States of America. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Richard hated being a corporate drone, but what else was there to be in Corprotopia? After losing his girlfriend to the government, Richard struggled with just surviving, but when he learns a deep secret, a secret of resistance, he suddenly finds a reason for his life…or does he?
The Fifth Di... March 2017
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,250. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The March 2017 issue of The Fifth Di… starts yet another year of wonderful science fiction and fantasy fiction. This issue brings you fiction from Daniel C. Smith, Melanie Rees, Kate Runnels, and Eamonn Murphy. These stories will have you questioning reality, questioning what’s right and wrong in the world, and maybe even questioning what we should tolerate as the world changes around us.
The Fifth Di... December 2016
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,290. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this issue, you’ll find a doctor who manages to improve humanity by changing it, but is change always a good thing? A man whose sole purpose in life is to help people understand that they’re being replaced by robots. A killing machine that’s determined to spread destruction thoughout the galaxy. And a man who finds he might actually get a second chance…
The Martian Wave: 2016
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,070. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Martian Wave: 2016 brings you stories and poems that look at humanity’s exploration and colonization of space, with a special emphasis on our solar system. Some of what you read will leave you optimistic about our futures, while other stories and poems may leave you doubting our future, but no matter what, The Martian Wave: 2016 will leave you convinced that our future lies beyond the Earth.
The Fifth Di... September 2016
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The September 2016 issue of The Fifth Di… features fiction from Robert N. Stephenson, G. O. Clark, Rik Hunik, and Rick Novy.
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Twisted Realities
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Science fiction author J Alan Erwine has always had a twisted view of reality, and now he’s chosen to share that twisted view with his readers. These six stories will have you questioning what reality is, and what we can possibly do with it.
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Dystopia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,330. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
J Alan Erwine’s Tales of Dystopia brings you six bleak futures that hopefully will never be possible. Are the stories dire predictions, or warnings of futures possible? It’s the author’s sincere hope that none of these stories will be taken as a blueprint for the future, but with the way the world seems to be going…he can’t be too sure…
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Interstellar Space
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,010. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Welcome to fifteen stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine. Be prepared to explore a variety of locals throughout interstellar space. You’ll find wars, exploration, aliens, humans struggling to survive…and sometimes failing, and sometimes succeeding…but more than anything, you’ll find yourself questioning what’s possible…
J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Solar System
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,280. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Seven stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that look at possible futures for our species throughout the solar system. Some stories are optimistic, most see us carrying our Earth-bound limitations into the future and out to the planets.
J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Earth and Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,500. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Seven stories from award winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that explore the future of both the Earth and the Moon. Stranded astronauts, intelligent dolphins being used by the government, a soldier struggling with orders he knows he shouldn’t have followed, lovers waiting for the end of the world, politics even dirtier than what we’re seeing in the modern world (maybe), a man resurrected
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Mars
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Three stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that are set on the planet Mars. A soldier set on crushing a rebellion begins to question his own loyalties once he’s captured by the “enemy.” One woman fights to save microbial life in Valles Marineris. And a young woman forced into a bad life because of her race suddenly finds herself to have abilities she never expected.
The Fifth Di... June 2016
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,590. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The June issue brings you fiction from Tim McDaniel, Chris Dean, Rik Hunik, Robert N. Stephenson, and Fredrick Obermeyer.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Forty-Four (Lomisian Space)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
The exploration of "Deep Space" continues. Welcome to Sector Forty-Four, the home system of the Lomisians. Here you'll find their homeworld, and many of the worlds they've colonized. You'll also find worlds that have been taken from the Lomisians. Plus you'll find worlds that even the Lomisians avoid, and damaged systems that are a danger to all, but a challenge for the brave.
An Eternity in Limbo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This story first appeared in the anthology Kepler's Dozen published by Hadrosaur Publications. Planet Limbo is orbited by the prison space station Argos, which is home to all kinds of prisoners, some aren't violent criminals, but maybe they can be pushed to be come murderers.
And the Lamb and the Lion Shall Not Lie Down Together
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This story first appeared in the anthology "A Taste of Armageddon," which featured stories centered around the ideas presented in the Star Trek episode of the same name. This story looks at a perpetual war from both sides, and the lengths people will go to to stop the war.
R-Complex
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Edward is a soldier on the run. He's been sent to the "Institute" for retraining, but now he's escaped and finds himself among a group of zealots set on overthrowing the government, but Edward's a soldier of that government, and a programmed soldier at that. Now he's faced with decisions that his programming might not let him make.
The Martian Orphans and the Moons of Jupiter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After the death of their parents, Vanessa and Michelle find themselves on the run across the solar system, trying to escape a life they don't want, but no matter where they go, their life is waiting for them.
Nobody's Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Leo Jenkins thinks he's the last man on Earth, but when he hears a phone ring, hope rises that there might be someone else...but maybe those hopes will be dashed...
When Living is a Crime
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A soldier awakes on a field of death, but he quickly learns that sometimes death can be something to wish for.
The Fifth Di... March 2016
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,270. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A man is driven to desperation in his effort to find his father. An immortal finds himself among mortals seeking his secret, a secret he can't give them. Another man has been taking advantage of the misfortunes of others after an asteroid impacts Earth, and now he must face the consequences. And a mission to find life on another planet has failed again and again...
Tranquility
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
War can be brutal, but when a soldier is forced to do something that goes against his conscience, it can have devastating effects...
Forgive Men Their Trespasses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Nikki, a street kid in Denver is about to get into more trouble than he could possibly imagine. Talked into committing a crime, Nikki now finds himself about to be punished by the Grand Patriarchs, and their punishments are legendary. This story takes place in the same universe as Erwine's controversial novel, The Opium of the People.
The Magenta Equations
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A brilliant mathematician makes a discovery about the dangers of traveling in hyperspace, but his discovery is not welcomed by the government or by the corporations. Wanting to only be left alone to do math, he now finds himself in dangers that he never could have expected.
Hunted
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A man witnesses a murder, and then quickly realizes that he could be next. What will happen to him as he races across the solar system, trying to save his life?
The Twin Sorceresses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Twin girls are born into the village of Comer to a beautiful mother and an abusive father. As their powers grow, they find they may need to protect their mother.
Skeleton of the Onondaga
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A group of friends gets lost during a storm, but they quickly learn that the storm is the least of their worries as an ancient Native American curse comes to life.
Entropy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Entropy may be inevitable, but one man can not accept this, and his obsession leads to madness.
The Mind of the Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Native American population of Earth has been banished to Mars, and now a young woman realizes that she's a telepath, but when her own people reject her, what's she do? And then when she realizes that she's pregnant, and the baby is a telepath, her options narrow. Will this lead to her demise? Or can she use her abilities to save her people?
The Ancient Ones
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Eric Stone had forged his credentials as an archaeologist to get on the mission to Epsilon Eridani 2, but now that ruins resembling those of the American Southwest have been discovered, he finds himself falling deeper and deeper into his lies...and the captain is beginning to figure him out...
The Fifth Di... December 2015
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Fifth Di..., one of the longest running on-line zines continues on with four new stories. This month we feature fantasy and science fiction stories from Kate Runnels, James Van Pelt, Matthew Spence, and Robert J. Mendenhall.
The Limit of Tolerance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The crew of the Astrid has been pursued all over the galaxy by the Lemec, who while not being violent, have shown that humanity in general, and the Astrid in particular, are not welcome. Now the crew of the Astrid has found a planet whose population is facing extinction, but the Lemec won't do anything to help them. Do they risk war, or allow a species to die.
Living in the Styx
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
What's a mother to do when she hears her son saying his prayers, and is startled by what she hears? What's that mother supposed to do when the Devil shows up to answer her son's prayers?
The Fifth Di... September 2015
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 11,650. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Fifth Di..., one of the longest running on-line zines continues on with four new stories. This month we feature fantasy and science fiction stories from Fredrick Obermeyer, Tim McDaniel, Kate Runnels, and Thomas Canfield.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica Sectors Forty-Two & Forty-Three
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,110. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
The exploration of "Deep Space" begins. These sectors are home to many Julahmo colonies, and of course, wherever the Julahmo go, the Ernya and the Khruntha are sure to follow. There's a lot of unexplored areas, and only partially explored areas, plus there are a lot of mysteries waiting for brave...or foolish explorers...
The Martian Wave: 2015
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 36,630. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Martian Wave: 2015 brings you stories and poems that look at humanity’s exploration and colonization of space, with a special emphasis on our solar system. Within these pages you’ll find stranded astronauts, potentially dangerous aliens, people struggling with dangerous indigenous life, and dangerous thoughts from their own minds, plus much much more.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Unexplored Space
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 88,340. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
All of "Unexplored Space" can now be yours to explore, and it's all in one volume. This book outlines everything of interest in Sectors 22-41 of the Ephemeris universe. Find new species, new mysteries, the ruins of ancient civilizations, and unexplored worlds just waiting for exploration.
On the Words of Ancients
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
As the galactic empire decays, the current emperor looks to the most unlikely of sources for how to solve the problems...the science fiction literature of the 20th and 21st century, and the solution he comes up with will almost certainly not be a popular one.
Lost in the Dark
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
An accident leaves one astronaut stranded with only his dwindling sanity.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica Sectors Thirty-Nine - Forty-One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,630. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015 by Nomadic Delirium Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
The exploration of “Unexplored Space” concludes with Sectors 39-41. The final sectors of "Unexplored Space" are now yours to explore. There are many new planets to colonize, new mysteries to solve, and one mystery that may be too dangerous to even try to solve...
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