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


Books

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.
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: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
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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.
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 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?
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: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.33)
An accident leaves one astronaut stranded with only his dwindling sanity.
Out of Plato's Cave
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Living underground was said to be a necessity on Earth, but was that true anymore? Jacob is about to find out...whether he wants to or not...
A Singular Solution
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When it's decided that the ultimate weapon must be unleashed against the Earth, one man has to decide between following orders and disobeying, and then he must decide what to do when facing the consequences.
Reality
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Gerard Anderson is having trouble deciphering what's real and what's not real. Caught up between conflicting realities that seem to bounce around in his head, Gerard can no longer tell where he is, what he's doing, or even who he is at times.
A Chronic Mistake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The runner had been one of the best hackers and tech runners in the business. That was until he got hooked on chronic. Now he's but a shadow of his former self, and he's one mistake away from being caught...or maybe he already has...
Origins
Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Two men, who can't stand one another, sit down for what seems like innocuous drinks, but will their discussion forever change the future of humanity?
Sim-Shrink
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Alec has been having problems, but when he's sent to see a computerized psychologist, a sim-shrink, his problems only get worse, as the machine is even crazier than he is...
Sad Grey Eyes on Tharsis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A Martian marine is captured by rebels, but what will happen to him as they try to make him see their side of things...will he turn against his training, or will he turn against the rebels?
Twist of Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Edward Janick couldn't get into the space academy, so he decides to stowaway on a ship headed off Earth, but he has no idea of just what kind of adventure he's about to undertake, and who will be determined to see him fail...or die...
The Progenitors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
While mining a Jovian satellite, Patrick Clegg discovers evidence of ancient life, but how far will the corp he works for go to keep anyone from learning about his discovery?
The Galton Principle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Lewis Goddard has long supported the eugenics based government that rules the United States, so much so that he's a proud member of the Galton Youth, but when he suddenly finds himself classified as one of the "genetically inferior," Lewis suddenly finds himself questioning his beliefs...and on the run.
The Indoctrination of the Tolari
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Religion is something that is very personal to most, but what happens when one zealot decides it's his personal mission to bring his religion to a group of aliens?
A Union in Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
As the end of the world approaches, a young couple is faced with some difficult choices, because not everyone will be allowed to leave the Earth.
The Coldness of Love and Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Edward died and had himself frozen so he could see the future, but how could he survive that future without the love of his life...
Harvest of Debts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Debt is a huge problem in the world, and as the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" continues to grow, just how far will corporations and the rich go to make the poor pay off their debts...organ harvesting?
A Tortuous Wrong Turn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Hentor made a business of smuggling cargo for one of the most powerful criminal syndicates, but when he's forced to dump his cargo to try to avoid capture, he has no idea of just how much trouble he's about to find himself in.
Beyond Mudslinging
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Politics has always been ugly, and it just keeps getting uglier...this can only mean that in the future, politics could be deadly...
Who Listens to the Voices of the Past?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Humans have a long history of exploiting other races on their own world, but what will happen when they discover another sentient species on a new planet?
The Secret of the Coltao
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Coltao and the Humans live peacefully on the planet Nerthus, but the Humans have been told to never approach the Coltao city as their planet approaches aphelion. The Humans have always listened, until a young human named Dag decides he wants to disobey. He'll face terrible dangers as he crosses the frozen landscape, and nothing can prepare him for what he finds when he reaches the Coltao city
Echoes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Private Coral Gnasher is a dolphin serving the navy of the hairless apes, as he calls them, but he's not happy about it. The dolphin wants to return home, but he has to learn how to escape from the hairless apes...without invoking their vengeance.
Adrift Amidst the Cooling Fires of Creation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A failed mission to Mars leaves four astronauts marooned and heading for the asteroid belt. Faced with certain death from lack of air or starvation, they each choose a way to exit life...all but one, who decides he just wants to see what's out there before he dies.
Lowering One's Self Before Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
No one ever really knew what happened at the Kira Len Massacre until someone finds a detailed story about the massacre downloaded into their personal AI. Is the story believable? How did it get there? And is there more to the message than the reader thinks?
The Lives of Billions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
As the terraforming of Mars swings into high gear, microbes are discovered deep in Valles Marineris, but the corporations don't care, until one scientist decides that it's time to make them take notice.
Trek for Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A shuttle goes down in a blizzard, and the crew is forced to march through the deadly snow in the hopes of saving the passengers, but will any of them make it...

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