Peter Sargent


Peter Sargent's ancestors were lamplighters, steam train engineers, architects, firemen and preachers. He has a sense for the timbre and color of urban life and industry, coupled with a taste for philosophy and its questions of human destiny. With a classical training in mathematics, Peter spends most his career writing radar processing software. His fiction, mostly of the speculative variety, is the passion of his nights and weekends. A native of Greater Boston, Peter still resides in Massachusetts with his family.

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Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am working on a full length novel entitled "Asylum For The Dead". It's a bit of a post-apocalyptic steam punk fantasy. At some unspecified point in the future, humans revive a city they had long ago abandoned after climate change covered it in water. They come because a new power source has been discovered beneath the ruins of the old city. Their world is a damaged place, but this new city, built on the ruins of the old, is a pillar of civilization. Its inhabitants build a wall between them in the rest of the world, allowing only energy to exit and goods and low wage labor to enter. The most important people are those who work at the power plant, called pit devils because they work deep underground. The book opens when an assassin kills one of the pit devils. The crime is investigated by Oswald Amsel, an accountant who can read minds. Along the way he comes into contact with Nyomi, a historian paid by the city to make up lies about its past. They discover a secret war between political factions within the city, some new revelations about why it was separated from the mainland, and the terrifying truth about the power source that makes their lives possible.

In other news, I am also working on the second part to The Dead Reckoner. More on that later!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sometimes I find it amazing I have time to write at all! I was a single parent for a long time, raising a little girl entirely on my own. I've since added a wife and step daughter. That makes life pretty busy. I have a day job, of course. I work as a software engineer on radar systems.
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Where to find Peter Sargent online


The Dead Reckoner : Volume Two: Urban Underworld
Price: Free! Words: 32,210. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
This is part two of the four part serialized novel, The Dead Reckoner. Polymath developed a computer program known as the Sorter, which is able to perfectly predict human behavior. Upon becoming sentient, the Sorter attempts to program humans into doing its will by playing them off each other and their own inner conflicts.
The Towers Of Jerhico
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Inspired by the horror stories of Poe, this is a tale of man dogged by the curse of a perished lighthouse keeper.
Lethe's Cipher
Price: Free! Words: 9,160. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A homeless man named Ted wakes up in the luxury car of a missing woman. When the police question him, he babbles about a man he claims will lead them to the woman, though Ted also says he has never met this man. When Detective Lyons follows the leads, he stumbles into the secret life of a powerful investor and his unexpected connection with the poorest of the poor.
Lanterns In The Morning
Price: Free! Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(2.00 from 1 review)
Molly arranges stones in a circle while the city across the pond burns. Her parents wait inside and watch, deciding whether she is the reason for the world's end or the only force that can stop it. In this science fiction short story, we revisit the implications of the Sorter, the computer that can program humans.
Average Joe
Price: Free! Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A failed engineer saves the life of an old friend and plots to steal her world changing technology. "Hal’s head told him that Mr. N’s theory was a lot of roaring nonsense. The man was a father worried about his daughter and therefore ready to believe any idiotic scrim his mind wove, so long as it consoled him. Jenny was sick, but it wasn’t from vicious radiation from the fifty-fifty."
Sleeping Sickness
Price: Free! Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this Sorter Universe Story, a med student trapped on board a space craft has to prevent a mutiny and the release of thousands of killers from a deep space mental institution.
Unhaunting The Hours
Price: Free! Words: 14,350. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A young man who escaped from drug addiction and a cyber cult must go tempt fate by entering that world again as an undercover confidential informant. His quarry: a clone created by the cyber cult that is murdering people in his name.
The Dead Reckoner Volume One: Absolution and Desolation
Price: Free! Words: 32,060. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Time and again, we’ve heard the story of human civilization coming to its demise at the hands of the machines it created. The dead reckoner never touches its victims. With a perfect understanding of human psychology, it pits person against person, leaving us to wonder whether its triumph is nothing but an illusion, or if the true illusion is free will.
Divide The Sea
Price: Free! Words: 14,360. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A young man from the privileged class of genetically engineered people becomes involved in a civil war between his own people and the natural borns, discovering that he is yet a third variation of humanity.

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