Robin Wyatt Dunn

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Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up first in Texas; I moved to California when I was eleven. They're the second and third biggest states in the union, sometimes too big for their britches, and very occasionally they're cognizant of the responsibility and the humility that size demands. Hopefully I manage the same feat.

Whatever is Texan in me is stark; Texans like simple things and they like poetry. They like the country and they like food, men and women, the land, nature. Texans don't have complex attitudes about the land, and about Nature, it's there, and they like it.

Californians love Nature too but it's a work in progress. It's something we either screwed up, are in the process of screwing up, or are in the process of fixing, and of course it's always all three. Also Californians tend to see Nature as an escape: get away to Nature, away from the hustle and bustle, whereas Texans tend to see it as part of the whole thing.

These are all shameless generalizations, of course, but I've benefited as a man and as a writer by absorbing the unique cultures of both states.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing before I could write, apparently: my Mom wrote down stories I told her. One that survives concerns a character named "Back-It Pallusus" who could "back it" people from the dead. In other words, he was a necromancer.
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Where to find Robin Wyatt Dunn online

Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: American English. Published: January 10, 2017 by Robin Wyatt Dunn. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is not America or Europe but a toroid; because geometry is a drug. Sit down and listen to our tale of Vărzăreştii Noi:


If this document should survive
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the desert, an office not-love story. Outside, the scorpions chatter. "And it is woman remember, who bears the shield: for both the Greeks and the Romans. She wields it up and over her man, on every coin we can find."
City, Winter
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 22,540. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Graduate school is just another form of hell but Thomas doesn't realize that yet. Perhaps Ragnarok is preferable: a reality storm descending over the city. Open the sky and let in the changes:
Some Dredged Deep
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 13,590. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2020 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
A look into the consequences of America's wars on its psyche.
Sitting on the Floor
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 22,910. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
At Gobekli Tepe, the ancient temple in Anatolia and epicenter of farming and Indo-European culture, a high priest rebels against an Anatolian cult, fleeing with his wife and escaped slave children. A journey of spiritual discovery and an act of escape, Sitting on the Floor is a Pizzagate story set in the Neolithic.
The Black King of Kalfour
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 29,020. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Who is a man married to, when he is married to a woman? And what if they get divorced, but only one of them remembers? The Black King of Kalfour catalogues one man's quest for his woman across multiple dimensions.
This Isn't One of the Stories I Remember
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 31,350. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The city has been burning for months. Robert needs a new job, and a new dog, and a new wife. But he's not going to get any of those things. Instead he is sucked into a series of parallel universes, chasing the job, dog, and wife he already has.
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 17,890. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Debudaderrah, far colony, receives a surprise: a sentient robot from some Earth which does not yet exist. The robot has orders to eliminate all life it finds; but the robot is also human, and has a troubled conscience. Science fiction poetry by Robin Wyatt Dunn.
What Black Delirious Daylight Sets You Forward in the Boat
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
“A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country.” A poet is home in his work. Here, Dunn both enumerates and interrogates the hidden dream we are too distracted to encompass; as simple souls in the brush, we do not wish to disturb the Universe. Yet Dunn did this for us. - Dustin Pickering, founder of Transcendent Zero Press
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 66,080. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The population of Los Angeles has vanished. John Dee has to find out why.
Black Dove
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,170. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016 by Scarlet Leaf. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Love and war in the Middle East: Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel.
Colonel Stierlitz
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 29,220. Language: American English. Published: September 10, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Colonel Stierlitz, a ghostly remnant of Semyonov's literary character, comes to life in a dream Moscow, tasked with defending his Motherland against all external threats.
White Man Book
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 20,300. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Coming of age
WHITE MAN BOOK is part jeremiad, part expose, part prose poetry novel. It endeavors to wrestle with the implications of our beloved James Baldwin’s observation that the white man is the “real nigger baby."
Conquistador of the Night Lands
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 71,950. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The world has ended; the sun has died, but life goes on. Join Soad and Weel, defenders of the Redoubt, and The Producer and Woad, a Hollywood producer and a giant whale, on a journey to remake all of reality. "A tour de force" -- James Blaylock, author of ZEUGLODON.
Julia, Skydaughter
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 17,100. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Julia is fighting for her country. She is twelve years old. On the outside, a burqa. Underneath, satellite communications hardware linked to her AI in orbit. Her mission: overthrow a theocracy. An immersive look at a hyper-religious technological future, JULIA SKYDAUGHTER examines questions of morality and identity in the middle of a blazing fast adventure.
A Map of Kex's Face
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 36,960. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Roberto and his wife Sasha are busy acting out a bad campus novel in a recently seceded California when the known universe undergoes some fundamental changes. Campus administrator Kex is more than a human being, it appears, but also an avatar around whom mandala-like emanations revolve, frequencies whose meaning Roberto must discern if he is to legitimize his new Department of Cartography . . .
Fighting Down into the Kingdom of Dreams
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 77,420. Language: American English. Published: June 5, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Long ago lived Ing, who gave us Inglish. Eighty generations later, Ing's descendant Hrothbert fights down beneath the surface of another Earth, hunting the Wight. To regain his honor and his reason, Hrothbert must recover the lost dreaming of the Rat City of Roth, re-fight War War One with fusion weapons in a parallel New York City, and rearrive at Howth Castle and environs ...
Line to Night Island
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 20,510. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Kiss me, you’re beautiful. Will you come to Night Island? I’ve been calling.Tell me, are you there? I am coming but I cannot say what it is; what are you? Do I understand it right, that you are reading me? My name is Dun; I am Dark Knight, I am Dark Island, from Night Island. These words hurt me but they are necessary; tell me, can you feel it too? That something is coming to an end?
My Name is Dee
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 68,240. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
John Dee is a magician in Los Angeles. He is going insane. My Name Is Dee is a novel of noir action, intrigue and dark romance, for the child in all of us who wants to go on adventures, and for the fearful adult too who marvels at the terrifying scale of this universe. John Dee must choose what moral course his life is going to take: can he stand to still wear the grey hat?
Los Angeles, or American Pharaohs
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,940. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Robert, an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, is hearing voices in his head. Alice Hershlug is slowly torturing him via The Grapevine, a kind of mental telephone. Hoovey Weinerschniztel, a movie producer in New York City, is blasé about his recent rape and imprisonment of one of his employees. Part political diatribe, part philosophical essay, part picaresque, this novel is dynamite.
Son and Woman, A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
In ancient times, a warrior leads his family on an adventure of survival.

Smashwords book reviews by Robin Wyatt Dunn

  • Lost Worlds, Retraced on Oct. 19, 2013

    Marliyn K. Martin has an amusing take on "primitive humans of the ancient past" and what we get out of nurturing this idea of the simpler, charming ignorance of our ancestors. Think of it as "The Gods Must be Crazy" plus time travel. Jonathan Shipley captures some of the murky ethics involved in refugee crisis management, sketching a U.N.-like organization handling the death of an entire planet. Konstantine Paradias pens a charming version of "Wind and the Willows" during a kind of Salem Witch Trials. Soham Saha's affecting piece "Parallelobirds" describes a colony ship gone awry, not unlike a "Riddley Walker" in space. I especially enjoyed the frisson of "Arc" instead of "Ark" as initially I imagined arc sodium lamps lighting a huge ship or perhaps a Ringworld-style huge orbital habitat until my brain figured it out ;) Maureen Bowden's "Jango Rides Again" first and foremost has some beautiful British slang in it that really warmed my belly. And much as I might dislike bikers, Bowden managed to squeeze some sympathy for them out of me. In the story, due to "mental embargo," her protagonist Han's uncle has successfully hidden his 560 years, until to seek a parallel universe where her favorite biker did not die, Han goes into her uncle's inner sanctum of magic books. The root of the word "magic" is "to have power" and in this sense Bowden knows well the magic of words. But, what is the nature of their power? I don't believe this question has an answer, but Bowden understands what not many do, that part of it is their nature of disguise, to cover what we might not otherwise want to see. DeAnna Knippling's fable about power is swift and affecting. Judith Field's "Lindlow Five" is sort of a Wiccan Mod Squad, battling the dastardly with magic and gadgets. Ron Collins revamps the Terminator mystique with some quantum physics. Attack of the Giant Cattail. Giant Skunk massacres keg party. (His name is Aniywe). The Indians are angry. Oil Man gonna fight da monsters. This is Andrew Kozma's beautiful little "Breach of Contract." Sarah Hodgetts tells an affecting version of "28 Days Later" with giant wolves. Bruce Golden has the funniest story in the collection, "Ninth from the Sun," imagining the 9 planets as baseball players in the locker room, sad that Pluto's been cut from the team and "sent down to the dwarf league." Will Morton's promising story of science in a parallel universe is unfortunately torpedoed by its hamhanded union-busting politics, although, it must be said, there's a rich history of it in science fiction. And Neil Davies rounds up the collection with an updated Dr. Livingstone as a reality TV star stumbling upon the secret den of the Oompa Loompas. Overall the collection is a little hammier than I tend to like my pork-based science fiction products, but the moments of piquancy are generally enough to balance out the juvenalia.
  • Leap of Faith on July 25, 2016
    (no rating)
    An intellectual's romance.