TS Hottle


TS Hottle is a software developer from Cincinnati. Originally from Cleveland, he grew up on a steady diet of Star Trek, Star Wars, and anything else with explosions and starships he could find.

For 15 years, he wrote crime fiction under the name Jim Winter shifting his focus to his first love, namely scifi.

In 2015, he introduced The Compact Universe, a different take on humanity’s future, beginning with the serialized novella The First One’s Free.

When not doing software, building web sites, or writing, he can be found watching Office Space over and over again.

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Broken Skies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A tragedy over Amargosa leads to an enemy closer to Earth. Quentin Austin leads an attack to liberate Amargosa, where his son may or may not be living under the boot of an alien occupation. When the attack fails, Austin goes looking for who betrayed Amargosa to the aliens. And the enemy may be close to home.
Before Amargosa
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,920. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The First One's Free - An alien offers Kai two solutions to his food problems: A potato and a war; The Marilynists - Douglas Best is on the hook for seven missing nukes. His only host is a cult to Marilyn Monroe; Gimme Shelter - JT Austin runs away from Earth and ends up in the crosshairs of an alien invasion.
The Children of Amargosa
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,630. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
JT Austin and Davra Andraste live separate, quiet lives on Amargosa, a remote farming colony. But in a single night, their lives are upended as an alien race seizes the planet for themselves. Battling aliens and wildlife, running from energy weapons and a nuclear blast, they battle their way to the resistance. And when they finally meet, they discover the real enemy is all too human.
Gimme Shelter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,580. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A runaway boy of 16 and a local constable with ambitions for his own militia find themselves on a collision course on a distant farming colony. Little do they know someone else wants their backwater world, someone alien.

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