Matthew S. Rotundo

Biography

Matt wrote his first story—”The Elephant and the Cheese”—when he was eight years old. It was the first time he had ever filled an entire page with writing. To his young mind, that seemed like a major accomplishment. It occurred to him shortly thereafter that writing stories was what he wanted to do with his life.

Matt gravitated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror at an early age, too. He discovered Ray Bradbury’s “The Fog Horn” in a grade school reader, and read it over and over whenever he got bored in class. (Needless to say, he read it a lot.) Other classics soon followed—Dune and Lord of the Rings and Foundation, the usual suspects. As a boy, he often pretended his bicycle was Shadowfax, and that he was Gandalf, riding like mad for Minas Tirith. Yeah, he was that kind of kid. Half the time, his family and friends didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.

Matt’s story “Alan Smithee Lives in Hell” placed second in the 1997 Science Fiction Writers of Earth Contest. In 1998, he attended Odyssey. The workshop led directly to his first sale—”Black Boxes,” in Absolute Magnitude. In 2002, Matt won a Phobos Award for “Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown.” He was a 2008 winner in the Writers of the Future Contest. He has since continued to publish in various magazines.

Matt lives in Nebraska. He has husked corn only once in his life, and has never been detasseling, so he insists he is not a hick.

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Series

The Prison World Revolt
Petra is a brutal prison world, the final repository for the worst of the worst in all of Ported Space. But it also hides a shattering secret that is about to explode . . .

Petra

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Petra Released

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Books

Petra Released
Series: The Prison World Revolt. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,340. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Kane Pythen, now in exile on Petra, uncovers a plot to seize control of the prison world that could kill millions. The shadowy forces in Farside make plans of their own, intent on eliminating all their enemies. And Kane's wife Tayla takes on the powerful Petra Compact, which is hunting for the explosive prisoner records that were smuggled offworld. The battle for Petra has just begun.
Petra
Series: The Prison World Revolt. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,930. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A disillusioned war hero gets caught in a daring escape attempt from a brutal prison planet, and a ruthless warden will stop at nothing to prevent it. The prison break of the millennium is on . . .

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