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Scott Reviews Hybrid Mechanics

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Verastiqui’s trademark descriptive style and signature wit is thankfully present throughout the story: clever dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, sexual subtleties and exploring of gender identities, The Matrix-style virtual realities, religion, synthetic humanoids, and cliff-hanging chapter conclusions that only makes you want to keep reading.

Now Available: Hybrid Mechanics

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The wait is finally over, my friends. Book Five of the Vinestead Anthology, Hybrid Mechanics, is now available for purchase at Amazon or by PayPal-ing me $400. Why $400? Well, because in addition to the book, you get a signed 8x10 glossy of yours truly, one of my socks, a handwritten note about your beauty, a USB drive containing MIDI music from 1998, and a copy of The Bhagavad Gita, marked up...

Win a Copy of Hybrid Mechanics

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From now until release day, you can enter to win a Kindle copy of my latest cyber-thriller, Hybrid Mechanics. This will be the only time you'll be able to get this book for a few years, or unless you purchase the print version, or unless you send me and email and persuade me with your tale of woe to send you a free copy. Either way, enter to win, boost my numbers, and hopefully we'll all have a...

January Goodreads Giveaway: Por Vida

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We are less than 90 days from the release of Hybrid Mechanics! To celebrate, I’d like to get every last soul on Earth reading my previous books. Not only will this prepare them for Book Five in the Vinestead Anthology, it will also generate revenue, increase name recognition, and hopefully, foment a paradigm shift in the basic tenets of civilization. To that end, I’m offering a FREE...

Thanks, Maureen

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I just wanted to give a quick thanks to Maureen H for her recent review of Veneer. I tend to look at my books as always increasing in quality, and yet it's Veneer, my second book, that continues to outsell the others. I don't know why that is. From the reviews, it seems people really enjoy the concept of augmented reality, while others like the characters themselves. Some people don't like the...

Maximum Overwrite

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So I’m currently reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I watched the movie a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the universe Koontz created, so naturally I wanted to read the book and get all those extra details that are typically left out of movies. And though I’ve enjoyed reading, it doesn’t really feel like there is more story here. I have a guess about why that is.

The Sum of Rewritten Memory

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Ah, the Alpha Reader period, that month-long, self-enforced sabbatical from what is sure to be the next great American Science Fiction novel. Is there anything worse than trying to fill the days when all you want to do is continue working? I submit there is not. Sure, my son said his first word and learned how to climb the side of his crib, and sure there are unopened PS4 games on my shelf, and...

Prepare Your Cortical Stack

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It's finally here. Netflix's adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's mind-blowing sci-fi novel Altered Carbon is now live, and though I'll never forgive Joel Kinnaman for his part in the Robocop Reboot That Shall Never Be Mentioned Again, I can't wait to binge the entire season this weekend. It's hard to describe how awesome Altered Carbon is--if you're into technology, explosions, and some of the l33t...

Time After Time

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I've really taken a liking to non-linear narratives. When you think of all the ways you can mess with a reader, there's nothing quite like the confusion you can create by having multiples stories operating on multiple timelines. Did A happen before B? Are they happening at the same time? And then later, when everything becomes clear, the reader is incented to re-read the entire book, because now...

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