Light bulbs talk to River Madden; God doesn't. When the homeless schizophrenic unintentionally fractures a dimensional barrier and accidentally steals a gym bag containing a million dollars, everyone from the multiverse police to the local crime boss—and an eight-foot tall demon—are after him. Can he dodge them long enough to correct his mistakes and prevent the destruction of three separate dimensions? If he succeeds, will the light bulbs stop singing off-key?
Touching Madness is the first novel in the River Madden series, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The series continues soon in Undercover Madness.
Charming, self-made security professional Rafe McTavish owes a debt of honor. Though estranged from his family for fourteen years, he must investigate his tycoon brother-in-law's purchase of a dilapidated deep-space mining station. At the station he meets the secretive Kama Bhatia, a computer hacker and corporate spy who will stop at nothing to rescue a secret document that could change the galaxy. Cut off, trapped amidst hostility and distrust, Rafe and Kama must nurture their fragile relationship and work together to unravel a web of fraud, deception, and murder before the tide of violence overtakes them.
Calculated Risk is the first novel in the Rafe and Kama series, a thrilling blend of action, excitement, and mystery, set in a dystopian future where giant corporations rule the fate of the human race, and profit is all. Calculated Risk is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and the series continues soon in Hostile Takeover.
Puncher's Chance, co-written with James Grayson, was voted the 2nd best novella in the 2006 Analytical Laboratory Awards, held during the Nebula Awards weekend in Tempe, Arizona. It is an exciting and cautionary tale about the dangers—and necessities—of travelling to other worlds, and how extreme circumstances make cooperation possible between even the bitterest of adversaries.
When an accident on the newly-established Martian colony places the lives of the colonists there at grave risk, ageing astronaut David Longrie is persuaded to pilot a patched-up spacecraft on a rescue mission. But space has its own perils, and soon David and his crew are fighting not just for the colonists' lives, but for their own survival.
Originally published in the June 2006 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, America's longest-running science fiction magazine, Puncher's Chance is available on the Kindle for you to buy today!
Praise for Puncher's Chance
Illustration by William R. Warren Jr.
"This story will have you at the edge of your seat... [and] shows the reasons why colonization beyond Earth is so important... A well-written SF morality tale with memorable characters."
- Scott M. Sandridge,
"An exciting tale about a man who must get medical supplies to Mars to save colonists' lives.... a good story of redemption and heroism."
- Sam Tomaino,
"When a medical emergency breaks out on the planet, an old transport is pushed back into service to rush a cure to the colonists, but it's a voyage that's anything but easy... It's my kind of science fiction
- Kenneth Newquist,
"Ferguson and Grayson bestow an unexpected personal dimension on their characters as they interact in the face of the emergency."
- Lois Tilton, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, irosf.com