Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Check out the website

I've revamped my website. Now you can pretty much find everything right on the front page. Check it out at

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The future

I'm a science fiction writer, and even though I tend to write about the darker aspects of humanity, deep down, I've always held a cautious optimism that humanity would outgrow it's dark side, and we would go out and explore the universe, but as I look around at the world today, I find it very hard to believe that's possible anymore. Whether it's the willful ignorance of so many in the world, or the blind following of leaders who only have their own interests at heart, or the absolute hatred for others that I see in so many people, I have actually lost faith in humanity, and I fear that I'm now watching the fall of our civilization and our species.
The behavior of so many of my fellow human beings is revolting, and it seems like it's only getting worse. Yes, there have been wonderful stories coming out of COVID, the current protests, and all of the other events that have been going on in our world, but there are also so many terrible stories that it's difficult to believe that humanity can survive this, or even that humanity deserves to survive this.
Star Trek envisioned a world where humanity could overcome so many of our demons, and much of science fiction has embraced this idea, but can it even be true anymore? Have we gone so far down this horrible rabbit hole that we can never get out? I fear that humanity has lost its way, and we'll never be able to achieve what we could have achieved...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

DriveThruFiction sale

During these trying times, please feel free to save 30% off of any of prize-winning author J Alan Erwine's titles. This includes short stories, collections, and novels.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020


Marie Haggerman is a new ensign fresh out of Solar Federation academy. She's ready to take on the solar system, but she knows there will be challenges...she just doesn't expect her first challenge to be a commanding officer that seems to hate her from the moment he meets her. Not sure what to do, she finds herself in a bar on Artemis Station, and there she finds the friend she didn't know she needed.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

A Trio of Wonder

For the first time in one collection, all three of prize-winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine's novels appear together. The Opium of the People tells the story of what happens to one man in America when the radical Christian right seizes control of the government. Red Moon Rising brings you the story of one young man's struggles to save the environment and take down the company that he blames for his brother's death. A Problem in Translation tells the story of humanity's first contact with aliens...aliens that are difficult to understand, and that seem to demand an almost godlike reverence from all of the other aliens that the humans meet.

Monday, March 30, 2020

RPG sale

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
We know that many of you are staying home, like you should be, to protect everyone, so we've decided to make all of our RPG titles available for 60% off through DriveThruRPG.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Authors Giving Back

Smashwords has started a sale that they're calling "Authors Giving Back." With so many people now hopefully spending most of their time at home, they're allowing authors to sell their books for big discounts, or even for free. I've decided to take part in this sale, so you can find most of my books on sale at In addition, you can find several of my short stories available for free. All I ask is that if you like what you read, please leave a review.
Nomadic Delirium Press will also be offering several of their books at discount, including offering the Ephemeris RPG core rulebook for free...just make sure to pick up the Ephemeris RPG Rule Changes to help supplement the game. That one's free as well. Go to, and order today.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Problem in Translation

A Problem in Translation is now available as an independently published novel...
Humanity's first contact with an alien species, the Lemec, is complicated by the fact that the aliens don't use an entirely verbal language...not only that, but the other aliens in their "domain" seem to worship the Lemec as some type of gods, and as they seem to anticipate every move that Captain Shiro Takahashi and his crew make, humanity begins to think that maybe the other aliens know something that they don't.

Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising is now available as an independently published novel...
Erik Singer is an environmental warrior overwhelmed by the battle before him. When he loses his brother, his vision starts to become focused, but he can't overcome the overwhelming grief of the loss. But then a Native America activist named Charlie Chases Crows comes into his life, and Erik has no idea what that single event will do to his life.Troubled by wild dreams of his brother and bizarre Native American imagery, Erik suddenly finds himself on a quest to take down the corporation that he feels killed his brother, and ultimately change the world for the better…but can he fight the powers of corporate America?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Opium of the People is back!

The Opium of the People is as a self-published novel.
The U.S. government has been overthrown! After a near-miss of a giant comet, the American people fall under the control of a radical right-wing fundamentalist Christian government, ruled by the Grand Patriarchs, that slowly strips away their freedoms and establishes a rule of law that even Hitler couldn't have dreamed up. Forced into virtual seclusion, Edward Silverberg, a former professor, finds himself on a path that will lead to either his destruction, or the destruction of the Grand Patriarchs...or maybe both.
More purchase options to come...

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Future Syndicate II is here

Many would like to think that as our species evolves, crime will disappear, but most know this is not true. Crime has always been with us, and it always will. Future Syndicate II features stories told from the point of view of the criminals, sometimes bad people, sometimes people forced to make bad decisions, but always, in the eyes of society, criminals.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lowering One's Self Before Fate is back

The re-release of my first short story collection, Lowering One's Self Before Fate, and other stories is now available...
"More than 20 years ago, ProMart Publishing released prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine's first short story collection. Now as Erwine establishes himself as an indie author, read that collection in a new and improved format. Journey back and see where Erwine's warped view of the universe started."

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lowering One's Self Before Fate

In my ongoing quest to more or less redefine my writing career as that of an indie author, I've decided to re-release my very first short story collection, Lowering One's Self Before Fate, and other stories. The book was first released a couple of decades ago by ProMart Publishing, and they used iUniverse to release the book. ProMart is long gone, and iUniverse was a ripoff from the very start, so I've decided the re-release of this book will be the next step for me, so look for the book very soon.
You can also expect some other surprises from me as I try to find a way to make time for my writing.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Mission Unknown

Mission Unknown is now available in more places than just Amazon!
The Solar Federation Series is a new series of stories by prize-winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine. The series will explore a future federation that spans the solar system, and this is the first story in the series.
In Mission Unknown, Captain Jamieson and his crew are sent on a mission that only he knows the true meaning of. Worrying about sabotage and crew revolt, the Captain tries to keep the mission a secret for as long as possible, but what happens when the crew discovers the true nature of their mission, and what could happen if they fail...or if they succeed?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

All's Well...

For more than twenty years I edited a small press science fiction magazine known as The Fifth Di… In June of 2019, I published the final issue that I would edit. This story was written as a tribute to all of the authors I had worked with for more than two decades and to all of the readers that had made editing the magazine worthwhile. I hope you enjoy this little story…

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Many of you were recently able to download a free copy of my story "Mission Unknown." Now, I would like to ask that if you enjoyed the story, please review it at

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Free story

The first story in my new Solar Federation series, Mission Unknown is available as a free download for your Kindle through Sunday, so pick up your copy today at and if you like the story, please review it.

Monday, August 05, 2019

The Solar Federation

I've started a new series of stories that take place in a solar federation that spans our solar system. The series will take place on all kinds of planets, moons, asteroids, ships, and wherever else I want to set stories. The stories won't follow any one set of characters, but characters may show up in multiple stories.
The first of the stories, Mission Unknown, is now available for your Kindle at and if you're a Kindle Unlimited member, it's available for free. If you're not a member, the story will be available for free for a few days starting on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Christmas in July at DriveThruFiction

It's time for Christmas in July at DriveThruFiction. You can pick up many of my titles, including individual short stories, and my latest collection for 25% off at
They are listed with the Nomadic Delirium Press titles, so just search through for what you're looking for. Also, even if they don't list on the main page as 25% off, they are listing on the product pages for 25% off, so order away.

What are you waiting for...

Monday, July 01, 2019

Winter in July sale

Smashwords is having their annual winter in July sale, and many of my titles are available for up to 50% off. This includes my collections, as well as many titles I've edited. Check it out at

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Take one final trip into The Fifth Di...

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
After more than 20 years of continuous publication, the June issue of The Fifth Di… will be the final issue. In this issue, you’ll find fiction from Robert N. Stephenson, Lawrence Buentello, Jeffery Scott Sims, Kendall Evans, and J Alan Erwine.
So, join us for one final trip into The Fifth Di…
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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

A new story

I just put the finishing touches on a new short short. This story will be appearing in the June 2019 issue of The Fifth Di... For those of you that have followed my career, you probably know that for more than 20 years now, I've been editing The Fifth Di... and the June issue will be the final issue. This story was written as something of a good bye to the writers and the readers that have made this such a great zine.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Going back to writing sale

As has been mentioned on the Nomadic Delirium Press blog, I am going to be giving up quite a bit of my editorial duties to focus more on my writing. So, I figured it might be fun to let my readers read some of my older stuff for less than they can usually get it for. At Smashwords, most of my collections are available for 50% off. Go to and order now.
At DriveThruFiction, you can get most of my collections and also my individual stories for 50% off. Go to and order now.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Downsizing Nomadic Delirium Press

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:

As most of you know, Nomadic Delirium Press is basically a one-man operation, and this man has had a very difficult couple of years. Towards the end of last year, I took a promotion at my “real” job in order to keep a roof over my family. That job takes up a great deal of hours. I sometimes work days, other times it’s nights, and sometimes its overnights. Needless to say, this, plus the fact that I’m not as young as I’d like to be, has left me exhausted and with very little free time.
When I got into publishing, it was to be a writer, and I no longer have time to write, and I miss it greatly, and I’m sure not writing is helping to contribute to the depression I constantly feel.  So, after a great deal of thought and discussions with my amazing and supportive wife, I’ve decided to severely downscale what Nomadic Delirium Press does over the next few months. The biggest change is that I’m going to be dropping all of the magazines (although I am in discussions with another publisher to try to keep some of them going.)
The changes look like this:
There will be no 2019 issue of The Martian Wave
The June 2019 issue will be the last issue of The Fifth Di…
The July 2019 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk will be the last issue
Mundanities 2 will be the final issue of that zine
There will be no further issues of Environmental Holocaust
I will continue to read for The Divided States of America, Mars Station Beta, Delirious Doubles, novels, novellas, and collections. There are a few of you that I have spoken to about special projects, I am still open to those. Zines take up a great deal of time, and I want Nomadic to be more of a leisurely activity now as I focus on my writing, instead of a time-consuming drain on my life.
A Poet Explores the Stars will still be published, and Future Syndicate II will still be published (provided I get enough quality submissions.)
I know this is a great disappointment for many, but I need to finally look out for myself. I don’t want to look back at my life and wonder what I might have written…

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Fifth Di... March 2019

The March issue of The Fifth Di... is here! Order your copy today...
Are you ready to take a trip to places you could never imagine? The March 2019 issue of The Fifth Di… will take you there.
Genetically enhanced soldiers, interspecies love, a wild trip to White Sands, a grim future America, and Michigan disappearing are just some of the things waiting for you as The Fifth Di… kicks off yet another year of publishing some of the best small press science fiction and fantasy that we can find.
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

25% off sale

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For the rest of this week, all of our titles are on sale at DriveThruFiction for 25% off. Head over to and order today.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Mundanities is here!

The premier issue of Mundanities: The Zine of Mundane Science Fiction is now available!

Mundane science fiction does not imply boring science fiction. Quite the contrary, mundane science fiction simply means fiction based on plausible science. How can sf be interesting without aliens and interstellar travel, you might ask…well, Mundanities answers that question with five fantastic stories that are based on very realistic science.You get the start of the second American revolution, a man refusing to give up his rights to technology, genetically engineered animals, genetically engineered athletes, and a prison system gone very wrong.Far from boring, these stories will have you thinking “what if?” And isn’t that really the point of science fiction?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New Years sales

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
You can pick up many of our titles for 19% off throughout the month of January from various sites. You can save at our store on print and e-titles at by using the coupon code "2019" at checkout. You can also save on our e-book titles at DriveThruFiction at Finally you can save on many of our e-books at Smashwords* at
*Smashwords does not allow e-books to be priced lower than 99 cents, so not all of our titles are on sale there.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Goodbye Mosi

On Thursday, December 13th, Mosi, my best feline friend for the last 19 years, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It has been a real struggle for me since then. I’ve always loved animals, and pets have always had a special place in my heart, but Mosi was so much more than a pet. For the first half of her life, it was just me and her, and I can remember her waiting for me at the door when I’d get home from work. She learned my routine, and every day, she knew where I was going to go next during my day, and she’d be waiting for me, whether it was the couch, my desk, or wherever I was going. She was the type of cat that loved to snuggle, and even if she had an attitude with others, it was always obvious that she loved me. There were several Thanksgivings and Christmases that it was just me and her, and we’d share a turkey TV dinner together, and then curl up on the couch and I’d watch Star Wars or something as she slept.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve dealt with depression throughout my life, and before I met Rebecca, I went through some VERY dark times. Mosi could always tell when I was having my worst days, and she was always there for me. I can honestly say that without that little white fluffball, I might not have made it through those times. That’s what an amazing furry friend she was.
Some people might say that animals don’t have feelings, but those people are ignorant. Animals know how to love, and even if Mosi had a problem with other people, she was my best friend for years.
Everything I do in life somehow reminds me of her, and it will be a long time before I feel normal again, but I’m trying. I’m lucky to have the amazing support of Rebecca. I don’t know if I could get through this without her.