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.