Saturday, July 29, 2023

Yours, Isaac Asimov


Many people feel that you can get to know an author by reading their fiction, and this is most certainly true, but reading memoirs or letters that the author wrote is also a great way to get to know the author...maybe an even better way, as you're seeing them for themselves, rather than the fiction that they're creating. Contrary to popular belief, not every character in a story is some part of the author's psyche, and not every story is the author trying to get their point across about something that they believe in. Sometimes we write stories or create characters because those are the stories or characters that come to us.

Anyone that has read my work has to know that Isaac Asimov was a huge influence on me...probably the biggest influence, especially in my earlier work. One reviewer once made a comment that my work was reminiscent of the classics without the scientific clunkiness that their work now seems to have. So, when I had a chance to pick up this book and read letters that were actually written by Asimov himself, I had to jump at the chance, and I was not disappointed.

These letters will give you insight into the man as an author, teacher, family man, and so much more. Edited by his brother, the collection really gives you a look at the man behind the stories. If you're any kind of Asimov fan, you have to pick this book up.

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Marionettes on the Moon, and other stories


As I continue my transformation to a self-published author, I've now republished one of my first short story collections, Marionettes on the Moon, and other stories. I've included the original 13 stories in the collection, with a few changes, but I've added two more stories to the collection. You also get "It's in the Water" from the Divided States of America series and "Mission Unknown" from my Solar Federation series, both of which certainly qualify for the theme of this collection...

The Back Cover Blurb: Do Humans control their destiny, or are they merely victims of the circumstances that surround them?

A collection of short stories from prize winning SF author J Alan Erwine examines whether we have freedom of choice, or are merely puppets on strings subject to the whims of the universe.

This newly reworked version of Marionettes on the Moon features the original 13 short stories, plus two recent releases.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

A Taste of the Madness Vol. 3


The third volume is here!
A collection of six previously published short stories, that are available only for a limited time. Travel to distant planets and travel to different mad visions that prize-winning sf author J Alan Erwine has come up with, but beware, you can never be sure where his weird mind might take you.
Again, this collection is only available for a very limited time...and it's free for Kindle Unlimited members.

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The Rocks on the Other Side Book of Beasts


From the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog:

The core rulebook for the Rocks on the Other Side RPG introduced you to a few beasts that you could use in your game. The Rocks on the Other Side Book of Beasts gives you nearly 70 beasts that you can use in your game.

Included in this book are the beasts from the original rules, plus many many more. You now have all kinds of mutated animals, plants, and monsters that you can challenge your players with.

Sentient molds, undead, giant cockroaches, mutated ants, twisted trees, intellifungus…these are just some of the challenges for your players. Open the book, and find all kinds of ways to terrify their characters.

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

X-mas in July at DriveThruFiction


The time has come for DriveThruFiction's annual X-mas in July sale. This is your chance to save up to 25% off of a wide variety of titles, and this includes many of my titles. You can download novels, short story collections, and even individual short stories. What a deal!!! A short story for just 74 cents! Head over to and start downloading today.


Sunday, July 16, 2023

One More Good Trade is the Deal of the Day


From the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog:

For the next 24 hours, you can download One More Good Trade from DriveThruFiction for 50% off. That means you can get the book for just $1.50, and this is a book that you can read over and over again because you can choose different paths for your character each time you read it! Download it today at

Your name is Anthony Jones. You’re a Human free Trader. Your ship is called The Longest Night, and you have two crewmates, Tora-no, a four-armed Althani Soldier and Creeoona, a Tulmath Cyber Wizard. Three adventures lie open to you, which one will you pick, and what will happen along the way? You get to decide what happens in this story, as you pick your way through various plot twists.


Friday, July 14, 2023

The Smashwords sale is still running


While you're looking for deals on science fiction to read, please keep in mind that the Smashwords Summer/Winter sale is still running, which means you can download my short story collections and novels for 50% off. The sale only runs through the end of July, so make sure you take advantage of this great offer soon. Download today at


You're almost out of time to get your second Taste of Madness


Time definitely flies, and your time is almost up if you want to download A Taste of the Madness Vol. 2. This collection will only be available for a couple more weeks, and then it will be gone forever...and remember, if you're a Kindle Unlimited member, the download is FREE!

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Divided States of America sale


From the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog:

Is America doomed? Will we eventually fall into a group of individual nations, instead of being one united nation? This is the idea behind the Divided States of America. Created by longtime Nomadic Delirium Press editor J Alan Erwine, many different writers have decided to play in this "universe," and now, for a limited time, those stories are available from DriveThruFiction at 33% off. Head to and you can start downloading individual titles or the first collection.

Can America be saved?


Future Syndicate II is the Deal of the Day


From the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog: 

Today is your chance to download Future Syndicate II for just $1.50 at

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.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Tales of Interstellar Space is the Deal of the Day


For the next 24 hours you can download my Tales of Interstellar Space for just $2. That's half off the usual $3.99 cover price.

Welcome to fifteen stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine. Be prepared to explore a variety of locals throughout interstellar space. You’ll find wars, exploration, aliens, humans struggling to survive…and sometimes failing, and sometimes succeeding…but more than anything, you’ll find yourself questioning what’s possible…

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Saturday, July 08, 2023

World Building


A few weeks ago, I posted about a book called Aliens and Alien Societies. Another book in that series is World Building by Stephen L. Gillett, who is both a science fiction author and an essayist who has had numerous works published, including being a major contributor to Analog.

This book has everything a writer needs to create a well-balanced and believable science fiction world. In addition to going into detail about what it takes to create a believable world, it also gives you the equations you need to properly figure out everything you can about your world. And while some might think this isn't important, the simple fact is that if you're writing science fiction, you have to get the science right, and this includes the math. And, let's face it, science fiction readers love to catch authors in science mistakes...don't be one of those authors!

This book was a huge asset to me when I was writing A Problem in Translation. Several times when the Astrid enters a new system, a string of numbers about the star and the planets are listed off by one of the crew. I painfully worked out all of these details with this book right next to me to make sure that everything would be accurate. This, I think, gives the book more authenticity.

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I've updated my Wordpress site

In an effort to make it easier for everyone to find my current books in print, I've added "pages" to my Wordpress site. They appear in the header above the blog posts. This will allow my avid readers, and I know there are oh, so many of you out there, to find my books without having to scroll through the blogs.

Hope this helps. Head to and check it out...and make sure you follow the links and buy something...and then review it...


Friday, July 07, 2023

June Bestseller


My best selling title for the month of June was my collection of all three of my novels, 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.

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50% off at Smashwords


Smashwords is currently having their Summer/Winter sale, and you can save 50% off of all of my short story collections and novels. The sale lasts through July, so head over there, and be sure to share the link!

Thursday, July 06, 2023

McConnelsville: The Village at the Crossroads


McConnelsville, Ohio was a sleepy little village that most of Ohio had forgotten before the war, but now it has become a center of trade, and a growing political power in the world that’s rebuilding after the war.

Your characters are headed there. Are you going to try to take things over for yourself, or are you going to try to join up with Victor Edmundson and use the little town as your base of operations?

This Rocks on the Other Side RPG adventure is designed for a group of characters between 8th and 12th level.

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Rocks on the Other Side sale


From the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog:

World War III has destroyed much of the world, and what's left is forever changed. Your characters are survivors of the war, and now they must try to survive in a world filled with radiation, mutant animals, mutant plants, and mutant people. Do you try to restore the world, or do you try to take whatever you can? The choice is yours...

Now is your chance to start playing Rocks on the Other Side, with all of the titles available for 33% off.