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*** NAMED TO KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOKS OF 2018 ***

Fire, splitting the atom, synthetic biology. There's a dark side to every invention, one which we have been fortunate to contain for most of history. But are we hurtling forward too fast?

Detonation is an epic dystopian tale that is a cautionary reflection on our own innovation-obsessed culture. It follows two societies that are connected, but centuries apart, and their struggle against a superintelligent machine. Amid ideological clashes and political plotting, a diverse cast discovers this insidious threat, one which few can fathom, and fewer can challenge. As the world convulses toward catastrophe, they are forced into an escalating conflict against a tireless enemy. 

Selected to be in the top 100 Indie books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews

  • More than 5,000 indie books reviewed.

  • In the top 8 Science Fiction and Fantasy.

“A highly entertaining and absorbing combination of philosophy and action featuring robustly individualized characters.”
“…a future world that vibrates with conflict and ideas.”
“Otto’s reflections on hubris and warnings about artificial intelligence have a chilling plausibility.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“...a very timely book for today’s day and age.”
“…thought provoking.”
— Tulsa Book Review (5 star review)

BUY IT NoW! Detonation is available In Trade paperback Format at Amazon in the US, UKCanada and Other European Stores, AND in Kindle EBOOK FOrmat worldwide. 


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A WORLD RIFE WITH RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE…

Where cryptic prophesies of gravity-defying events and stories of mythical beasts are regular undercurrents to daily life. 

POLITICAL TENSIONS ARE MOUNTINg

The omens are clear, troops are mobilizing, and war has sprung.

AND NOW, INFIDELS ARE EMERGING

Sinners and traitors are being cast out. These are despicable liars. They are twisted, half-wit heathens. They are deceitful scum…

…and they’re the only ones that could save millions of lives.

...a varied, complex realm that comes across vividly, with many hints of deeper waters to explore.
...characters are well-developed and intriguing.
— Kirkus Reviews on A Tale of Infidels
...a compelling novel.
...the characters each have strong arcs.
— San Francisco Book Review on A Tale of Infidels
A captivating page turner...
...well-developed and deeply engaging characters
Rich details stoke avid curiosity about mysteries
still to be revealed.
— Kirkus Reviews on The Day's Wake

 


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A Toxic Ambition is an action-packed young adult science fiction novel set in a socially fragmented future San Francisco. 

The world has descended into a morass of radioactivity and harsh climate shifts. The wealthy have escaped to rule from the protected Inworld; enormous, impenetrable domes that dominate urban skylines. Outworlders must live a life of serfdom catering to the Inworlders, unless salvation can be won through prowess in the Fuse games. 

Tristan is unmatched in his dedication to the games. With the help of his teammate Luisa, he is positioned to win his league, making his berth in the Inworld a foregone conclusion. 

But Luisa is plagued by the memories of her family who have perished. She rallies a group of outcast youths to challenge the idle authorities. Her activities threaten to shatter Tristan’s plans and embroil them all in a deadly revolution for which there is no turning back.

…Like with 1984, The Hunger Games, and countless others, social commentary and plot are intrinsically woven together in Otto’s tale...the book becomes a propulsive procedural, running headfirst into scenes of tension building action, driving the two worlds together towards their inevitable climactic conflict...
— Kirkus Reviews

BUY IT NOW! A TOXIC AMBITION IS AVAILABLE IN TRADE PAPERBACK FORMAT AT AMAZON IN THE USUKCANADA AND OTHER EUROPEAN STORES, AND IN EBOOK FORMAT IN KINDLE, NOOKIBOOK, AND Google PLay STORES.

 

More from Erik A. Otto

A 16,000 word science fiction short story set in an enclosed city that is besieged by an endless war. It follows Alder and Lena, who both want a family. Their only option is to have lacrotic children; precious gifts that come with an expiry date. They struggle to maintain hope and dream of escaping to the stars as the transition looms ever closer.

AND COMING SOON

The Reformer is a 3,000 word short story set in the distant future on a world filled with diamond towers, dirigibles and harsh climate shifts. The sister of a planetary defense agent has been murdered, and the evidence is overwhelming. But the sentencing is unusual, because the punishment must fit the crime.

Proliferation is the working title for the sequel to Detonation. It’s too early to give it a blurb, but I am hard at work on it thanks in large part to the encouraging response to Detonation. Thank you! Look for it in 2020.