Oct 1, 2016

John E. Stith

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July 1, 2016
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August 1, 2016
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October 1, 2016
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November 15, 2016
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December 15, 2016
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February 1, 2017
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March 15, 2017
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May 1, 2017
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June 15, 2017

                      
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AWARD WINNING AUTHOR RE RELEASES NINE TITLES ON PAPERBACK, SOME FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE
John E. Stith debuts new covers for science fiction lovers


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO --  Available in paperback again, some for the first time in over 10 years, ReAnimus Press is re-releasing nine science fiction titles from internationally recognized author John E. Stith in 2016 and 2017.


In 2016, Deep Quarry (Jul. 1) follows a private eye on a desert planet who uncovers a buried starship still occupied by nasty aliens. Manhattan Transfer (Aug. 1) features an escape team learning things are even worse than they thought when the entire city of Manhattan is taken aboard by aliens In Reunion on Neverend (Oct. 1), a classmate at a high school reunion on a distant colony finds an old flame in trouble. Redshift Rendezvous (Nov. 15) finds a starship first mate who stands alone between a gang of thieves and their goal. Memory Blank (Dec. 15) finds an amnesiac aboard an orbital colony, and he must clear himself of murder.


Three more titles will hit shelves in 2017. First is Reckoning Infinity (Feb. 1), as a new arrival in the solar system is explored by a team led by a partially cybernetic woman. Death Tolls (Mar. 15) finds a reporter on Mars wondering why one news team is the first to arrive at catastrophic scenes. Scapescope (May 1) introduces a loyal government employee who learns he’s on the list of known political criminals and All For Naught (Jun. 15) introduces Nick Naught, private eye - an analog guy in a digital world.


Sci Fi fans will love Stith’s thoroughly researched, hard science fiction as he sticks close to the rules of science and delivers tales that Science Fiction Chronicle raves are full of “wondrous situations, marvelous discoveries.”


Stith has appeared on a live nationwide PBS broadcast or Science-Fiction Science-Fact (SF2) and his work has also been sold to film and television. His novel Reckoning Infinity was chosen as one of Science Fiction Chronicle’s Best Science Fiction Novels,  Redshift Rendezvous was picked as a Nebula Award nominee and Manhattan Transfer received an honorable mention from the Hugo Awards and a nomination from the Seiun Award in Japan.

Stith is a member of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW), Colorado Author’s League and is a former Mensa member.  He currently lives in Colorado Springs.                                                              
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Author Biography of John E. Stith

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Science fiction and mystery author John E. Stith writes across many worlds. His books have been translated to French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian and are even available in braille for the sight-impaired.  His stories have been categorized as “Hard science fiction,” a label given to those stories thoroughly researched to play fair with the rules of science; something any die-hard SciFi fan can appreciate.


It was during the summer Science-Math Institute for High School Students at Cloud State College, John served as editor for the school paper, but several more years would pass before the urge to write, strengthened by years of loving to read, was too compelling to ignore.  His stories vary, but his books are packed with suspense, mystery, and humor.


Stith holds a B.A. in physics from the University of Minnesota, has served as an Air Force Officer, where he worked at NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The passion for science runs in his family, as his father George worked at the White Sands Missile Range on such projects like the rocket sled.


He has appeared on a live nationwide PBS broadcast or Science-Fiction Science-Fact (SF2) and his work has also been sold to film and television. His novel Reckoning Infinity was chosen as one of Science Fiction Chronicle’s Best Science Fiction Novels,  Redshift Rendezvous was picked as a Nebula Award nominee and Manhattan Transfer received an honorable mention from the Hugo Awards and a nomination from the Seiun Award in Japan.





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           Deep Quarry

ISBN: 978-0-9672984-1-2
Paperback $15.99
E-book: $4.99
Mystery, Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
160 pages
July 1, 2016

      “Bright and breezy, flip and fast”
                                            — Analog



Ben Takent is a private eye on a hot, dusty world at the edge of the civilized galaxy. When he’s asked to find out who is stealing artifacts from a 10,000-year-old archaeological dig in the desert, he reluctantly takes the case. Then, when it becomes clear that the artifacts are pointing to an ancient alien spacecraft, the stakes in the case go up—way up.


      








Manhattan Transfer

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ISBN: 978-0-9672984-2-9
Paperback $15.99
E-book: $4.99
Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
326 pages
August 1, 2016


“How can you possibly resist?... Superscience SF in the classic vein, fast-moving, heroic...loaded with sensawunda. You’ll love it.” — Analog
“Some ideas are just too good to pass up... the pleasure is in the nonstop action and the problem the characters must solve.”
New York Review of Science Fiction

When aliens abduct New York City, carrying it into space inside a huge dome, the citizens trapped inside must find out why and what they can do to save themselves and dozens of other cities which aliens have stolen from other planets.  A stunning tour-de-force of science fiction and storytelling with gripping action, believable characters and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat!


"Fascinating, intelligent account of people--some ordinary, some extraordinary--struggling to define and confront events that are beyond anything they have dared to imagine. One of the better surprise endings to come down the cosmos in light-years." — Chicago Tribune



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ISBN: 978-0-9672984-2-9
Paperback: $15.99
E-book: $4.99
Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
320 pages
October 1, 2016

  “One part mystery, one part other worlds    
    adventure... thoroughly entertaining      
    joyride.”  —  Science Fiction Chronicle



Lan has come home to a high-school reunion in the underground colony of Neverend, at the edge of humanity’s reach. An ancient secret waits there, one involving instantaneous access to far-flung planets. Also in Neverend is his high-school sweetheart, Tessa, who is in the way of people who have stumbled onto this ancient technology and plan to use it for their own purposes.


Fortunately for her, Lan is no longer the boy he used to be. And fortunately for Lan, Tessa is no longer the girl she used to be.









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ISBN: 978-0-9672984-4-3
Paperback: $15.99
E-book: $4.99
Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
244 pages
November 15, 2016


“The list of science fiction authors who play the game the hard way by sticking to the rules of science is all too short. Now to that group which includes Clarke, Niven, Asimov, Bear, and Clement should be added the name of John E. Stith.”
                            — Dan Simmons, NY Times No. 1 best-selling author

      WARNING: Read This Guide Before Boarding the Redshift.


The environment aboard a hyperspace craft is quite safe as long as you are careful. The management reminds you that the speed of light on board this craft is ten meters per second (or about 30 million times slower than what you are used to). This means you will frequently encounter relativistic effects and optical illusions.


Aboard the hyperspace liner Redshift is a relativistic world of slow light and treachery.  The first sign of trouble is the apparent suicide of a passenger.  When the first officer discovers that she was murdered - he wants answers.  


Before long, a desperate group of hijackers use the hyperspace liner to plunder a fabled colony - and only one man stands in their way.



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     Memory Blank



ISBN: 978-0-9672984-5-0
Paperback: $15.99
E-book: $4.99
Mystery, Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
198 pages
December 15, 2016


“In the realm of novels, John E. Stith's Memory Blank is a good solid mystery, a good adventure, and even a good science-fiction novel--all between one set of covers.”— Starlog

Cal Donley wakes up covered with someone’s blood. He’s on the orbital colony Daedalus. And the last ten years are a total blank.


His wife, Nikki, is a tantalizing stranger. His only ally is Vincent, a wise-cracking, AI Smart Watch. As Cal tries to unscramble his missing memories, people around him begin to have fatal accidents.

What disaster has stripped away so much of his memory - and why? And what about the dried blood on his hands…?







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ISBN: 978-0-9672984-6-7
Print: $15.99
E-book: $4.99

Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
320 pages
February 1, 2017

“Wondrous situations, marvelous discoveries, good characters, and a nicely tuned plot.”
          — Science Fiction Chronicle



“John Stith is among the finest writers of hard science fiction in the world. In what can best be described as ’The Six-Million Dollar Woman’ meets ’Rendezvous with Rama,’ Stith will keep you turning the pages as he reveals the marvels of an alien ’moonscape. ’” — Rocky Mountain News

The arrival of a moon-sized triggers an exploratory mission led by Alis, a cybernetically enhanced woman. The journey into the object allows Alis to explore herself as well as the new arrival.








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       Death Tolls



ISBN: 978-0-9672984-7-4
Print: $15.99
E-book: $4.99

Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
202 pages
March 15, 2017


“There is a great deal of light humor scattered about the book, and some fine suspense.... I definitely recommend this book.” — FOSFAX



TV News on Mars Can Be Murder


Ex-investigative reporter Dan Kettering watched the Martian telecast showing the aircraft crash that killed his brother. Before long, the police convince Dan to get back in the news business, but not as a reporter. This time around, he’s got a new face, a new name, and he’s a driver.


His undercover assignment puts him close to Janet Vincent, one of the reporters on the team that uncannily seems to reach almost every disaster before their competition.





     

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      Scapescope



ISBN: 978-0-9672984-8-1
Print: $15.99
E-book: $4.99

Science Fiction
ReAnimus Press
180 pages
May 1, 2017


      “Entertainingly written.”
          — Science Fiction Chronicle



Earth. 2150. Mike Cavantalo is one of the eight out of every ten adults working for “Brother Sammy.” He's content with his secure government job, reviewing future projects through that marvelous window into tomorrow—scapescope.


Until one day he looks into the future and sees himself as a criminal on the run, wanted for treason against Brother Sammy.


From the catacombs of a northeastern metropolis to the caverns of the antiquated NORAD headquarters deep in Cheyenne Mountain, ensnared in a web of spying and betrayal, Cavantalo is on the run, trying to change a future that scapescope says is inevitable.





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    All For Naught



ISBN: 978-0-9672984-9-8
                     Print: $15.99
E-book: $4.99

Science Fiction, Mystery
ReAnimus Press
140 pages
June 15, 2017

   



Nick Naught, Private Eye.   An analog guy in a digital world.


All for Naught collects a novella and a novelette: “Naught for Hire” and “Naught Again. ” “Naught for Hire” is a quirky, action-packed, comedy set just a few years from now. Nick Naught, private eye, walks down some strange mean streets as he tries to stay ahead of the killers on his tail and tries to cope in a world where all the irritations we have with technology are magnified. Both Naught tales were originally published in Analog.







Q&A with Author John E. Stith


You’re re-releasing nine of your novels in just under a year! Can you share what inspired this decision?


Since originally published by Tor Books and Ace Books, most of these books were available in ebook form, but some haven't been available in paper for more than a decade, so I felt it was time to correct that. ReAnimus Press specializes in bringing back SF that has been unavailable for a while (e.g. Jerry Sohl) and re-releasing works that have been in print all along (e.g. Ben Bova).
You write both sci-fi and mystery - do you have a preference for one over the other?


I love both. Some of my work even blends the two. Deep Quarry features a private eye. The protagonist in Death Tolls is an investigative reporter. Naught for Hire is a futuristic private eye tale, Reckoning Infinity is a space exploration and Manhattan Transfer  deals with a very unusual form of first contact-- kidnapping.
What are your initial thoughts when thinking about your book(s)?


I often start a book with a trio of concerns. First, is an emotional issue that's currently important to me. Next is the kind of story I want to tell and then finally, I pick a setting that interests me and supports the first two elements.


For example, while writing Death Tolls, personal responsibility was an important issue for me. I had been on a Dick Francis kick and thought it would be fun to use a mystery plot that echoed some of his plots. And finally, a lightly terraformed Mars seemed an interesting backdrop. Redshift Rendezvous centers on a hijacking. REUNION ON NEVEREND is set at a high school reunion in a space-equivalent of a small-town environment.


Any special research you had to do for these various titles?


I almost always wind up picking projects that require more knowledge than I already have, partly because I enjoy constantly expanding my horizons. Memory Blank necessitated knowing more about Gerard O'Neil-inspired L5 orbital colonies and Death Tolls required media and reporting research. Redshift Rendezvous also required research into relativity because most of the novel takes place aboard a hyperspace craft where the speed of light is ten meters per second. That means relativistic effects like redshift happen when people run. Flipping a light switch causes a room to slowly fill with light.

What fascinates you most about writing?


That it seems almost universal. When I worked in software engineering, people would ask what I did for a living.  I’d run into some people already in the business, but many of the others had zero interest in the field. When I mention to strangers that I'm a writer, it seems like half the time I find they've written stories or want to write, and in many cases,  have sold their work already.


Do you have a favorite author?


Robert Heinlein is really high on my list for several reasons--fun characters, interesting ideas, thoughtful speculation, and pure storytelling power.


How has your education, profession or background helped you in your writing career?


My degree is in physics, and part of what drives my efforts to make my stories convincing, not with quite the nuts and bolts aspects of THE MARTIAN, but closer to the ENDER'S GAME portion of the spectrum.
What do you hope readers most get out of your books?


Enjoyment, excitement, entertainment, insights and information. I love appealing to all the senses, including the sense of wonder and the sense of humor. I want readers to care about my characters and constantly wonder what's on the next page.
How has writing your novels changed your life?


It's brought me into a wonderful and diverse group of other writers, a few a bit cantankerous, but many generous, thoughtful people who have written more astonishing and uplifting books than I can hope to read in a lifetime.
Can you pinpoint your biggest influence?


My parents. They gave me values and a love of reading that eventually became a love of writing. And my brother, Richard, who is a fountain of love, support and good humor.


What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?


My then wife of many years battled with cancer over a four-year period, during which I was her rock and made her final years as bearable as possible.


I also did that for my mother's last couple of years. When I suddenly found myself with a teenage stepson, I did my best to be a father figure to a young man who's since grown up (either with or without my help) to be an outstanding adult.
Have you received any awards for your work? Book related and not book related?


My work includes a Nebula Award finalist, a Seiun Award finalist, a La Tour Eiffel Science Fiction Book Prize finalist, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention, Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award winners, HOMer Award winners, and Science Fiction Book Club selections.
My work has also appeared on the New York Public Library Best Books for Young Adults list, Science Fiction Chronicle’s List of Year’s Best Novels, and the yearly Locus Recommended Reading Lists.
Any organizations you are involved in (in the literary world, or others that you are passionate about?)


I'm a past contracts committee chair for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. I'm a past regional VP of Mystery Writers of America. I'm also a member of International Thriller Writers, Colorado Author's League, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
Any other new projects on the horizon after these re-releases?


I have a psychological thriller that should be out in 2017. A web series based on Naught for Hire  is in development with Ben Browder to star. Another producer hopes to film a pilot of Manhattan Transfer to use to sell the series. In parallel, a number of audiobooks and short stories are in the pipeline, as well. “Simon Sidekick” and “One Giant Step,” both short stories, should be available in ebook and audio form by July 1, 2016.