Dosterra Review by Sammi Cox

Check out this latest review of Dosterra by Sammi Cox.

Sammi has an eclectic blog that drew me in immediately. It’s fun and colourful, and along with some great book reviews it includes posts on, publishing, Sammi’s own writing, and a very interesting category of creative imaginings that some of you might find worth checking out.

Thank you Sammi for the kind words about Dosterra. For those visiting me for the first time, Dosterra is my dystopian sci fi novel that is being published by chapter on the genre fiction site JukePop Serials. Chapters 1-6 are currently available and chapter 7 will be I published in a week or so. Its free to read. All you need is an email address to sign up–or you can sign in with your facebook account if you prefer–and have access to a plentiful supply of serial fiction from a number of genres including (but not limited to) Mystery, Crime, Fantasy, Sci Fi, even Modern Romance.

Hope you’ll take the time to check it out.


Dosterra Continues!!

Ok folks, head on over to JukePop Serials. If you haven’t read chapters 1-5 of Dosterra, now’s the time. Chapter 6 will be posted by the end of the week with chapter 7 soon to follow.

Lexie, Tem, and Iden are caught up in the mystery of Dosterra, a mining planet with seemingly endless resources that has gained control of the Earth Origin Colonies. With strict rules governing the use of transition technology, time travel and interstellar exploration have all but ground to a halt–but not everyone is happy with the status quo. Where is Dosterra’s power really coming from?   

For those who don’t know, Dosterra is my serial novel, a dystopian time-travel adventure being published by chapter on JukePop Serials.

To all the writers (and readers) out there let me confess, this project is my learning-to-write-a-novel novel. There have been some ups and downs, hence the 2 1/2-month lag between chapters 5 & 6, but I’m learning lots about planning ahead, making an outline, developing my characters, and moving beyond the concise world of a short story.

Hope you’ll take the time to read (and +vote). Feedback is always appreciated; join me on my novel-writing journey.

For a summary of my writing check out my homepage.


Sociopaths with Human Pets

In my never-ending search of science fiction sites to fuel both my reading and writing, I’ve come across 365 tomorrows. This site posts flash science fiction daily (by their definition, flash being 600 words or less). Sci-fi writers take note, they have staff writers but also take submissions.

Today’s story, A. I. of the Beholder by Duncan Shields, is a melancholy account of — as I’m sure you can tell from the title — the consequences of letting A.I. take over. Somewhat channeling Asimov, Shields manages to avoid the cliché of the angry A.I. rebellion. What about the consequences of no emotion at all? If you have a few minutes to spare, check it out.

And, Happy New Year everyone.

Equality for Clones?

Time for another plug for Mad Scientist Journal, a relatively new e-zine that will appeal to those of you with an appreciation for humorous, cheeky, or slightly absurd science fiction. Part of the fun is the way they create a true Scientific Journal feel. For example, today I read the latest story published on their website:

How I Learned to Love My Clones: An essay by Dr. Cortico Vox as procured by Folly Blaine.

The title block is in the typical format for the site. Dr. Cortico Vox being the mad scientist contributing his work to the ‘Scientific Journal’ (and the narrator of the story), and the actual author being Folly Blaine. Bios for both Vox and Blaine can be found at the end of the article.

How I Learned to Love My Clones touches on that age-old moral debate (age-old in the sci fi world anyway): How should scientists treat their clones? Expecting a story that was a bit too similar to many I’ve heard or read before, I actually found it was a fun little excursion with some originality to offer, and recommend fiction fans (sci fi or not) check it out.

If you find you like Mad Scientist Journal, their quarterly anthologies can be downloaded at Smashwords.

Happy reading 😀


The Cavern now published on Every Day Fiction

Hello everyone,

Back in early November I responded to a prompt from the daily flash fiction site Every Day Fiction looking for holiday themed stories. I sat down for and afternoon and came up with The Cavern a winter solstice themed story that is available for free starting today on their website. It’s a quick and easy read. Check it out and don’t be afraid to leave comments/ratings.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Dosterra Chapter 5 on JukePop Serials

Chapter 5 of Dosterra, my serial sci fi/dystopian novel, is now available on JukePop Serials. I hope you’ll check it out.

As the main source of essential resources, and with control of the technology used for time travel and interstellar transport, Dosterra is the undisputed leader of the Earth Origin Colonies. But where are the resources really coming from, and how did Dosterra gain control of time travel technology in the first place? Lexie is skeptical. When she finds evidence to support her theories, the Dosterran Regulators are soon after her and she is forced to seek help from her friends Tem and Iden. Unfortunately, it appears Iden has secrets of his own.

Create an account with JukePop here (it’s Free). All you need is an email address, and you can gain access to a variety of serial fiction spanning many genres including: mystery, sci fi, fantasy, adventure, western, steam-punk, and more.

Even without an account, you can still peruse the first chapter of each story here to see what you like. Once you’ve signed up you can vote for your favorites (once per chapter) and leave comments for the authors.

Read and enjoy!



Mabel’s Mission: Coming to Mad Scientist Journal

Mad Scientist Journal, which I praised in a recent post as the coolest e-zine I’ve found so far, will be publishing my short story Mabel’s Mission on their website. Date TBD. I’ll certainly update with that info when I have it.

In the meantime I suggest checking out other stories on their site. If you like your fiction on the fun-quirky-oddball side, then this e-zine is up your ally — and hopefully you’ll enjoy Mabel’s adventure with human experimentation, diving with water-breathing people, and multicoloured beavers — yup beavers.