Paul Preuss

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Re-entry follows biologist Phil Holder through a wormhole to the planet Darwin, where entire continents have been made over as simulacra of prehistoric periods on Earth, complete with megafauna. Wormholes access the multiverse and can be used for a kind of time travel: Holder arranges to arrive decades earlier in a parallel universe, intending to become his own tutor and prevent himself – in that universe, at least – from becoming the self he despises.

“Swift and ingenious.” — Theodore Sturgeon, Twilight Zone

The Gates of Heaven describes a similar wormhole, which leaves the spaceship Actis stranded on an Earthlike planet orbiting Tau Ceti. Laura McCord commands the rescue ship. Turns out the survivors don’t want to be rescued. The title is from Milton and the Bible – “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way” – but if I’d known while writing it that Errol Morris had just used it for his first documentary, about pet cemeteries, I would have found a different one.

“Preuss never slackens his pace from this amazing beginning to the very last page of his solid SF adventure.”  — In Print

“Very well done…. I had thought some time ago that double black holes were the coming science fiction convention.” — Carl Sagan

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buy the digital or print editions of Venus Prime from Brick Tower Press

The Venus Prime series consists of six novels – Breaking Strain, Maelstrom, Hide and Seek, The Medusa Encounter, The Diamond Moon, and The Shining Ones – based on stories by Arthur C. Clarke and developed in consultation with him. The protagonist is a young woman who calls herself Sparta, after the program that bioengineered her extraordinary abilities. When we first meet her, her memory has been erased; a sympathetic doctor reverses the damage and Sparta begins to remember bits of her past. She escapes imprisonment and begins a journey to every inhabited planet and moon in the solar system in search of the full story.

(Breaking Strain) “Preuss’ world-building, technology, and characterizations are first-rate fulfillments of the spirit of Clarke’s worlds. Highly recommended.” — Booklist

(Maelstrom) “Science fiction as it should be, mixing equal parts of adventure and human interest against a scientifically accurate background.” — Charles Platt, Inside Books


(Hide and Seek) “Clarke and Preuss merge almost seamlessly, in one of the best shared-world projects currently underway and one of the best ever combinations of mystery and science fiction.” — Roland J. Green, Chicago Sun-Times

Prior editions of these books are available at Amazon Books, Powell’s Books, and other outlets.