Calling all Authors

In August, I’ll be making several long international flights, so it’s time to load my kindle and ipod with reading material. If you’re an author and would like me to review one of your stories, leave me a message in the comments section below. If you’d rather speak privately, send me a direct message via twitter. If I’ve previously agreed to look at one of your stories but haven’t gotten to it yet, this might also be a good time to remind me.

I may not have time to honor all requests, as I’m in the middle of a career change. I’ll prioritize my reading based on format, length, and genre.

Format: Audiobooks (in formats easy to load on my ipod) get the highest priority, as there are many times when I can’t read, but I can listen. I read text on my kindle, and I prefer the native .MOBI format, so that I can adjust text size in response to lighting conditions and such. (Any story for sale at or will of course meet my requirements.) My kindle can also display .PDFs and possibly some other formats, but sometimes they are difficult for me to read.

Length: There’s a very good chance I’ll read your 20 page short story. Your 250 page book is going to need a killer marketing blurb, and it may be a while before I get to it. If you want me to read your 600 page epic, you’ll have to convince me you’re from the future and you’ve written my biography.

Genre: I’m willing to review almost any sub-genre of science fiction, and I’m planning to review some fantasy stories as well. Here are some exceptions/clarifications:

Romance/Erotica – If romance is the core of your story, then it won’t appeal to me. Even if romance is just one component, I’m likely to view it as a distraction from the rest of the story. If your story contains any erotica, please don’t request a review.

Horror – I’m not opposed to reading sci-fi with a horror component, but I don’t scare easily. You’ve got ghosts? I’ve seen a lot of battlefields and hospitals; if gruesome deaths caused ghosts, I’d have dealt with dozens of ’em by now. You’ve got a creepy doll? Guess how far I can kick a football.

Politics – If you wrote your story to make a political point, rather than to entertain your readers, then I’m not interested. Even if I happen to agree with your political views, they aren’t what I’m looking for in my science fiction.

Feel free to post a link to, or a short description of, your work in the comments section below. You may want to avoid multiple links; WordPress might think your comment is spam.


  1. It sounds like The Power of Six, my collection of short scifi stories, would do nicely. The book has a total of 7 short stories, each around a dozen pages long. You can find out all about it on , and I can send it to you in Kindle format. Just drop me a line on [EMAIL HIDDEN BY PDC] or contact me through my blog ( if you’re interested!

    Happy travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t see this comment until now, it was hung up in a spam location that I wasn’t aware of. I already picked up a copy of Power of Six, and I’ll add it to my August reading list.

      1. That’s very kind of you, thank you! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hmm. Looks like you might want some short stories and possibly a longer one…For short and given your tastes…How about a short story I have for free on my blog for “send to kindle” download. Title: Without a Bang — dystopian short story–just click the Send to Kindle at the top and it will be delivered (you’ll have to log in using the popup window–this logs you into Amazon!) I don’t write a lot of sci/fi. Most of my other stuff is closer to fantasy, although this captures my love of adventure/intrigue. (If anyone needs an Epub it’s available for download at Kobobooks –

    For longer, maybe Under Witch Moon would appeal:

    Under Witch Moon

    Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores’ death, but she wasn’t certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn’t believe in werewolves, and they weren’t going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

    She kept her eyes and ears open while she tried to help her latest client escape the clutches of a voodoo witch, but things went from bad to worse when more bodies turned up. She was greatly relieved when she met White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, he wasn’t convinced she was innocent of all wrong-doing.

    It was going to take every spell she knew and a few she hadn’t tried to solve the murders and stay alive.

    Thanks. Have a great trip and good luck with the career change!

    1. I’m sorry, your message was hung up in a spam folder and I didn’t see it. I’ll try to take a look at your stories as soon as I can.

      1. No problem! I thought maybe you didn’t want any free stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kiran Hiremath · · Reply

    This is a Sci-Fi story of mine…
    I am twelve years old.
    This story is not yet done, but I would like to know if I should continue it…

    1. Kiran,

      I probably shouldn’t review an unfinished story here, but I can read it over and send you a few comments. I probably won’t be able to send you any feedback until late August, since I’m busy winding down my career and moving back to my home country.

      1. Kiran Hiremath · · Reply

        Okay! That is fine! Thank you!

  4. I’ve got a short story: To the Stars which I can send you in the format of your choice. Blurb below:

    Mason McGann is a smuggler whose ship has been seized and who seeks to sell extremely valuable information in order to buy his ship back. Along the way, heโ€™ll have to judge just how much his own freedom means when weighed against his morality.

    I can also send you an audiobook, 12 hrs in length, The Fallen Race. I know it is a large investment in time, so if you’re not interested, no worries. Blurb also below:

    Baron Lucius Giovanni, Captain of the battleship War Shrike, finds himself without a home or nation, his ship heavily damaged, and crew in bad shape. The odds against their personal survival are slim. The time of humanity has come to a close. The great nations have all fallen, either to the encroaching alien threats or to internal fighting and civil war. The aliens who seek to supplant humanity, however, have not taken one thing into account: Lucius Giovanni. He and his crew will not give up โ€“ not while they still draw breath. If this is to be the fall of humanity, then the crew of the War Shrike will go down fighting…and in the heat of that fight, they may just light a new fire for humanity….

    1. Kal, I’m sure I can do a review of one of your stories here. I’ll send you a message via your blog.

    2. Here’s a link to Kal’s author page at Amazon if anyone wants to check it out:

  5. I have a science fiction novel out on smashwords and amazon called Dimension Lapse. It is a short novel about about Jeff Walker a Martian astronaut who crosses into another universe via wormhole. He gets involved with an intergalatic war between two factions. A renegade ruler steals a weapon capable of mass destruction, and it is up to him and his band of misfits to stop him from destroying all races.

    1. Thanks, I’ll check out the listing at Amazon.

  6. winterbayne · · Reply

    I am going to recommend Luther’s new book, The Benevolence Archives. I loved the concept and the characters. It is a soft sci fi fantasy filled with the adventures of two characters in short stories.
    “Troll evictions! Dwarf pirates! Daring rescues! Angry gods! Impossible technology! Oversized bars! Pissed-off ogres! Disrespectful spaceships! All this and a mild disregard for proper wound treatment!

    THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 is a novella-length collection of six short stories set in a common universe. Combining elements of space opera-style science fiction and high fantasy, THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES tell the adventures of Brazel, Rhundi, and Grond, a gnome/halfogre team of smugglers.”

    1. Fortunately, I’ve already picked up a copy. I haven’t decided what to do with short story collections: should I pick a single story and review it stand-alone, or should I review the stories as a set? Should I have a different approach for single vs. multi-author collections?

  7. Hi my first book of short stories is available in Kindle format from Amazon, with two overtly SciFi stories in the collection:

    “The Lethe Cluster” is about a starship captain facing the decision to erase his life and the record of his actions.

    “All in the Mind” is about an athlete on the brink of competing in the Olympics who makes a life changing discovery about herself, that jeopardises her dreams of success.

    Happy to send you a copy offline, but you can pick it up for buttons here:

  8. winterbayne · · Reply

    Personally, I see it like this. I bought it as a single unit. Potential readers can’t break it down into smaller units. So, I review it as a single unit while pointing out my preferred parts/authors.

    How is that?

    1. What you say makes a lot of sense, but I’ve thought of one alternate idea I may also try out. We’ll see after my binge-reading in August. I’ve loaded quite a few short story collections and anthologies on my Kindle.

      1. winterbayne · · Reply

        Color me interested about your alternative.

        1. I think I made it sound much more interesting than it is!

          1. winterbayne · · Reply

            Or I’m overly interested in something mundane. That is more likely the case.

  9. Thanks for the offer! I’ve JUST published my second book and the first in my series. The name of the book is Stone Blade, it’s available at Smashwords (link below) and here’s a coupon code to download the format of your choice for free: DA39Z

    If you are NOT a member of the Planetary Defense Command and you use the coupon above, please take the time to leave me a review ANYWAY!


    1. Thanks, I’ve downloaded a copy. Due to the book’s length, I can’t promise it will be part of my August reading binge – it will depend on how much reading vs. sleeping I do on my flights.

  10. Hey! I’ve recently published two short stories on Amazon Kindle. I would love it if you would have time to review one or both of them. Each are about/under 5k words in length. You can find the links for them under ‘Bookshelf’ at my own blog or I can send you the direct links. They are both science fit ion – adventure style stories.

    “Red Haven” centres around a mercenary named Kye who is on the run from the government and is corned on a rebellious space station when the government finally catches up to him.

    “Gem-Oh Line” is about a young girl who is attacked by pirates along an intergalactic space wormhole and is forced to do battle to defend herself and the object they are after.

    I consider both light-hearted reads. Thanks again!

    1. Natalie, rather than writing one of my usual reviews, I’d like to feature your stories in the first installment of a new feature. I’ll send you an email to see if you’re interested. My schedule’s a little crazy at the moment, so I’m not sure when I’ll write it.

      1. That would be great! I’ll look forward to chatting with you.

  11. Well hello. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most people don’t offer to read books so what you’re doing is pretty cool. I’m sure I’m way late for the reckoning but I just thought I’d throw my book out there anyway. Of Pirates and Werewolves is the title. ๐Ÿ™‚ No sci-fi but you mentioned you were planning a bit of fantasy. And I’ve been told people get my type of humor as well. Which was a big relief. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. “If you want me to read your 600 page epic, youโ€™ll have to convince me youโ€™re from the future and youโ€™ve written my biography.”

    ROFL !!!

    I’m from the future? And, um… I wrote your, like, BIO, dude. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on my short sword & planet story “The Exile Among the Stars” if you’re interested. I can send you a PDF or MOBI file if it sounds like something you’d like to check out:

  14. […] blogger Kal Spriggs responded to my last call for authors, and provided an audiobook version of The Fallen Race. In doing so, he’s given me a bit of a […]

  15. Are you still collecting science fiction to read? I have a chapbook of four stories called Ashes & Rust. They were published on Not One of Us, Blood Rose, Indigenous Fiction, and the Death Equinox program book. There’s more description of them here: I’d be glad to send you a mobi for your kindle.

    1. Thanks for getting in touch. I’m working through a backlog of stories at the moment, but I’m always looking for new stories. You might want to make a post on my new review policy page:
      That’s one place I’ll definitely look when I’m ready for new stories.

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