About TS Hottle


TS Hottle is a science fiction writer originally from Cleveland. By night, he writes, cooks, golfs, plays video games with his stepson, and fights with a cat named Tearyon.  Sometimes, he wins against the cat, but not often. By day, he is a software developer.

For fifteen years, he wrote crime fiction under the name Jim Winter. Now he has returned to his first love, science fiction He has created The Compact Universe, a series of loosely connected space opera tales centered around humans' disastrous first contact with a species known as the Gelt.

He lives in the Cincinnati suburb of Deer Park with his wife Candy and her son. When not writing or cooking, they both can be found fixing up their  Cape Cod. Which has a deck. Which makes TS very happy.

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No Marigolds in the Promised Land

The ultimate in social distancing.

Someone destroyed the world while John Farno was asleep. Now he's alone on the Mars-like world of Farigha with only the contents of his rover to keep him alive.

Worse, there's no way off planet and no way to communicate with humanity. The nearest human being is 40 light-years away.

By the time it's over, someone's going to have some 'splainin' to do for John Farno.

This is Compact Universe #0.

The Homefront Omnibus

Between The Children of Amargosa and Second Wave, chaos ensures as the Compact realizes it didn't know it was at war. Or with whom. Three novellas spell out the unfolding drama back home:

Broken Skies - A tragedy over Amargosa leads to an enemy closer to Earth.

Warped - True FTL has arrived, powered by sarcasm. And a dwarf.

Tishla - A mere servant must lead a world of two warring species if both are to survive

Three novellas that take us from invasion to the edge of a gathering storm.

The Children of Amargosa: Book 1 of The Amargosa Trilogy

Childhood ends the night the sky explodes. Six teenagers from different backgrounds are thrown together when an unknown species seizes their world. Will they be able to put their differences aside long enough to survive?

JT Austin and Davra Andraste take separate journeys across Amargosa's inhabited continent to meet up with a fragmented resistance. Along the way, they discover that some enemies are all too human.

Check out the Compact Universe

The Compact Universe and The Amargosa Trilogy are TS Hottle's science fiction universe, space opera in the grand tradition of Neal Asher, David Weber, and plenty of Game of Thrones thrown in for good measure. (Except for the dragons. For now.)