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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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.

The Seeds of War Omnibus

Three complete novellas:

The Roots of War - Beware the alien with a potato.

The Marilynists - Seven nukes have gone missing. And Douglas Best's only hope of freedom is a cult to Marilyn Monroe.

Gimme Shelter - For JT Austin, running away seemed like a good idea. Until he ended up stranded at the edge of human space.

The entire Seeds of War Arc in one complete volume.

Available in Kindle or paperback.

No Marigolds in the Promised Land

Stranded on Mars? Hell, NASA's just one planet over.

Stranded 40 light years from the nearest human? Now we have a problem.

It's a problem John Farno must solve alone. No communications, no functioning dome, his whole world is one battered rover and whatever supplies he can scavenge. And he has to figure out how to survive fast. Because someone has destroyed the world around him.

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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.)