About TS Hottle
TS Hottle is a science fiction writer originally from Cleveland. By night, he writes, cooks, 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.
Retired Navy pilot Cui Yun, "Suicide," is living a quiet life on Amargosa when someone drops a baby on her doorstep. She is no ordinary baby. Her father is Amargosa's governor. When he survives an assassination attempt, his wife goes missing. Suicide and her protégé, JT Austin, are tasked with finding her. They will travel to the Neanderthal planet of Gohem, to the bizarre desert planet Marilyn, to post-apocalyptic Walton, and end up at Thule, the mysterious world above the galactic plain. There, they will not only save the baby's mother, they will confront those who want to control immortality itself.
The storm is driving toward Amargosa.
For Davra Andraste, it's her turn to take the fight to an alien enemy who held her captive and a human enemy who has dogged the resistance from day one.
For Laral Farad, it's his chance to redeem his family's claim on Cyal, what the human vermin call Amargosa.
For JT Austin, it's a chance to prove to himself and those around him he's not just some spoiled kid.
For Marcus Leitman, centuries of work are almost complete. Only six meddling kids and a former slave may undo it all.
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.
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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.)