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.

TS Hottle in a jaunty hat


Mud. Distant. Insignificant. Called something worse by the enemy Gelt.

Mud is a token battlefield in a reluctant war. But JT Austin, newly minted Navy pilot, discovers a very human enemy. Assigned to retrieve a shipmate who has elevated to royalty, he soon finds himself running for his life from a mechanized foe who slaughters his shipmates.

He will spirit away the royal party, fake their deaths, hide in the debris of a sister ship, and cut a deal with the enemy Gelt to escape.

But the traitor may actually be in his midst. And his surrogate mother Suicide may not be who he thinks she is.

Suicide Run

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 Children of Amargosa 

Childhood ends the night the sky explodes.

The Gelt come to Amargosa and brutally conquer the agrarian world in a night.

JT Austin will be driven from the farm where he has spent a summer working off a stowaway charge. Davra Andraste will fall from the sky when her home on the world's orbital station explodes.

Crossing half a continent, they will meet up and, with three other exceptional teens, become adults and soldiers as they join the resistance.

But they are not alone. Their transformation will happen under the watchful eye of a mysterious pilot named Suicide.

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.)