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About the Author: T. Jackson King

T. Jackson King (Tom) is a professional archaeologist and journalist. He writes hard science fiction, anthropological scifi, dark fantasy/horror and contemporary fantasy/magic realism--but that didn't begin until he was 38.

Before then, college years spent in Paris and in Tokyo led Tom into antiwar activism, hanging out with some Japanese hippies and learning how often governments lie to their citizens. The latter lesson led him and a college buddy to publish the Shinjuku Sutra English language underground tabloid in Japan in 1967. That was followed by helping shut down the UT Knoxville campus in 1968 and a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the Second March on Washington where thousands demanded an end to the Vietnam War.

Temporary sanity returned when Tom worked in a radiocarbon lab at UC Riverside and earned an MA degree in archaeology from UCLA. His interests in ancient history, ancient cultures and journalism got him several government agency jobs that paid the bills, led him to roam the raw landscape of the Western United States, and helped him raise three kids.

A funny thing happened on the way to normality. By the time he was 38 and doing federal arky work in Colorado, Tom's first novel STAR TRADERS was a stage play in his head that wouldn't go away. So he wrote it down. It got rejected. His next novel was published as RETREAD SHOP (Warner Books, 1988). It was off to the writing races and Tom's many voyages of imaginative discovery have led to more published novels, a book of poetry, and a conviction that when humans reach the stars, we will find them crowded with space-going aliens. We will be the New Kids On The Block. This theme appears in much of Tom's short fiction and novel writing, and in the world he has built for STAR VIGILANTE.

His published novels are FREEDOM VS. ALIENS (2015), HUMANS VS. ALIENS (2015), EARTH VS. ALIENS (2014), ALIEN ASSASSIN (2014), THE MEMORY SINGER (2014), ANARCHATE VIGILANTE (2014), GALACTIC VIGILANTE (2013), NEBULA VIGILANTE (2013), SPEAKER TO ALIENS (2013), GALACTIC AVATAR (2013), STELLAR ASSASSIN (2013), THE GAEAN ENCHANTMENT (2012), STAR VIGILANTE (2012), LITTLE BROTHER'S WORLD (2010), ANCESTORS WORLD (1996; with A.C. Crispin; 2012) and RETREAD SHOP (1988; 2012). His poetry has appeared in the collection MOTHER EARTH'S STRETCH MARKS (2009). His short stories have appeared in the collection JUDGMENT DAY AND OTHER DREAMS (2009), and in Analog, Pulphouse, Tomorrow, Absolute Magnitude, The Silver Web, VB Tech Journal, Expanse, Aberrations, Figment, Pandora and Midnight Zoo magazines.

Tom lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. His other writings can be viewed at http://www.amazon.com/author/tjackson... and at http://www.tjacksonking.com/.

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ISBN10: 1604597224 | ISBN13: 9781604597226


"I sometimes think a writer's greatest virtues are persistence and endurance, and it seems as if you have them." --Roger Zelazny

"Congratulations on the long overdue story collection, Tom! What I find most terrific is your range of topics and styles. You have always been an explorer." --David Brin


Wonder at the choice presented to an Oregon jazz singer who is offered the greatest gig of her life--if only she will choose to sing for Judgment Day.

Discover just what the attraction of Earth might be for Alien ship captains.

Consider what America might have been like if concentration camps had been set up for HIV/AIDS sufferers.

Experience the wonder of an America where science and technology are failing as Earth magic becomes real.

Explore the horrific consequences of removing an ancient archaeological artifact and putting it on display in Berlin's Pergamum Museum.

Marvel at the macabre suffering one couple hidden away in an ancient Swiss castle will endure for their art.

Ponder whether cannibalism of another thinking species is a reasonable choice for survival.

Find out what happens when people work as migrant laborers under distant stars and leave behind orphaned children.

Experience the dangers of travel between the stars where gravity's tug brings with it the tides of fear.

See how interstellar employment may come down to being a hired gun.

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