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About Kerry Nietz
Kerry's novel A Star Curiously Singing won the Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award for Christian Science Fiction and is notable for its dystopian, cyberpunk vibe in a world under sharia law. It has over a hundred 5-star reviews on Amazon and is often mentioned on "Best of" lists.
Among his writings, Kerry's most talked about is the genre-bending Amish Vampires in Space. AViS was mentioned on the Tonight Show and in the Washington Post, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Newsweek called it "a welcome departure from the typical Amish fare."
Kerry is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff.
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The award-winning DarkTrench Saga is a cyberpunk future filled with robots, rockets, and ultimately, revolution. A slave in a global sharia-based theocracy, Sandfly has a tear-shaped implant in his head. He's unceasingly connected to the global information stream. To the machines he works on as a "debugger." The implant also controls his actions, administering little shocks when he goes astray. Sandfly doesn't dare long for his own choices. Even inside his head, he isn't free. But sometimes we get what we don't dare wish for.
A Star Curiously Singing: If he fixes the robot, will he break his world? As Sandfly pieces together the clues, a trap lurks beneath his feet. If he solves the mystery of a robot’s destruction, he may doom himself. Suspenseful, unique, and awash in cyberpunk jive, A Star Curiously Singing presents a bleak technocratic future that might be closer than we think.
The Superlative Stream: DarkTrench took him across the stars to follow a song! Sandfly is free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve. He's traveled across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life. But why is he seeing things that no one else can see? And where is The Superlative Stream?
Freeheads: What price, freedom? Sandfly makes his way back to Earth. He has a message to deliver. A society to free. But he arrives at a different world, an unexpected domain. One he can no longer connect with. He's hopeless beneath a wasteland of death and a planet of rules. A symbol of the past and a portent of the future. The last Freehead.
Sandfly is a debugger. He is property, bought and paid for in an Earth under sharia law. All faiths but one have been banned. And the rule of the great Imam is supreme.
As a debugger, Sandfly has an implant in his head that connects him to the world’s technology—and doles out mental shocks to keep him obedient. All he wants is to fix bots and avoid shocks
Now he's been called into Earth orbit. The masters have a new spacecraft—one capable of interstellar flight. On its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself apart.
Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans?
When Sandfly reviews the bot’s final moments, he perceives something unexpected. Something impossible.
As Sandfly pieces together the clues, a trap spreads beneath his feet. If he solves the mystery, he may doom himself. And if he fixes the robot, he may shatter his world.
Suspenseful, unique, and awash in cyberpunk jive, A Star Curiously Singing presents a bleak future that might be closer than we think.
For the Amish community of Alabaster, it seems to. They’ve maintained an uneasy alliance with the vamperkinder, the altered humans that rescued them from the zombies seven years ago. But after several vicious attacks—nighttime slaughters that could only have been perpetrated by the kinder—the union of the two peoples is shattered.
Meanwhile, a resurgent zombie horde and mysterious nightly howls signal doom, not only for the Amish, but for the entire galaxy.
As more and more planets fall, the Raven survivors hunt for a solution.
Can they restore the peace? Escape the horde? Save the galaxy?
Or is it already too late?
Who is writing this stuff? That isn’t how it is at all.
Frohic again. Listen, I got home to find squatters living in my family’s hovel and no clue as to where father, mother, and the rest of the family went. The only help I have is from someone I just met, and I half suspect she’s looking for a sire to start her own family. I don’t trust her, and I certainly don’t like her. Least, not like that.
Meanwhile, an old friend shows up with a fantastic offer. Lose years of my life on another scavenging mission! And this time we’re going to a part of the galaxy that no muto has ever seen. Much less returned from.
Did I mention there might be ants? Giant, ugly ants. Plus, a crew of lunatics. Always fighting or fussing.
If I survive, I might get to see my family again. Do I want that? Do I want any of this?
The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.
But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive...or used to be.
Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.
When I started with Fox Software, it was a company of barely thirty people. It shared space in a small bank building on the edge of Ohio’s farm country. It was a quaint, family run business, and its product, FoxBASE+, was a niche player.
The next four years brought many surprises: lawsuits, buyouts, off-the-wall management, and even a flying book or two. Things no college course could prepare you for.
And to think, I could’ve been a farmer.
** This tenth anniversary edition contains a new foreword by Microsoft Software Engineer & former Fox developer David Heindel, a new note from the author, and a collection of Fox Software "souvenirs" (maps, memos, etc.) **
This book takes the star-flung, technological, and bestselling works of famous speculative fiction series and teaches biblical lessons alongside the text of beloved stories. Drawing on many different series, six different authors share their faith and insight using both Scripture and classic tales from science fiction and fantasy.
Christians love fantasy and sci-fi. It’s okay to geek out with us. Here, we imagine that John’s glasses had tape on the middle, Peter’s pocket protector got wet after walking on the Galilee, and Jesus saves and rolls for half damage.
Journey through the Old Testament with divergents and visit the New Testament through the Enderverse. Whether you’re looking for the perfect nerdvotional or trying to impart biblical wisdom to friends who lean away from Scripture but towards popular speculative fiction, this book is right for you!
Beyond the boundaries of civilized space lies the region of the Muto Empire. Mutos are a mammalian race that resembles a cross between a human and a Terran rat. Though spread across thousands of worlds, mutos—or rhats, as they are sometimes called—trace their lineage to a single dark world that orbits a ruined sta–
Enough of that!
My name is Frohic, and I’m a muto. I’ve never seen the homeworld, and I couldn’t care less about civilization, empires, or space. Especially space. All I want is to survive in a family that sometimes forgets I exist. My mother is always pregnant, my dozen siblings are swarming over every available surface, and my father makes plan after plan to send us all away. Sure, our hovel is crowded, the food is sparse, but at least it’s home.
Then everything goes tails up.
Unexpectedly, DarkTrench drops into normal space. He is malfunctioning, wounded, and the only people who can fix him are still hundreds of light years away. Sand and Hard scramble for a solution while catastrophe hurtles blindly toward them.
They reach Earth to find a different world, an unexpected domain. One they can no longer connect with.
They are stranded, hopelessly separated beneath a wasteland of death and a planet of rules. Debuggers amidst a cloistered community.
Ultimately, Sandfly is alone, and Earth's freedom relies on him and his newfound faith. But does his mission even matter anymore?
He's a misfit, and a throwback. A symbol for all that's evil.
Perhaps he's the last freehead?
** Realm Award Winner for Supernatural, Horror & Other, 2016 **
First, vampires in space. And now...zombies.
Jebediah and the others are trying to get over the horrors they faced in deep space, and now this.
It’s been five years, and the Amish colony on Miller’s Resolve has finally gotten settled. Jeb and Sarah have a son. Elder Samuel is happy not being in charge. Darly has a private practice. And Greels is out of jail at last.
But when a mysterious ship from space arrives on Resolve, it unleashes a horde of undead that might spell the end of the survivors and their dreams of peace.
Will the specters of the past save them, or seal their fate?
You may be transported to a small moon orbiting Neptune, a bridge that erases your past, a store selling re-purposed family members, a dinner party served by fey waiters, a haunted golf course, or an island at the edge of the world where magic finally died—and is reborn. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Rebirth: Havok Season One is a collection of flash fiction stories from forty-four different authors, including never-before seen work from bestselling and award-winning authors James Scott Bell, David Farland, Robert Liparulo, DiAnn Mills, and Kerry Nietz. From fantasy tales about magical rebirth to science fiction stories about time loops and second chances, the entire collection celebrates the theme of starting anew.
"This story absolutely wrecked me. So much emotion packed into such a small amount of words. Well, well done!" ~ Jebraun C., about "Life Cycle 63"
“This reads like a fun detective show, with just a touchof magic—love it.” ~ Keturah L., about “Feathered Corpse”
So where's the singer?
Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve.
With his female companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench, he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life.
When they arrive in the Betelgeuse system, they discover something the former crew did not--a planet. On it lives a civilization of humanoids that are technologically advanced, peaceful, and mystifying. Is their meeting an occurrence the Scriptures predicted? HardCandy thinks so. Sandfly is not so sure.
But what he most wants to know is why is he seeing things no one else can.
And where is the song that brought them here—or its singer? Where is the Superlative Stream?