On the Road Again

On the road again, just can’t wait to be back on the road again… I have a new book completed that is currently making the rounds of agencies in the Big Apple. They normally do not care for small-time science fiction authors from Texas so my expectations to make a sale are rather low. Still, every rejection notice is like an arrow to the heart. When I have exhausted the New York list, I’ll move on to the LA agencies. Maybe one or two in Denver after that, and then finally on to literary agencies in Texas.  If nobody wants to play ball, I’ll publish the dang thing under my own imprint, as usual. The title of the new book is Sandy Pearl and the Blades. Please watch for it and purchase a copy for everyone you know when it becomes available.

Currently, I’m working up a post-apocalyptic story inspired by The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

As some of you may have figured out by now, I ran into some problems over at Blogger.com and lost control of my brand. I’ll not mention the name because I don’t want to give credence to what I will now refer to as “the old blog.” If you think it can’t happen to you, think again. I knew it was just a matter of time but I had a good run over there  — nearly ten years — before someone decided I was too dangerous.


Updates to The Blog are  lacking so we’re going to try and fix that. Karl and Marilyn are still around (I think) and waiting for me to provide content. Okay, here goes.

For a while, the price for Xylanthia is a dollar, for heaven’s sakes! Now that’s for an ebook download, not a signed copy or an audio book.

I have a new novella recently completed — a return to 1977; sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll! Sandy Pearl and the Blades. Watch for it.

Another short story collection is in the works and maybe another novella too.

If you are so inclined, download a copy of Xylanthia while it is still cheap and read the best new science fiction available. Thanks for reading! I am certain you will love The Xylanthian Chronicles.

What a trip!

Completed The Galactic Center, last book in The Xylanthian Chronicles, and I need to say all three books are incredible. What an amazing story from the amazing imagination of Thomas Stone. How does he come up with this stuff? The story is engaging from page one and just takes you deeper and deeper. Stone’s writing style is laid back and easy.  He doesn’t beat around the story-telling bush and because of it, the story flows from one adventure to another in a futuristic world Stone describes with such detail that it all comes to life.

I’m serious — if you’re a reader, a fan of sci-fi, or just love good writing and story-telling, you must read The Xylanthian Chronicles. It will not disappoint.

Fiction, Illusion, and Reality

Someone asked what fiction, illusion, and reality have in common. Well, if reality really is some objective thing out there, then illusion would be something that has the appearance of reality, but isn’t; and fiction would be the story describing the illusion, which of course, is mistaken for truth.

Short Story Collection

Wilkommen to a new collection of short stories by Mr. Stone called Collected Short Stories. There are ten stories in all and it’s available in ebook format from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook retailers. Here is a link. Order your copy and enjoy.

Review of The Xylanthian Chronicles

After completing Thomas Stone’s Xylanthian Trilogy, I’ve got to admit I am properly impressed. The Xylanthia books may be the best thing I have ever read. I know, I know, it sounds like a marketing ploy, or a plug for a friend, but it’s not because I mean it and by the way, I’ve never met Mr. Stone face to face. The Xylanthian Chronicles is chock full of interesting characters, fantastic situations, interstellar travel, adventure, and ideas I’ve never paused to consider.

The story begins with an interesting premise: a habitable planet (Xylanthia) is discovered in the Sirius binary system. One of the corporations that runs things on earth sends a team of explorers to record and document. They encounter a geophysical anomaly arising from the conditions in the binary system and some of the team end up traveling through time and space.

Meanwhile, dangerous swamp creatures start popping up and picking off the explorers. Oh, and they discover a new recreational drug derived from a curious substance that is somehow mixed up with the anomaly which turns out to be a wormhole.

Like all Stone’s stories, The Xylanthian Chronicles moves along quickly through one adventure after another. There are harrowing escapes from a wide assortment of dangers both on Xylanthia and Earth.

What a wonderful sci-fi tale reaching across three books and finally taking the reader to the center of the universe — The Galactic Center (which is the title of the concluding book in the trilogy.).

Beautifully written and unforgettable. Top book of the year as far as I am concerned.

Xylanthia Book Release

I am delirious to announce the release of The Xylanthian Chronicles, a sci-fi trilogy by yours truly, Thomas C. Stone.

The three books trace the adventures of a group of characters who start out as a team of explorers cataloging the flora and fauna of Xylanthia — a moon in orbit about a gas giant orbiting one of the binary stars at Sirius.

A gateway in time is discovered amid speculations on the nature of the origin of life on Xylanthia. Additionally, an enterprising lab technician derives a recreational drug from an alien substance and suddenly, we’re off to the races. That’s even before the transdimensional beings show up. Yep, that’s what I said. Transdimensional beings.

The three books, in order, are Xylanthia, Return To Xylanthia, and The Galactic Center. The Xylanthian Chronicles is written for a general audience with a suggested rating of PG-13. If preferred, each book is also sold separately.

quick peek at a masterpiece

I’ve had occasion to read maybe half of the Xylanthia trilogy including portions of the final book which he says isn’t done yet, but I have the big picture and it is marvelous! I have promised not to reveal any details but I can say the 3 book Xylanthia series is a reading experience; an extremely well-written, entertaining romp through Stoney’s fertile imagination, and I am quite certain I have never read anything like it before. There is a lot of action and it’s fun and thoughtful and the prose flows…

Karl tells me to just say what Xylanthia is about. Well, you’d have to read it for yourself. Maybe with a cocktail. I suppose you could say the entire, three book story is about a young woman making her way in a futuristic world. The first book, Xylanthia, is about her experience with a team of interstellar explorers on the planet Xylanthia orbiting one of the binary stars at Sirius.

I would definitely be interested in acting the part but only if Cameron directs.

I wanted to say more about the other two books — Return to Xylanthia and The Galactic Center, but Karl says I’ve said too much already.

The Xylanthia series could easily become my new favorite. Waiting for the release date? Hm?

A Running Commentary on Fiction, Illusion, & Reality