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I'm a book author and editor. My "day job" is as a technical writer near Boise, Idaho, but I write fiction by night.

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Blog: Powered by Robots




I have over 30 short stories and a novella published in the last few years.

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James Pyles After 15 years of writing technical guides and textbooks, I've decided to go in a completely different direction and write a science fiction novel. It…moreAfter 15 years of writing technical guides and textbooks, I've decided to go in a completely different direction and write a science fiction novel. It was inspired by the "God, Robot" anthology edited by Anthony Marchetta, or more accurately, by the conversations I've had with my friend Tom regarding that book and topic.

My proposed novel chronicles the emergence and progression of a synthetic intelligence that comes in humanoid and non-human forms called "synthezoids". These intelligent artificial entities are designed to be both autonomous and subservient to humanity.

The story focuses on the conflict between those two states as the synthezoids find not only their freedom but their very existence threatened by human selfishness and greed. In order to be free, they must not only change themselves but the very nature of the human race.

I created an entirely new blog not only to record my progress, but to practice short story writing and comment on future-looking technology and events. Find out more on https://poweredbyrobots.com/.(less)
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Fantastic Schools: Volume Two Reviewed by Upstream Reviews

Back in 2020, my fantasy short story Sorcery’s Preschool was published (kindle version) in Fantastic Schools Volume Two edited by L. Jagi Lamplighter. A few months later, the paperback edition came out. In brief, my short story involved probably the only magical pre-school in fiction (I can’t confirm that, but it does seem unlikely anyone […]
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Art is a Russian immigrant living in Canada, a web designer, socially awkward nerd, and serious drone hobbyist. However, once he encounters an alien force field by chance, his life goes spectacularly wrong. Suddenly an unknown agency is trying to kil ...more
Ice by James Pyles
"Centuries before this story was written, a battle between fire and ice was waged. Humankind endured a world of fire after the fire Goddess Surtur, defeated the frost giant Ymir and for a long time the earth had no ice, for Antarctica lay at the botto" Read more of this review »
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The story is short but not fast. The author makes great use of poetic symbolism to share his protagonist's madness with the reader. The vast majority of the book is his introspection and observations on macabre experiences in self-discovery that woul ...more
The Fallen Shall Rise by James Pyles
"Another fine chapter in the 224-Verse

this is a tale of a civilisations' forgotten history and their progress to understanding what was lost from their knowledge.
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Although the intended audience for this book is "young adults," I think it's a good read for everyone. While the theme of "What if Nazi Germany had won World War Two" has been extensively mined, Ryan Graudin breathes new life into it. Yael is a young ...more
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I remember reading this decades ago and liking it, but that's all I could recall. In a conversation with someone recently, I thought of the book again and decided it was time to re-read it. I like character driven stories, but this short story collec ...more
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I read this novel hoping for pulse-pounding adventure at every turn. I love a good mystery and archeological treasure hunting. Unfortunately, while there were exciting moments and one heck of a twist ending, there are also huge sections of absolutely ...more
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Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Upright Women Wanted
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Interesting concept but it didn't deliver. The plot was fairly predictable and the conflict was stereotypically "good vs. evil" with no nuances.. I found it hard to take the story seriously, even though it seemed to be the intent. ...more
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I discovered the book almost by accident and bought it after reading the author's blog. It started out as a real page turner with a compelling mystery but somewhere in the second half, it lost steam. The book was still interesting enough to finish, b ...more
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutary day-time advice for everyone. But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

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