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Alex Austin

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in Newark, The United States
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I'm a Los Angeles-based journalist and teacher. My novel Nakamura Reality was published by The Permanent Press [On a shoestring turning out literary gems"--The New York Times] in February 2016. Publishers Weekly gave the novel a starred review and called it "powerful and moving. The following are links to some reviews, interviews and published stories:

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Nakamura Reality http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1...

Better Beta Reads Interview http://betterbetareads.com/bookmarksi...

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Night Swim (excerpted from Nakamura Reality)
http://web.archive.org/web/2012090117...

UV30 (excerpted from Nakamura Reality)
http://carte-blanche.org/articles/uv-30/

The Rat (Nominated for Best of the Web 2015)
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CAA (Creative Artists Agency) will represent the Film/TV rights for my new novel, The Machine in the Ghost (AKA End Man). Lotus Lane Literary will continue to represent the book rights (a co-agent agreement). Here's what two of agents had to say to my agent after reading the manuscript.

I’m OBSESSED with this book and with Alex Austin’s writing. I’ve read so many grounded sci-fi books since I speci Read more of this blog post »
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Description: A contemporary science fiction mystery.
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Description: Against the backdrop of a fabled town in trouble, 22-year-old musician Sam Nesbitt struggles to rid himself of his personal demons, past and present,as he pursues the rock 'n' roll dream.
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Fredric Jameson
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It also forfeits the great game of the omniscient narrator, which is to know secrets which none of the characters involved will ever learn, ironically taking their unhappy ignorance to the grave.”
Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism

George Eliot
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
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Jorge Luis Borges
“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.”
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“Recklessness is almost a man's revenge on his woman. He feels he is not valued so he will risk destroying himself to deprive her altogether.”
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