24 Jan 2013 | Writing |



Hunger Makes the Wolf – my debut novel from Angry Robot (written under the pen name Alex Wells).

The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRift Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.

Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.

“Reading Hunger Makes the Wolf, I found myself wistfully contemplating how visually amazing it could be translated to either the big or the small screen. It’s a science fiction Western thriller, and it is great, and I’m really, intensely, eagerly looking forward to the sequel.” – Tor.com

“Tanegawa’s World may be a desolate and uninviting terrain, but it provides fertile ground for the characters,who truly blossom on the page. I am more than ready to ride sidecar for Hob Ravini’s next adventure.” – B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Let’s just get this out there — this is a very cool novel.” – The Irresponsible Reader

Order now from AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Kobo. You can get DRM-free ebooks at Angry Robot Books. And you can check out the Goodreads page for more reviews! Click here for a brief FAQ and more reviews!


No Sh!t, There I Was (kindle edition here) is an anthology I edited of speculative fiction stories, from the sublime to ridiculous to horrifying, all with one sentence in common. If you want to know more about the project, I wrote a series of blog posts while I was putting it together!

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10 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Reply Maha Nov 19,2013 18:41

    Wow. I’m astounded- you’re really talented!
    And you’ve studied geology? Wow. It’s a path I never took, though now I think I would have loved it.
    I’m dropping a comment here- I’ve read a few of your fanfics, and there’s one that’s a bit… incomplete? “The Law of Unintended Consequences”, on AO3. Can we readers expect it to be updated and completed, pretty please?

    • Reply Rachael Nov 19,2013 21:17

      Thank you very much!

      Yes, that one is currently incomplete. I can’t say I’ve completely abandoned it, but honestly I haven’t really had much time to write fanfiction because I have to prioritize my original work over it. I’m very sorry that I’m keeping everyone hanging, but when it’s a question of if I’m going to allocate my writing time to fanfic or paid work, well…I hope you don’t blame me. :/

  2. Reply Book Junkette Aug 3,2014 22:09

    Randomly scoped out your LJ and saw the Scarabaeus Sacer prologue, back in 06. Wow..Talk about a walk down memory lane.

    When I first started reading Anita Blake, some years after reading Acherontia Atropos. Needless to say, it was a trip.

    Is there any chance, of one day, finishing the arc? This is one of stories that’s stuck with me over the years, hehe.

  3. Reply pdtillman Apr 9,2015 02:54

    Enjoyed “Significant Figures”, and left a note at BuzzyMag. With a xref to a Dave Barry classic:

    …. Brickman turned to the General Electric LS-MFT-53800000 ‘HellFrost’ Naval Combat Mini-Fridge and punched in his Food Access Security code. Silently the door swung open. ….

    The “Tactical Field Burrito” cracks me up every time!

  4. Reply decayingorbits Jul 18,2015 19:13

    I thoroughly enjoyed “Only a crack…” – a fabulous story. I actually hope you can write more based on those characters and that world. It is very cool.

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  7. Reply Beth Rasmussen (INT) (@rasmusb43) Mar 30,2017 11:11

    Hunger makes a wolf <– so… *looks around casually*… is there a sequel already in the works? Are you planning on filling out the universe? :)
    Pretty please?

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