Hunger Makes the Wolf – my debut novel from Angry Robot (written under the pen name Alex Wells)–and now shortlisted for the Kitschies 2017 Golden Tentacle Award!
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 Amazon, Barnes 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!
Get the sequel, Blood Binds the Pack, now!
War is coming to Hob Ravani’s world. The company that holds it in monopoly, TransRift Inc, has at last found what they’re looking for–the source of the power that enables their Weathermen to rip holes in space and time, allowing the interstellar travel all of human society now takes for granted. And they will mine every last grain of it from Tanegawa’s World no matter the cost.
Since Hob Ravani used her witchy powers to pull a massive train job and destroy TransRift Inc’s control on this part of the planet, the Ghost Wolves aren’t just outlaws, they’re the resistance. Mag’s miner collective grows restless as TransRift pushes them ever harder to strip the world of its strange, blue mineral. Now Shige Rollins has returned with a new charge–Mr Yellow, the most advanced model of Weatherman, infused with the recovered mineral samples and made into something stranger, stronger, and deadlier than before. And Mr Yellow is very, very hungry.
Order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. If you’d like to read a little interview with me and see a higher resolution version of the awesome cover, the BN blog has you covered!
And if you have found yourself wanting some silly fluff that’s basically me writing fanfiction of my own work, I’ve got chapters of a “Coffee Shop AU” (actually “Coffee Shop in a Grocery Store AU”) over at my Patreon. A buck of month gets you silly things like Hob steaming milk and Coyote going on a taco truck run!
From Queen of Swords Press–the triumphant return of Captain Ramos, infamous pirate, detective, and all around pain-in-the-ass. Order Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures now! Finalist for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category!
Captain Marta Ramos, the most notorious pirate in the Duchy of Denver, has her hands full, what between fascinating murder mysteries, the delectable and devious Deliah Nimowitz, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas (the Duke of Denver’s new head of security) and her usual activities: piracy, banditry and burglary. Not to mention the horrors of high society tea parties. In contrast, Simms, her second in command, longs only for a quiet life, filled with tasty sausages and fewer explosions. Or does he? Join Captain Ramos, Simms and their crew as they negotiate the perils of air, land and drawing room in a series of fast-paced adventures in a North America that never was.
Captain Ramos and her crew return in Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures!
“Mashing together the flavors of steampunk, Sherlock Holmes, Weird West and zombies is just too delicious to ignore.” — John DeNardo, Kirkus
Free to read on my website, I’ve got a couple of side stories for you: Sniff, Sniff Adventure! and INFECTION
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!
(as Alex Acks)
- Nature of the Beast short story in the Starcraft: WarChest (will be released 3/15/22)
- One People, One Purpose for the 10th Anniversary of Blizzard’s StarCraft II (7/28/20)
- Raising the Steaks in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #78 (6/18/20)
- The Devil Squid Apocalypse in Giganotosaurus (12/1/2019)
- The Stoker and the Plague Doctor in Straight Outta Deadwood (2019)
- Excerpts from the Personal Journal of Dr. V. Frankenstein, MD, Department of Pathology, Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in We Shall Be Monsters (2018)
- 40 Facts About the Strip Mall at the Corner of Never and Was in Shimmer #46 (2018)
- Siren from Sword and Sonnet (payment donated to UNICEF UK) (2018)
- Past the Black Where Call the Horns in KZine issue #19 (Payment was donated to UNICEF UK.)
- Comfort Food in Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming
- Once Upon a Time There Was a Xurit Named Xcanda in Humans Wanted
- Six More Miles in Giganotosaurus (3/1/17) (Payment was donated to UNICEF UK.)
- Spirit Tasting List for Ridley House, April 2016 from Shimmer
- .subroutine:all///end in Shimmer #31
- List of Items in Leather Valise Found on Welby Crescent from Shimmer #19 [Amazon]
- A Brief Memo From Your Amygdala, Re: the Horror Movie We Have Just Seen from Daily Science Fiction (8/4/15)
- Significant Figures from Strange Horizons (12/16/13) (Lois Tilton called it “a very silly piece.” :D)
- Comes the Huntsman in Strange Horizons (7/2/12)
- The Book of Autumn in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #49 (8/12/10) [Amazon]
(as Alex Wells)
- Angel of the Blockade from Tor.com (ebook version)
(as Rachael Acks)
- The Long Game from Kaleidotrope
- Silver Fish from Lakeside Circus (locally hosted copy here)
- Fire in the Belly from Mothership Zeta (1/31/16)
- Superhero, With Crooked Nails in Protectors 2: Heroes: Stories to Benefit PROTECT
- Only a Crack in a Black Glass Wall in Welcome to the Future
- They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain from Lightspeed Magazine (Payment was donated to UNICEF UK.) (12/1/14)
- Asleep in Zandalar from Abyss and Apex (6/30/14)
- What Purpose a Heart from Scigentasy (5/3/14) (reposted on my blog here)
- The Heart-Beat Escapement from Crossed Genres (4/1/14) and a little bonus material
- Perfect Blue, Scorched Black from Perihelion (2/12/14)
- A World of Speculation from Lakeside Circus (2/8/14)
- And Still Champion from The Lorelei Signal (January 2014)
- Black Smoker Hero from SQ Mag (January 2014) – 2nd place in the 2013 Story Quest Short Story Contest!
- Stranger from Silver Blade Magazine
- Breaking Orbit from Daily Science Fiction (07/23/13)
- Samsara in Waylines issue #4
- Entangled in Specutopia Issue One (July 2012)
- The Jade Tiger in Penumbra and The Best of Penumbra Year One
- Transportation in Anotherealm
- The Falling Star in the Aurora Wolf New Fairy Tales Anthology
- Lewis and Clark for Six to Start
- Run the Grand Canyon for Six to Start
- Volcano Race for Six to Start
- Superhero Workout game from Six to Start (six episodes)
Fun Blog Nonsense
- Sniff, Sniff Adventure! (A Captain Ramos story)
- Midnight Baking
- Utar the Radish Farmer
- The Last Lighthouse
- INFECTION (A Captain Ramos/Machine of Death story)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A New Hope (Mothership Zeta Issue 2)
- Turbo Kid: Why this BMX Blood Sparkle Unicorn Apocalypse will Blow your Mind (Mothership Zeta Issue 1)
- Ex Machina (Strange Horizons)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (Strange Horizons)
- Jupiter Ascending (Strange Horizons)
- The Zero Theorem (Strange Horizons)
All movie-related personal blog nonsense can be found under the Movie category, but here are some highlights:
- Gods of Egypt: Should’ve got the lettuce wrap (suffering for charity)
- Crimson Peak: Love and Monsters
- Mr. Holmes
- Transformers 4: Fuck this movie (suffering for charity)
- Godzilla 2014 (Oh look, another movie about white men)
- The Last Game of Thrones Explainer You Will Ever Need (Book Riot)
- Building Beyond: Move Mountains in Stone Soup
- Groundhog Day: Endgame in The Full Lid
- The Books That Hate Us in Stone Soup
- Brian Jacques’s Redwall and the Damaging Tropes of Epic Fantasy (Book Riot)
- Speculative Fiction on Tap: Romance Takeover Edition (Book Riot)
- 25 of the Best Sci-fi Audiobooks to Listen to in 2019 (Book Riot)
- Pictures Worth a Thousand Nightmares (Book Riot)
- Little, Brown to Publish Transphobic Novel That Erases Historical Trans Man (Book Riot)
- From Audio to Paper: Deciphering Heard Words on the Page (Book Riot)
- Speculative Fiction on Tap: Winter Books, Winter Beer (Book Riot)
- One-Nighter Reads (Book Riot)
- The Best Fantasy Short Stories and Where to Find Them (Book Riot)
- The Weird Libertarian Trojan Horse That is the Little House Books (Book Riot)
- 10 Great Underwater Sci-fi and Fantasy Works (Book Riot)
- 5 Books Over 500 Pages That Are Well Worth Your Time (Book Riot)
- All Issues of FIYAH Literary Magazine Removed from Goodreads (Book Riot)
- WorldCon 76 Report: Hugo Awards, Lodestars, and MAGA Hats (Book Riot)
- Overdrive vs. Libby: Which Will Serve You Best? (Book Riot)
- 12 Books to Pierce the Filter Bubble (Book Riot)
- WorldCon Updates Programming in Response to Critiques from SF Creators (Book Riot)
- How WorldCon Failed Marginalized Creators With Programming and Communication (Book Riot)
- Tor Hits Libraries With Lending Delay (Book Riot)
- The Ripples of #Cockygate (Book Riot)
- 35 of the Best Fantasy Audiobooks (Book Riot)
- #Cockygate Continues: The Best Bits of the Recent Hearing (Book Riot)
- My Housemate Explains The Fountainhead to Me (Book Riot)
- 5 Speculative Fiction Takes on Sherlock Holmes (Book Riot)
- The Most Ambitious (Literary) Crossover Event in History (Book Riot)
- Thank You, Naoko Takeuchi, for Sailor Moon (Book Riot)
- Reader Shame: Award Season Edition (Book Riot)
- Speculative Fiction on Tap: The Light Side of Beer (Book Riot)
- Brain Armor: 6 Books for Skeptical Self Defense (Book Riot)
- Author Banned From Attending WorldCon (Book Riot)
- Science Fiction Short Stories to Read Online (and where to find them) (Book Riot)
- The Escapism of Romance (Book Riot)
- Recommended Reading for Andy Weir (Book Riot)
- 9 Space Magic Books for Fans of the Destiny Games (Book Riot)
- Reasons I didn’t finish the book you loaned me (Book Riot)
- Tolkien’s Map and the Perplexing River Systems of Middle Earth (Tor.com)
- Tolkien’s Map and the Messed Up Mountains of Middle Earth (Tor.com)
- Speculative Fiction on Tap: Revenge of the SF (Book Riot)
- Hugo Awards 2017: The Wonkening (Book Riot)
- 7 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors (Book Riot)
- Choose a Better Chosen One (Book Riot)
- How Deadlines Put My Reading Habits into Overdrive (Book Riot)
- Star Wars: Still Disappointingly Heterosexual (Book Riot)
- What the World of The Hunger Games Teaches Us About Global Warming (Tor.com)
- Arrakis, Tatooine, and the Science of Desert Planets (Tor.com)
- Keep Your @ to Yourself (Book Riot)
- Solidarity Reading List (Book Riot)
- The Hugo Report: Finalists 2017 (Book Riot)
- SFF On Tap: Pairing Books and Beers (Book Riot) (part 1 of potentially… more than one)
- The Hollow Woman: Female Characters in Science Fiction (Book Riot)
- My Glorious Return to the Library (Book Riot)
- Books as Self Defense (Book Riot)
- I Want the Longest Audiobook You have (Book Riot)
- Seven First Contact Novels (Book Riot)
- Buy, Borrow, Bypass: “Great Literature” I Hated in High School (Book Riot)
- Talking to Writers at Parties (Book Riot)
- What’s Being Done to Fix the Hugos (Book Riot)
- No Judgment Zone: Tie-in Edition (Book Riot)
- Unicorns and Swords: Nostalgia Reading (Book Riot)
- Books to Read at the Poké Stop (Book Riot)
- An Open Letter to a Novel I Was Certain I’d Love (and Didn’t) (Book Riot)
- Why Field Geologist Should Always Carry a Paperback (Book Riot)
- The 7 Stages of Hate Reading (Book Riot)
- Writing Professionals: Geologists (SFWA Bulletin #207)
- Nominees: Best Novella (SFWA Bulletin #204, 2014 Nebula issue)
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?
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. :/
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.
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!
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.
Oh my goodness, thank you! I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. :)
Pingback: Crimson Peak: Love and Monsters
Pingback: Announcing Thrawn and On and On » Bookworm Blues
Hunger makes a wolf <– so… *looks around casually*… is there a sequel already in the works? Are you planning on filling out the universe? :)
Good news! I’m editing the first draft of the sequel RIGHT NOW.
Pingback: New events and updates and books!
Pingback: The Skiffy and Fanty Show: #24. Sherlock (Season One) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Alex Acks and Mike Martinez
Pingback: The Skiffy and Fanty Show: 313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017
33 year old pandemic me started watching GW for the first time since Middle School, and had a memory of a fanfic I used to adore. I searched Heero x Duo Vampire on Google and scrolled through dozens of 20 year old fanfic websites and stories. I nearly gave up hope when BAM! Found that first memorable paragraph of Acherontia. It felt like I was a young kid again when I use to print out all the pages into a binder as you released chapters so I could joyously re-read them in bed. Finally read your third installment from 2005 and have to say Im bummed I wont see what becomes of the characters- just left on Duo’s eternal scream. But had to leave a note to let you know how grateful I am that your domain is still up with those stories so I could relive some serious nostaligia. Havent been able to focus on any book since lockdown began, but whizzed through those chapters in 24 hours :D
Pingback: “Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures” – Grey Patterson