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Nicholas Rossis

nicholasNicholas Rossis was born in 1970 in Athens. Greece. In 1995 he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he received his PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and taught various publishing courses at Napier University. This is also the year he founded his web design company, Istomedia, which has developed over 450 websites since.

In 2000, he expanded Istomedia to Greece, using the opportunity to return to Athens and to teach numerous design and publishing courses at a number of colleges and universities. He is also involved with fund-raising for startups, having headed the innovation and technology department of a multinational company in Greece.

Nicholas loves books and is dedicating rapidly increasing amounts of his time to writing. He has written a score of children’s books, under publication through Niditales, as well as several short stories, one of them award-winning. He is the author of the Pearseus novels, a Sci-Fi dystopian series described as “Game of Thrones meets Dune”. All books are available on Amazon and Createspace.

Nicholas lives in a forest outside Athens with Electra, his lovely wife of over twenty years, one beautiful dog and two remarkably silly cats.

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Year 18: The Schism – Pearseus, Book 0 (Science-Fiction)

pearseusHumanity starts over. Again.

It’s New Year’s Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won’t get to countdown seconds; soon they’ll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship’s crash landing on another planet.

The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives’ attitude towards earthlings.

The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven’t been able to shed are the shortcomings of their human nature. Will that be the sole threat to a unified future, or is the new land and its first inhabitants not as innocent as they look?

Schism is the prequel to the Amazon best-selling series, Pearseus.

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Pearseus: Rise of the Prince – Pearseus, Book 1 (Science-Fiction)

rise of the prince“Pearseus does for ancient Greece what Game of Thrones did for Medieval England.”

Three hundred years after humans crash land on Pearseus, Styx, the Capital’s cruel ruler, learns of a dark prophecy: Cyrus, a young boy, will one day slay her. She imprisons him, but days before his execution he escapes with the help of the First, the planet’s native inhabitants. On their way to safety, nightmarish monsters attack. Cyrus flees, scared and alone, until a pair of First warriors rescue him and spirit him away to the mysterious Old Woman.

All Cyrus wants is to reunite with his family. But the Old Woman insists Cyrus is the foretold instrument in the First’s ancient war against a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Heart and mind war within Cyrus as he must choose between rejoining his family and preventing humanity’s extinction.

Rise of the Prince is the first book of the Amazon genre best-selling series, Pearseus.

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Pearseus: Mad Water – Pearseus, Book 2 (Science-Fiction)

mad waterYesterday’s crime. Tomorrow’s retribution.

In the second book of the Amazon genre best-selling Pearseus series, the incessant scheming of the various players and their nebulous puppet-masters has brought about major change. Cyrus is now the new ruler of the Capital, struggling to fight Jonia’s revolt along with his own demons. Gella strives to keep abreast of Teo’s devious plans in order to end the war with Jonia. And Lehmor’s struggle to reunite with Moirah brings him to uncharted territories, where the enigmatic Iota play with minds, senses and the future of the entire planet.

Old foes and unlikely new friends appear as invisible forces continue to tear humanity apart. Masks drop to reveal the ultimate truth: on Pearseus, everyone has their own agenda. And they’ll stop at nothing to achieve it.

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Pearseus: Vigil – Pearseus, Book 3 (Science-Fiction)

vigilTo win an ancient war, they must raise an ancient army.

The Amazon best-selling series continues!

It’s a time of hardship on Pearseus. Teo Altman has assumed control of the Capital and has his eye on Parad’s children. Pratin and his monsters have laid siege on Malekshei. The Old Woman has forsaken Lehmor and the First. And Sol is preparing for the Capital’s inevitable invasion.

Humanity’s defenders are outnumbered and outgunned. Fighting for their lives, their only hope lies in raising an ancient army. To survive, they must do the unthinkable: wake up those that have been dreaming under Pearseus for a hundred thousand years.

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The Power of Six (Science-Fiction/Short Stories)

The Power of SixSix science fiction short stories written by the author of Pearseus, the epic fantasy series that has reached #1 on Amazon.

Although they seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them, almost obsessively. What is the nature of reality; digital and corporeal? Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? What are the consequences of our actions, and is it possible to change them? And if so, would we simply repeat same mistakes, or make new ones?

The anthology includes “I Come in Peace”, an award-winning short story that deals with a tortuous question: how far would man go to alleviate his loneliness? Readers of Pearseus will certainly recognise here the birth of the Orbs.

Humorous and poignant, these short stories are exciting, intriguing and imaginative.

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Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Science-Fiction/Short Stories)

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Voted one of the Best 50 Indie Books of 2015, Infinite Waters contains ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction, written by the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile.

These ten stories explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what’s real?

A writer seeks her future at a carnival, but gets more than she bargained for. A disgruntled twin discovers that blood runs thicker than water, especially when you spill it. A high school student just loves to experiment. And a bully learns that nothing is scarier than a supermarket.

“Nicholas Rossis is a master of the craft… I found myself looking forward to coming home so I could dig into the next story. Each story pulls you in to its unique little universe and takes you on a ride where the tracks are hidden, and you can’t see the corners up ahead.”
– Nat Russo

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Honest Fibs: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories (Science-Fiction/Short Stories)

Honest Fibs

A mermaid turns out to be the perfect bait. A young man in the Badlands discovers the price of business. And a man desperate to escape his life finds out he’s not the only one.

These are just a few of the stories in Honest Fibs, a collection of speculative and science fiction short stories that explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what’s real?

Nicholas Rossis is a master of the craft… I found myself looking forward to coming home so I could dig into the next story. Each story pulls you into its unique little universe and takes you on a ride where the tracks are hidden, and you can’t see the corners up ahead.

~ Nat Russo

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Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile – Niditales, Book I (Children’s)

runaway smileWinner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015
International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

A little boy’s smile runs away until it owner learns that an unshared smile is a wasted smile.

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Musiville: Let’s face the music and… conduct – Niditales, Book II (Children’s)

musiville“Jalina (5 yo) loves Musiville. She’s decided she wants to learn to play a musical instrument, but doesn’t know which one yet.”
~ S.K. Nicholls

A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments and have formed their own little village: Musiville. When everyone starts playing their own tune, however, an invader starts tearing down their buildings. Who can save Musiville from this unexpected threat?

This is the second children’s book of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of the multiple award-winner Runaway Smile.

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