Scott Michael Decker
Scott Michael Decker, MSW, is an author by avocation and a social worker by trade. He is the author of twenty-plus novels in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, dabbling among the sub-genres of space opera, biopunk, spy-fi, and sword and sorcery. His biggest fantasy is wishing he were published. His fifteen years of experience working with high-risk populations is relieved only by his incisive humor. Formerly interested in engineering, he’s now tilting at the windmills he once aspired to build. Asked about the MSW after his name, the author is adamant it stands for Masters in Social Work, and not “Municipal Solid Waste,” which he spreads pretty thick as well. His favorite quote goes, “Scott is a social work novelist, who never had time for a life” (apologies to Billy Joel). He lives and dreams happily with his wife near Sacramento, California.
Bandit and Heir: The Quadrilogy (Epic Fantasy)
Twins are conceived deceitfully by an impotent Emperor. The twins are born during the siege of a bandit fortress, and then are separated by the Emperor, who deprives them of psychic power. The twins are reared separately, as Bandit and Heir, and as they become men, their paths begin to cross and clash. After discovering their true origins, the twins are reunited, their empathy link reestablished.
($9.99, also available in four individual novels at $2.99 each).
Legends of Lemuria (Science-Fiction)
On worlds left isolated after the collapse of Lemuria, four people each acquire a crystal, whose extraordinary properties enabled the ancients to rule the vast empire. A prisoner-slave, a carnival proprietor’s daughter, an ecopreserve warden, and a hapless inventor each unleash the power of his or her crystal—and the pernicious forces that caused the collapse of civilization.
Engineer Janet Thompson steps through a doorport to San Diego, but lands in San Francisco instead. The worldwide doorport network has operated without a glitch for forty years. What could possibly be going wrong? As she investigates, permutations in space-time become more apparent, more numerous, and more pervasive than she imagined. Can she save the fabric of space-time from complete collapse?
Glad You’re Born (Science-Fiction/YA)
A young woman, heir to a planetary governor, comes of age on a planet occupied by an indigenous alien moss. The planet’s main industry, producing clones, is jeopardized by a shrinking supply of the liquefied moss, used as clone food. Amidst increasing clone agitation, the young woman discovers mounting evidence that her conception and birth may not have occurred naturally.
Growing up ostracized by their respective peoples, three half-breed women find they share one thing in common—their human father. After they’re summoned to Earth, their journeys take them far afield, some person or agency determined to prevent them from arriving safely. Getting to Earth, they become embroiled in the struggle for power following the death of their father, the Emperor Chingis Khan.
War Child (Science-Fiction)
Whelped in war, reared in revenge, schooled in stealth. A near-term princess is betrayed in her penultimate battle to conquer the galactic core. Her daughter is taken from her body, reared in a foreign empire, and trained in espionage. As multiple attempts are made on her life, the young woman defies those who would use her toward their own ends in her battle to discover who she really is.
Sword, Scroll, Stone (Fantasy)
Columba fights off a magical sword to gain entrance and membership into the Hall of Swords. During his induction, the sacred sword Genesyx is stolen, and Columba is accused of its theft. Aridisia and Marl are each similarly betrayed at the Crypt of Scrolls and the Vault of Stones. Banished, all three seek to restore the sacred talismans and their good names.
Drink The Water (Science-Fiction/Horror)
After being pushed into the water and pulled under by the Nartressan seaweed, Xenobiologist Janine Meriwether finds herself on the same dock, looking at the person who pushed her in. Is she dreaming, or is something else afoot? She joins three others who have dreams of drowning—a traumatized emergency responder, a troubled seafood mogul, and a high-priced escort—to unravel the mysterious seaweed.
Cube Rube (Science-Fiction/Comedy)
A hapless salvager puts his hands on a cube of alien manufacture and is told he’ll be the next emperor. He finds in his care an orphan girl who’s adamant she’s the princess. The girl and the cube stymie his every attempt to rid himself of them, and he’s bewildered that they insist he’s anything more than a scrounge rat. And then he comes to the Empire’s attention.
Gemstone Wyverns (YA/Fantasy)
Under Guardian William’s rule, people in Alsace huddle in castles, dreading the next attack of the Gemstone Wyverns. As Josh Wyrmherd admires a large uncut diamond, which awaits the next king to claim it, a wyvern crashes through the window and steals it from the castle. Accused of assisting the wyvern, Josh is exiled from the kingdom and begins a journey that will change his life.
The Gael Gates (Science Fiction)
A neophyte Druid, a starship commander, and an archeologist all disappear into the Gael Gates, portals between worlds left behind by the Ancient Gaels. A forensic physicist and apostate Druid is called in to investigate, and he discovers that the portal system is coming apart. Can his Science save Magic, or will his Magic save Science?
Edifice Abandoned (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal)
Inbound on an interstellar flight, Archeologist Nosuma Okande sees far more ancient sites to excavate on Achernar Tertius than the Institute has on record. Setting out to unearth these sites proves more of a challenge than she realizes, bringing her into conflict with local villages and ancient traditions—and with a shadowy force called the Madziva Mutupo, the Hippopotamus Totem.
Inoculated (Science Fiction Farce)
Orphaned on a muddy planet and reared by giant paramecia, Lydia observes with inoculated indifference as the nearby Gaean Empire crowns its new, ugly Empress. Suddenly, her life goes haywire. Pursued across the galaxy, she tries to discover why her fellow Homo sapiens have taken such a sudden dislike to her, and why her adoptive Paramecia are going to such lengths to protect her.