Sunshine, Sleaze, & Cyborg Bugs… the Future is Noir.

The TL/DR Synopsis Synopsis: New book in the Fallen World series now available. Includes links to (a) home page for the book with bonus content, (b) amazon and kobo purchase pages, (c) links for previous books in the series.Includes embedded video (a) video trailer for book.



Gat Burroughs made his debut last year with a novel (Luck + Death at the Edge of the World) and a novelette (Felon + the Judas Kiss).  Since then a few folks have had some very kind things to say about him.

“A Great science fiction detective story” – Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine

Cutting edge speculative fiction” – Ernest Hogan, author of Cortez on Jupiter

Sharply erudite, with the vicious tang of cordite” – Paul Morris, author of Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker

Earlier this year, the novel got its own soundtrack, Luck + Death: the Soundtrack for the Movie in Your Head.  It consists of 14 tracks by artists in 8 countries–including a film composer, a classical music composer, independent musicians, and your humble narrator–and it’s entirely free to download.  The album hasn’t passed entirely unnoticed either.

Simply outstanding… download it now, and buy the novel, too!” — Minister Faust, author of The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad

Now, on Gat’s first anniversary, he’s back with a new novella: Los Angeles Honey.

Gat Burroughs doesn’t take domestic cases–they’re messy and people with broken marriages sometimes have more pressing things to think about than paying the investigator. But when Brian Forget’s wife shows up at his office, he makes an exception.

Gat and LAPD Officer Dave Fellows–known informally as Felon for his cheerful sadism–gave Forget a hard time during a previous case even though he hadn’t done anything wrong.

There wasn’t really a choice if Gat wanted to save his client’s life–and his own. Now, though, he feels just a little bit guilty.

The problem is that in this case almost nothing is what it seems and rather than making up for old sins, Gat’s involvement may end up getting Brian Forget killed.

The only way to stop that from happening is by solving the big, bad, very dangerous case that lurks behind the simple domestic one.

As with the other books in the series, Los Angeles Honey includes a Facts in the Fiction section, a look at the factual background to the ficitonal story.  In this case it includes:

  • real-world cyborg insects, how they’re built and used
  • the belief in luck and the case of the maneki neko
  • a twist on the science fiction trope of uploading human consciousness into an artificial body and its roots in the real world
  • a look at state surveillance technology

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You can find out more at the Los Angeles Honey home page.

The site includes a Sample Chapters page and a sample section from Facts in the Fiction, but it also features additional material that’s not in the book.

The Extras page includes a number of videos on cyborg insects, human consciousness, and the art of illusion.

The Free Library page has more than twenty articles on topics and themes from the book, as well as the full text of one of the first science fiction stories to deal with the uploading of human consciousness (now no longer in copyright), “The Tunnel Under the World” by Frederick Pohl.

The Los Angeles Honey home page

The Los Angeles Honey home page (click to go there)

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