Eric James Stone
A Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest, Eric James Stone has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Liteanthologies, among other venues. His debut novel, a science fiction thriller titled Unforgettable, was published by Baen in January 2016.
One of Eric’s earliest memories is of seeing an Apollo moon-shot launch on television. That might explain his fascination with space travel. His father’s collection of old science fiction ensured that Eric grew up on a full diet of Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke.
While getting his political science degree at Brigham Young University, Eric took creative writing classes. He wrote several short stories, and even submitted one for publication, but after it was rejected he gave up on creative writing for a decade.
During those years Eric graduated from Baylor Law School, worked on a congressional campaign, and took a job in Washington, DC, with one of those special interest groups politicians always complain that other politicians are influenced by. He quit the political scene in 1999 to work as a web developer in Utah.
In 2002 he started writing fiction again, and in 2003 he attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. In 2007 Eric got laid off from his day job just in time to go to the Odyssey Writing Workshop. He has since found a new web development job.
Eric is married to Darci Stone, who is also an award-winning author, in addition to being a high school physics teacher, a developer of educational software, and an awesome mother to their children. They live in Utah.
Find Eric on his website, or follow him on Twitter @EricJamesStone.
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“Most of the book’s fun is in watching Nat figure out how to use his “talent”—how, for example, did he get the CIA to notice him in the first place? He’s an ingenious and sympathetic hero who earns readers’ goodwill and expectations for a strong ongoing series.”
“Overall, UNFORGETTABLE is a memorable novel in which Stone packs many adventures and new technology that is both exciting and frightening if it gets into the wrong hands.”
“A splendid premise, and it has adventure-movie written all over it […] smart and exciting.“
Orson Scott Card, Rhino Times
“Eric James Stone tells a fun, UNFORGETTABLE (trade from Baen), spy tale about Nat Morgan who is so totally forgettable that even computers forget him after a minute [...] Nat’s talents are used very creatively. This is a fun, exciting tale that is impossible to put down.”
“Stone handles his material well, successfully integrating characters, their backgrounds, and their increasingly complex relationships; multiple exotic locales; and minutiae of quantum physics. In the end, he transcends clockwork-SF storytelling as his explorations of intriguing scientific possibilities and human realities lead him to a puzzle as fundamental to human existence as the quantum universe is to the (borrowing from Stephen King) macroverse: the essential nature of freedom while creating a good deal of quirky enjoyment along the way. Recommended.”
“UNFORGETTABLE is a quick, delightful read with well-considered plotting and a protagonist who won’t be forgotten [...] A fantastic debut novel.”
“If you like near-future spy thrillers with believable characters, this is a good place to start. I recommend this book.”
“It’s a great thriller, Nat and Yelena have real chemistry, and author Stone somehow makes the gimmick work.”
“UNFORGETTABLE gets top marks. It’s great science fiction candy.”
“Stone takes an intriguing concept and creates a fun, fast-paced thriller.”
“A thrilling tale of espionage [...] This is the sort of science fiction story that would make a terrific movie, although the book was very good as well, and probably gave insights into Nat’s character that wouldn’t be easy to translate onto the screen. Nevertheless, it was exciting, fast-paced, and very visual. I recommend this to science fiction fans. Rating 4/5.”
“Eric James Stone has come up with one of the most well-conceived, well thought out, and dare I say unique ideas dealing with quantum mechanics I have ever encountered. Seamlessly woven at every step to the tried-and-true spy thriller to such a degree that the story could not have been told without its crucial SF element (and how often do you see that these days?), UNFORGETTABLE gives the reader as entertaining and thoroughly pleasurable a reading experience as you are likely to find. And at a refreshing 248 pages with not a word wasted. You don’t find but a rare few books like this one anymore—a terrific SF idea with an author in such control of his material at every level that he more than gives the reader their money’s worth in a lean, mean 248 pages—and who makes it look easy.”
Awards & Accolades
Weekly Press: “Science Fiction for January 2016”