Ryk E. Spoor

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Ryk E. Spoor became a fan early; he discovered the Oz books by L. Frank Baum by the age of seven, and these were some of his first inspirations (leading years later to his self-published novel Polychrome). A teacher handed him Second Stage Lensmen when he was 11; this encounter with epic space opera set him irrevocably on the path to SF geekdom. In 1976 he logged onto his first computer and invented the online nickname "Sea Wasp" in 1977, the same year he discovered roleplaying games in the form of Dungeons and Dragons; the two passions eventually led in roundabout fashion to his meeting Kathleen Moffre; they married in 1995.

While science fiction and fantasy remained his passion, Ryk Spoor did attend colleges where he picked up an A.S. in Mathematics and Science, a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.S. in Information Science. Today he works as Research and Development Coordinator for a small high-tech firm, and is listed as inventor on eleven patents.

A Usenet flamewar led to the publication of his first novel, Digital Knight, by Baen Books, and he now has a total of 15 published novels, the most recent being Challenges of the Deeps, the third Arenaverse novel. Ryk lives in Troy, NY, with his wife Kathleen, four children, one poodle, and too many chickens.

Titles Available from Ryk E. Spoor

One Against an Empire

Only a psionic can survive battle with another psionic. And human psionics become megalomaniacal monsters. These two truths were drilled into everyone in the Reborn Empire.

But… Commander Sasham Varan had survived a Zchoradan psionic attack… and because of this, Prime Monitor Shagrath brought him into a top-secret project to create a stable human psi.

Then a chance flaw in the treatment shows Varan that Shagrath is no hero, but a malevolent, inhuman being bent on the destruction of the Empire. With the help of "Vick", the alien scientist who invented the psionic treatment, Varan manages to escape, and send a single, cryptic message to Taelin Mel'Tasne, one of the Five Families and Varan's best friend.

Now on the run, branded a rebel and a murderous psi, Varan's hope to save the Empire – and perhaps the Galaxy – rests on his own determination and still-untested powers, two alien scientists with their own agendas, the mysterious trader named The Eonwyl… and Taelin Mel'Tasne's faith in his friend.
Coffee and Cataclysm

It was hard enough running O'Reily's – the coffeehouse that doubled as a halfway house for young monsters transitioning back to the regular world. Dylan, as a revenant who'd once been a monster hunter, was all too familiar with their problems, so he didn't mind the work. And when a soul-ripping barghest tried to stake out Central Park, well, taking care of that was his job too… while he kept searching for his wife Anna, who had vanished five years before.

But after something destroys half of Paris, magic seems to be going wild, and what should have been a straightforward hunt almost gets him and his vampire friend Angelus killed. Dylan is torn between the lure of the dead past that ensnares almost every revenant, the mundane yet vital responsibilities to the people he cares for, and the deadly threat of magic unleashed.

Far away, leanan sidhe Keenan Murray must escape his vampire masters, discover his lost past… and that discovery will link him irrevocably to Dylan O'Reily.
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