An underground city, built centuries ago to ride out the devastating heat. A society under attack. And a young solar engineer whose skills may be the key to saving her city…if she doesn’t get herself killed first.  

When Jossey was ten, the creatures of the aboveground took her brother and left her for dead, with horrible scars. Now, years later, she’s a successful solar engineer, working to keep her underground city’s power running, but she’s never really recovered. After she saves dozens of people during a second attack, she is offered a top-secret assignment as a field Engineer with Patrol, but fear prevents her from taking it…until Patrol finds bones near where her brother disappeared.  

She signs on and finds herself catapulted into a world that is far more dangerous, and requires far more of her, than she ever imagined. The creatures and the burning heat aboveground are not the only threats facing the City, and what she learns during her assignment could cost her her life: one of the greatest threats to the City may in fact lie within. With thousands of lives at stake, can she act in time?

Aestus (Latin for heat/agitation) is an adult dystopian science-fiction series set centuries after climate change has ravaged much of Earth. An epic story of vengeance, power, shifting loyalties, and survival that looks at just how far people will go to protect what they love, brought to you by science writer S.Z. Attwell, Aestus paints a picture of a world in which far too little has changed. 

If they come, don’t run. Hide. They can see you in the dark.

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Reviews for Aestus:

“…at the level of Frank Herbert’s Dune.”

“…has the makings of a viral sensation.”
-Ian the Reader, SPSFC2 judge

“…masterful…on par with the best in the genre.”
-A. R. Saida

a gifted writer who knows how to maintain suspense as well as anyone writing today….”
-C. Dorman, science-fiction writer

Project 2*

In progress – a speculative-fiction/futuristic thriller I’ve been working on since last year.

*Title TBA

Viktor Bokaryov

An old Russian fisherman is the last in his village. A reflection on the burdens we bear, and on why sometimes we choose to bear them alone.

A short story, possibly expanding to a novella.

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