|Publisher, editor, teacher and writer Patrick Swenson has contributed to many works on Mysterious Galaxy’s shelves over the years, especially via Fairwood Press. The Ultra Thin Man marks his debut as a novelist, described by his publisher as “a tense and fast-paced near-future thriller where aliens, terrorists, and interplanetary conspiracies collide.” See Patrick’s review on the other side of this newsletter. Of this Fantastic Firsts Pick, also hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a splendidly lively SF debut,” for more reasons to add this to your speculative fiction collection.||
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.
In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?
About the Author
Patrick Swenson began Talebones magazine in 1995, and in 2000 started Fairwood Press, a small SF book press. The Ultra Thin Man is his first novel and he is currently working on the sequel.