A Decade

On this day in history, I took up the challenge to write science fiction. Little did I know what I’d started.

It’s true that I wrote four books that year – and podcast them all at podiobooks.com before the year was out. I haven’t managed to replicate that feat, and I probably never will. Starting out, it’s easy to find something to do better on the next book. After twelve titles, just defining what better might be becomes a challenge – as is finding new stories to tell.

I’m working on being the best storyteller I can be. I don’t expect to be a master of this craft I’ve come to late in life, but I aspire to becoming “better” at it. One book at a time.

Thanks for all the support over the years.

Safe voyage.


  1. Congratulations!

    I have been reading (and listening) to your books for a few years now and find all of your stories a joy to get through. Few Sci-Fi authors capture the human side of the genre as well as you do. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait for the Next one!

  2. Thank you so much for what you’ve given us in these past 10 years. I have spent many hours reading, and re-reading the stories you’ve told, both with Tanyth and Ishamael.

    Thank you, and I look forward to the new stories on voyage.

  3. Laurent Pelletier says:

    Much thanks and gratitude. Your vision of these amazing universes you create are very inspiring and I wish you continued success though I have a feeling that you have it well in hand.

  4. Ten years of bliss … for us! Understanding how tough being a great author is, your decade mark is a great celebration! I’m anxiously awaiting for the next one 🙂

  5. Paul Lockwood says:

    I think I found Ish a little more than 7 years ago. I have enjoyed the stories and enjoyed sharing them over the years with frends. Your work and stories have meant a lot to me.

    It is amazing to see your growth over the years. From a simple spoken story to a rich and textured world. From small project to a large project, from a part-time thing, to trying to find a way, to finding your way.

    Thank you for sharing so much of your time and self with us all. For the stories you shared, and those to come, thank you.

  6. We can always strive to do better, but when you’re doing good sometimes just keeping up the good work is where it’s at. And finding new stories to tell, well, I’m sure there are a lot of stories that we as readers would love to see in the amazing ‘verse you’ve created in the golden age of the solar clipper. Personally I’ve always wondered what it must have been like for Brill growing up on station. It always seemed to me that there would be lots of little everyday stories there with the tug jockies, and shuttle pilots, and various other stationers. The kinds of stories of the everyday adventures that hooked us all way back in Quarter Share.

  7. Thank you. I have been reading science fiction for many years now. Sometimes, though very rarely, I am lucky and come across something diffent, something special and all it’s own. Your books are such a rare find. I have read and re- read Ismaels story several times now and look forward to doing so again.

    All the best for your next decade and beyond. Health, joy and success in your endeavours. Thank you for your hard work, it is much apreciated.

  8. William L says:

    Nathan, just wanted to day I found your Solar Clipper series on pod cast and loved them. Always felt a little guilty about having a high quality listen at no cost so now that the books have come out on Amazon I just purchased the rest of the collection in kindle and audio format. Only one I had any issues with was In Ashes born which left we literally checking that I had missed part of the book at the end. Hopefully you will have a follow through out soon.

  9. Congratulations on 10 years! I discovered you in late 2010 while in grad school. You gave me an escape from the textbooks – perhaps too often and too much – but it was worth it! I have loved all of your books, and your easy style and character development. I have reread everything several times since then, and anxiously await anything you put out there. It is quality material. Thanks for your dedication to a superior product. It is nice to be able to come back to old friends, over and over again. Thanks!

  10. Congratulations on 10 years as an author! Your books are outstanding! I have recommended them to many people. The funny thing is though I’ve read and listened to the Solar Clipper books many times I can’t ever quite put my finger on why I enjoy them so much. Your writing transports me, thank you for that.

  11. I disagree. I believe that you are a master of this craft and I for one am very grateful for the worlds you have taken us to. Thank you and please continue to take us with you into your imagination.

  12. Judy Williams says:

    My husband discovered your books on audible. He listened to those that are available and kept talking about how great they were. He works two weeks on and two weeks on. When he came home last week, I’d already listened to the first two books. We listened to the next four together over this week (the second time for him). We’re going to start listening to Ashes tomorrow but I’m reluctant…because that’s it for the audio books. We love them and hope there will be more on audible soon!

    • As soon as I get In Ashes Born ready, Podium will produce them for Audible.

      I just have to get it done. 🙂

      • Judy Williams says:

        In Ashes Born is already available on audible. It’s your other, non-Ishmael, books we’re interested in and hoping to see on audible someday. We love your work.

  13. I’ve been reading your works for three years now. I have a short list of authors whose works I can re-read with no loss of enjoyment. That list includes Heinlein, Asimov, Clark, Ing, Niven, Varley, Pournelle, and last but by no means least, Lowell. Thats pretty impressive company you keep!

  14. Happy Decaversary. And thank you for your books. Bothe written and audio – the latter which has made my recent bout of insomnia enjoyable! (I listen with the kindlefire tucked beside my pillow.)

  15. If you sir are not a master of the craft, then there are none. You have written the most enjoyable books I have read, possibly ever. My wife and I sat together and listened to all your original podio recordings together. She too thoroughly enjoyed them, and she doesn’t like science fiction at all! You pulled us heart and mind into the lives of your characters like no other has.The only negative I can think of is that your audio books are no longer in your own voice, as no one brings the stories to life as you do. I eagerly await every new book of yours and buy them the day I find a new one. Please keep up the amazing work!

  16. Jason Barlow says:

    Nathan, I absolutely love your books! I can see your progression as a writer from Quarter Share to In Ashes Born and each one is better and better! I can’t quite pin down why I find the Solar Clipper series so compelling but perhaps it’s the way you describe the routine on the ships, the roles on the ships and the way you craft a scene around the food and drink they enjoy. I’d love to see an RPG based off of the series (or a game of some kind). I heartily recommend both your series and The Expanse in the same breath to all of my co-workers and friends. I can’t wait for the next book! Take care and keep up the great work 🙂

  17. Dan Ayers says:

    Nathan, I have been reading this genre for more than 50 yrs., and I have read all the greats.
    Burroughs to Weber none of them grabbed me any quicker, or gave me any more pleasure than
    Quarter Share and its sequels. As long as you keep writing I’ll keep reading. Take Care.