Author Archives: J.S. Harbour

About J.S. Harbour

Author of books on programming and game development.

The Ring of Envy (Short)

The Ring of Envy is another short story in my summer series. This is an interesting one that I wrote sometime in 1998 or ’99 and sat on it for over 15 years. Upon opening the text for the first time in all those years, I realized there was a story here that just needed […]

The Light of Truth (Short)

New short story is now available: The Light of Truth. Interesting story behind this one–inspired by Robert Heinlein’s “Life-Line”. I wrote it from inspiration to polish in about 8 hours in a single day–the fastest story I’ve ever written. I humbly submit this story, inspired by Robert A. Heinlein’s “Life-Line”. To turn his phrase, I […]

The Journal of Dr. McFadden (Short)

I wrote this short story 16 years ago and never released it so here it is today. It’s a bit odd but I think you’ll like the suspense and devastating ending! The theme is related to A.I. singularity theory with a hint of cyberpunk and dash of horror. A neuro-scientist in the late 1990s is […]

Solid State Rhyme (Novelette)

The new standalone prequel to The Mandate of Earth is now available for Kindle! This is my first novella-length work of fiction, and was actually my first fiction story, originally written in 1997 but never released. This was the inspiration behind the novel so it’s a fitting prequel. If you read Mandate already, this novella will give […]

Review: Methuselah’s Children

Methuselah’s Children by Robert A. Heinlein My rating: 4 of 5 stars This novel is extraordinary considering it was first published in 1941! The ideas and concepts presented are far beyond anything Heinlein’s contemporaries DARED to talk about in their work–like how a starship might go FTL. Not that the concept makes any sense to […]

Review: Friday

Friday by Robert A. Heinlein My rating: 4 of 5 stars I spent longer than usual reading “Friday” by R.A. Heinlein, pausing occasionally to run a self-diagnostic on how I feel about the issues presented in this controversial novel. So many people hate it with a vengeance that I wanted to be objective. I had […]

Review: The Science of Interstellar

The Science of Interstellar by Kip S. Thorne My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an outstanding science textbook filled with beautiful color illustrations. The emphasis is on the movie, Interstellar, but the science is real and drawn from Kip Thorne’s prior published books, plus new content specifically from the movie. It’s a TOUGH […]

The Mandate of Earth (Novel)

As I completed the final sentence of The Mandate of Earth, I sat back in my chair and breathed a sigh of relief. 12 years of struggle finally over. I started writing this novel in 2003, inspired by a lifelong love of science fiction, a fascination with artificial intelligence, and even to a small degree, a video […]

Super-intelligent Robots?

A friend shared this terrific article with me today: The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots which, of course, I found to be wonderfully relevant due to my recently-released novel, The Mandate of Earth, which deals with similar issues in A.I. I spent a decade working on the mystery of what I personally consider the […]