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July 16th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Hi, everyone! :wazzapp:

My first novel, The Mars Imperative, came out last month. It's something of a coming-of-age story, about a naive young man who takes his first job out of college as a geologist, on Mars. First he has to survive the trip there, then he has to survive the Red Planet itself--and then there's the terrorist. He endures much and because of it grows into a strong individual, willing and able to take on the universe.

I don't think the book is available for sale on CTR yet (on Amazon, etc., though), but there is a nice 4-cup review here that just went up yesterday.

The next book in The Imperative Chronicles (The Tesserene Imperative), goes on sale later this month, or possibly early in August. The third book in the series is about half-written.

I also have two other novels written and looking for a good home. (Sunrise Destiny and My Other Car is a Spaceship). Hopefully, coming to a bookstore near you very soon. :)


July 16th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Congratulations on the release of your first novel. I hope you have continued success. :biggrin:

July 17th, 2007, 09:35 AM
I second those congratulations. I'll check these out for sure. I love sci-fi books so I'll just have to add these ones to my to be read pile.

July 17th, 2007, 05:16 PM
Thanks, Irish! The sales are still trickling in at this point, but they're picking up steam. Positive reviews (like the 4-cupper here on CTR) can only help. When the second book ships later this month, that should help as well.

July 17th, 2007, 05:18 PM
Cool. Thanks, Phoenyx! The first book is up on Amazon and plenty of other places. The second will be out shortly.

July 29th, 2007, 09:03 PM
(Copied verbatim from a review by sci-fi author Rick Taubold.)

The Mars Imperative
by Mark Terence Chapman

Good science, great characters, excellent story!

Science fiction is often given a bad rap in the public eye because readers believe that the "science" part is going to be incomprehensible. I'm pleased to say that Mark Terence Chapman's debut novel, "The Mars Imperative," is anything but incomprehensible.

Good fiction begins with good characters: characters first, story second. The science part of science fiction should be integral but not primary. By making his characters sympathetic, Mr. Chapman immediately engages the reader in his characters and their story, and his characters have flaws, like real people.

To many readers, "small press" sometimes means mediocre writing, riddled with grammar mistakes, poor editing, and a flimsy story. Mr. Chapman's novel is not only wonderfully written, but the story is truly excellent. Even more amazing is how the author handles the science. Instead of bogging down the narrative with it, he opens his chapters with excerpts from his fictional Encyclopedia Solaris to fill the reader in.

Bravo, Mr. Chapman, on a superb piece of accessible science fiction whose characters and story will remain with the reader for a long time after closing the book.

Rick Taubold
"More Than Magick"
Medallion Press
www.ricktaubold.com (http://www.ricktaubold.com/)
BTW, here is a link to Rick Taubold's book, on Amazon, just FYI:

For more reviews, see my web page at: http://markterencechapman.googlepages.com/bookreviews

October 22nd, 2007, 11:26 PM
I second those congratulations. I'll check these out for sure. I love sci-fi books so I'll just have to add these ones to my to be read pile.

Phoenyx: The follow-on to The Mars Imperative (The Tesserene Imperative) is now available in ebook format (with trade paperback to follow in a few weeks). It's currently only available on the publisher's website (http://shadowrosepublishing.net) (http://shadowrosepublishing.net%29), but it should be here on CTR before long.