Stoddard, Jason

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(?   -    ) US author who also writes as by Brett Patton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Unfinished" in Strange Horizons for 10 and 17 May 2004. His longer work has been restricted to series, though Winning Mars (2010), with sequels intended, remains technically a singleton; it extrapolates a traditional sf Media Landscape – the privatized selling of the exploration of space, as in Robert A Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon (coll of linked stories 1950) – into a Near Future world where a trip to Mars is hyped as part of a reality show. The Armor Wars sequence comprising Mecha Corps (2011) and Mecha Rogue (2012) starts its cast off in Mecha school, where they learn how to operate their killing machines in the Space Opera war they are in training for. But there are complications. The main protagonist of volume one becomes a sort of secret agent in volume two, at the behest of the Prime of Universal Union; there is again a sense that the story has not yet properly ended. [JC]

Jason Stoddard

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Winning Mars

  • Winning Mars (Rockville, Maryland: Prime Books, 2010) [hb/Telegraphy Harness]

Armor Wars

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