I am Stephen D Covey, Futurist,
rock hound, science fiction fan and science fiction writer.
My fiction tends to be fast-paced, near-future, hard-science
fiction, also called techno-thrillers.
I am not Stephen R Covey. He took my good name
and parlayed it into millions of dollars. His
degrees were in business, mine is in physics. He
wrote self-help; I write techno-thrillers and science fiction,
plus my ramblings on the future and my web pages on rocks and
minerals. I am delighted that Dr. Covey published his first book when he was
about my age (57 as I write this); I'm not over the hill yet. If you are
seeking his books, I can recommend these:
The "Reading SF" link to the left reviews a few of my
favorite books. I
recommend the following sources of books, not only for the books
I recommend but for reading in general.
I believe in
eBooks; my smart phone keeps a library of more than
50 novels and short stories close and convenient. I bought
most of them from
- they carried a lot of short stories and a large selection of
science fiction. This was possibly the best source of short
stories, novellas and the like. Since they sold individual
novellas, novelettes, shorts, and even flash fiction, this
allowed me to create the SF reader's equivalent of a mix tape.
Also, the leading eBook readers allow you to listen to the
stories - your computer reads them to you. Just another
reason to buy eBooks.
However, Fictionwise was purchased by Barnes & Noble, potentially increasing the variety of available ebooks, but I've not added to my collection in a while, likely because of my perception that B&N focused on novels.
But in addition, I buy ebooks from Amazon, and they have
excellent support for ebooks and new authors, which also means
that Amazon has an unparalled selection.
Speaking of eBooks. Amazon.com has an appealing eBook reader
called Kindle. It downloads books wirelessly in only a minute
without requiring a Wi-Fi hotspot, and uses ePaper which doesn't
use a backlight and can be read even in direct sunlight. Add a
long battery life and room for hundreds (or thousands) of
eBooks, and Kindle is appealing, indeed. You can get access to over 100,000 books, magazines, newspapers,
Wikipedia, and even blogs updated wirelessly throughout the day.
While I continue to use my smart phone, my wife prefers her
Kindle. Be sure to check out
the videos that shows Kindle in use.
The specific books listed on these pages have links to Amazon.com,
where both new and used books may be purchased.