In an alt-history 1990’s, an obscure artist on the brink of death is visited by an eccentric billionaire scientist, who saves his life. Part romance, part science fiction and all farce, Sometimes Fatal Events Have Occurred is a sequel to After the Jump (2015) and a prequel to Explosive Decompression (2016).
“Sheppard is a hugely imaginative writer, deftly balancing humor, pathos and lyricism. Described as a 'farce,' the book is at times mad-cap, while still keeping its core sincerity, which is a tough balance to muster. It’s replete with tongue-in-cheek humor and societal observation; a book that would be well at home on a bookshelf alongside Kurt Vonnegut or Philip K. Dick. More people should write books like this.”
Praise for Explosive Decompression:
“I absolutely loved reading Explosive Decompression. The story line was fascinating, and I liked Audrey instantly… If you’re a fan of Isaac Asimov, dystopian novels or artificial intelligence, you’ll want to read this one.”
--In Our Spare Time
“With the mind of a prophet and the artful pen of a literary master, John Sheppard delivers a stirring, amusing and heartfelt novel that marks him as a significant force in modern writing, regardless of which genre this novel happens to fall in.”
“Explosive Decompression is a cross between a hardboiled detective story from the 1940s and a Buck Rogers serial, if Sam Spade and/or Buck were a foulmouthed tiny female scientist.”
—Teressa Morris, Window on the World
After the JUMP
Frank Novak’s seven-year-old daughter Audrey awakes one night screaming, “Get her out of me!” When he asks who, she replies, “Me!” It is the beginning of an adventure for the father and daughter that includes shadowy agents, alien invaders, two computer geniuses named “Steve,” a homicidal child aviator, and Ronald Reagan.
In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. Aided by commoners, bots, and another refugee from 20th century America, Audrey takes on the power elites on Earth and on the Moon in a novel that is equal parts adventure, science gone haywire, and rollicking humor.