Books by J.R. Dunn

Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"To this book's favor, though, there are more footnotes than in a Glenn Beck diatribe, and without the Woodrow Wilson bashing."
A cri de coeur from another outraged right-winger about the supposed evils of liberalism. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Far-future politico-philosophical showdown from the author of the stunning time travel novel Days of Cain (1997), etc. The mysterious, deadly, and irresistible Erinye—masters of artificial intelligence and VR—conquered the solar system, destroying everything they perceived as a threat; only one person, Julia "Jay" Amalfi, and her companion, Cary, an immature artificial intelligence, fled in a starship to the glaciated planet Midgard. As the years passed, Jay warmed up the planet and seeded it with Earthly life-forms. But gradually she grew remote and detached, leaving Cary and a weak administration to run things. Now a near-bloodless revolt, led by the youthful commander Tony Perin, has successfully gained Jay's attention, but social problems remain. Bilis—criminals, migrant workers, riffraff—are everywhere; even more threatening are the Rigorists, a fanatical black-clad cult whose members espouse a nihilistic doctrine and behave like social insects, calling themselves "monads." In the name of ideological purity, the Rigs have taken to torturing dissidents and slaughtering entire villages. Worst of all, a starship from Earth has arrived in the system with, Jay assumes, the Erinye on board—and they may already have subverted the naive, rebellious, and resentful Cary. Unable to trust the AI, can Jay form an alliance with young Tony Perin to deal with the Bilis, defeat the Rigs, and keep Midgard safe from the Erinye? Intelligent, well organized, often gripping, but with the backdrop and plot all too obviously distorted to accommodate Dunn's dialectic: impressive, sure, but not entirely convincing. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Time-travel yarn from the author of This Side of Judgement (1994). Time is mutable and can be visited—you can even meet yourself—so to rationalize the situation and prevent tampering with history (in order that, in the remote future, God can evolve), the Moiety has been created. Time Monitor Gaspar James, from planet Arpad in the medium-future, is assigned by his mysterious, eccentric boss Coriolan to deal with a problem in 1943, where the charismatic Alma Lewin, once a colleague of Gaspar's, has gone ``renegade.'' But what is Alma attempting to achieve? Gaspar's attention focuses on the notorious death camp Birkenau, where he captures a courier of Alma's trying to smuggle in future antibiotics. But this is only a hint of Alma's well-organized conspiracy: She has obtained helicopter gunships from the future beyond 1943 and intends to assault not just Birkenau but all the Nazi camps and liberate the inmates—with incalculable effects on the future. Genuinely harrowing and impassioned, with wonderful characters and an unforgettable theme—the sole possible drawback being Dunn's unquestioning acceptance of orthodox time-travel mechanics and causality. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Blade Runner meets The Terminal Man. Dunn's near-future US is a land riven by wars and upheavals. Some time ago, charismatic genius Nathan Kahn encouraged his followers to implant computer chips in their brains, thus enhancing their abilities to an unparalleled degree. But, one by one, the implants drove the ``chipheads''—including Kahn himself—mad, leading the government to set up an agency of ``Cossacks'' to track down and eliminate them. When a woman's savagely mutilated body is found in the snows of Montana soon after a local bank's security is breached, skilled but unorthodox Cossack agent Ross Bohlen suspects chiphead involvement. But the perpetrator, Page, seems to have a hidden agenda that not even Bohlen can elucidate. Also in pursuit of Page comes Telford, a still-sane chiphead who has dedicated himself to helping Kahn's surviving disciples. As Bohlen wonders why his shifty, meddlesome Cossack boss is showing a sudden interest in the case, Telford and Page draw closer to a private showdown. Dunn's debut lacks originality and contains typical rookie errors in logic and timing. Still, the well-crafted characters, telling details, and intriguing developments look very promising. Read full book review >