Books by Steven Gould

Steven Gould is the highly acclaimed author of Jumper. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, writer Laura Mixon.


EXO by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"There's simply no knowing where Cent and this series are headed next...but it'll sure be interesting to find out."
Gould literally raises the bar on teleportation in this sequel to Impulse (2013). Read full book review >
IMPULSE by Steven Gould
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Mr. Gould, please write faster."
The third of a well-regarded series (that inspired a poorly regarded film) is essentially Teleporting: The Next Generation, as Davy and Millie Rice's daughter Cent discovers that she, too, can "jump." Read full book review >
REFLEX by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Compelling, chilling, and completely satisfying, with lots of knowing jokes for the fans and plenty of scope for more sequels."
Belated sequel to Gould's fine debut (Jumper, 1992) involving teleportation, spooks, and paranoia. Read full book review >
BLIND WAVES by Steven Gould
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Antarctic volcanoes have caused the polar ice to melt, raising sea levels by a hundred feet: as a consequence, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is now the second largest branch of the US armed forces. Patricia Beenan, a relatively wealthy American, lives on the floating city of New Galveston, two hundred miles off the coast, where she operates an underwater salvage business among the drowned cities of what was once the Texas shoreline. During her latest job, Patricia discovers a freighter, deliberately sunk by large-caliber gunfire, whose chained hold contains the systematically robbed bodies of would-be immigrants. Also aboard are two crew members and an INS serviceman. Afraid that the INS itself did the deed, Patricia flees in her submarine; though pursued by the INS fast patrol craft Sycorax, with its state-of-the-art electronic systems, she manages to evade capture. Back at New Galveston, she meets investigator Commander Thomas Becket, to whom she's immediately attracted despite his scarred face. The circumstances notwithstanding, the two trust each other, and romance blossoms'though a squad of gunmen then attempts to assassinate the couple. Patricia detects a bomb on her submarine; Thomas discovers that Sycorax's all-white crew has connections to racist terrorists; and that same certainly murdered the dissenting INS serviceman aboard the freighter. Worse, they're planning a spectacular exploit in the next few days. Solid sleuthing with an agreeable romance and plenty of hair-raising escapes: well up to Gould's previous high standards (Helm, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
HELM by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

On Agatsu, many years later, Leland de Laal, youngest son of Guide Dulan de Laal of Noramland, climbs the Needle rock to prove he's no weakling, finds the Glass Helm (the last imprinter), and puts it on. It fills his head with a dark, indigestible mass of knowledge. Dulan, furious—he'd intended his eldest son, Dexter, to don the Helm—orders that Leland be treated with cold, calculated brutality, and finally sends him to the aikido school at Red Rock Station. Leland, prompted by a strange inner voice, finds that he's somehow become an aikido master. Gradually, he acquires other skills, too. Meanwhile, the ambitious High Steward Siegfried Montrose of rival Cotswold prepares for a war of conquest. Leland, of course, will eventually defeat Siegfried, but first he must integrate the knowledge given him by the Helm, discovering along the way that he now contains the personalities of the people on the Moon who set up the colony project. A well-handled, often persuasive drama, but rather too cozy and predictable. Read full book review >
WILDSIDE by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

Eighteen-year-old Charlie Newell has inherited a farm from his uncle Max, and has plenty of ideas how to make money for college from it: In the barn, you see, is a tunnel with a gateway to an alternate world, the wildside, teeming with wildlife and bulging with mineral deposits, where humans never evolved. Charlie brings in his closest friends, Marie and Joey (an item) and Clare and Rick (another item), and insists that they all learn to fly: They'll need planes on the wildside to reach the gold deposits they hope to exploit. Charlie, anticipating eventual outside interference, protects the farm with elaborate defenses, and brings in lawyer Luis to handle the legal aspects. Problems still arise: Joey, it seems, is an alcoholic, while Rick is gay. All goes well, though, until they bring back their first shipment of gold and the farm is assaulted by soldiers who don't care who gets hurt so long as they gain control of the gate. So Charlie and friends close the gate while they debate how to proceed, concluding that they must physically move the gate to another location in order for some of the wildsiders to escape and alert the forces of law and order. Much later, it turns out that the gate-crashers are led by a renegade CIA bigwig; not only that, but Charlie's mother and uncle Max were from the world that invented the gate and left home to search for a way to help their own polluted world. A splendid adventure from the author of Jumper (1992), solidly plotted and with above-average characters, of particular appeal to the younger sections of the audience. Read full book review >
JUMPER by Steven Gould
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Sprightly first novel combining revenge, growing up, lonely- superman and abuse-of-power motifs centered on a classic science- fiction theme: teleportation. Davy Rice, 17, lives with his drunken, brutal father in Stanville, Ohio, enduring physical and mental abuse (his mother had vanished five years ago) until, one day, rather than endure another vicious beating, he finds that he's teleported himself—''jumped''- -into the local library! From this starting point, Gould works up a fine set of complications with which to test his characters. Davy, afraid that his dad will find him, flees to New York, where he robs a bank—by teleporting inside the vault—and lives the life of a reclusive millionaire. He meets and falls for psych major Millie, while learning to control his gift and also use it as a weapon. After learning of his grandfather's death, Davy makes contact with his mother and learns why she was forced to disappear (Dad beat her nearly to death). But, just as their relationship begins to coalesce, she's murdered (purely at random) by terrorists. Davy pledges himself to locate the terrorist responsible, but finds it's not so easy: Terrorists come in different varieties with different demands; and the US government is taking a strong interest in Davy's spectacular terrorist-busting activities. And constantly Davy is plagued by one big question: Are there any others able to ``jump''? The answer seems to be no. Eventually, after trying to capture him with tranquilizing darts, the NSA tries to pressure Davy into working for them by kidnapping Millie. In return, Davy snatches the agent responsible and reaches an agreement: Millie's released while Davy remains uncommitted. An exceptionally well-organized debut, with thoughtful ideas, a controlled plot, and characters—particularly the young protagonist—portrayed with insight and compassion. Read full book review >