Nathan Lowell is a renowned author of Sci-Fi. Boasting a Ph.D. in Educational technology with specializations in Distant Education and Instructional Design, this along with an M.A in Educational Technology and a BS in Business Administration, Lowell is strongly rooted in the maritime heritage of the sea-farer. The author spent some time on the water, serving in the USCG between 1970 and 1975.
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Though, most people don’t really care that he saw duty aboard a cutter on hurricane patrol in the North Atlantic and at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska. They are more interested in the arena he has carved out in the Sci-Fi genre, ignoring larger-than-life heroes, bug-eyed monsters, and galactic battles, and instead writing smaller stories about the ordinary men and women making a living in the depths of space.
Nathan Lowell’s heroes are not prophesied saviors or exiled kings but, rather, average people who use hard work to make a difference.
Nathan Lowell Awards
Nathan Lowell’s first steps in publishing began on the indie side of things, but the pressures of self-publishing were such that he eventually went the traditional route and signed up with Ridan Publishing.
The decision clearly paid off because Nathan has since garnered numerous awards and nominations for his efforts, this including the 2008 Podiobooks Founder’s Choice Award and the 2010 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Long form.
Nathan Lowell has won and been a finalist for the Parsec award on a number of occasions.
Best Nathan Lowell Books
Lowell has a serious following primarily because his books stand out even with all the competition in the Sci-Fi arena, with the following novels best manifesting the author’s style and approach:
Quarter Share: Tragedy strikes Ishmael Horatio Wang at the age of eighteen when his mother dies in a flitter crash. Wang has little choice but to find a job with the planet company, either that or simply leave the system.
However, NerisCo isn’t hiring. With little going his way, his credits running low and his prospects growing thinner, it eventually dawns upon Wang that his hope might lay in enlisting for two years with a deep space commercial freighter.
Wang only rarely visited the Neris Orbital; he has never truly been off-planet alone before, and now he must adjust to being part of a unique crew as they hurtle between the stars on a deep space leviathan.
People keep complaining that Nathan Lowell’s books have no real narrative arcs; and if that doesn’t make sense to you, reading this book will put things into perspective. Quarter Share has a lot of fans, which is difficult to understand for people who have heard the complaints surrounding Lowell’s work.
However, Quarter Share perfectly encapsulates Nathan Lowell’s approach to Sci-Fi because the book is filled with very ordinary occurrences that never seem to lead anywhere.
The story picks up with a teen called Wang who loses a family member and then heads to space; once Lowell introduces his protagonists and lays out the fundamental aspects of his universe, the rest of the book simply delves into the minutiae of living in such close quarter with so many different personalities.
There are few Sci-Fi novels that explore the mundane quite like Quarter Share; however, readers who simply love to explore the day to day experiences of life in a different setting appreciate the book.
No one can deny just how unique, if not a little frustrating, this book is.
Half Share: Change has come to the Lois Mckendrick. Wang is forced to learn a whole new set of skills even while facing his fears and doubts when he is moved to the environmental section just as he was getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, this while Sarah Krugg is moved to the mess deck.
Balancing love and loss proves to be a difficult task, especially for Wang and Sarah who are struggling to live by the Mantra “Trust Lois”. Sarah still seeks to escape her horrifying past.
Wang simply wants to discover what sort of person he needs to become.
The Crew of the SC Lois McKendrick continues to sail through the depths of space, tackling new obstacles as they come.
This book has been accused of moving a little too fast, abandoning its comfortable pace in favor of slightly quicker progression. Additionally, the book isn’t as realistic as people tend to expect from a Nathan Lowell book, especially when it comes to the personal drama between characters.
None the less, Half Share still takes its time, digging into the mundane elements of life in space in a manner that seems to infuriate many a reader.