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Brad R. Torgersen

Brad R. Torgersen is a science fiction and fantasy author who debuted in the 26th volume of Writers of the Future, and has since gone on to publish in some of the genre’s top venues, such as Analog Science Fiction & Fact magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Galaxy’s Edge magazine. In addition to winning the Writers of the Future award, Brad has also won two Analog Magazine ‘AnLab’ readers’ choice awards, is a three-time Hugo award nominee, and has been nominated for both a Nebula and a Campbell award. A full-time healthcare tech geek by day, Brad is a part-time Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army Reserve.

The Chaplain’s War: Interesting ideas, likeable hero keep this story moving

The Chaplain’s War by Brad R. Torgersen

Harrison Barlow was a chaplain’s assistant in the first of humanity’s wars against a technologically advanced conqueror race. Harrison and thousands of other soldiers were rounded up by the insect-like enemy, who humans call the mantis race (mantes is the plural) and held in a prison camp on a planet called Purgatory. Harrison, carrying out a promise to the chaplain who died, built a chapel that was open to everyone. That action intrigued the scholar class of the mantes and led to a cease-fire. As The Chaplain’s War, Brad Torgersen’s novel based on his original novella, progresses, that cease-fire breaks down. The book questions whether humans and mantes can ever co-exist.

There was a lot to like in this book, and there were definite weaknesses that affected my enjoyment. Ultimately, Harrison, the likeable main character, kept me reading, ... Read More

Magazine Monday: 2012 Nebula Award Nominees for Best Novelette

It was a treat to reread Geoff Ryman’s “What We Found” to prepare to write this column. As I noted when I wrote about this story for my review on the issue of F&SF in which it originally appeared, Ryman has been writing in recent years of third-world cultures, in such a way that the reader becomes immersed in the culture, surrounded by sights, scents, tastes and sounds of a world so foreign to a first-worlder that it might as well be an alien civilization. This time, the setting is Makurdi in central Nigeria, a city with air conditioning, solar panels, smartphones -- and roosters crowing outside the window on the morning of the narrator’s wedding day. As Patrick tells his story of his strange scientific find... Read More