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Robert Batten

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author


"You absolutely need to check out this book."

Wesley Reid

"I can already see this on the big screens. And I would watch it."

Jeyna Grace, author of The Battle for Oz and The Slave Prince


You’ve found your way to the internet home of Robert Batten (me), an author of science-fiction and fantasy from Tasmania. Take off those uncomfortable shoes and find a pair of slippers, grab a cuppa (maybe even something stronger), and settle into a comfy spot on the couch. If you poke around, you’ll find information on my writing, short stories, news from the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and book recommendations. 

You can even sign up to something called a “newsletter” where I send you monthly highlights! How cool is that?

Oh, I have a post-apocalyptic sci-fi on its way called Blood Capital (being published by Inkshares). It’s a hard sci-fi take on some old supernatural tropes in dystopian Sydney. Check out my page on the book to learn more and access some excerpts.

I hope you enjoy what you find. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to chat about any of it.
Robert Batten, October 2018
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“For each person there is a sentence — a series of words — which has the power to destroy them."

I like to collect quotes, in particular about writing, and I'm going to share a series of them on the blog here.  I love this quote and keep coming back to it. It's from Valis, and the complete quote is: "For each person there is a sentence — a series of words — which has […]

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Recommendation: The Phantom Forest

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“Science is magic that works.”

I've been sharing some of my favorite quotes on social media for a while and I've decided to bring them to the blog as well! We're starting with this classic Kurt Vonnegut quote. “Science is magic that works.” Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle.

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The Writing Bloc's Best of October

Over on The Writing Bloc we've posted our favourite reads of the month. For me, this month's was LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff. Check out the Writing Bloc post with all three recommendations here, or see my comments on LIFEL1K3 below. Best of October on the Writing Bloc Lifelike by Jay Kristoff Lifelike by Jay Kristoff On […]

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