R.E. Stearns is the author of Barbary Station and Mutiny at Vesta. She wrote her first story on an Apple IIe computer and still kind of misses green text on a black screen. She went on to annoy all of her teachers by reading books while they lectured. Eventually she read and wrote enough to earn a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida. She is hoping for an honorary doctorate. When not writing or working, R.E. Stearns reads, plays PC games, and references internet memes in meatspace. She lives near Orlando, Florida, with her husband, a computer engineer, and a cat.
Strong characters and fast-paced action define this debut SF thriller. * Library Journal * A super cool novel. It mixes unpredictable mysteries, a murderous AI, space battles, an awesome and fashionable Pirate Leader in Captain Sloane as well as a healthy dose of romance and found families...a blend of Die Hard and the Illuminae Files. * Kirkus Reviews * Grabs you in chapter one and doesn't let go. This book is for everyone who ever wanted to be a space pirate. -- Mur Lafferty, Award-winning author of Six Wakes This book is good fun. I really enjoyed this, and I bet you will, too. -- Ann Leckie, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice An exhilarating mashup of Golden-Age widescreen and zeitgeist cool. Totally unexpected. More please! -- Award-winning author Stephen Baxter Stearns writes measured, tense, and intense space opera, filled with a diverse selection of believable characters. * Tor.com * Fans of space opera, female protagonists, and independent thinkers will enjoy this piece of science fiction... * Booklist * The book truly is a blend of space opera and military sci fi, and consistently wriggles between the crew interactions and feeeeeelings, to command structures, heavily explained tech, and A.I. workspaces. -- J.S. Fields, author of Ardulum Stearns's second space opera is heavy on rousing action scenes, political intrigue, and high AI weirdness... * Publishers Weekly * If Barbary Station was a variant on the gothic novel in space (complete with a haunted house in the form of a space station), Mutiny at Vesta is a nested, layered series of capers in which Adda and Iridian work with limited resources and the pressure of time and other people's competing priorities to pull off the damn-near impossible. * Tor.com *