Carma Spence

Carma Spence has been a writer for almost her entire life. She first started telling—and attempting to write down stories—at the age of three. Her talent with words was noted by her fourth-grade teacher, who pulled her aside one day and told her she should become a writer.

Momentarily side-tracked by her love of science (she has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology), Ms. Spence eventually fell into a career as a science communicator. She has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing communications, as well as writing and editing, in the fields of health care, food and wine, computers, business, television, biology, and agriculture. She can research, digest, and write highly technical material while making this same material comprehensible to people unfamiliar with the topic. She has built her career on helping people understand something that is new to them, taking information—from dry facts to common knowledge to scientific research—and making it sparkle with life.

Ms. Spence is also the founder of The Genre Traveler, the travel resource for science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans. Her weekly podcast features interviews with authors, filmmakers, and others involved in the science-fiction community.

Book Reviews by Carma Spence

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“36 is a dark, depressing journey through a future no one would ever want to see happen.”

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“While possibly a bit dry for bedtime reading, That’s What They Want You to Think does make fun plane, train, and (if someone else is driving) automobile reading.

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“Brian Moreland deftly blends Algonquian legend with Catholic belief, creating a spiritual plague and a villain that are more chilling than the scariest creations of either belief system.

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“The Demon Lover is a perfect book for reading in a big comfy chair with a roaring fire nearby, a soft, fuzzy blanket wrapped about your legs.

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“Richly developed characters, a stark believable world, and agendas that are never 100 percent transparent make Seed an engaging read. Not light. Not heavy.

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“Living in Gratitude is an easy to read, practical guide to becoming more aware of the blessings we all have in our lives.

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“The authors of Healing at the Speed of Sound do an excellent job of providing readers with solid scientific evidence in easy-to-understand terms.

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“. . . take a closer look. This book was written to be used. Tips on how to improve your technique, as well as highlights of interesting ingredients are sprinkled throughout.

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“Sad Monsters crackles with wit, irony, and sarcasm.

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“The Mere Future reads like a modernized Candide by Voltaire crossed with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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Debris immerses you in a world both strange and enchanting, filled with sites, sounds and events that will keep you turning the page.”

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“Is Those Across the River readable? Emphatically yes!

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“Not only is the premise of Damned Busters: To Hell and Back, Book 1 unique, the plot keeps you guessing throughout. You are never fully sure what direction it will take.

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In 2005, the CW television network debuted a paranormal series that followed the adventures of two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel the country fighting the forces of darkness.

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Once upon a time, in a Victorian era that never existed, the world was full of marvelous contraptions that were both functional and beautiful.

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“Hell Ship is riveting, pulling you through the story with raw emotions that are both familiar and strange.

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“Eat Slay Love is written in a snarky, flippant, and relaxed style that makes reading it quick and easy. Ms.

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What predicament has Sookie Stackhouse found herself in now? Her vampire boyfriend is plotting the death of his superior . . . and he has a secret he doesn’t want Sookie to know about.

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What makes the mind of a business visionary—someone like Richard Branson or Steve Jobs—different from everyone else?

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There is a sinister world just veiled beneath the world we see every day . . . at least that’s how it seems in the world where Mark Samuels’ short stories reside.

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What would you do if a naked man with a bear trap on his ankle showed up on your doorstep?