Ryk E. Spoor
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Ryk E. Spoor

Ryk E. Spoor was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in South Dakota, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania. Severe asthma forced him to spend most of his childhood reading and, by the time he was six, writing. While he began reading fantasy such as Oz and science fiction starting with Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it was his 5th grade teacher that sent him on the course that would make him a science-fiction author, by lending Ryk a battered copy of E.E. "Doc" Smith's Second-Stage Lensmen; this sent him on a reading spree that devoured every science-fiction book he encountered for the next ten years, and instilled in him the conviction that being a science-fiction author was the greatest possible profession anyone could aspire to.

At the turn of the 21st century, Ryk succeeded in achieving this ambition by first launching a clever plan to be published through the diabolical strategem of insulting Eric Flint in public. (Note that neither Eric nor Ryk recommend anyone else attempt his strategy.) Subsequently, Eric brought Ryk's work to the attention of Baen Books, culminating in the publication of Digital Knight, and subsequently two stories with Eric Flint ("Diamonds Are Forever" and Boundary). His next solo novel Grand Central Arena was released in April 2010, followed in June by the sequel to Boundary, titled Threshold. More recently he has completed release on the Balanced Sword trilogy (Phoenix Rising, Phoenix in Shadow, and Phoenix Ascendant) and released his first self-published novel, Polychrome. His most recent works as of 2018 are the magical girl-based novel Princess Holy Aura, the first volume in a space opera trilogy Demons of the Past, titled Revelation, and the first novel in the Fall of Veils series, titled French Roast Apocalypse.

Ryk Spoor is also Research and Development Coordinator for International Electronic Machines (IEM), where he has obtained funding for and directed/assisted in research into wireless MEMS sensor systems, power harvesting, smart video security systems, and other related fields; he holds several patents in these areas. He lives in Troy, New York, with his wife Kathleen and their four children Christopher, Gabriel, Victoria, and Domenica.

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    • Boundary

    • Boundary Series, Book 1
    • By: Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Walker
    • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
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    A daring and resourceful paleontologist uncovers something at the infamous K-T boundary marking the end of dinosaurs in the fossil record - something big....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay story ruined by the voiceactor's performance

    • By Blao on 02-02-17

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    • Grand Central Arena

    • By: Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    It was supposed to be a simple test flight, one that pilot Ariane Austin was on only as a last-ditch backup....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book deserves more reads

    • By Corinne on 02-07-19

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    • Threshold

    • Boundary, Book 2
    • By: Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Walker
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
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    When the strange fossil she'd discovered ended up giving her a trip to Mars, Helen Sutter thought she'd gone about as far as any paleontologist would ever go in her lifetime. But no....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost five stars

    • By ShySusan on 02-02-15

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    • Portal

    • Boundary, Book 3
    • By: Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Walker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
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    Madeline Fathom had miraculously landed the crippled Nebula Storm on Europa....

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    • A brilliant end to the trilogy

    • By ShySusan on 02-03-15

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    • Spheres of Influence

    • Grand Central Arena, Book 2
    • By: Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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    Leader of the Faction of Humanity. It was a ridiculous title, but the Arena said that was what Captain Ariane Austin was....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I liked the whole series

    • By Galenabob on 07-30-18

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    • Castaway Odyssey

    • Boundary, Book 5
    • By: Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Walker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds: the starship he and his crew travelled on....

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    • The Baker Street Irregulars

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    • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Steven Crossley, Saskia Maarleveld
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    Thirteen authors come together to pen short stories innovating Sherlock Holmes, adapting and revolutionizing the iconic character....

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    • Worst of the Worst

    • By Adrienne Lirio on 11-13-17

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    • Castaway Planet

    • Boundary, Book 4
    • By: Eric Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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    Stranded humans must adapt alien technology to survive on a dangerous planet....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice Swiss Family Robinson reboot

    • By Alex Levine on 03-14-15

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    • Challenges of the Deeps

    • Grand Central Arena, Book 3
    • By: Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
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      5 out of 5 stars 22
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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    The Arena is filled with mysteries, alliances, betrayals, opportunities, and hideous dangers for individual and empire alike....

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    • Phoenix Rising

    • Phoenix, Book 1
    • By: Ryk E. Spoor
    • Narrated by: Madeline Powers
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
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    Kyri: a highborn young woman whose life is shattered by the murder of her kin. But even as Kyri flees her beloved land Evanwyl, she knows that she is her family's only hope for justice....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This book is bizarre.

    • By Bob-o on 05-03-15

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