Artificial Evolution Officially Released!

Hi everybody! After a lengthy pre-order period, the wait is over! Artificial Evolution, the third book in my Big Sigma series, has finally released!

Look out. Michella means business.

I’m very proud of this book. It is one of my longest to date, and it brings back all of your favorite characters from its predecessor, Unstable Prototypes. The story picks up a few months after the previous story left off. Michella’s career has continued to blossom, Lex’s career has continued to stagnate, and Garotte and Silo have continued their campaign against the Neo-Luddites. Life has continued pretty much as expected, but things change when a representative of VectorCorp starts meddling with the lives and livelihoods of both Lex and Michella. The intrepid reporter hatches a plan to continue covering the Neo-Luddite story despite pressure from her superiors, and in doing so finds that she’s become involved in something even larger and more dangerous.

Unstable Prototypes was a story focused on exploring Ma and Karter as characters in addition to Lex and his adventures. This time around our focus is shifted a bit to Silo and Garotte, and as you can see by the cover Michella gets to mix it up a bit as well. As you read, you’ll discover that the events of the first two books are more tightly connected than it first appeared. I really hope you’ll like the story. Those of you who pre-ordered should already have the book, and those of you who didn’t can order now! Links are below.

Barnes and Noble

Thanks for reading!


  1. Just finished it, totally worth the admission price.

    The Big Sigma Series is just begging for a movie deal, it’s just pure unadulterated fun and I think it would do wonders as an action movie with a dash of comedy.

    Lex seems like a healthy mix between Transporter’s Frank Martin and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Starlord, and would be a terrific lead for a movie in today’s scene.

    I know this just came out, but is there an ETA for the next installment of the series?

    1. Hi. Glad you liked it! That’s some high praise. I only JUST went pro with my writing, so I don’t have a good read on my new writing speed, but I’ll probably start on it once I finish the next book of deacon story. MAYBE 2015.

  2. Just finished (hey, it’s been a busy week).

    Loved it – like DannieRay said, this series would make a great set of movies (plus, if they made the movies, we’d undoubtedly be able to get that plush funk made that you posted about a while back).

    Favourite bits were the stuff between the yak planet and the epilogue, but my favourite bits of the favourite bits were the lab escape and some of the brilliant conversations between Ma and Mitch.

    Keep up the good work (but maybe don’t announce it so far in advance next time – “anticipation” is just another word for “torture”)

    1. Glad you liked it (and thanks for the email). The anticipation/torture may be an unfortunate necessity. The book folks in the know tell me that a long pre-order helps build sales and ranking and suchlike.

  3. Hi Joseph,
    Really enjoyed Artificial Evolution, have been keeping an eye out to make sure I wouldn’t miss it, and eagerly await your next book in the series.
    Don’t usually make comments, but wanted to mention to you that this book had quite a few spelling errors, and I’m sure you know how jarring it can be when your immersed in a story and then go “what? Oh, he meant such and such”.
    Even in your From the Author section you say character instead of characters.
    Hope you take it as constructive feedback 🙂
    If I could indicate in the book somehow and pass it on to you as I was reading that would be handy, don’t think Kobo is going to introduce that as an option anytime soon…

    1. Hi Lorken,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and sorry about the errors! The “From the Author” section wasn’t edited, so I could understand an error slipping through there since I’m completely incapable of catching my own errors, but the rest was given professional polish. I appreciate you pointing them out and I’ll do my best to weed out the issues in future editions of the book.

  4. Artificial Evolution was a great read, as were the other books in the Big Sigma series. I was attracted to these books by a comment of one reader, who likened your writing to that of Robert Heinlein. Many years ago, when I was in high school, I remember ditching classes because I couldn’t wait to get back into that Heinlein book. I would sneak off to the library and bury myself in one of his stories. I’m a lot older now but I still felt that way about your stories. They are excellent works of pure fun and entertainment. I can’t wait for the next installment of Big Sigma..!!!

    1. Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It’s still crazy to be compared to Robert Heinlein… I’ll be sure to spread the word when I continue the series.

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