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The Future is a Dark Place… and I Can’t Wait!

I’ve written science fiction for years now. Post-apocalyptic, near future, mid future, and futuristic. I’ve had aliens devastate the earth and I’ve had humans expand and conquer our solar system and others. It’s been a blast and I love it.

I’ve done the same thing with fantasy settings, minus the aliens. Creatures and monsters aplenty to make up for the missing aliens though. New worlds and magic and sweeping storylines that take characters from the brink of childhood to epic destinies. I love that too.

I’ve bridged the two, blending science fiction and fantasy into urban fantasy and paranormal storylines that take place now and in the near future. Putting two of my favorite genres together can only have one outcome – more love!

So with that out of the way, I’m announcing the next big thing. Dark Universe, my new futuristic science fiction and fantasy series. Into the Dark opens the series in a spectacular way and sets the stage for the unlimited and amazing things that have yet to come.

But why should you care enough to spend a couple of bucks on it? Well, it’s a story for everyone, from diehard sci-fi lovers to people who just enjoy great characters and a great story, no matter what the environment. The book doesn’t go overboard on technology, but it also keeps things realistic. There’s romance, action, adventure, and aliens. All kinds of aliens. Furry ones, chitinous ones. Blue skinned ones. Green skinned ones. Orange skinned ones. Aliens with tentacles. Aliens that walk on four legs instead of two. And good old fashioned Terrans. The humans are the newcomers to the space race, actually, and are trying real hard to play catch up.

The book really has something for everyone, from space fights and fancy things to go boom in the night to complicated relationships and the dynamic stress that brings. There’s humor, there’s emotion, and there’s even a little bit of bow-chikka-wow-wow.

Why did I write it? Why wasn’t Vitalis or Voidhawk good enough? Well they are, but this is different. This is a combination of Vitalis, Voidhawk, and a little bit of extra fun that was inspired, I admit, by watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Inspired by, but by no means a copy of.

Into the Dark takes science fiction to a new place and exposes it to Arthur C. Clark’s law that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That, my friends, is where the fantasy ties in. Give it a shot, I dare you to be disappointed!


Book 1 in the Dark Universe science fiction and fantasy series by Jason Halstead

Available now!

Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (coming soon!)
iTunes (coming soon!)
Kobo (coming soon!)
Scribd (coming soon!)
Page Foundry / Inktera (coming soon!)


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  1. David
    January 11, 2015 at 06:25

    I began reading the book yesterday and I really like it so far. The book description sounded interesting so I had to buy it when I saw that it was out, even though I somehow couldn’t get into your Voidhawk and Vitalis books after I read and enjoyed your books about Alto.

    I’ll probably give Voidhawk another try soon since it looks like the series returns to Dexter and co again and I stopped reading it at book three I think when the original protagonist wasn’t the protagonist anymore and I always want to follow the one character that was there from the beginning in the book series I read. That’s also why I generally don’t like books with many POVs or series with changing Protagonists, but that is just my personal preference and many people like it that way.

    Because of that I’m just curious, will Aden be the Protagonist of future books, or will the Protagonists be switched around with different characters? I’ll continue reading the series either way but that’s just a question that came to mind when I started yesterday.

    I hope my rambling is understandable since English isn’t my native language and I only get to use it for reading books or websites and rarely to talk with someone, so sorry if there is anything that’s not understandable.


    • January 11, 2015 at 07:17


      Glad you asked! To answer your question as honestly as I can…I don’t know. Aden probably will be for the near future, but I see a lot of opportunities to spin off different ideas in this setting. I guess those will end up being different mini-series within the setting though.

      Or perhaps not – maybe this will end up being a single continuous series like the Star Trek books are (except focused on the crew of the Uma, in this case).

      Oh, and your “rambling” is just fine! I understood what you meant perfectly.



  2. February 8, 2015 at 04:42

    i just finished it. Awesome.
    i tend to agree with david about multiple POVs in stories. also david your english is better than mine and about fifteen percent of the books on amazon that ive read recently.

    • February 8, 2015 at 07:20

      Thanks Todd, for enjoying and for the feedback. I always thought that Vitalis and Voidhawk were as successful as they are because of multiple POVs (among other reasons). Hearing these counter-arguments is very enlightening!

      And the good news is, I started Out of the Dark this weekend.

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