The first Douglas E. Richards book I ever read was Wired. Amazon recommended it to me after I bought the Ramez Naam Nexus trilogy, and it looked interesting, so I bought it. I’m a Luddite when it comes to books, preferring paper that I can take into the bath with me. Kindle readers tend not to do very well when dropped in hot bubbles. Wired arrived in paperback format, and I fell in love.
Richards is exactly the kind of writer I love. His books proceed at a blistering pace, with plots that turn on a dime yet never resolve with coincidences or deus ex machina contrivances. They make sense, they’re logical and the turns are completely unexpected. Reading Richards feels like watching an action movie, and I love that! He also engages in very complex, cutting edge science – stuff right on the razor’s edge of possibility, and then he makes the science simple, elegant and easily understood. I feel smarter having read one of his books. I literally am smarter – I close the book with more knowledge than when I started.
But what I really love about this man is that his writing feels….bullshit free. Do you ever get the feeling that writers are writing certain characters because they’re ticking boxes for political correctness? Oh, I’ll make this character gay even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the story or anything that’s happening because now no one will be able to call me homophobic – that kind of bullshit. I hate that. I have no idea if any of Doug’s characters are gay, because if it doesn’t matter to the story, he never says. For all I know every single character whose sexuality is not specified is gay! If it’s not relevant to the narrative, Richard’s doesn’t mention it.
Doug’s female characters are very often incredibly brilliant and gifted scientists, but there is always a sense of rarity about them. His universe tends to be populated with mostly male scientists and occasionally women, and feminists can pitch all the hissies they want over it, but that’s reality. Walk into any lab, and you will find mostly men and a few women. Doug writes reality. Unapologetically. And I love him for it. Sometimes he gives women extraordinary physical skills, but never without explanation. If a woman can kick your ass a million ways to Sunday, there is a damn good reason for that, and it will be well explained. Again, Doug doesn’t write fanciful garbage that pretends women and men are exactly equal in every way.
Richard’s new book Game Changer is out today, and I cannot endorse this writer more strongly.
He publishes outside the traditional industry structure, and still hits best seller lists around the world. His marketing push comes from word of mouth, so please, even if his books don’t appeal to you personally, share this on your social media. I’m going to buy the book, even though I already have a copy. I was one of the reviewers of the original manuscript, and Doug has even named one of his characters after me! No really! Look!
Game Changer is fantastic. And if you love it, Doug’s other books are equally good. Split Second is particularly amazing. You’ll never think of time travel in the same way again. And The Cure will make you think about psychopaths in a whole new, unexpected way, too. All of this stuff is just so good!
You’ll love this guy. Trust me.
Lots of love,