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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest [Hoquiam, Washington], Robert L. Slater wanted to be an astronaut or a rock star. At 42, he gave up those dreams to become a writer of science fiction and fantasy, where he can pretend to be both.
Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza. He loves music as a listener, a zealous fan, a guitar player, and a singer/songwriter.
After nearly 20 years as a schoolteacher, he is beginning to have a hint of insight into young-adulthood. He has been in that hood a long time!
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Robert L. Slater is a teacher/writer living in Bellingham, Washington. His stories and poetry have appeared in many small press publications. His first novel, All is Silence, received 1st place in the Cygnus Science Fiction Dystopian category. He has followed it up with two more Deserted Lands novels.
He has a should’ve-been-a doctorate B.A. in Theatre/Education, Spanish and History minors and a M.A. in Educational Technology. He sings, plays guitar, acts/directs in regional theatres, brews, cooks, reads, practices Taekwon Do, writes plays, songs, and stories.
His motto is Robert Heinlein’s “Specialization is for Insects.”
WATTYS 2015 Dream Collections Winner
1st place Cygnus Dystopian
IndieReader Next Picks Number 1
1st place Dante Rossetti YA Dystopian
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Writing Website: http://desertedlands.com/
Personal Website: http://robslater.com/
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MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS!
ALL IS SILENCE: In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, an angry teenager, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. A pandemic hits, killing 98% of the world’s population. Lizzie is left alive.
“Crazy” Lizzie once told her family, “I hope you all die!” Now, her alcoholic mother and her brother are dying in the hospital; her mom’s abusive boyfriend is dead. Despite her words, being alone isn’t a good thing for a suicidal cutter. Fear of the disease and a promise to her mother keeps her inside. The daily sirens and the warnings to stay inside have faded to silence and her only outside link is her former best friend halfway across the country.
Desperate and lonely, she ventures out and finds survivors: people altered by the disease, left less than human, and people less scarred, some from her past. A horrifying encounter leaves her with blood on her hands and reveals a link to a stranger she thought was dead. As her hometown turns dangerous, she flees south, through Seattle and across deserted lands seeking the stranger, safety, and a chance at a new family. Along the way, she finds friends, fledgling governments, religious fanatics, and marauding renegades.
This new world has plenty of food, gas, and space… but fear, anger and lust for power still compete for control of Lizzie’s life. Top
STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS: Coming Soon.
TOILS AND SNARES: Coming Soon.
Straight Into Darkness: A Deserted Lands Novel. Rocket Tears Press. September 2015.
Toils and Snares: A short Deserted Lands Novel. Rocket Tears Press. February 2015.
“One Tin Soldier” Rocket Tears Press. October 2014.
“Just Desert” Rocket Tears Press. August 2014.
All is Silence: A Deserted Lands Novel. Rocket Tears Press. February 2014.
Outward Bound: Collected Fiction & Poetry. Rocket Tears Press. August 2013.
“In Formation” Whispers in the Wind print anthology. Windward Media. 2013.
Assorted Poems. Blue Deer: Four generations of poetry, 1945-2010. Plicata Press. 2010.
“Regression Therapy” Aoife’s Kiss. June 2008.
“Commuter Interface” Sounds of the Night. August 2007.
“Shooting Star” Chaos Theory: Tales Askew. 2005.
“Outward Bound” Continuum SF. Winter 2004.
“Regression Therapy” Wild Child. 2003.
“In Formation” SBD SF&F print anthology. 2002.
“Only Human” The Martian Wave. July 2000.
“Shooting Star” Goblin Muse. 2000.
“Free to Fall” PBS’ Earthscape. 2000.
“The Starrior” Poem. Millennium SF&F. 2000.
“In Formation” Millennium SF&F. 1999.
“Highway Rider” Poem. Jackhammer. 1999.
“Shooting Star” Millennium SF&F. 1998.
“Highway Rider” Poem. The Galactic Citizen # 5, Spring 1994.
“The Starrior” Poem. Galactic Citizen # 2, Winter 1993.