Science Fiction · Urban Fantasy

tony bertauski

USA Today Bestselling Author 

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Psychological thrillers with hairpin plot turns and science fiction that explores consciousness and the nature of reality that keeps you up at night and thinking about it the next day.

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Take science fiction for a test drive.

Where to start

So many books.

There is a good bit of cross-over between these series, story elements that tie them together. The long term goal is to make this all one one universe, Game of Thrones style. That’s going to take some time and there’s still a lot of ground to cover.

In the meantime, where you want to start the journey depends on your taste. Here are your options.


Science fiction/Young adult (Hunger Games)/Clean

Where awarness leaping begins.

A place where dreams come true and a nightmare to escape. This sinister alternate reality will grip you to the end!



Science fiction/Adult (The Matrix)/F-bombs

Where biomites begin.

Artificial stem cells save lives, but anyone with too many is a halfskin. The government wants to turn them off. After all, they’re no longer human.


Science fiction/Young Adult (Ender’s Game)/F-bombs

Where the legend begins.

A peculiar teenager he’s part of a new race that evolved from humans. The twists and turns don’t stop until the final explosive page.



Science fiction/Young Adult/Clean

The holiday stories you never heard.

How reindeer fly and snowmen live. How discovered the North Pole. These are the adventures you’ll never forget.


Urban Fantasy/Adult/F-bombs/Sex

The evolution of a vampire.

Drayton doesn’t know what he is. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

The Latest Release


Waking of Grey Grimm


The universe has begun.

In book 1 of the Maze, awareness leaping takes a turn. References to Foreverland are weaved into this psychological thriller.


Grey isn’t sleeping.

Sunny Grimm finds a strap around her son’s head with an embossed symbol between his eyes. This is the mark of awareness leaping, where players launch into alternate realities and anything goes. Investors make millions. Critics, however, refuse to call it a game. They argue that reality confusion will end humanity. Labels aside, there are many who play.

And many who lose.

What’s in the works

Prequel rewrites

When is a piece ever really finished?

I recently revisited the prequels. These are free novellas that introduce the worlds of Foreverland, Halfskin, Socket Greeny and Drayton. The last few weeks, I’ve been busy tightening up the stories. I’m a much better writer now than when I wrote them, so they need a major tune-up.

Seeds of Foreverland is uploaded and free to download. I’m currently working out the kinks in The Making of Socket Greeny, which should be ready to upload soon.

The Bio

He grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. He hated winters.

He always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And he wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.

After several attempts at a proposal, his major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised him to figure it out. Somehow, he did.

After grad school, he and his wife and two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead on accurate). That’s when he started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. He eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. He then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.

That was a few years later.

His daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. His son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, he began writing a story with him. They made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in his head.

He wanted out.

A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.

He has been practicing Zen since he was 23 years old. A daily meditator, he wants to instill something meaningful in his stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. Think Hunger Games. He hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if he had anymore stories in him after Socket Greeny.

Turns out he did.

Dig a little deeper… the early years bio

In 2017, Bertauski published a memoir that chronicled his and his wife’s experience as birth parents. The short story details his earlier life surrounding the event of an unexpected pregnancy and the twenty-five years that followed.


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