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Book 1 of 2 in the Brother Series

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"It took T. Jackson King exactly one sentence to set his hook so deep in me that I finished LITTLE BROTHER'S WORLD in a single sitting, and I'll be thinking about that vivid world for a long time to come. The last writer I can recall with the courage to make a protagonist out of someone as profoundly Different as Little Brother was James Tiptree Jr. His own writing DNA borrows genes from writers as diverse as Tiptree, Heinlein, Norton, Zelazny, Sturgeon, Pohl, and Doctorow, and splices them together very effectively."--Spider Robinson, Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Award winner                  

"If you'e sensing a whiff of Andre Norton or Robert A. Heinlein, you're not mistaken . . . The influence is certainly there, but Little Brother's World is no mere imitation of Star Man's Son or Citizen of the Galaxy. Rather, it takes the sensibility of those sorts of books and makes of it something fresh and new."--Don Sakers, Analog

"Little Brother's World is a sci-fi novel where Genetic Engineering exists. It contains enough details and enough thrills to make the book buyers/readers grab it and settle in for an afternoon read. The book is well-written and had a well-defined plot. I never found a boring part in the story. It was fast-paced and kept me entertained all throughout. The characters are fascinating and likeable too. All in all, Little Brother's World is another sci-fi novel from T. Jackson King that is both exciting, thrilling and fun."--Abby Flores, Bookshelf Confessions blog

From the Author

T. Jackson King (Tom) is a professional archaeologist, journalist and the author of 15 science fiction novels, including Genecode Illegal, which is the sequel to this novel and is now available. Other novels include The Memory Singer, Anarchate Vigilante, Galactic Vigilante, Nebula Vigilante, Galactic Avatar, Speaker To Aliens, Stellar Assassin, Star Vigilante, Little Brother's World, Retread Shop, and the co-author, with A.C. Crispin, of Ancestor's World, sixth in the StarBridge novels. He has also made forays into the fantasy genre, with The Gaean Enchantment, and even poetry and horror. His wide-ranging and adventurous spirit is reflected in his life as well as his writing. The places he's called home include Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan; Garden Grove, Calif.; Belmont, Calif.; Medford, Oregon; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; Knoxville, TN; Los Alamos, New Mexico; Silver City, New Mexico; Show Low, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Pinetop, AZ; Huntsville, Alabama; Tucson, AZ; Cortez, Colorado, Safford, AZ; and Riverside, Calif. More "lone Human versus Aliens in galactic combat" stories are in his Star Vigilante, Galactic Avatar, Galactic Vigilante, Stellar Assassin, Anarchate Vigilante, Nebula Vigilante and Retread Shop novels. More info on Tom's books, like Reviews and background, can be found at his website of

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Fantastic Books (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604599405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604599404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,968,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

NOTE: My new scifi novel FIRST CONTACT is now OUT! It is a standalone story that tells the tale of humanity's First Contact as told by the Aliens who are the first to visit Earth. Other new releases include ESCAPE FROM ALIENS, ALIENS VS. HUMANS, GENECODE ILLEGAL and THE MEMORY SINGER. Thank You to every reader who left a Review on any of my novels!

T. Jackson King (Tom) is a professional archaeologist and journalist. He writes hard science fiction, anthropological SciFi, dark fantasy/horror and contemporary fantasy/magic realism--but that didn't happen until he was 38.

Before then, college years spent in Paris and in Tokyo led Tom into antiwar activism, hanging out with some Japanese hippies and learning how often governments lie to their citizens. The latter lesson led him and a college buddy to publish the Shinjuku Sutra English language underground tabloid in Japan in 1967. That was followed by helping shut down the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus in 1968 and a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the Second March on Washington where thousands demanded an end to the Vietnam War.

Temporary sanity returned when Tom worked in a radiocarbon lab at UC Riverside and earned an MA degree in Archaeology from UCLA. His interests in ancient history, ancient cultures and journalism got him several government agency jobs that paid the bills, led him to roam the raw landscape of the Western United States, and helped him and his wife Leslee raise three kids.

A funny thing happened on the way to normality. By the time he was 38 and doing federal arky work in Colorado, Tom's first novel STAR TRADERS was a stage play in his head that wouldn't go away. So he wrote it down. It got rejected. His next novel was published as RETREAD SHOP (Warner Books, 1988). It was off to the writing races and Tom's many voyages of imaginative discovery have led to 20 published novels, a book of poetry, and a conviction that when Humans reach the stars, we will find them crowded with space-going Aliens. We will be the New Kids On The Block! This theme appears in much of Tom's short fiction and novel writing.

Tom lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and hangs with a group of smart and tolerant Westerners. Divorce has taught him to smile a lot and to work at being a Nice Guy. Still, he is pretty weird. Has been since fourth grade when he began reading SciFi. Since then, he and Authority have rarely been in agreement.

Readers are welcome to visit his T. Jackson King Facebook page. If you Friend him you will get the latest news on his writing efforts! Also, Tom's Twitter handle is @TJacksonKing. Reviews of his novels, interviews and news of upcoming novels can be found at his author page on

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob on October 23, 2013
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I read several of Mr. King's other books before this one and enjoyed them. The same is true for this book. What stood out the most for me was the "redemption" theme that developed as the story progressed. Following Little Brother as he emerged from a scavenger caught in an hourly struggle to survive to a person that risked himself for others was engaging. The character development arc was well done; initially Little Brother made decisions based on his immediate survival, with living the only moral consideration. By the end of the story Little Borother had a moral compass that reflected a sense of justice that considered the wellbeing of those around him and holding people acountable for expoiting others. All this in a fast paced story. A good read, very enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Beth on April 25, 2012
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Little Brother's World is one seemingly settled in its distant past by humans from Brazil, but human nature hasn't changed much in the hundreds (thousands?) of years since leaving this one - the rich still get richer, and write the rules to keep it that way. Everyone's genetic code is tattooed on their wrist, to keep them properly in their place; everyone except Little Brother, a dump-dwelling scavenger with no tattoo, and a very useful Talent: sudden nausea when danger approaches. This Talent has kept him alive since being abandoned eight years ago at age six by the only mother he ever knew, Mother Warm, who took care of several orphans.

On the morning we meet him, Little Brother breaks the second rule of scavenging: don't talk to the garbage. (The first rule is grab edibles before valuables.) This garbage is a green-eyed redhead girl with an imperious attitude and, as it turns out, a GeneCode longer than he has ever seen: a Breed, the highest and richest ruling class. The mistake of talking leads to the next mistake of eye contact, and Little Brother has started down a path that leads to danger, adventure, and love.

This book is a great ride that will suck you in right away and leave you wishing it were longer - luckily, books 2 & 3 of the trilogy have already been written, waiting only for the demand from readers. It is appropriate for youth (my 12 year old loved it), but adults will also enjoy the genuine characters, lush descriptions that make you see another world, and page-turning plot. This is sci-fi in the best tradition of Heinlein and Norton - even far away in time & space, people and their relationships make the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mattm9y on October 2, 2013
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The world this story described seemed very real to me. I don't appreciate reviews that give away the whole story, so I will just say that it is the tale of life at the bottom of the social structure, set in a future that, let's just say, isn't the progressive, forward thinking kind of life you see in Star Trek. But it puts forth the idea that decent people are a product of who they are, not where they are from. The science is not sole purpose of the story, and it concentrates on a single planet, not a sweeping look at the galaxy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Willis on December 31, 2014
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Little Brother's World by T. Jackson King

After reading Mr. King's "Vigilante" series and enjoying his work, I sought out his earlier works and was not disappointed. In "Little Brother's World", he has brought back a piece of the golden age of science fiction.
It is a dystopian world of haves and have-nots, this time divided by the code tattooed on their forearm. The code determines their future as seen by the almighty gene coders, de facto rulers of the planet. A piece of "talking garbage" is our entrance to this world and an introduction to our young hero who knows it so well. His adventures span the garbage dumps to the Imperial courts as his world opens to new lessons and mysteries.
"Little Brother's World" is a great novel an is destined to join the classics in the genre. Needless to say, I highly recommend it and I am eager to pick up the sequel, "Genecode Illegal".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JohnButtolph on July 1, 2013
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Well Thought out and worthy of the time to read. Concepts given make it worth reading. And here are 4 more words.
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