Thomas Balázs displays a deep appreciation for both sexual and intellectual obsession, for how a person's private life of fantasy and fandom can imbue his surroundings with a thrillingly individual significance while also leaving him depressed and isolated.--The Weekly Standard
Though many of the characters in Omicron Ceti III deal with isolation, either falling deeper into themselves or struggling to connect with others, each story is so unique in terms of voice, atmosphere, and narrative that they feel like undiscovered planets, strange new worlds. With this dazzling collection, Thomas Balázs boldly goes into unknown territory, and you should count yourself lucky to follow him wherever he travels. --Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and The Family Fang
Thomas Balázs's dark wit shines in these strange, often comic, yet wholly human tales of characters who grasp onto their obsessions for ballast as they navigate an uneasy reality and their own slippery selves. --Laurie Alberts, author of Lost Daughters, The Price of Land in Shelby, and Tempting Fate, among others
One of the many things I love about Thomas Balázs' debut collection is how confidently his characters steer the leaky hulls of their lives onto rocky shores. Sound bleak? It isn't. Blindfolded, gangplanked, still imagining they're at the helm, they whistle merrily nonetheless. That's what is so remarkable about these stories. Somehow, Balázs manages to infuse stories that in lesser hands would seem unremittingly bleak with humor, compassion, charm, and ample vitality. Their lives might be a wreck, but Balázs never abandons them. --Robin Hemley, author of Turning Life into Fiction
About the Author
THOMAS P. BALÃZS teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The North American Review, Soundings East, and The Southern Humanities Review. His work has also appeared in The Vermont College 25 Anniversary Fiction Anthology and Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology 2004. Recipient of the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for best short fiction 2010, his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.