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Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields. He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since. He self published his first novel; Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the First Light Chronicles series. Randolph Lalonde has sold thousands of eBooks to date, enough to keep writing full time. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering. He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario. In his diminishing spare time he reads voraciously, tinkers with design, video editing and reviews the occasional film or television show. A science fiction and fantasy fan, he often comments on the state of the entertainment industry on his website, www.randolphlalonde.com.

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  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008ABD256
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPYUXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,506 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe Series.

In 2014 he completed and published Brightwill, the first fantasy novel he'd written since 2006. 2015 brings a busy release schedule with a Spinward Fringe novel, a horror novella and another title on offer.

Randolph Lalonde has sold hundreds of thousands of eBooks to date, enough to keep writing full time. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular.

He currently resides in Sudbury, Ontario, a chilly northern city in Canada.

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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2011
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I downloaded this book 2 days ago and have read through the trilogy at a good pace, a testament to the readability of the stories and the author's writing style. The stories and writing style are not so "mature" as some renowned sic-fi authors, a point Mr. Lalonde recognises and acknowledges in his afterword, a nice touch. I've enjoyed the stories and have downloaded the next 2 books in the series. I look forward to reading them.
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213 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2011
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If you like sci-fi, if you like humor, if you like action, if you just love a really great book, I cannot recommend this first Broadcast in the Spinward Fringe series, enough. I have been thoroughly enjoying the universe that Randolph Lalonde has created, and now that Amazon is letting the author release this for free, all I see are more readers being drawn in to his world and an ever growing fan base. Be prepared though. It really isn't free. You will find you will HAVE to go and purchase the next Broadcast in this wickedly fun space romp! Then you'll need the next one, and the next ... :) I cannot wait for more from my new favorite story teller!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Okeefe on February 5, 2011
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I spotted this book with high reviews on the Kindle bestseller list and FREE, so I'm late to the party. After reading the whole thing, I immediately downloaded the next two books (and paid for them!). So good, I am willing to pay money to read more.

The genre is best described as space opera, in the general vein of Star Trek and Serenity/Firefly. It's entertaining and occasionally hilarious, but there are also Scenes that Make You Think. Best of all, the author made me care about the characters and want to find out more about what happens to them.

I want to commend the author for delivering high-quality, well-edited prose. That shouldn't be cause for celebration, but these days it is.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys light science fiction.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Aphotog on April 6, 2012
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Basically, the first 15% of the book is pretty good, then nothing much happens for the next 75% while the crew refits and upgrades their spaceship. Then, in the last 10%, there is a muddled space battle and the crew is declared heroes.

The long, tedious middle section of the book is made even more painful by at least a couple of department head meetings where the captain goes around the table and has each head report on progress, which go on for page after page. If you love such meetings at work, then this book is for you.

As other reviewers have noted, the premise of this book requires superhuman suspension of disbelief. In short, a group of dedicated video game players hacks the government's most super secret war gaming computer, and when they are caught, the government is so impressed with their skill that they are given a real warship to cruise around the galaxy in to look for things that they find interesting. Oh, and to ensure the success of their mission, the admiral assigns her drop dead babe daughter, the best engineer in the fleet of course, to the gamers' spaceship. Needless to say, she quickly hooks up with the captain. You have to admit, this is the kind of plot any 15 year old guy could make up while bored in social studies class.

I've read a lot of great and well written science fiction over the past 50 years, and it is hard not to conclude that there is no substitute for a good editor, or just an editor. Like most of the cheap Kindle sci-fi I've read, this book contains a lot of dialog that would not make it past an even semi-comatose editor.

Most of the book's 5 star reviews, and especially those by its apologists, say that it should be viewed as just a fun, easy, breezy read. Since I found it to be long and tedious, I don't plan to read any of the subsequent books.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James Ellis on February 17, 2011
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The first thing that comes to mind is WOW! I saw that one of the spinward fringe books was on the kindle bestseller list (sci-fi), and when checking the series out, found out that this was the start of the series. Even more amazing, is that it's free.

Let's be clear here though, this would still get 5 stars from me if it was normal book priced. In fact, I feel a bit bad about not paying for it. I felt a bit better after buying the rest of the series, though they are pretty cheap compared to other books. (Benefit of self-publishing, I suppose?)

Spinward Fringe Origins is a collection of three novellas, that add up to a single novel type book. They mesh together excellently, so when reading it feels like one novel that just has three distinct plot segments. The plot is compelling, though not necessarily entirely original. It follows a common theme in sci-fi, but it is very well done. The spinward fringe universe is an interesting place, and feels vast throughout the writing. It's hard to not feel attached to the main characters, they are developed enough to feel real and cared about, without bogging down the story.

This is definately an action series, with a lot going on. The setting still seems real, however, and the first novella really sets up the feeling of exploring this unknown fictional universe. Despite being self published, this story is far superior to most self published books here on amazon, and having professional editing is apparent. There are no more spelling/grammar errors or typos in this than in a paperback book.

This book follows a first-person perspective throughout, which I feel really adds to the explorative sense of the story. The following books move to the more traditional third-person narrative.
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