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"Rory Harper's sensibility is warm, earthy, whimsical, cleverly off-center, and, when he wants it to be, bawdy as all get out ... Petrogypsies is a blue-collar, red-neck world where folks sweat and love and work and get hurt ... Petrogypsies has got to be one of the most auspicious debuts of the year." --Ed Bryant, Locus Magazine
Rory Harper is a fragile, elderly Texas writer who no longer drives a car. That's because his Shadow 750 ACE motorcycle gets amazing gas mileage, will go faster than most cars, and is also a babe magnet. A deeply religious man, he regularly worships at the altar of the sainted Leo Fender. He possesses half a dozen of St. Fender's sacred relics. Along with Bradley Denton, Steve Gould, Martha Wells, and almost every other Texas writer, he played in the semi-legendary Los Blues Guys blues-rock band, which consistently damaged the hearing of fans at numberless science-fiction conventions during the Nineties. He currently plays lead guitar in the not-yet-semi-legendary Two-Headed Baby blues-rock band. He's had stories published in half of the s-f magazines in existence. Along with other writers more famous than he is, he currently contributes cranky essays, music (which can be freely downloaded), and flash fiction to the semi-legendary group blog at Eat Our Brains. As is readily deduced from the blog's name, he is a zombie freak. He plans to film the music video for his recent song, "Fast Zombie Blues." Rory is the author of Petrogypsies, published by DarkStar Books in Fall 2009, and is working on two sequels, Sprocket Goes International and Sprocket Goes Interstellar. He's halfway through writing the first sequel, also to be published by DarkStar. Unless it's awful. He owns two cats, but isn't gushy about it. He has two tattoos, which he will show you on request. The first one was done by his only known daughter, Rachael, and it's really cool.