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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981639011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981639017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,246,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A screenwriter, novelist, and the award-winning author of over one hundred short stories, Matt spent a decade traveling the western hemisphere as a professional wrestler and combat instructor before retiring to write full-time. He now resides in Los Angeles and bleeds exclusively on the blank page.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sigler on April 12, 2009
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There are historic times in your life that you don't know are historical when they happen. It's only years later, when you look back or see some "10 Year Anniversary of X" on TV that you realize, yeah, that was kind of a big deal, and I was there when.

That's the feeling I get when I read THE NEXT FIX. I get that feeling that this book will be some obscure collectible, and that the author will be accepted as one of the best writers of a generation. Not that such a thing guarantees fame and fortune, or even a life that's worth a squirt of pig pee. I mean, look at Jack Kerouac, another "great voice" who winds up croaking from a liver trashed by endless alcohol abuse. But this review isn't about Kerouac, or his liver, or pig urine -- it's about Matt Wallace: young, inventive, hard boiled and talented.

The stories in THE NEXT FIX reveal a natural writing gift that hasn't even begun to fully awaken. In a few sentences, if not a few words, he creates a character that could be the guy on the bar stool next to you, and a situation that has you trying hard to soak up every word, to not skip ahead because you are so damn eager to learn more about the faraway yet "I did this same damn thing just yesterday" place he created. He makes the future real, not with physics, but with a vibe that screams "my back is killing me from a twelve stim-infused hours while jammed into the crappy ergonomics on known as the spaceship's captain's chair, and how the hell am I going to make alimony payments to my wife back on Earth this month?

I'm a writer, and when I read Wallace's short stories, his natural ability seems effortless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Louis Baumgart on July 27, 2009
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Wallace is one of a new breed of authors that have ignored the traditional ways to publish their fictions. What with e-zines, pod casts, blogs, print on demand, and specialty presses, the regular sf and fantasy magazines becoming more and more non-essential for an author's success.

Despite the hyperbole on the back cover of this collection and in these reviews, Wallace is hardly the new second coming of a literary movement. He's good, and with any luck he'll have a long career ahead of him. All of the stories in "The Next Fix" have appeared either in small-press markets or as free pod-casts, or both, and this is his first collection.

Like a lot of first collections, the thirteen story "The Next Fix" is quite of hodge-podge, its stories covering a wide range of subjects and genres. None of the reviews, despite the hyperbole ever get around to telling anybody what's in this collection. So, here's what in "The Next Fix".

--"Absolution, Insured" is the keystone story, and it deals with Earth having been invaded by the lo-gi that will hunt you if you do somebody a wrong, the only way of stopping them is to get the person that has been wronged to give you your absolution, because the lo-gi will stop at nothing to extract justice. Here McBride gets roused out of bed by his friend Carey and is informed that a lo-gi as about to kill Carey. McBride makes the mistake of trying to help Carey; the story's a bit raw, the lo-gi are kinda cool, and we realize that McBride needs to make better friends. Four stars.

--"Delve" is about cloning, and about Stenz who has to monitor and test the crèche born to see if any of the newborns are displaying any socially undesirable traits, and then to eliminate the flawed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Brian Garrett on May 21, 2008
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Matt Wallace has been providing his work for free for way too many years via podcasts. He along with other emerging writers such as J.C. Hutchins, Scott Sigler, and Mur Lafferty (and this is in no way a complete list of these new writers) are a new generation of creative voices that I feel will soon dominate much of the science fiction/horror genera. Wallace is among the best of the pack. The Next Fix is a must read for SF/Horror fans.
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