theshivasysndrome-large-2 (1)Be prepared…. Alan Joshua’s THE SHIVA SYNDROME isn’t a thriller in the typical sense. And that’s a good thing.

 The novel, Joshua’s fiction debut, certainly spares no expense in raising the stakes as the protagonist, former Special Forces operative Beau Walker, and his compatriots deal with the unexplained vanishing of a central Russian territory into a man-made black hole singularity. But frankly, that’s the least their problems as the book untangles the winding web of new horizon technologies such as tailored genetics and nanotechnology while also exploring such concepts as parapsychology and Jungian ideals of motivation.

 Joshua puts the question to his readers: What if we achieve an ability to create in ourselves a superhuman level of power but we don’t understand anything about our own motivations in doing so? Worthy fodder for a SF thriller that’s not afraid of the big questions of writers past.

 THE SHIVA SYNDROME sets its standards high and keeps them there throughout the course of the novel. It has a cinematic quality to the narrative, requiring the reader to balance the advancement of the tension with engaging debates about life, the universe and everything. While making for some tough sledding in the early portion of the book, you’ll see the fruits in the latter half of the novel as the story, and the world, really begin to burn.

Joshua rewards the reader with a return to intelligent speculative fiction writing in the vein of Crighton, Rollins and Cussler. Ambition, in this case, is made of sterner stuff and in the end and you’ll find yourself pondering the ponderables while also dying to find out what’s next. A most promising effort by an author to watch.

Long time fans of the old WRITER’S BLOCK feature will be please to see a return to the interview format of years past with this link up from DarkMedia Online. Smart, sharp and multi-talented, Joshua’s  following take on SF, psychology and Shakespeare will make your delving into his super-normal world a pleasure.


But now’s the time to listen for yourself….

Allan-BFrom the Author’s Website: As a native Philadelphian, Alan Joshua has the appropriate fondness for soft pretzels and cheesesteaks. He is married, has two grown children, and lives in the suburbs. He is currently a practicing Clinical Psychologist.
Always curious about  the unknowns of human experience, he is fascinated with creativity and paranormal abilities. This led to his involvement with Psychology and research into Parapsychology. Unsurprisingly, he is a science fiction fan and has been influenced by such writers as Asimov, Bradbury, Crichton, Heinlein, Serling, and the extraordinary genius of Phillip K. Dick.


Hear the entire Active Voices interview @


About sabbx

J.Malcolm Stewart is a self employed Marketing/ P.R. professional who loves to stir the pot. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation someone that won't start a small war. His short fiction has appeared in the Pulp Empire Anthology and on the Smoke and podcast. His first novel "The Eyes of the Stars" is available now at Jason lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and when not working on his writing, you can find him driving around Northern California with something radioactive in his trunk.
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