Race for the Harrow: Music Inspired by A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

I’m a composer, and I always enjoy writing little soundtracks to my books! Given how important A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE is to me, I figured I’d make a nice soundtrack for all of you. You can listen on almost any streaming service you’d like, or if you’re feeling generous, pick up a copy for yourself!

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Chapter 12 - "Foxhole"


A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE may not be out yet, but the buzz is already starting!

If you haven’t got your copy preordered, you can grab it here!


“This is fantastic stuff, in every sense of the word: characters, magic, tech, varied planetary settings, onboard ship life, the history of the galactic wars, and even a little sex and romance are woven in so seamlessly, there is never a dull moment. I’m in awe at the number of narrative balls White tosses into the air (some of them arcing pretty high) without dropping one.” (5/5 stars)

-Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Injected with a forward thrusting narrative and exceptional worldbuilding, Big Ship is both fresh and familiar at the same time, mashing up the spellcasting of dark fantasy realms with the hardware and heroics of old fashioned military sci-fi. With infinite care and inspiration, White has created a fully formed outer-space destination detailed with sparkling Eidolon crystal dust, intoxicating elixir baths, futuristic race cars, interstellar combat, lesbian commandos, mysterious assassins, and one fabled lost starship.”


“[…] the bold start of a brand-new science fiction adventure”

June Pick for Kirkus Reviews

“White’s written a fast-paced novel, filled with action and incident, in an interesting and appealing setting.”

-Locus Magazine

“White’s assured debut is an entertaining throwback with some fun worldbuilding and two great lead characters.”
“Readers looking for a modern take on [space adventure], complete with many female and nonwhite characters, will be pleased.”

“White (Every Mountain Made Low, 2016) combines magic and space opera to create a fast-paced adventure with charismatic characters and formidable enemies in a realized universe of greed and power.”

-ALA Booklist Starred Review


“The world is incredible, the adventure engrossing, and the combat will have you on the edge of your seat. Big Ship is the strongest debut I have read in 2018 so far and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I can.”

-The Quill to Live

“Space battles, magical duels, and whiplash filled racing keeps this novel going at rick-roaring speed. You really feel like you are in the midst of all of the action and are left bloody and sweating by the time the battles are over.”

-FanFi Addict

June Pick for The Verge

June Pick for Barnes & Noble

June Pick for The Nerd Daily

The Geekiverse Summer Reading Short List


Alex on The Unreliable Narrators Podcast

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Rave Reviews for ALIEN: THE COLD FORGE!

Happy AlienDay, everyone! My latest novel, Alien: The Cold Forge, is out–and it’s getting rave reviews! Below, you can find a rundown of all the press so far.

Birth. Movies. Death

“[…] author Alex White has his head in the right place with The Cold Forge, crafting a story that could almost be entirely divorced from the Alien franchise but still tonally feels consistent with the films that inspired it.



Dread Central

“The character interplay is what makes the story feel fresh, and not just another boilerplate tale about aliens stalking victims and Weyland-Yutani once again conducting messy experiments.”


Alien: The Cold Forge might include all the typical tropes of an Alien story but Alex White just turns them all on their head. All of them.”

Jamie Sawyer

“[The Cold Forge] probably stands as one of the best Alien stories currently in print: reflecting the older traditions of writing in this universe, and harkening back to such classics as Labyrinth, Stronghold and Rogue.”

Set The Tape

“The Cold Forge, now the tenth Alien tie-in novel, proves if anything how much of a goldmine publishers have previously missed in telling stories within the universe Ridley Scott created. Alex White’s story would make a damn fine movie in itself.”

High Fever Books

“White gives this particular Alien story a score of various and compelling layers that help set it apart from the more traditional franchise fare, and it’s all the stronger because of it.”

Sci-Fi Bulletin

“White clearly loves the Alien universe, and there are some well-thought through and described encounters between humans and Xenomorphs – including one of the best descriptions I’ve yet seen regarding the way that the aliens can fold themselves into the tightest of corners.”


“If I haven’t convinced you yet to nab this book and grab a beach chair this summer, check your pulse.  Alien: The Cold Forge is an absolute must read for fans of the franchise.  Hidden shout outs to the movies that defined a generation of creature feature fans in the nineties are abundant, the characters are tight and dynamic, and the action drives this novel like a second mouth through a skull.”

AIPT! Comics

The Cold Forge probably represents the best prose novel regarding Alien shy of an Alan Dean Foster film novelization.”

“While [Prometheus and Alien: Covenant] served largely to polarize audiences, The Cold Forge is a story all Alien enthusiasts should champion.”



Bloody Disgusting


Set The Tape


Your Shower is Awful – A Rundown

Photo by Karla Alexander on Unsplash

In case you all didn’t know, I travel a lot. In my day job, I’m a User Experience guy, and that never quite switches off. It’s my job to make products clear, empowering and delightful.

  • Clear: Users can correctly intuit what to do with the system.
  • Empowering: The system serves the reasonable needs of the users in a naturalistic way.
  • Delightful: The system delivers unexpected delight.

I’ve discovered in my travels that, aside from forks, knives and spoons, most of our everyday objects are poorly designed. It’s almost like the manufacturers have no idea what it’s like to actually live with their products.

The humble shower faucet has more bad variations on this theme than anything else, and I’ve become a little obsessed because they’re non-electronic systems that totally suck. A shower is a two-dimensional interface (pressure/temperature), and in theory, it should be simple, right?

Have a look at some of my favorites.

Mental model mismatch: the system appears to be using one control methodology, but is using another.

More bad plumbing #ux. You may think you pull the rod toward you. You are wrong.

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I have no idea what I’m doing

Photo credit Andre Benz, Unsplash.com

Friends often send me texts: “I want to apply for this job, but I don’t fit the qualifications. Do you think I should go for it?”

That’s really similar to, “I want to write this book, but I don’t think anyone will take me seriously.”

A few years ago, I went to New York City for the first time (as an adult). I was there to celebrate my 10th anniversary with my amazing wife, and we were on our own dime. We couldn’t afford to take cabs, so it was time to learn to use the subway. We’d never done it before. Without asking anyone, we started trying to get around, checking maps and cross-referencing. Before long, we ended up in Brooklyn as we tried to hit Times Square.

For those who know New York, that’s a Super Subway Fuck Up™.

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A VERY NICE book deal: We did it again!

Once more, I am in awe of Connor Goldsmith, who sold my three-book series, “The Salvagers,” to Orbit, a major SF publisher.

I’m extremely grateful for his help, as well as to Brit Hvide, my new editor, who sees my story with the same eyes I do. I know we’re going to make some brilliant books together.

And for those fans who loved The Gearheart, get ready! While the book isn’t in the same universe, it’s a spiritual successor. Kind of like Xenosaga to Xenogears, to quote my PS1-literate agent. If you’re ready for magic, adventure and gunfights (in space), you came to the right place!

I’ll keep you all in the loop over the coming year about our progress and when you can expect to read it. For more about the first book, go here!