‘The H. sapiens Problem’ Print Edition is Available

“The H. sapiens Problem” by Garry Rogers

The print edition of ‘The H. sapiens Problem’ is available. Here’s how it starts:



Why didn’t intelligence appear in Earth’s first complex creatures during the Proterozoic a billion years ago?

What if it did?

Life in the Proterozoic:  Waves from a passing pancake-shaped oblate spheroid shake two small cigar-shaped prolate spheroids with long fine flagellates. One Pro-sphere waves its flags with a question for the other:

“Know why the Obo-spheres can’t tell a joke?”

“No, why?”

“Everything they say is sooo flat.”



A conflict driven by greed and an ancient grudge ensnares Corr Syl and Rhya Bright, two beautiful young warriors descended from rabbits. Humans from a neighboring city become violent and local authorities ask the two warriors to investigate. Along the way, readers meet a truly evil spider (with spider shape), witness Corr Syl’s clumsy comedic aspirations, endure silly games by other warriors, and wonder at Rhya Bright’s enthusiasm for wrecking enemies who happen along. They will also meet Z99, an intelligent warship whose quantum manipulations of dark energy allow travel through the multiverse.


  • Corr Syl and Rhya Bright are rabbit descendants and members of Earth’s global multi-species Tsaeb civilization. Like all Tsaeb, Corr and Rhya are beneficiaries of millions of years of natural evolution, scientific advance, and social development. They have internal control over their bodies down to and including their genes. Their mental control is highly advanced as well, but experiencing love, perceiving beauty, and choosing life’s directions remain the uncertain outcomes of experience and nature just as they do for one of civilization’s newest species, Homo sapiens.
    Corr and Rhya have trained as warriors, an uncommon specialty infused with knowledge developed during Earth’s post-dinosaur Age of War. Though still highly respected, warriors have faded from importance in the peaceful world of the Tsaeb. Unusual childhood experiences influenced Corr and Rhya’s decision to become warriors. However, Corr also dreams of becoming a comedian, next to warrior, the most honored profession, and Rhya is studying human psychology. These secondary interests illustrate the allure of those things we do not understand and for which we have no talent–awkward times ahead.
  • Z-99 is an intelligent warship that Corr discovers mothballed in an old museum.
  • Lactella is a Black Widow spider whose evil nature causes trouble through the entire story.
  • Ivan Johns is a human infested and controlled by Lactella.
  • Aaron Li and Ya Zhōu are typical human leaders (so you know what to expect).
  • Others:  Numerous members of the Tsaeb civilization play their parts. All but the birds have human shape. All retain the original skin covering: the fur, feathers, and coloring of their ancestors.

Story Provenance — Corr Syl Stories Merged

The principal conflict in the earlier books, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Terrible’, is between the Tsaeb and the human species. I considered spinning off stand-alone Tsaeb stories, but I was more interested in developing the Tsaeb civilization as a mirror for human nature. ‘Terrible’ is not really an independent story. It is the concluding chapter in the Tsaeb-human conflict. In fact, reviewers said that ‘Terrible’ was difficult to follow without first having read ‘Warrior’. Thus, it seemed best to rewrite and unify the stories. ‘The H. sapiens Problem’, has fewer slow spots and more character detail. It concludes with the revelation that two warring alien species are approaching Earth. Given a chance, either will consume our planet, leaving nothing behind. I have always loved space opera. The next book has space ships, grand starry vistas, and desperate flights across the cosmos.



Print Details

  • Publication Date:  Jan 3, 2017
  • Publisher:  Coldwater Press – (928) 925-7191 – PO Box 1011, Humboldt, AZ  86329
  • ISBN-13: 9781541157187
  • ISBN-10: 1541157184
  • Size:  6.0″ x 9.0″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm),
    88,300 words, 390 pages
  • Print Identifiers:
  •          ISBN-13:  978-1541157187
  •          LCCN: 2016921063
  •          ISBN-10: 1541157184
  •          BISAC:  Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
  • Subjects: LCSH Environmental protection–Fiction. | Conservation of natural resources–Fiction. | Human ecology–Fiction. | Environmentalism–Fiction. | Science fiction. | BISAC JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction.
  • Classification: LCC PZ7 .R633 Hs 2017 | DDC [Fic]–dc23
  • Audience:  Teens
  • Price:         $21.95
  • Available everywhere, including Gifts and Games in Humboldt, Arizona (928-227-2775).

eBook Details

  • Publication Date:  Dec. 7, 2016
  • Publisher:  Amazon/Coldwater Press
  • Size:  3499 KB, 88,000 words
  • ASIN: B01N6EOQ1T
  • Audience:  Teens
  • Price:  $ 2.99
  • Available from Amazon.com

Story Provenance

The principal conflict in the earlier books, Warrior and Terrible, is between the Tsaeb and the irresponsible human species. I considered spinning off stand-alone Tsaeb stories, but I was more interested in developing the Tsaeb future. Thus,Terrible is not really an independent story. It is the concluding chapter in the Tsaeb-human conflict. In fact, reviewers said that “Terrible” was difficult to follow without first having read “Warrior.” So, all in all, it seemed best to rewrite and unify the stories. I removed some of the slow spots, added some character details, resolved the conflict, and set up the approaching confrontation with two alien species, a confrontation that humans must face along with the rest of the Tsaeb in a struggle to survive a massive onslaught by two advanced alien species.  I have always loved space opera. So, the next book will have space ships, grand starry vistas, and desperate flights across the cosmos.


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Terrible Sale

Corr Syl the Terrible on sale for $.99.

Terrible Facebook-coverThis science fiction novella tells how Corr Syl fights to rescue his dear friend Rhya Bright.

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The Tsaeb (silent T, long a) warrior Corr Syl has discovered he hates killing and is brooding about his future when he learns that someone has kidnapped his friend and secret love, Rhya Bright. Ya Zhōu, seeking to remove threats to his power, uses Rhya as bait, unaware of the superior abilities of Tsaeb warriors. But when Corr captures his would-be assassins and Rhya overcomes a room full of guards and almost escapes, Zhōu realizes his mistake and flees with Rhya, leaving false trails and traps in his wake. Corr pursues in a mysterious old warship he borrows from a museum. Dodging bombs, missiles, and jet fighters, Corr follows Rhya and Zhōu to a fortress inside a dead volcano where the final trap awaits.

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Warrior on Sale Today

Corr Syl the Warrior, Prize-Winning Science Fiction Kindle eBook on sale for $0.99.Buy from Amazon Orange

Corr Syl the Warrior is the first book in the #EcoSciFi series about the Tsaeb, smart descendents of Earth’s many animal species.  The Tsaeb love humor, but they also live by lofty ideals, and stand ever ready to defend the Earth from enemies of equity and harmony.

FaceBook Cover Warrior“A beautifully written YA novel that will captivate environmentalists and sci-fi fans of all ages.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This book is about the battle rabbit Corr Syl. As it begins, Corr’s plans for a nice long vacation are interrupted by the appearance of a beautiful young warrior trainee, Rhya Bright. As Corr sticks around striving for Rhya’s attention, the District Council calls on him for one task after another. Corr grudgingly does as the Council asks while he works on Rhya and focuses on his personal goal to become a comedian. In a society filled with comedians, Corr Syl can’t get a laugh. You’ll see why. Eventually, he discovers that his one-liners tear Humans up, and Rhya quietly wonders if he will put down his weapons and become a comic in Human nightclubs. Conflicts between Humans and Tsaeb build throughout the story, but Corr only loses sight of his personal goal when he is faced with a District Council request to execute a dangerous murderer. The murderer happens to be his first childhood friend.

You can read an excerpt and more here.  Buy from Amazon Orange

The New Cover for Corr Syl the Warrior My Science Fiction Novel

Corr Syl the Warrior New Book Cover

Corr Syl the Warrior_FrontCoverIt seemed best to use common images for the Tsaeb series covers.  Here’s the new front cover for Warrior.  After you read Terrible suggest ideas for the next cover.  (Design by Rick Holland.)


YA SciFi Novella – Corr Syl the Terrible – Coming May 2, 2015

Corr Syl the Terrible by Garry Rogers

Corr Syl 5--HollandThis young-adult science-fiction story follows the warrior Corr Syl as he searches for kidnapped Rhya Bright.  It adds a chapter to the young warrior’s life, and creates a new challenge for Earth’s Tsaeb (silent T, long a) Warriors.

When a mysterious enemy takes Rhya away in a helicopter, Corr borrows an old Tsaeb aircraft and follows. The ship looks like an aerodynamically unsound blue egg, but it has advanced capabilities that Corr discovers as he defends against bombs, missiles, and a fiery trap in a waste incinerator. The search for Rhya takes Corr half way around the world to a dark volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean.

CoZhous Island 3x4 and one halfrr Syl and Rhya Bright are Tsaeb warriors. They are rabbit descendants with gray fur, auburn eyes, and long whiskers. Like all Tsaeb, they love humor. Corr is a becoming a master of the corny one-liner–If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving—that’s Corr.

Humans are a recent addition to the Tsaeb civilization. They resemble Tsaeb mammals, but they tend to have more bare skin.  Human intelligence is not well-developed.  Most members of the species are unable to foresee the consequences of their actions and so they are a continuing source of environmental problems.

Corr Syl the Terrible has a linear plot focused on rescuing Rhya Bright. But the book is also about Corr’s problem with taking life. Corr’s training taught him the mortal weaknesses of hundreds of species, but he can’t reconcile killing with his natural urge to protect life. How far should one go in defense of self and friends? Corr returns to this question throughout the book, and in the end, finds an answer that changes Earth’s future.

Corr Syl the Terrible ($9.95, 120 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, ISBN: ) will be available at neighborhood and online bookstores in early May, 2015. Excerpts and an advance reader copy are available here.

P.S.  No one likes the cover–working on a new one.

International Book Award for Corr Syl

Corr Syl the Warrior just won the 2014 BIB, an international award for Independent publishers.

BIB Reviews:

“An intriguing story for all ages that both delights and informs.”
-The Jelly Bomb Review-
“Take an adventure with a warrior rabbit who works hard to bring
harmony to his habitat.  A fun read that presents a meaningful
message.” -Best Indie Books-

Other Awards for Corr Syl:

Arizona State Library 2014 OneBookAZ Teen Literature.

Kirkus Star: Awarded to books of exceptional merit.Kirkus Star. “A beautifully written novel that will captivate sci-fi fans of all ages.”  Kirkus reviews (starred review). –June, 2013Kirkus Reviews:    Best Indie Books of 2013.

New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards.–2013

Arizona Authors’ 2013 Published Fiction Literary Awards.

Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite, 2013Readers' Fav 5-star-large

Amazon:  14 reviews, average 4.14 stars.

Barnes & Noble:  5 reviews, average 5 stars.

Corr Syl the Warrior–Best of 2013

Corr Syl the Warrior Named One of Best Indie Books of 2013

"Corr Syl the Warrior" Kirkus Reviews Best of 2013Out of more than 3,000 indie books reviewed this year, Kirkus Reviews selected “Corr Syl the Warrior” as one of the best.  Sometimes I feel like it must have been a mediocre year for self publishing, but then I admit that recognition for the work is always appreciated.  Thank you Kirkus.


Corr Syl the Warrior–Adventure, Romance, and True Evil #SciFiChat

Corr Syl

Corr Syl the Warrior

Wycliff DistrictWhen an armed patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response.  Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk.  He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war.

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Corr Syl’s Home, Wycliff District

Corr Syl’s home, Wycliff District and the areas south of the Border (see the map) provide the setting for my new novel, Corr Syl the Warrior.  Action, adventure, heroics, romance, true evil, and a bad joke or two:  It’s everything I like.

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Corr Syl the Warrior is written for young readers.  It could be called my debut novel, but doesn’t that sounds pretentious.  Perhaps prolegomenon is the proper appellation for a first novel intended to be a series premiere.  [ 🙂 ]

Here’s T.J. Vandel’s beautiful map:

Map of Wycliff District

Map of Wycliff District

So, should I use “debut” or “prolegomenon”?