“Sheer adventure: full of engaging, nerdily detailed depictions of the minutiae of Aikido, spycraft, artificial life theory, frontier economics, religious zealotry, Zen meditation, and beautiful descriptions of the southwestern landscape. It has the true pulp adventure serial spirit, the compulsively consumable zing that’ll have you turning pages long past your bedtime.”–Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, on 7th Sigma

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Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they’ll go right through you to get it…Don’t carry it, don’t wear it, and for god’s sake don’t come here if you’ve got a pacemaker.

The bugs showed up about fifty years ago–self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don’t like water, though, so they’ve stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He’s one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.

In 7th Sigma, Gould builds an extraordinary SF novel of survival and personal triumph against all the odds.

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  4. I would like to add my name to the list of those who hope for another novel in the Seventh Sigma world. For that matter, I have seen no new work of yours in some time. Did I miss some? The last I read was Impulse.

    I hope you are still writing, as I’m a long-time fan.

    Best Regards.

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  6. With Aikido, Zen and Kimball O’Hara reincarnate, 7th Sigma is one of my favorite books ever. I’m on my third reading, and wondering if the second paragraph of chapter 13 is an intended play on Tao Te Ching 1:17? Now that Impulse is out, is a sequel to 7th Sigma on the horizon?

  7. As much as I have loved the Jumper series, 7th Sigma has been a greater delight. I’ve reread it several times, but the characters, the terse yet rich dialog, and the unique setting alway bring me back. Like many others, I hope that you will revisit this place.


  8. A great read with a few caveats. I liked the depictions of the desert, though it seemed more like Arizona than New Mexico to me. With regard to plot, pacing, etc. I’d just like to enthusiastically second what’s been said above. I also liked the fact that you acknowledged Rudyard Kipling. (sp?)
    The caveat I mentioned concerns the bugs. The implication is that they’re solar powered, but the total energy available within a reasonably bug-sized area seems insufficient to support their activities. (Conservation laws bite so many good ideas.) Still, a good book. I’m glad I read it and hope to see more set in this world.

  9. I’ve recently finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a very slow (dyslexic) reader and yet I sped through this story in three days mostly on my bus ride to work.

    I really do hope Steven will return to this world with another book. The characters and environments just keep pooping into my mind still a few weeks after finishing…

    Cheers Steven!

  10. Hi Steven,

    Can you see if you can make an ebook version available internationally? Preferably as a DRM free .epub. I’ve looked around (amazon, ibooks store, kobo) and ebook versions just aren’t available for me (in Australia).

    Ever since reading “Bugs in the Arroyo” published on Tor’s website my interest has been piqued, but ebook versions have eluded me


    (with good smartphones/tablets available for reading now, physical books just don’t work for me anymore)

  11. I enjoyed and was impressed by 7th Sigma. Reasons: characterisation, the varied pace of the narrative, travelling an unfamiliar world, painted deftly.
    Downside: when is the next in the series coming out? I’m less into series than I am a standalone novel, so I guess there’s a certain frustration with a narrative that leaves one wanting more. I guess that’s an issue authors have to negotiate with the publisher, and one that’s dependent on sales of the first book in the series. In any event, thanks, good luck, and here’s hoping the sequel/s are published.

  12. Thank you for a refreshing sci-fi novel. I just read 7th Sigma and was thoroughly entertained. Wonderful characterization and character development.

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