Book Spotlight: Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s The Worker Prince

In an attempt to mediate a peace between them, author Bryan Thomas Schmidt sat down with his protagonist Davi Rhii and antagonist Lord Xalivar, deposed High Lord Counselor of the Borali Alliance. The meeting took place in a neutral location this morning. Here’s how it went.

Xalivar: What’s he doing here?!

BTS: He’s here to try and make peace between you. I heard my book had really reopened old wounds for your family and I felt bad.

Xalivar: Peace?! He destroyed my life. Stole my palace, my life, everything I worked for!

Davi: Seems to me you did a pretty good job destroying things on your own.

Xalivar: Oh really? You think so, do you? In all your wisdom and experience? AND YOU! Why should I trust you after you wrote scandalous lies about me?

BTS: At the time I wrote it, you approved the story.

Xalivar: With changes! You ignored my copious notes!

BTS: I couldn’t swap Davi’s part with yours and make you the hero. Your requests were ridiculous.

Xalivar: You’re ridiculous! Both of you! (crosses arms)

Davi: You see? I told you he’s impossible.
BTS: My intention was to record the truth of your incredible history, not harm anyone. I really did my research and tried very hard to represent it accurately and truthfully.

Xalivar: (laughs)

BTS: All this animosity has torn your family apart.

Xalivar: What family? He’s not my family. He’s an imposter! Adopted secretly by my crazy sister! Generations my father and grandfather worked to make the Borali Alliance what it is! To put those treasonous, criminals in their place and keep them there! Then he comes along and destroys everything!

Davi: They’re human beings who deserve freedom as much as we do. They’ve worked hard for us, and they’re good citizens now.

Xalivar: (scoffs) They won’t stay that way. Always trouble with their kind. Always! It’s historical.

BTS: Maybe they’ve changed? Younger generations and older generations often do things differently.

Xalivar: I followed in the footsteps of my father and grandfather.

Davi: Beating the slaves. Abusing people. Manipulating. Lying…

Xalivar: Don’t disrespect my family! They’re honorable men who served well!

Davi: Not if they served like you.

Xalivar: (stands) I told you it was impossible for him. I told you I never should have come! Now leave me be! Both of you! (storms out)

BTS: Hold on, where are you going. Don’t you want a chance to tell your side of the story?

Davi: Look, Xalivar is delusional. About everything—his place in history, how his father and grandfather acted, who he is. He can’t handle being confronted with obvious weaknesses. I’m just being honest. What can I do? (offers hand) Thanks for trying, okay? Looking forward to the second book.

WordFire Press proudly presents the debut novel of Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, which received Honorable Mention on Paul Goat Allen’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases of 2011 at, alongside books by Ben Bova, Robert J. Sawyer, Jack Campbell, Ernest Cline and more.

What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong? Freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people discovers a secret that calls into question everything he knew about himself. His quest to rediscover himself brings him into conflict with his friends and family, calling into question his cultural values and assumptions, and putting in jeopardy all he’s worked for his whole life. One thing’s for sure: he’s going to have to make decisions that will change his life forever…

Welcome to the book that captures the feel of the original Star Wars like no other, Moses meets Star WarsThe Worker Prince.

“THE WORKER PRINCE breathes dynamic new life into the space opera genre. Rich characters, wild action, and devious plotlines collide in a thoroughly entertaining book!” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Predator One and Deadlands: Ghostwalkers.

“A brisk science fiction novel full of rich characters and settings, it embodies ‘sense of wonder’ in the best traditions of classic science fiction. Well worth your time!” – Robin Wayne Bailey, New York Times Bestselling author of Dragonkin  and Frost.

 “Retro-with-a-twist SF brimming with an infectious enthusiasm!” — Saladin Ahmed, author Throne Of the Crescent Moon.

316 pp · ISBN 978-1614753612 ·Trade Paperback/Epub/Mobi · $15.99 tpb $5.99 Ebook · Publication: November 1, 2016


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. As book editor he is the main editor for Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta’s WordFire Press where he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Frank Herbert, Mike Resnick, Jean Rabe and more. He was also the first editor on Andy Weir’s bestseller The Martian. His anthologies as editor include Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek, Mission: Tomorrow, Galactic Games and Little Green Men–Attack! (forthcoming) all for Baen, Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age. He is also coediting anthologies with Larry Correia and Jonathan Maberry set in their New York Times Bestselling Monster Hunter and Joe Ledger universes. From December 2010 to June 2015, he hosted #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter as @SFFWRTCHT.

Twitter: @BryanThomasS


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