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The Orbit Series

Book 1: Zero – OUT NOW

Published 2014

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Out now from Amazon for Kindle or in paperback

Kaleb Hugo is every­thing an offi­cer of the Ser­vice should be: loyal, expertly trained, unques­tion­ing. He has done every­thing ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from know­ing you are fight­ing for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.

The bat­tle was won, but Hugo was con­demned and dis­hon­ourably dis­charged by Ser­vice com­man­ders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey.

Officially, anyway.

Unof­fi­cially, Hugo is re-assigned to cap­tain the crew of the Zero, an eight-man craft clas­si­fied as, at best, a pri­va­teer ship and at worst a smug­gling and crim­i­nal enter­prise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are con­tracted by the Ser­vice. Their role is to inves­ti­gate and infil­trate the less savoury lev­els of soci­ety. They sell on, buy in, bar­gain, threaten and report back on every­thing the polit­i­cal lev­els the Ser­vice don’t offi­cially want to know about.

The Zero’s rag-tag crew look to their com­man­der, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and mid­dle­man between the reg­i­mented expec­ta­tions of the Ser­vice and the harsh and unpre­dictable demands of the under­world of colo­nial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him.

Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-wide game of pol­i­tics, deceit and cor­rup­tion which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw human­ity back into a cycle of war and destruc­tion. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to over­come per­sonal tragedy, insur­mount­able odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions.

For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again.

Get Zero for Kindle and as paperback on Amazon

Read an exerpt here

Teaser Flash Fiction ‘Downtime’ available here.

Teaser Flash Fiction ‘Promise’ available here.

Find Zero on Goodreads


Book 2: Haven OUT NOW

Haven, the sequel to Zero, was released by Dagda Publishing October 2015.

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, continues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

In this action-packed sequel we return to our heroes Hugo and Webb, now faced with a New Age in Service politics that doesn’t amount to much change for the good in the previously loyal service officer’s eyes. The former crewmates are faced with a new challenge, this time personal to them both, that takes them to Marilyn Harvey’s home colony: Haven, the only independent space station, free of Service or local control and, some would say, free of law and order in general.

They head to Haven in the hopes of tracking down a native of the colony who is wanted for many dangerous crimes. Hugo believes the information the mark has will help them shut down a dangerous Orbit-wide smuggling ring, though his true motives are not what he’d admit, even to himself.

Webb, now a drifter having been unable to find a direction with his new life, agrees to help his former captain as he is all too familiar with the lawless colony and hopes to find some answers to questions of his own. However, neither of them are as prepared as they thought to face the intense socialist atmosphere of the fractious colony, or the things they will discover about each other and themselves on the way.

More action, more danger, more intrigue.

Read an extract here

 Haven on Goodreads



Book 3: Silence OUT NOW

Published 2016

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Silence is the third and final instalment in J. S. Collyer’s Orbit Series and was released 30.7.16
Kaleb Hugo has been missing for a year. He disappeared without trace or explanation, but popular rumour is that he has abandoned his position and his family to join the revolutionist group Red Star, alleged to be gathering force in a new colony on Mars and set on a future ruled by a democratically-elected Orbit Alliance and not the militarised Service.

Ezekiel Webb, his former crewmate and best friend, has, on the face of it, taken little interest in Hugo’s fate, rumoured or otherwise. The two men have barely spoken in years and Webb has immersed himself in his new life in the Eclipse Division of the Service. He is captain of his own undercover unit and whilst the Service Commanders don’t always approve of his methods, his abilities cannot be questioned.

It is these abilities that the Special Commander of the Service, Hugo’s mother, now needs to retrieve her youngest son from wherever he has fled to…or wherever he is being held…whether Webb is agreeable or not.
Webb will come to discover far more than he ever wanted to know about the new forces moving against the Service, both from without and within, and, invariably ends up caught in the eye of the rising storm, not knowing who of those around him he can trust, if anyone.

Discovery, betrayal and revelation lie ahead for two men that have journeyed further together than they ever thought they would and will once again learn that survival is a relative term when you turn your back on who you are.



Published Short Fiction

‘Tuned to a Dead Channel’ – Sci Fi Short Fiction Collection

Published  Sep 2013

Tuned To A Dead Channel - Available Now

Tuned To A Dead Channel – Available now in both ebook and paperback format

“A Collection of 14 short dystopian Science Fiction stories by 11 of the best new authors in the genre. Vast, terrible future societies where Humans have lost facets of their freedoms are the backdrop for these 14 tales of horror, redemption, and humanity in the face of insurmountable odds. An essential collection for any fan of the genre, and for anyone who has ever asked the question – “What if?””

My short story ‘Ash’, about two people that try to scratch a chance from the remains of humanity, made it into this thought-provoking and engaging collection.

Available from amazon in hard-copy or on Kindle.

‘All Hail the New Flesh’ – Sci Fi Short Fiction Collection

Published Jan 2014

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Out now for Kindle & in paperback through Amazon

“A scientist tries to cure all disease, unwittingly bringing about the end of Humanity; Sentient computers take revenge upon an internet troll; A computer genius builds a machine which can see into the dreams of others, with dark consequences; A girl wakes up in a hospital bed after an accident, but the kindness and concern of her parents and her doctor hide a terrifying truth; An android learns what it is to be Human.

“These are just a few of the unsettling situations from the minds of these new authors in this collection of short science-fiction stories, a selection of terrible prophecies of technology run amok, of terrifying, unsettling futures, and oddly familiar worlds. Delve inside the minds of these new authors, immerse yourself in their imaginations and ask yourself the question: “What if?”.”

My short story Isaac Heights made it into this collection of dystopian sci-fi: androids, or ‘Doubles’, have been given equal rights as humans, meaning they can’t be shut down if they go wrong but instead go into medical institutions to be treated or reset. One newly qualified doctor hopes to make a difference to one unfortunate soul doomed to judgement and institutionalisation. He has hope that Eden can be saved and if not by the system then he has to find his own way.

Available now from Amazon in paperback or ebook.

(Folk across the pond here are links to paperback and ebook on

‘Jessica’ – horror collaboration novella for Halloween 2014

Jessica is out now on Amazon as ebook or paperback

Jessica is out now on Amazon as ebook or paperback

Writer and blogger Helena Hann Basquait is the driving force behind Jessica – a collaborative horror novella for Halloween 2014. With contributions from yours truly and many other writers, it is not for the faint of heart but definitely for those with a thirst for the intriguing and unusual.

For full details, check out or Helena Hann Basquait’s blog or read on:

“There are rumours that I keep a writer trapped in my basement… but I assure you… Jessica is and always was here of her own free will. Until one day she disappeared, and I began to realize that everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. Everyone has a terrifying story about Jessica B. Bell. Some of them are even true.”

Jessica is out now both as paperback and ebook on Amazon.

‘Old School Horror’ – Siren’s Call Publishing Ezine April 2014

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My short story ‘Wasteland’ made it into this issue of Siren’s Call Publications horror Ezine. The issue is full of short stories and editorials.

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‘No Way Home’ – Stories from which there is no return SciFi Anthology

Published 25th Feb 2015

No Way home is a collection of 10k-word Short Stories by 8 up-and-coming SciFi authors set around teh idea of being 'stranded'

No Way home is a collection of 10k-word Short Stories by 8 up-and-coming SciFi authors set around teh idea of being ‘stranded’

Stories From Which There is No Escape. Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home. A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction. In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own. A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all. A suicidal woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses. An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder an insurgent, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist. These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.”

My short story Grist was selected for this anthology that topped the Scifi anthology charts on Amazon soon after its release.

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Harvey Duckman Presents: Vol 2, SciFi/SpecFic Collection

Published Jul 2019

Harvey Duckman presents the second in a series of collected works of suspense 41f6FwVEsjLand mystery in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunkery…

This anthology features work by exciting new voices in speculative fiction, including both established authors and previously unpublished writers.

These short stories give a glimpse into some fantastic worlds that are already out there for you to enjoy, as well as a taste of more to come.

Volume 2 includes stories by: Phil Busby, A.L. Buxton, J.S. Collyer, R. Bruce Connelly, Phoebe Darqueling, Paul Goodchild, Lynne Lumsden Green, Craig Hallam, Jon Hartless, Mark Hayes, Andy Hill, Fred Johnson, Peter James Martin, Ben McQueeney and A.D. Watts.’

I’m lucky enough to have my short story ‘Ash’ featured in this wonderful collection.

Get your copy and/or check out Vol 1 on Amazon!

Crime and Punishment, SciFi Anthology, Re-Release


Re-Released Sep 2019

Untitled‘They say that karma is a bitch, that justice is in the eye of the beholder, that revenge is a dish best served cold.

Yet even in the future, or in the furthest reaches of the galaxy, there will always be those who will covet what others possess, who are driven to violence through rage or through design. And there will always be those who seek justice

“Chronicle Worlds: Crime and Punishment” is a pulse-pounding title in the award-winning Future Chronicles anthology series from Samuel Peralta, series editor and USA Today bestselling author in his own right.

The volume brings together Nebula Award nominee Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist Michael Patrick Hicks – and some of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction – to explore the boundaries of transgression and justice in the future.’

Crime & Punishment features my short story New Tricks and has been re-vamped and re-released by the lovely people at Future Chronicles.

Head on over to Amazon to grab your copy now!

Harvey Duckman Presents: Vol 6, SciFi/SpecFic Collection


Published Dec 2020

Welcome to our worlds…

Looking to escape to another world with a super fast read? Looking for urban fantasy that is a bit different? Or weird stories to make you think? Wanting to discover speculative fiction from writers that could become your new favourite authors?

Harvey Duckman presents the sixth in a series of short story anthologies featuring some of the most exciting voices in science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunk today.

Volume 6 includes stories by: Andy Hill, J.A. Wood, Mark Hayes, R. Bruce Connelly, A.D. Watts, Liz Tuckwell, Ben McQueeney, Melissa Wuidart Phillips, J.S. Collyer, Peter James Martin, C. K. Roebuck, Joseph Carrabis, Alexandrina Brant, Tony Harrison and D.T. Langdale, with a foreword from steampunk author Jon Hartless

I’m lucky enough to have my short story ‘Foam’ featured in this wonderful collection.

Get your copy on Amazon!

Sanction and Sin – Warhammer 40k Crime Anthology


Published Sep 2021

A Warhammer Crime Anthology

The city of Varangantua is a choking sprawl that festers on the surface of Alecto. Within it, some of the most treacherous criminals in the whole Imperium make their living. Standing up for the law are the Enforcers, though many of them are as immoral as the criminals they oppose.

These stories investigate what it means to fall on either side of the law in the choking bureaucracy of the Imperium.

The colossal city of Varangantua sprawls across the surface of Alecto like a dying beast, its innards crawling with some of the most insidious criminals the Imperium has to offer. From vast syndicates to small-time gangs and secretive cults, the city’s labyrinthine districts are the perfect breeding ground for all manner of illicit enterprise. The Enforcers of Varangantua are all that stand in the way of total lawlessness, and many of these are as corrupt as the gangers they oppose, knowing no language but violence.

This anthology collects together tales of law, sin, and morality from much-loved authors, including Mike Brookes, Denny Flowers, Danie Ware, Darius Hinks, and more.

Up in Arms by Mike Brooks
Bracelet of Bones by Danie Ware
Blood Ballot by J S Collyer
Bitter Harvest by Denny Flowers
Unnatural Causes by Jude Reid
Loose Ends by Darius Hinks
Confessionsof Fire by Gary Kloster
The Siege of Ismyr by Victoria Hayward
Service by Jonathan D Beer

31 Responses to All Publications

  1. Anneque G. Malchien says:

    You’re like a dream come true. A dystopian fiction book with a SKULL ON IT. And a novella for the reading list! I will be reading you as soon as possible, you gorgeous thing you.
    I’ll stop talking to your book now. 😉

    • jcollyer says:

      You can talk on my blog as much as you want!! The more the merrier! I am but one writer of the 11 in this collection but I sincerely hope you enjoy – there are some gems in there for the sci fi fan!

  2. Anneque G. Malchien says:

    T-T oh no! That’s not fair. I can’t buy it; can’t purchase from Amazon UK because of the region lock.

  3. Heya! One month on, Tuned to a Dead Channel was one of the featured reviews in Indie and More episode 2. I hope I said your name right. ^_^

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