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Darrell Bain

Author of The Sex Gates

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Includes the names: Darrel Bain, Darrell Bain

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Works by Darrell Bain

The Sex Gates (2002) 68 copies, 1 review
Alien Infection (2006) 40 copies, 1 review
The Pet Plague (1996) 35 copies
Masters of the Sex Gates (2003) 34 copies
Worlds of the Sex Gates (2004) 31 copies, 2 reviews
Strange Valley (2004) 28 copies
Human By Choice (2009) — Author — 28 copies
Quanty (2009) 26 copies
Savage Survival (2005) 26 copies
Prion Promises (2005) 23 copies
Warp Point (2006) 22 copies
The Melanin Apocalypse (2005) 19 copies, 1 review
Medics Wild! (2004) 19 copies
MindWar (2005) 19 copies
Circles of Displacement (2002) 18 copies
Space Pets (2002) 18 copies
Postwar Dinosaur Blues (1998) 17 copies
Starship Down (2009) 16 copies
The Sex Virus (2004) 15 copies
The Focus Factor (2008) 13 copies
Crazy Ships (2003) 13 copies
Ultimate Suggestions (2002) 12 copies
The Y Factor (2009) 12 copies, 1 review
The Disappearance Enigma (2011) 10 copies
The Disappearing Girls (2002) 10 copies
Alien Enigma (2010) 10 copies
The Long Way Home (2009) 8 copies
The Original Sex Gates (2007) 8 copies
Altered Humans (2007) 7 copies
The Frontier Rebellion (2010) 6 copies
Shadow Worlds (2007) 6 copies
Space Trails (2006) 5 copies
Hotline To Heaven (2001) 4 copies
Darby 4 copies
Bigfoot Crazy (2009) 4 copies
Life on Santa Claus Lane (2004) 4 copies
Samantha's Talent (2016) 4 copies
Doggie Biscuit! (2004) 3 copies
White Odyssey (2007) 3 copies
The Pet Plague Trilogy (2007) 3 copies
Three for the Money (2005) 2 copies
Galactic Frontiers (2008) 2 copies
Bark! (2008) 2 copies
Around the Bend (2004) 2 copies
Space for Sale (2007) 1 copy
Rogue Program (2017) 1 copy
The Egg 1 copy
Robyn's Rock 1 copy
Monitors 1 copy
Apertures (2011) 1 copy
Laughing All the Way (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

Rites of Passage [chapbook] — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Bain, Darrell
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Darrell, Betty (wife)
Awards and honors
Fictionwise eBook Author of the Year (1st, 2005)



I'm not going to say too much so I don't get yelled at as has happened before. Suffice it to say the writers have a great future writing for the adult film industry. Like many indie books this has a number of typos; the writers should learn the difference between "succeed" and "secede" for instance. Maybe because of all the graphic sex I found all the characters unpleasant. The first one to go through a gate and change his/her sex was the worst. He goes through the gate and becomes a woman, promptly turns into a whore, and that's pretty much her only function. A main character goes through, becomes a woman, has sex with everyone, and then we skip forward 3 years, so it didn't really add much.

There was a forehead-slapping moment where that character named Lee goes from a boy to a girl and they all get together and decide to change her name to Li. What? I checked this on a couple baby name sites and Lee is listed as a unisex name. Duh. Lee would be a lot less confusing than Li, where they'd probably think she was Asian, bringing to mind an old Seinfeld episode involving that scenario. That was about the moment I lost all confidence in the authors.

At least by the end we sorta find out what the gates are, though it was kind of obvious; I think the various incarnations of Star Trek did it a number of times. I don't understand the decision to set it in the future as that only creates confusion that makes it harder to grasp the impact of these weird gates appearing from nowhere. And I could have done without the Limbaugh-esque junk about those entitled poor people receiving government handouts. I would invite the authors to try to live on Social Security or welfare and see how entitled you feel.

I've probably said too much. Oh well.

That is all.
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ptdilloway | Nov 21, 2013 |
I kept wanting to look at the author's name again, to be sure I wasn't actually reading an old Heinlein novel updated with some 21st century concepts like throwaway cell phones. That's not a bad thing, depending on how far along Mr. Bain is in his own career, I suppose. I'm not really familiar with him, as I believe this is the first of his novels that I've read. In any case, it was a fun read, if a wee bit predictable to those of us who have read the master's works.
BellaMiaow | May 29, 2012 |
Shape-shifting aliens intersecting with humans in this hard-SF-cum-mil-SF first novel of a series.
Fledgist | May 24, 2010 |

My first thought was "this must be an advance review copy because they wouldn't publish it like this and expect it to sell, would they?"

It's poorly written. Nearly every page or two there is a "thought-break" because the story is told by a series of scenes, and each scene is separated by a break. The author is not capable of carrying a single scene, or thread, for longer than a couple pages.

It's not original prose by any means. From page 41 "... the underground tanks of diesel fuel hadn't been torched like so many of the buildings in the orgy of wanton destruction." Orgy of wanton destruction? Are you kidding me? Did he pull this straight out of a 70s novel?

I think the book attempts to have the same tone as One Second After, but, unlike that book, the premise to this one is ridiculous. Not only is there a plague that selects on skin color (ok, I'll suspend disbelief for a minute), but once the public realizes this, all the affected people (mainly blacks) riot and start killing every white person they find. Err... that's supposed to be logical? Oh, wait, they don't kill everyone... of course, they kidnap and plan for the serial raping of all the white women they can find.

I'm going to stop now, because the book is actually much worse than what I've indicated here... and even the author's "apology" in the Afterword for the portrayed negative attitudes didn't eliminate the horrible stink this book left behind.
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5 vote
crazybatcow | Sep 22, 2009 |


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