The weird beckons to M. Pax and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She is author of the space adventure series, The Backworlds, and the urban fantasy adventure series, The Rifters. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit where they often venture out to the remote corners. Find out more at

The Backworlds by M. Pax

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A space opera adventure.

After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze's father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn't big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.

Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond, Craze must find a way to forge a new life and make his father regret this day. First, he must survive.


In the seven novel deep series of The Backworlds, I knew we had to include M. Pax's series starter, both for its crucial backstory and for the simple fact that it is a brilliant piece of science fiction in its own right. – Joseph R. Lallo



  • "This is a fun, fast paced novel that reminded me a bit of early Heinlein, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, style story telling. It is very short and sets up well for further adventures." 5 stars

    – Jason Weisberger, publisher of Boing Boing
  • "The author did an absolutely tremendous job…"

    – ASMSG Scifi/Fantasy/Paranormal Emagazine
  • "The imaginative world building between the pages of this first installment was, in short, amazing. The author's imagery is exceptional, transporting me effortlessly into a future riddled with genetic curiosities, clever technology, compelling bits of complicated history and well wrought characters. I was instantly pulled into every ingenious detail — to the detriment of domestic duties and child-rearing! I appreciate that this is only the beginning of what promises to be an unforgettable journey through the Backworlds. I'm officially hooked into the Lepper, with a full tab and a chocolate bar, ready to follow wherever it may lead."

    – Amazon Review
  • "This is the best creative story I have read since the Wizard of Oz. Full of originality and not washed up with trite characters usually found in the sci-fi genre. Anyone who wants a break from reading the cliche`d space opera this author is on the right track."

    – Amazon Review