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19 December 2022

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Best Indie Books of 2022

Kirkus Reviews have selected The Warrior Worlds for their Best Indie Books of 2022.

This list features the top 100 Indie Books reviewed by Kirkus during the year.

20 April, 2022

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Kirkus Reviews review The Warrior Worlds

“Vast-scale space-opera/combat adventure ably handled by a

genre master and commander.” 


1 Dec 2020

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Mapped Space Chinese Language Versions Launch

Simplified Chinese language paperback versions of The Mothership, The Mothersea, The Antaran CodexIn Earth's Service and The Riven Stars launch across mainland China.

15 Jan, 2020

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Kirkus Reviews review The Spawn War

"An enjoyable roller coaster of battles, chases, and narrow escapes..."

"Stellar dreadnaughts … fearsome mega-weapons, this story is space opera as fans like it..."

"Be prepared to dodge lethal energy beams on every page of this rip-roaring tale."

Kirkus selected the review for inclusion in their 15 March 2020 magazine.

Less than 10% of reviews are included in the magazine.

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24 June 2019

Stephen was recently included in's list of "10 Australian authors who write Amazing Science Fiction" with both THE MOTHERSEA and THE ANTARAN CODEX listed as notable works. is the world's largest video wiki site providing information to millions of people around the world.

Stephen listed in Top 10 Aussie SF Authors on Wiki.ezvid

2 October, 2018


Mapped Space to be translated into Chinese

Stephen signed a deal today with a Beijing publisher to have his five Mapped Space books translated into Chinese and distributed throughout mainland China.

29 May 2018

IPPY Awards Presentation

Stephen and Elenor attended the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony in New York City, receiving the Gold Medal in Science Fiction for The Riven Stars. They also had the pleasure of meeting an eclectic group of award winning authors and their partners from around the world.

23 May, 2018

The Riven Stars and The Mothersea BOTH recognized at NIEA

It was announced today that both The Riven Stars and The Mothersea were each awarded Finalist Medals in Science Fiction at the American 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards.

12 April, 2018

The Mothersea selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

The Riven Stars wins Gold Medal at the IPPY awards

The Riven Stars has won the 2018 Gold Medal for Science Fiction at the US Independent Publisher Book Awards (the Ippys), the largest book competition in the world.

21 March, 2018

The Mothersea selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

The rationale for MSU's densely populated universe

Added my website article explaining why there is a proliferation of alien life in the MAPPED SPACE Universe and expanding upon the Hourglass Theory first mentioned in The Mothersea

13 March, 2018

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Metamorphose Literary review The Antaran Codex

Tammy Davies, Senior Editor and Founder of blogger/publisher reviewed The Antaran Codex for Metamorphose's March 2018 issue.

"From the first few pages, I was hooked."

14 February, 2018

The Riven Stars Kirkus review update

The Kirkus review of The Riven Stars has been selected by Kirkus editors for inclusion in the February15, 2018  issue of the Kirkus Reviews Magazine, Indie Section.

18 January, 2018

Kirkus reviews The Riven Stars

"Blistering action ... arresting characters ... a densely plotted epic.

A steadily paced and exhilarating espionage tale involving the threat of galactic war."

14 March, 2017

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Manhattan Book Review of The Siren Project 

"A strong five out of five stars"

10 March, 2017

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San Francisco Book Review of The Siren Project 

"It will surely entertain those who love science fiction thrillers"

16 January, 2017

The Mothersea selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

Interstellar travel in the MSU

Added my website article reviewing ideas for interstellar travel and explaining why the superluminal bubble is used in the MAPPED SPACE Universe

10 December, 2016

The Mothersea selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

The Mothersea named for Kirkus Reviews 'Best Books of 2016' 

19 July, 2016

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Kirkus review of The Mothersea

"Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive,

and thematically profound."

Stephen Renneberg, Master of Science (Astronomy) Graduation

17 March, 2016

Graduation Day 


Mr & Mrs Mapped Space

Stephen & Elenor, 

author & editor.

14 December, 2015

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Kirkus reviews In Earth's Service

Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space 2: In Earth's Service:

"This volume ... delivers an impressively knotty plotline and impeccably edited writing. Fans of classic space tales (like E. E. Smith’s Lensman saga and Jack Williamson’s Legion of Space) should find this series utterly satisfying.

A sci-fi novel that offers a relentlessly paced, action-packed, and undeniably epic-in-scope adventure."

11 November, 2015

The Mothersea selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

Why aliens in the MSU didn't colonize earth long ago 

Added my website article discussing the astrobiological back story to the MSU.

15 March 2015

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Midwest Book Review of The Antaran Codex

"An exceptionally well written science fiction action/adventure story, Stephen Renneberg's "The Antaran Codex" is superbly narrated by Neil Shah in this complete and unabridged audio book edition from Tantor Media."

4 November, 2014

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Blue Ink includes The Mothership in list of Must Read SF

"Intelligent, compelling, and visionary, this blockbuster of a science fiction thriller from Aussie novelist Renneberg takes place in the wilds of the Northern Territory of Australia and involves humanity coming in contact with a vastly advanced race of aliens—but that’s just the beginning of this utterly readable storyline laden with jaw-dropping plot twists."

11 July, 2014

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Kirkus reviews The Antaran Codex

Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space 1: The Antaran Codex:

"This high-octane sci-fi novel is powered by grand-scale action and adventure, larger-than-life characters, a richly described backdrop and, above all else, relentless pacing.

Sirius Kade, the archetypal space-opera hero (is) charismatic, courageous, headstrong and undeniably endearing.

Exceptional world building, intricately constructed storyline and breakneck pacing.

Fast and furious fun in humankind’s distant future."

5 July, 2013

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Kirkus reviews The Mothership

Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space First Contact 1: The Mothership:

"First-contact stories are common in science fiction, but Renneberg’s highly original novel successfully avoids clichés while also providing a highly readable, breakneck-paced story. Readers will likely enjoy its bombshell plot twists and its fitting (and mind-blowing) conclusion.

A compelling, visionary must-read for literary sci-fi fans that recalls genre classics by Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke."

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