I’m giving away the Gabriel trilogy, autographed, in original cover design. Could be a collector’s item. Or not…

WINNER ANNOUNCED: A grand total of 470 entries were received (wow, many thanks!), and after plugging that into, the Internets have picked a winner. Drum roll please:

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Big congrats to Michael Wilson, winner of the autographed Gabriel trilogy. I’ll be contacting you soon…and a huge thanks to all who participated! I might have another copy or two lying around…

Yes, you heard right. After doing some winter cleaning around the house, I saw that I had a small quantity of paperbacks lying around, feeling lonely. So I decided to do a giveaway – why not, right? But here’s the fun thing: these are the original cover design, with the yellow serif fonts. Maybe they’ll be worth MILLIONS in the future. Then again, maybe not. Actually, more than likely not. In any case, here’s the deal:

IMG_1763-smI am giving away the complete set. The single winner will receive all THREE books in one cute box in the mail*. All three will be autographed and I’ll add in whatever text you want (such as “Pete, you’re my biggest fan” or “My God you look stunning in your Twitter avi” or some wise Confucious saying.)

*Disclaimer: Since I’m still a low-budget author, I apologize in advance – this giveaway is open ONLY TO US RESIDENTS. I’m shipping a box via good ol’ USMail, and can’t get into the customs forms, etc. to send internationally. Sorry…

Use the PunchTab giveaway box below to enter below. Each “method” you use to enter gives you another “ticket” in the “hat” I will draw from. (Enough quotation marks for you?) This giveaway will end Sunday night the 17th at 5PM ET.


Ready, set, go – and good luck.


P.S. Entering via email means your address will go into my newsletter database, but I only send very rarely, never spam or sell the list, and it’s absurdly easy to opt-out. Just had to say that. Trust me, what could go wrong?


  1. Dave McAllister - February 11, 2013 11:44 am

    Author comparison: E.E “Doc” Smith

  2. Steve Umstead - February 11, 2013 11:50 am

    By the way, the comments that show up below are part of the PunchTab giveaway – one of the entry methods is leaving an answer to the following question (but it has to go through PunchTab above):

    “If you’ve read any of the Gabriel books, what author would you compare them to? If you haven’t read any, then your question is simple: What is the meaning of life?”

  3. David Dean - February 11, 2013 11:54 am

    Meaning of life? That’s easy. 7.

  4. Maryalice Anderson - February 11, 2013 11:57 am

    Love your books. And I would really love getting the trilogy. I just can not compare your writing, you are unique.

  5. MMichael R. WilsonichMMael Wmilson - February 11, 2013 12:21 pm

    Meaning of Life: Hebrews 13:16…And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
    Goes well with your giveaway

    • Steve Umstead - February 18, 2013 11:39 am

      Big congrats Michael!

      • MMichael R.Michael R. Wilson WilsonichMMael Wmilson - February 18, 2013 1:44 pm

        Huzzah! Many thanks! I read a preview of Zero Point and loved it, but it was difficult for me. I read better with pagey, inky books than digitals, so I am excited!

  6. Wiebke - V Blackstone - February 11, 2013 1:29 pm

    Meaning of Life: Hab 3:18 – yet I will praise the lord, I will rejoyce in the god of my salvation… it’s not all about me

  7. Rose - February 11, 2013 1:31 pm

    If you’ve read any of the Gabriel books, what author would you compare them to? Reminds me of Steve L. Kent with his renegade clone, mixed with a touch of Anne Aguirre’s Jax series

    What is the meaning of life? for hopefully a bonus…. 42

    • Steve Umstead - February 11, 2013 4:14 pm

      Finally, someone got the 42…

  8. Valli Pherson - February 11, 2013 2:23 pm

    Tanya Huff’s military SF novels. Meaning of life, still working on that one. Purpose of life, to read, write, converse, create, and love.

  9. Valli Pherson - February 11, 2013 2:28 pm

    Oh, I forgot to add learning the language of other species, for instance Canine, to the purpose of life.

  10. Jeff Wetherbee - February 11, 2013 3:46 pm

    Answer to the meaning to life is 42.

    • Steve Umstead - February 11, 2013 4:14 pm

      Most certainly is

  11. Jamie Corder - February 11, 2013 10:32 pm

    Reminds me of the co-written by David Weber and John Ringo Empire of Man series, just by the storytelling.

  12. Richard G Guadagno - February 12, 2013 6:33 pm

    Great story, fun books to read.

  13. jc - February 13, 2013 11:06 am

    I always thought the meaning of life was to live and love but I’ll go with 42 as well!

  14. HankBidu - February 13, 2013 3:50 pm

    Meaning of life: I was going to go with 7, that is the answer to everything, but I see David Dean has already taught that. So, I’m going to have to opt for, potatoes. While 7 is the answer to everything, potatoes are the secret to everything.

  15. Zac Beavers - February 13, 2013 11:13 pm

    The meaning of life? ‘ATS EASY, It’s that movie that starts with the pirate accountants :0

  16. matt z - February 15, 2013 9:03 am

    Meaning of life? To enjoy all that it has to offer.

  17. Richard - February 16, 2013 6:58 am

    What is the meaning of life?
    To me that question is simple. To be the best person you can be. No I don’t mean win at everything. I mean an all around good quality person. Live your life by a set of morals. Doesn’t have to be certain ones or from a movie. Just make up your own. Be kind to your fellow man (“love they neighbors”) even if they are jerks. Be kind. Respectful. Protect your family. Treat them right and with love. Love and be loved. Work hard for the thins you cherish in life. Do what you can to help mankind in its venture through this life to find the all encompassing question and it’s answer as it explores the beauty and mystery of this universe. Help mankind prove that it’s truly worthy of this joyous life. Mankind today is destructive, hateful, angry, self centered, racist, sexist, anything that’s different is bad, corrupt and greedy force that tears it’s self as well as its own home apart. Your part is to do what mankind could, and hopefully one day will be. Truthful, loyal, life loving, protective and fights for is own survival and protection, not for more land or money or because they look different. Be the man (that incorporates women too) that when something looks at you from the outside in, it says to itself, this man.. This race truly is worthy of life and the magnificent wonders around us. That to me, is the meaning if life. To be worthy of it.


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