Tom Crosshill (born 1985, real name Toms Kreicbergs) is a writer and financial adviser. He began his career in Wall Street investment banking. Crosshill first became known to Latvian readers with his collection of fantasy stories “Dubultnieki” (“Seeing Double”), published in 2011 by "Zvaigzne ABC". He recently received the European Science Fiction Society award as Best Author. He has been nominated three times for the Nebula Award, and once – for the Annual Latvian Literary Award. Tom Crosshill grew up in Riga, Latvia. Tom made his first writing friends at the Del Rey Online Writing Workshop in the late nineties. He travelled to the U.S. to study physics at Reed College, While living in New York he joined the writers’ group Altered Fluid. Toms Kreicbergs writes in English and publishes as Tom Crosshill. His latest novel is aimed at young adults, and tells a story about a young American teenager's journey to his motherland – Cuba. Romance, dance, and the crude reality of Tropical Communism intertwines with spy mysteries. The author draws on his own experience having lived in Cuba for over a year. Shortly after being published, the novel was recognized by the prestigious "Junior Library Guild". Tom Crosshill mainly writes scinece fiction and fantasy and many of his short stories are available in various fiction magazines online in English. “The Cat King of Havana” will soon be available in Latvian, Spanish, French and Russian.
Havanas kaķu karalis [The Cat King of Havana]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2019.
The Cat King of Havana. NY: Katherine Tegen Books, 2016.
The Cattle Express: A Tale of Wall Street and Siberia, Dallas: Currents & Tangents - Shirtsleeve Press, 2016.
Fragmentation: A Collection — Sylvester Reinhardt Press
Lopu Ekspresis [The Cattle Express]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2016.
Dubultnieki [Seeing Double]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2011.
The Dark City Luminous, The Baltic Atlas/Sternberg Press/Clarkesworld, 2016
The Magician and Laplace's Demon, Clarkesworld, 2014.
Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes, Clarkesworld, 2014.
A Well-Adjusted Man, Lightspeed, 2012.
Bearslayer and the Black Knight, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2012.
Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son, Lightspeed, 2011.
To Fly a Pig in the Dorseny Sky, Flash Fiction Online, 2012.
Express to Paris by Dragon First Class, Intergalactic Medicine Show, audio, read by Mary Robinette Kowal.
Seeing Double, novelette, Writers of the Future 26, Science Fiction Short Stories, Anthology of Winners of Worldwide Writing Contest (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future), 2010.
Thinking Woman’s Crop of Fools, Sybil’s Garage No. 7
Sandra Plays for the Cast-Iron Man, Flash Fiction Online, 2010.
The Zombie of His Early Days, Flash Fiction Online, 2010.
Waiting for Number Five, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2010.
To Be Alone Again, short story, Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, Episode 58.
Books to fall for
The Cattle Express
The Cattle Express (Lopu ekspresis)
In “The Cattle Express”, Tom Crosshill (Toms Kreicbergs) moves away from his usual genre of science fiction towards recent history of Latvia. The novel unites seemingly incompatible times and spaces: Latvia in the mid 20th century, dominated by occupation, war, deportations, fear and poverty, and the 21st century New York – the Wall Street banks, money and more money, and ambitious young life full of possibilities. Two people metaphorically meet across time – Laura, a young country girl suffering in exile in Siberia, and her grandson Peter who has arrived to the Wall Street jungle carrying both high ambitions and the post-Soviet heritage in his heart.
The Cattle Express
Seeing Double and Other Stories
Seeing Double and Other Stories (Dubultnieki un citi stāsti)
The collection Seeing Double and Other Stories was published in Latvian in 2011. It contains 13 of Crosshill’s stories, including 2011 Nebula nominee “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son” and 2009 Writers of the Future winner “Seeing Double.” From quantum mechanics to flying pigs, from hive minds to passenger dragons, from time travel back to the USSR to a future where Russia rules the Baltics, Crosshill’s tales span numerous settings and genres.
“Seeing Double and Other Stories isn’t the first sci-fi short story collection in Latvian literature. It’s special, though, because it simultaneously is and is not traditional science fiction. The author touches on a number of themes that have often come up in both literature and movies during the science fiction boom of the last fifty years—mostly outside Latvia. These themes include future-era people under the control of technological achievements, A.I. trying to be just like humans, the paradoxes of time travel, and a creator’s responsibility for his creations. In his stories, [Crosshill] skillfully uses a technique I like to call the crooked mirror, or multi- faceted prism approach. By changing the angle from which we look at an object or event, he gives a grotesque slant to our point of view. This slant reveals the object to us from a very human, intimate perspective.” – Bārbala Simsone, literary critic.
Seeing Double and Other Stories
Dubultnieki un citi stāsti
All languages available, except English
Audio conversation with Tom Crosshill // Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji, 2018 [LV]
Interview with Tom Crosshill // Diena.lv, 2017 [LV]
About The Cattle Express // Diena.lv, 2016 [LV]
About The Cat King of Havana // Harper Collins Publishers, 2016 [EN]
Tom Crosshill // Tom Crosshill's Website [LV; EN]
On financing and business // Tom Crosshill's Blog [LV]
Waiting for Number Five // Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2010 [EN]Reviews
Rolands Virks, Augstprātīga lasītāja pārdomas, review of The Cattle Express // UbiSunt, University of Latvia, 2017 [LV]
Andrejs Vīksna, Toms un Pēteris, review of The Cattle Express // Online magazine Satori.lv, 2016 [LV]
Bārbala Simsone, Dubultā stāstvedība, review of Seeing Double // Diena.lv, 2012 [LV]
2012, Nebula Award Nominee for Best Short Story for Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes
2014, Nebula Award nominee for Best Novelette of 2014, for The Magician and Laplace’s Demon
2014, WSFA Small Press Award finalist for Short Fiction for The Magician and Laplace’s Demon
2011, shortlisted for the Annual Latvian Literature Award Best Debut for Dubultnieki