Upstream Author: Mike Chen

Introducing Booksmith's newest Upstream author: Mike Chen!

Upstream, for the uninitiated, is our ongoing (and ever-growing) effort to partner with local authors to provide an unending supply of signed books available for purchase—without events, lines, or hassle. Order and enjoy.


Every family has issues. Most can’t blame them on extraterrestrials.

Evie Shao and her sister, Kass, aren’t on speaking terms. Fifteen years ago on a family camping trip, their father and brother vanished. Their dad turned up days later, dehydrated and confused -- and convinced he'd been abducted by aliens. Their brother, Jakob, remained missing. The women dealt with it very differently. Kass, suspecting her college-dropout twin simply ran off, became the rock of the family. Evie traded academics to pursue alien conspiracy theories, always looking for Jakob.

When Evie's UFO network uncovers a new event, she goes to investigate. And discovers Jakob is back. He's different -- older, stranger, and talking of an intergalactic war -- but the tensions between the siblings haven't changed at all. If the family is going to come together to help Jakob, then Kass and Evie are going to have to fix their issues, and fast. Because the FBI is after Jakob, and if their brother is telling the truth, possibly an entire space armada, too.

The perfect combination of action, imagination and heart, Light Years from Home is a touching drama about a challenge as difficult as saving the galaxy: making peace with your family … and yourself.

Mike Chen is the author of the award-nominated Here And Now And Then and featured in Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View—The Empire Strikes Back. He has covered geek culture for sites such as Tor.com, The Mary Sue, and StarTrek.com and used to cover the NHL for Fox Sport and other outlets. A member of SFWA, Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Photo by Amanda Chen.


You can now order signed copies of Mike Chen titles, including his latest novel Light Years from Home. Order below, and put any personalization request in the comment field. 

Light Years from Home By Mike Chen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311737
Availability: Hard to Find (or) Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Mira Books - January 25th, 2022

We Could Be Heroes By Mike Chen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778311317
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Mira Books - November 30th, 2021

A Beginning at the End By Mike Chen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778388289
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mira Books - November 24th, 2020

Here and Now and Then By Mike Chen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778308980
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mira Books - August 27th, 2019