robert j. peterson

Two sisters. Two worlds.

Meet Laurie and Helen Everett.

They’re identical twin sisters living in the year 2176. They’re mirror images of each other. Laurie’s a genius. Helen’s a problem child. Laurie uses a wheelchair. Helen’s a track star.

They fight. They compete. They hate each other. They love each other. Y’know—typical sisters.

But Laurie has a secret. She escapes her life by visiting the Darknet, a virtual reality that’s as big as the solar system. There, she’s a superstar at the sport of Omegaball, a deadly mashup of football, basketball, and Mega Man.

Laurie’s world changes when two men approach her with promises of a better life. One is Glenn Booker, an executive with the Chicago Dreadnoughts Omegaball team here in the real world. The other is the mysterious hacktivist Mr. Chalk, chief architect of the Darknet. Glenn wants to draft her. Mr. Chalk wants her to join his personal army. 

Laurie must decide whether she wants to live in the real world or the Darknet, all while Helen tracks her every move, and Mr. Chalk plots his own sinister agenda.

Packed with action, suspense, humor, and a healthy dose of pop culture, Omegaball is the second novel from Robert J. Peterson.

A California Coldblood Book, Rare Bird Books
Paperback, September 13, 2016: 978-1-942600-73-2
US$ 15.95 | Young Adult Fiction

This book is savvy, surprising, and adventurous. As a person who is not a regular reader of futuristic science fiction, the relationships in this story got me hooked. I needed to know what was going to happen to these fantastically flawed people, and by the end, I found myself, like them, with a foot in two worlds.
Talleri A. McRae, theater arts educator, Stage One Family Theatre
Omegaball is an extraordinary thrill ride on par with Tron and Pacific Rim that will ignite the spirit of perseverance that lives within us all.
Barbra Dillon,

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. His debut novel, The Odds, came out in 2015. 

A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, PerformInk,, the Telluride Daily Planet, and In 2004, he co-founded the pop-culture emporium He’s appeared on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, Collider Heroes, The Fanboy Scoop, Geekscape, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

His friends call him Bob.


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