About Samuel Best

Science Fiction Author

Picture of author Samuel Best in Europe

I was born in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and I grew up a mile from the gates of Kennedy Space Center. My grandmother built space shuttles, my father designed scientific equipment that flew on them, and I watched the launches from my rattling front porch, dreaming of the stars.

I recently spent three years traveling across our little blue-green marble in space, finding inspiration for my books in places like Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and the ice caves of Iceland.

My best-selling novel Mission One launched my career as a science fiction writer, and now I spend my time crafting new universes for you to explore.

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My First Short Story

Title: “Dinosaur Family”
Medium: Crayon on Paper
Binding: Staple
Status: Out of Print

Well-received at the time due mostly to my young age, this obscure text was promptly relegated to a shoe boxalong with my budding writing careerafter a bike was discovered under the Christmas Tree.


My First "Real" Short Story

“A Dream of Waking” is published. Even though my first few novels would be horror and fantasy, I wanted to make sure my first real story was science fiction.

It also went to space (and burned up into glorious stardust) aboard the doomed Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 in 2024.


Serious Business

Writing career begins in earnest


Mission One Published

My first science fiction novel; 8th overall. I dabbled in other genres before launching into sci-fi.


Another World Published

The first book in the follow-up series to the Mission One Titan trilogy. It’s one of my favorites.


Void Space Begins

The culmination of all my sci-fi work to date, this series will build on and expand the universe of both the Titan and Galena trilogies.