Matthew P. Schmidt

AUTHOR OF The City and the Dungeon

Novels

The City and the Dungeon

And Those who Delve and Dwell Within

353 pages | Released December 27, 2017

The City is an immense metropolis of crystal spires and wondrous magic. Beneath is the Dungeon, a vast underground world, and a source of endless treasure guarded by grotesque and deadly monsters. No one knows where the Dungeon came from, or why.

Any who would dare face the dangers and riches of the Dungeon must first be transformed into a delver, a quasi-immortal creature whose every attribute is defined by numbers. Yet the “immortality” offered is but illusionary, for without consuming the crystal found only within the Dungeon, a delver will inevitably die.

One young immigrant braves the Dungeon to remit money to his family, only to find much, much more. Friends, power, and secrets of the Dungeon.

Perhaps even love.

Prince Anak the Immortal

150 pages | Released May 20, 2014

On a distant planet the last remains of humanity take refuge. Among them is Prince Anak Og Eloi XIa11, a genetically engineered superhuman born to rule and to live forever. At the behest of his father the king, he has designed and constructed an antimatter factory to fuel warships against the implacable Foe.

Yet, Anak’s brilliant mind cannot help but notice inconsistencies between his own experiences and the Immortal Family’s designs. When his mortal friend and mentor is dying, he finds he must decide between what he believes is right and what he must do to remain immortal. When he finds out the truth, will he do what is right, even at the ultimate price?

Short Stories

Out of Her Depth

A Tale of the City and the Dungeon

17 pages | Released August 25, 2017

The API of the Gods

38 pages | Released November 30, 2015

We Who Live by the Death of Stars

7 pages | Released September 18, 2016

Silence

4 pages | Released September 18, 2016

Reviews, Writings, and Absurdities

Smithgift’s Stuff

I am Matthew P. Schmidt, author and speaker of strange things. Have something to say to me? Say it here!

What to the Modern White Guy is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”?

I have always been inspired by the story of Fredrick Douglass, a slave who escaped slavery to become a renowned orator and author. His is not the story of a man who was second-rate, shooed into the spotlight only for his relative accomplishments compared to his past. What use would that be? No, he was not merely any random speaker, but Fredrick Douglass, a name that survives to this day in history books, no matter how often it is skimmed over.

The Taste for Realism

I have seen, and admittedly indulged in that fan activity I will call the Fact Checking Game. It goes like this: First, you take some work of fiction, particularly a popular one, and you find some fascinating idea or claim it has. Then you deconstruct it with real world logic, checking all the facts and invariably coming up with an unrealistic or at least implausible conclusion. At this point, bemoaning that the creator did not think of this may commence. As a sequel, you can find some plausible counterpoint, and argue with the proponents of the former conclusion until the cows come home.

This is not, in itself, a bad thing.