Jon Batson, Author

Welcome to the captivating world of Jon Batson, where stories come alive and imagination knows no bounds. Dive into the realms crafted by a master storyteller and author, where every page holds adventure, mystery, and wonder.

Jon Batson is a storyteller

Sometimes his stories are told with lyrics.  Sometimes his stories are told with prose.  But at all times his stories are told from a place of truth and enlightenment.
An award winning songwriter and author, Jon’s gritty, often irreverent style strikes a chord of contemplation.  Jon demands your attention with subtle innuendo and carefully scattered satire.  As a singer, songwriter and published author, Jon’s signature is intentionally provocative – and refreshingly entertaining.

Adventures of a Space Bum

When Starwort Bacchus finds herself running from her landlord, skipping out on the rent, she jumps aboard an automatic repair vessel and hitches a ride to the next port. But the search for her father’s legacy, the inheritance her uncle nearly decimated, takes her to planets where friends and enemies are hard to identify, and her best ally is a computer. With a pocket full of “Universals” and a ceramic blade strapped to her thigh, she travels the darkness looking for a home. Instead she finds a growing list of places she cannot go to again, including a place she has never been – Earth.


Adventures of a Space Bum: Book 1: Starlost Child

Adventures of a Space Bum: Book 2: In Search of a Legacy

Adventures of a Space Bum: Book 3: Finding Galium

Adventures of a Space Bum: Book 4: The Palace Guard

Adventures of a
Space Bum
(4 book series)

Mars Quake

Fade to Black:
The Trasaron

Deadly Research
(The Jack Richmond
Conspiracy Series
Book 1)

Research Triangle
(The Jack Richmond
Conspiracy Series
Book 2)

Terminal Research
(The Jack Richmond
Conspiracy Series
Book 3)

The Rands Conspiracy

Nina Knows the Night

Blue Standoff

Tattood Angel
Jon Batson is also C.J. Abbot

in a Small Cafe


at Thompson Bog

of the Universe

The Songwriter’s
Hook Book

What Our Readers are Saying

Mars Quake has wonderful character development, fast paced action, interesting twists and a great story line. I loved Tom Matthews unique ability and enjoyed seeing how it was woven into the storyline. Definitely a fun read!”

– Grizzly Joe

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“Along comes Jon’s story putting it all together in a way that actually makes me stay up late with chills thinking about it. That is the very job of any great conspiracy thriller, and Jon, you have done it very well, Sir! Thank you. I just finished “Research Triangle” and am now racing through “Terminal Research!” I have a bad feeling the end of this story is the tip of the iceberg. I want a sequel.”

Michael Nelson

Sci-Fi Author

Meet Jon Batson

Born in Washington, D.C., Jon Batson was always curious about the meaning of life. He valued love, freedom, philosophy and education, and firmly believed “If you do not grow, you shrink”, and “If it ain’t fun – don’t go!” A creative soul and free spirit, Jon left behind his legacy through music, short stories, books and his popular four-part, “best” science fiction books – Adventures of a Space Bum.

TV & Hollywood Singer/Songwriter

Jon’s artistic career began with music. Influenced by Kris Kristofferson, Burl Ives, Leon Redbone and Bob Gibson, he began writing and performing songs ⎯ which he believed were a three-minute movie ⎯ in the 1960s in bars and coffee houses.

A talented entertainer, he performed independently and with bands across the United States, as well as all over the world, including Portugal and Spain. He was also invited to perform before the Vice Premier of China on national Chinese television and on the Great Wall of China. In his hometown of Washington, D.C., he sang before the Kennedy family, performed at the Arts Club of Washington and was televised nationwide from the National Cathedral.

In addition to a string of album and CD releases, Jon’s music has been heard on television, including in the hit series Murder She Wrote and “The Tonight Show”. He also wrote five original musicals produced in Hollywood, CA, and performed on such stages as the John Anson Ford Theatre. To aspire up-and-coming songwriters, he published, The Songwriter’s Hook Book, complete with tips and famous inspiring quotes. Three songs from Awaken the Dreamer CD climbed to the Top 20 on MP3’s Hit List in 2003.

In 2005, Jon made the move from Los Angeles, CA to Raleigh, NC with his wife Eileen. In the “Old North State,” he continued to perform at a variety of venues, including the acclaimed Night of Dreams in Raleigh, the celebrated Festival for the Eno in Durham, and the popular Carrboro Musical Festival.

Theta Sound Coffee House live

Awaken the Dreamer

Theta Sound Coffee House live

Awaken the Dreamer

Award-Winning Storyteller

Few musical talents can make the cross over from singer/songwriter to author. Yet in fact, Jon did this time-and-time again, and began writing short stories.

Making the shift from artist to author look seemingly effortless, in no time, he was winning multiple awards. He was a three-time winner of the Lower Cape Fear Short Story Contest and twice the Rusty Axe contest. He received Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Science Fiction Short Story Contest for “Selfers” and “Smoking Bedpan”. The latter turned into the four-part, science fiction book series, Adventures of a Space Bum.

You can find many of Jon’s award-winning short stories in his three anthologies – Encounter on a Small Cafe and Other Short Stories, Murder at Thompson Bog and Other Short Stories, and Doll Bodies and Other Strange Sci-Fi Tales.

In 2014, The News & Observer selected his story Rain On St. Mary’s Street as the winner of its Halloween Ghost Story Contest.

Prolific & Published Author

Deciding to combine his vivid imagination with his love of words and the English language, Jon began writing titles ranging from conspiracy theories, to suspense to science fiction. He has 18 published paperback books and eBooks including his popular, gripping soft adult and young adult sci-fi books, Adventures of a Space Bum, in which a young female heroine experiences space exploration and space travel on an amazing journey. All Jon’s books are available on

Known for his witty ability to get a point across, as well as evolved character development and action, Jon provides entertainment, education and escape. Much like his songwriting style, Jon’s writing stance is one part “sand in your eyes” and one part “cool summer breeze.” Just when you think you understand the players, the plot and the purpose ⎯ the shift happens and you find yourself between confusion and clarity.

Jon’s signature is intentionally provocative and refreshingly entertaining. Readers describe his works as “Life’s wisdom invisibly sewn into the web,” “His sci-fi reminds me of H.G. Wells,” and Jon’s works are “thought-provoking and exhilarating.”

A Legacy Not To Be Forgotten

Jon Batson passed away January 16, 2017. Throughout his 72 years, he touched thousands of lives and his memory will live on through his music, short stories and books, continuing to touch more lives over many years to come.
“Stepping out into the light, I didn’t realize that it would be so bright.
My time has come surrounded by the sky.
Unfolding untried wings I leap off and I fly.
Here in the sky, one thing I’ve found.
You cannot fly with your feet on the ground .”

From “The Point of No Return” lyrics by Jon Batson – Awaken the Dreamer CD.


Jon Batson Joins the League of Extraordinary Fiction Writers

Each year since 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages creativity, education and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. Believing stories matter, the nonprofit organization empowers nearly 400,000 people to start a 50,000-word novel November 1st, based on an annual theme, and complete the novel by 11:59 p.m. November 30th.

Jon Batson regularly participated in National Novel Writing Month and was a consecutive winner for seven years from 2008 to 2015.

Jon Batson Wins Multiple Regional, National & International Awards

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Midnight Whistler Publishers is honored to dedicate this site in loving memory of Jon Batson. His stories will be remembered and shared and we invite all fans to share fan art, insights, feedback and more.