Reviews & Interviews:
Rain Taxi Review of Books, Spring 2012 Online Edition here
In Outside Writers Collective here.
In BlogCritics.org here.
On Necessary Fiction here.
Interview at Chapter 16
Essay at Ron Hogan's Beatrice
At the Emerging Writers Network here
Interview at The Quivering Pen
The Chattanooga Pulse here
In The Weekly Standard
Advance Praise for Omicron Ceti III:
Though many of the characters in Omicron Ceti III deal with isolation, either falling deeper into themselves or struggling to connect with others, each story is so unique in terms of voice, atmosphere, and narrative that they feel like undiscovered planets, strange new worlds. With this dazzling collection, Thomas Balázs boldly goes into unknown territory, and you should count yourself lucky to follow him wherever he travels.
―Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and The Family Fang
Thomas Balázs’s dark wit shines in these strange, often comic, yet wholly human tales of characters who grasp onto their obsessions for ballast as they navigate an uneasy reality and their own slippery selves.
―Laurie Alberts, author of Lost Daughters, The Price of Land in Shelby, and Tempting Fate, among others
One of the many things I love about Thomas Balázs’ debut collection is how confidently his characters steer the leaky hulls of their lives onto rocky shores. Sound bleak? It isn’t. Blindfolded, gangplanked, still imagining they're at the helm, they whistle merrily nonetheless. That’s what is so remarkable about these stories. Somehow, Balázs manages to infuse stories that in lesser hands would seem unremittingly bleak with humor, compassion, charm, and ample vitality. Their lives might be a wreck, but Balázs never abandons them.
―Robin Hemley, author of Turning Life into Fiction
Don’t let the sci-fi tinged title fool you, the rich stories in Balázs’ debut collection are earthbound and invariably human. [...] Teeming with deep, layered characters who flirt with the fringe but who exist among us, whether hidden or in plain view, these stories are at their very best when taking hard, unexpected turns, something for which Balázs has a fine, cutting instinct.
―Mel Bosworth, Outsider Writers Collective
For its seemingly effortless whimsy and wit, go boldly forth and seek out this most enterprising compilation of disparate short stories. But don’t make the mistake of thinking there’s some kind of titularly Trekkie assembly required. The connections to Star Trek in Thomas P. Balázs’ down-to-earth debut collection Omicron Ceti III– named after a fictional planet in the episode "This Side of Paradise" — are restricted to the book’s title story in which a character is a fan of the show, and consumed with a need to count in threes. (To the therapist who asks about this obsession: “First, I don’t agree it’s an obsession. Second, I happened to like to number. Third, get off of my case.”)… [Balázs has] proven to be...an inspired and inventive writer resourceful enough to also draw on many diverse sources, cultural and pop-cultural.