Where should I begin? Well, I’m told it’s unusual for someone with a background in the sciences to be into writing of any sort, let alone fantasy. But what do they know? Fantasy writers Robert Jordan and Patrick Rothfuss both apparently ignored those rules.
Not that my interest in science (or sci-fi) has waned and it has long been evident: I earned my engineering degree from Geneva College, published articles on space exploration in Ad Astra, Space Times and Spaceviews (long ago absorbed by Space.com). Way back in 1989 I was listed as a contributor to NASA’s Space Exploration Initiative, but they never used my idea to dispose of nuclear waste in the Sun. That didn’t stop me from writing the paper “The Benefits and Necessity of Manned Exploration of Frontiers as Compared to Unmanned Efforts” which won the national Arthur L. Williston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1998.
Finally, it seems, we may be entering a new era of spaceflight with private spacecraft. Maybe that’s why I keep my skills finely-honed building my own rockets and I (and you can, too) try to support those pushing the threshold at the National Space Society, The Planetary Society, The Mars Society and the National Association of Rocketry. Who says you can’t be part of the new frontier?
In order to make that future happen (and make it better than our own time), we have to remember the past. After exploring and writing about human origins and our prehistory in my first book, my fascination of history only grew. In one attempt to help preserve that history, I support the The Archaeological Conservancy. Now for a short speech:
Remember, even if you can’t be out there in the fields, the streets or on the edge of space, you can support those that are. You can effect the direction the future follows. Don’t think otherwise. End of speech.
Now this site reviews many of the books and genres of fiction (and some nonfiction) I have found entertaining and enjoyable. It also chronicles the craft of writing and the business of publishing, including my Watchers of the Light historical fantasy series. So join me as we explore those books, writing, and a little bit of history:
History warns us. Legend fascinates us. Imagination drives us. Authors take these and create worlds that entertain, provoke and warn. Ultimately, even fiction is about the Story we all find ourselves in.
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