Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.
Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 12,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.
Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.
Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.
Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:" http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/
And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
on Feb. 06, 2013 :
It's so refreshing to finally find a short story on Smashwords that holds its own as a story, even if it's supposed to be attached to a series. The characters, events, history, and world are fleshed out enough that I can put pieces together without being forced to read the series itself. That alone should have given 'The Last Ambassadors' top marks.
However, I'll add this: this story's got good ideas, fully realized sci-fi that sounds really cool and maybe only a tiny bit farfetched. It's polished, begins and ends, and has a really nice premise as well.
Thanks for this, Fran.
(review of free book)