Moon Dreams

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In the third decade of the twenty first century stagnation is driving the world to the brink. Into this world a pair of idealistic inventors introduce a technology that will give mankind the solar system, but will the forces of good or the powers of repression take hold of the technology and shape the future to their desires. More
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Words: 180,030
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466048669
About M.A. Harris

Born in England in the mid years of the socialist experiment I moved to the US with my parents (economic refugees of a sort with three boys in a country where 1+ was more the norm) I have lived in the US ever since. I am a third generation engineer, a mechanical engineer who has worked for the government, myself, a tech start up and a foreign owned defense middle weight. I have experience in manufacturing, detail design, concept design, product development, and research in both government and corporate environments (in other words I've lived in Dilbert’s world). I usually love my job, (when its not driving me nuts) and have had the luck to work on a broad range of programs, developing concepts and proposals for systems from electromagnetic guns to nuclear electric space probes and remote monitoring systems for long term hospitalized children.

Reading came late for a child who had some issues with a form of Dyslexia, but when I got the hang of it I went from having a hard time with Dick and Jane to reading Zane Grey, G.Heyer, Heinlein and Clark with the book hidden in my desk during class in less than six months. As soon as I learnt the wonders of reading and the wonders of the inner mind I wanted to write.

In high school and college Arthur C. Clark was my muse (I still re read Rendezvous with Rama every few years) along with L.L’amour, J.Pournelle and L.Niven plus dozens of authors writing on the history of weapons and warfare like Ian Hogg and Keegan. Favorite contemporary authors are, Clancy, Weber, Francis, Ringo, Flint, Correia, etc.

I started writing in high school, I was one of the few guys to take typing, convinced that it was a skill I would need for both computers and writing (though my early computer projects were on punch cards or tape.) In several advanced English courses in High School I wrote short stories that got me through on pure bravado if not technical skill.

Then life and a career got in the way, I continued to see computers as the wave of the future for writing, and was almost always tinkering with something but time passed and all I did was tinker. Then a bit more than a decade ago I decided that I wanted to write professionally and took the advice of J.Pournelle and S.King on writing, both advising that in the end its about work and some luck, but mostly its about writing lots of words getting lots of critiques and doing more edits. But timing has never been my best skill and I got to the point of actually trying to sell my work just as the old publishing model began to implode.

After more than five years of frustration (and having several full length novels at the point of at least being ready for a professional scrub) I discovered Smashwords. I bought my wife a Nook and then we began to acquire and read free and low cost eBooks, many of which were published by this strangely named company, Smashwords.

And that’s how we come to meet....I hope you like the stuff I write, I actually enjoy writing it though like all jobs it has its down side (edits and critques) and it bad days (I really need to grow up and stop dreaming.) As I get into this I hope to be able to get to know more of you and get your opinions on the job I’m doing.

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Review by: Kev123 on Sep. 26, 2014 :
Not polished, but a good story line. The writing seemed to improve as the book progressed. Written in the Ton Clancy mode of seemingly disparate vignettes to begin with and it takes a while to combine the first chapters into the story but stay with it, worth the time.
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Review by: resonant on Nov. 24, 2013 :
Very good. I liked it enough that I'm buying the author's other books.
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Review by: P DD on Jan. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
I have to admit being taken by this book almost as much because, as despite, its lack of polish. The jagged edges suit the devil-may-care spirit of the narrative. Reminiscent of an era when breaking rules in the pursuit of greatness was not only tolerated, but celebrated. This is old-school science fiction—not the modern hedonistic pablum that masquerades as the genre today.

It's a rollicking yarn of intrigue and suspense sometimes held together duct tape, but well worth the read. The science requires a healthy suspension of disbelief, but the concepts are compelling enough to keep interest. I love the pioneering spirit of the book. Highly recommend the read!
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Review by: R Ralan on Sep. 07, 2012 :
This is quite a good example of hard science fiction, with the author managing to make most of his science sound plausible rather than depending on jargon. In addition, some of the bureaucratic aspects of developing advanced ideas are well explicated without dominating the tale. The plot develops slowly but is exciting and feels largely realistic.

Now for the negatives. Characters are just a tad cardboardy, and dialog curiously formal on occasion. But that's common enough in hard SF, where science itself, in a sense, is the leading character. The summing-up after the story climax is far too mushy and idealistic, a letdown after an exciting tale. A bit of disappointed hope and irony would have been more realistic. Further, the title Moon Dreams is too paltry for this tale, giving little idea of the excitement of space travel.

The worst flaws are in grammar and punctuation. Harris gives the impression of being an educated man, albeit primarily in the sciences. It's difficult to believe even the most tech-oriented individual would lack a higher degree of comprehension as to how sentences should be formed, too often in this book a collection of phrases strung together by commas.

Punctuation: I'm used to amateur writing (and some professional writing, as well) having problems with the use of commas and apostrophes. But Harris takes it a step farther, not seeming to know proper usage of question marks. All in all, it's a shame he couldn't have found a friend to do a proper copy edit.

The purposes of punctuation are to clarify meaning, to hint at the stresses and pauses which add emotion to verbal communication, and to enhance ease of reading. Poor punctuation is harmful to all these aims. The only saving grace is that about half way through Moon Dreams the errors seemed to get less jarring.

Worth reading despite the flaws.
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Review by: Jim Bade on Dec. 20, 2011 :
What a great book! In the spirit of the greats, this book had it all! A great story line, very unique, a lingering romance, good friends, action in abundance with just enough pause to build the story and characters.

The author reallknows's how to build a story, bring it to multiple highs, and with diverse and believablcharactersrs. Just as good, the skill in editing is of a professional quality worthy of the best! I am VERY impressed with the author, and will read more of their books!
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Review by: Kraig Schlosser on Sep. 01, 2011 :
I just finished reading this book - It was excellent - well thought out and well written. A very enjoyable read.
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