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Ramona Louise Wheeler is a free-lance writer and graphic artist. Her fiction work was first published in Analog magazine, primarily her “Ray and Rokey” series, adventures of partners, alien to each other, who travel the galaxy carrying cargo. The collected stories were later published in two volumes by Wildside Press, Have Starship, Will Travel and Starship For Hire, and Print on demand editions are available from major online stores.
Her non-fiction works focus on the literature, mythology and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. Her website, “Walk Like An Egyptian,” has been a learning aid for students around the globe since 1995. Her Egyptian essays were published first in 2000, Walk Like An Egyptian: A Modern Guide to The Religion and Philosophy Of Ancient Egypt. It was translated into Chinese for the Asian market in 2001, and a third, expanded edition came out in 2004, illustrated by the author. The new edition contains material on the Egyptian calendar, including a unique translation of the only existing copies, provided by Diana Janeen Pierce. Print on demand editions are available online.
Wheeler is currently working on a series of novels based in an alternate timeline in which Egypt, rather than Rome, became the foundation for Western European civilization.
In 1983, Wheeler was a founding member of Hal’s Pals, the science fiction writers group led by the dean of hard sf, Hal Clement. Professor Tom Easton, retired book reviewer for Analog and a true Renaissance Man, took over the helm for the group when Hal Clement passed away. The group continues to thrive with Professor Easton’s guidance. Such authors as Sherry Briggs, Wendy Spencer and Walter Hunt have been members of Hal’s Pals. The group was dubbed “Hal’s Pals” by Harlan Ellison.
Wheeler is also a graphic artist, specializing in book and web page layout, design and illustration. She did the cover art, typesetting and layout for all of her Wildside Press books. She has done the production work for a number of other books for Tokapu Press, including John Lennon’s Uncle Charlie, the centennial of broadcasting’s father, Reginald Fessendon and the SFWA Guidebook for Writers, edited by Hal Clement.
She lives in Massachusetts with the requisite number of cats. She was married in 1971 and widowed in 2007. Her husband’s poetry appears in some of her fiction writing.