Doug Turnbull

Biography

On a wintery Ohio morning in 1958, Doug Turnbull watched the television broadcast of America’s first satellite blasting off atop a Jupiter C rocket into the darkness above Cape Canaveral. From that moment, he was hooked on rockets and space travel, both what was being done and what could be done. As a youth he constructed a series of solid and liquid fuel rockets, on one occasion filling the house with smoke after conducting a static test in the basement. Future tests were banished to the back yard and while none of the rockets flew, their failures were spectacular.

A victim of Math Deficiency Syndrome, his future as a professional engineer or scientist was limited. Nonetheless, while making ends meet in mortgage banking, a field requiring only limited mathematical aptitude, Turnbull maintained his interest in Astronomy, as well as Physical and Planetary Science. He has constructed several telescopes, including one with a clock drive of his own design. As an amateur historian, amateur scientist, radical Libertarian, UCD graduate, member of the NRA, occasional reader of the work of other Science Fiction writers and subscriber to the Scientific American, he is well positioned to opine on a variety of issues. A resident of Lexington, Kentucky, Turnbull also writes Science Fiction novels and stories for young adults and adults.

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Books

Tenderfoot
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Category: Fiction
An immigrant boy quickly learns that his new home on Mars is a long way from Kolkata. Kumar Sharma is not a happy camper when he discovers that he has lost his Scout ranking and is a Tenderfoot again.
Ribbon To The Sky
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
A rogue asteroid threatens all life on Earth! Ascend the fabulous space elevator with Captain Andy Anderson on a mission with a group of scientists to investigate Scranton Asteroid, a mission that leads to an amazing discovery. When Andy discovers a sinister plot to sabotage the mission, only a race against time can save the day.
Footprints in Red
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 73,730. Language: American English. Published: August 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Stand by for five exciting tales from the Martian past and future! This collection of science fiction is by the author of The Man Who Conquered Mars and Jupiter IV. Open this book and experience these unusual and thought provoking stories!
Colonial Scout
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
Boy Scout Augie Rodriguez leads a group of younger Scouts on an overnight campout in a cave on Mars. What should be a routine trip, turns exciting when a medical emergency tests Augie’s first aid skills.
A Wondrous Gift
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: American English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Elderly shipping tycoon, Andrew Smithers goes spelunking in a Martian cavern he once explored as a young man and discovers more than he bargained for.
Pathfinder
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,130. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
A woman and two men are instrumental in assembling the Pathfinder Mission, the first mission to colonize Mars, the red planet. Both men are in love with her, she is in love with both of them and yet only one of the three will be going on the mission. Enjoy the science, romance, intrigue, and adventure of this fast moving story.
Tribute
By Doug Turnbull
Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Four astronauts embark on a mysterious mission across the vast deserts of Mars.
The Man Who Conquered Mars
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 77,320. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
Ride with Anastasia Konstantinova across hundreds of miles of desert, go spelunking in ancient caves, endure a solar storm, meet a Martian dust devil, & experience life as a Mars Colonist. Ana, along with her friends Andy and Bob, become embroiled in political intrigue, fight in a revolution, explore the natural world of Mars & face the dangers of colonizing a planet using the technology of 2052.
Titus Andronicus Scott
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,940. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
February 25, 1956: “Ship down and all is well.” These six words recorded the landing of the first manned spacecraft on Mars. This book tells the story of the events that led to that momentous, but heretofore unrecorded occasion, and the story of the fabulous character who wrote those words.
Jupiter IV
By Doug Turnbull
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 71,740. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
Second of the Alien Artifact books, this novel is set in the 2070's, on the same past and future time track as The Man Who Conquered Mars and Titus Andronicus Scott. This story transports the reader billions of miles across the Solar System, from Earth, to Mars, to Callisto and to Luna.

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