Philip Chen's early career included a stint as an ocean research engineer working on development of deep submergence systems, including what was to have been the world's first free swimming submersible capable of 20,000 foot working depths. In addition, he participated as a hyperbaric chamber operator on ground-breaking manned saturation dives in the chamber to depths of 1,500 feet. As the operator, he was responsible for monitoring the well-being of the human volunteers, all trained underwater demolition team members from the U.S. Navy, and assuring their safe ascent to surface pressures. He has one U.S. Patent to his credit for an underwater mooring system.
After this experience, Phil worked as an environmental engineer, power plant engineer, trial attorney, corporate executive, and investment banker.
Phil has the degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. He is a registered professional engineer and admitted to the Bar in New York and Minnesota. His biography has been regularly selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
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Mysterious objects found buried deep in the ocean and murderous gangs of ordinary Americans, comprise this thriller.
(4.13 from 15 reviews)
By Philip Chen
Published: September 14, 2010.
The discovery of mysterious objects buried deep in the ocean turns urgent when they send signals to outer space. Mike is pulled back into a clandestine world to help decipher the signals, but is attacked by gangs of ordinary Americans. He also learns that a revered friend has died. Will his death mean that the mystery will remain forever sealed in the silt and muck of the ocean bottom?
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- Passengers to Zeta Nine
on June 16, 2011
A good science fiction novel takes you on a journey to places where you can't possibly go; an incredible science fiction novel shows you how to get there.
Passengers to Zeta Nine by Peter Salisbury is of the latter sort. In this story about future explorers to a distant planet called Zeta Nine, Salisbury uses his scientific background in describing the discovery of a presumably uninhabited planet. His vehicle, aptly named "Explorer", has been sent on a journey of 120 years to explore the distant planet. Interestingly, there are no humans (as we know them) on-board this high tech ship. When Explorer achieves its orbit above Zeta Nine, its computers signal the creation of human pioneers using stored DNA records and mind patterns.
Salisbury uses precise language to describe the various technologies in his novel. At first, the reader will say, "That is just fiction!" But as she reads further, it dawns on her that she had read or heard on the news that the exact process described by Salisbury is currently being developed in some obscure laboratory at some university somewhere. The technology may not be commercially viable or necessarily socially acceptable at this time, but that is a question best left to bioethicists or engineers to argue at some pedantic symposium as they sit on a stage behind a long table, draped with a white cloth.
Although I rave about the technical aspects of this story, the story itself is about two reconstituted adult pioneers' struggle to understand the new world into which they have been reborn. The story has elements of intrigue and conflicting motives. Our pioneers must deal with demands from afar while trying to absorb the tremendous mysteries that confront them on Zeta Nine. What will be their undoing: the unknown but fascinating and dangerous new world, or the Machiavellian plots from the old? This is a quick read and one that leaves the reader wanting to learn more about Raife and Nancy's future adventures on Zeta Nine.