Richard Alan Dickson
Richard Alan Dickson's writings range from the traditional science fiction, like "G-Blade" and "Gateway: Left Behind," to the more whimsical "Love, Venusian Style" and the Cat Patrol Delta series.
He also writes stories for young adults, with titles like "Mister Majestor's Magnificent Menagerie" and "Diver Down!"
The kids and the young-at-heart are represented, too, with stories such as "The Last Great Case of the Sunny Hills Detective Agency" and the short, "Hank the Happy Snowman."
Before becoming a full-time fiction writer, Richard spent twenty years in the business world. After a hungry stint as a fresh-faced stockbroker, he set aside the glamour of Wall Street—along with the thousands of friends he’d made during dinner-hour cold calls—to work as an accounting assistant in the Seattle office of a reinsurance company (yeah, he had to look that word up in the dictionary, too).
Once on the corporate ladder, Richard proved that his years spent climbing trees hadn’t been a complete waste of time by quickly climbing to department manager. But corporate winds are no less predictable than any other wind, and climbing in the wind is seldom a good idea. He suddenly found himself on the wrong side of the country when his company was forced to relocate ten years later.
They regrouped in New England.
He remained in the Northwest.
Waving good-bye to the moving vans as they motored down the road, Richard carefully considered his next career. He became a corporate consultant and ran himself happily ragged for the next nine years, traveling the country and racking up more frequent flyer miles than even a CPA could conveniently count.
Richard’s final years in Corporate America were spent in a Fortune 500 insurance group. As a VP, Controller, and then an acting CFO, he traveled from one coast to the other putting the lessons he’d learned as a consultant to good use.
His current career as a fiction writer takes him much further than any jetliner ever could, and he seldom needs to leave his writing loft to get there.
Visit Richard online at www.RichardAlanDickson.com.
Where to find Richard Alan Dickson online
On a night when things couldn't get any worse, Roger West discovers that they really can when a bar fight claims the life of the stranger who got in the way of his frustrated fist. He learns the true meaning of "worse," however, when the man's wallet identifies him as a notorious public figure... a man with dangerous friends who may look unkindly at his untimely death.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #10: Hail to the Chief
While charging to the rescue of a rebel leader, Cat Patrol Delta crashes headlong into a diabolical plot aimed at every cat on Earth. With humans working as the dogs' pawns, the devious design proves difficult to destroy. But when the cats discover an old enemy at work, the dastardly plan takes on a new dimension and threatens to doom every cat in the universe forever.
The Mindanao Death Trap
Fleeing through the night, recon pilot Ben Cobb races to warn MacArthur of a secret Japanese build-up on Mindanao. The marines must not invade! When a pack of trailing Zeroes flame him from the sky, Ben must find another way to deliver his message. With precious little time, and with everything he meets trying to kill him, Ben must not fail. The fate of the entire war may well depend on it.
The Menace of the Unseen Terror
When the whole school laughs at him after a Halloween prank, an embarrassed young man plots his revenge. They want tricks? Fine. Tomorrow night, on Halloween, James William Bruce will treat the schoolyard bullies to a prank they'll not soon forget.
The April Fool
You can't believe everything you hear in high school, so when Leo hears he's going to the big dance with the Homecoming Queen, he laughs. It's no joke, though. For a computer geek, the favor she asks in return is a trifle. But if he's not careful, Leo Rystrom may find that her innocent request will destroy his life even more quickly than her jealous ex-boyfriend, who vows his revenge.
The Fourth Strike
When Doyle Hunter received his third strike, he expected life in prison. He expected to disappear from society forever. He expected that they'd lock the door and throw away the key. He did not expect to be hauled out to some secret trial to see if they shouldn't just execute him, instead... and he certainly didn't expect the alien.
When the Christmas present of the nicest girl in school goes missing, Paul Stevens suspects the school bully, a sixth-grader destined for a lump of coal on that magical morning. For a skinny little fourth-grader to tackle a schoolyard gang would be insane... but to save Christmas, that's exactly what Paul Stevens must figure out how to do.
The Christmas Pest
When Grot the Ogre discovers Rafael the Rat in his living room on Christmas Eve, his first thought is to toss the rat out the window. Grot dislikes pests, particularly pests with problems. But when those problems bring a pack of angry trolls to his door, Grot must choose between throwing the rat to the trolls or surrendering to the holiday spirit and joining him in a suspiciously easy quest.
Lookey Here, I Done Bagged Me A Deer
When the worst hunter in the south goes deer hunting on Christmas Eve, the last thing he expects is for a big old target to drop in his lap. Unfortunately for Little Bobby Brown, there's just one minor catch.
Taking the North Pole
When the woodland elves strike north against the elves of the ice, a former prankster finds himself alone, the last of his kind. With an enemy castle now at his doorstep, he vows his revenge. One against many might be long odds, but neither Kringle nor his army have ever faced a dark elf like Jack Frost.
S.O.S. North Pole
After centuries of delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys, an evil elf comes to the North Pole to bring it to an end. The reindeer spring into action to deliver a powerful plea to the children of the world: Save Our Santa. Save him... from her.
Tom the Target-Tailed Turkey
When a pair of feuding families call a Thanksgiving truce and start looking for a feast, Tom the Target-Tailed Turkey grows a little nervous. When he hears their plans to put him on the menu, he flies into a panic. The truce must be cancelled at all costs, if he can just figure out how.
The Halloween Hop
For a kid in the seventh grade, skipping the Halloween Hop would normally be a bad choice. For Leo Rystrom, it might be the best decision around, especially when the most popular girl in school asks him to the dance. It's only after he agrees that he remembers one very important fact: Leo Rystrom has never danced a single step in his life.
Boo? Boo Who?
On a night when the best costume gets the most free candy, one young man knows that his costume must be the very best. His only competition? His big sister Sally and Boo Boy, a mysterious kid from down the lane. But on this night—his night—there will be no mystery. After months of careful planning, Paul has finally crafted the perfect disguise.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #9: The Reaper Strikes
When the space cats learn that Tom is trapped aboard the Reaper's Cosmic Castle, they scramble to get him back. With the help of a former Alpha cat, they race to the rescue before the fleet arrives to destroy the ship. But the Reaper may find that there is no such thing as a docile cat, and that even one captive Delta might be more than his evil paws can handle.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #8: Revenge of the Malamute
When the evil space dogs hatch a diabolical plot far across the globe, Cat Patrol Delta dashes from Woofington City to spoil their plans. But the plot may be more deadly than it first appears. For the cats, the cold Siberian snow may hold a far greater danger than they could have possibly feared.
The Night They Came Back
Everyone laughed at Johnny five years ago when he told them he'd seen the aliens. He learned his lesson. Tonight, on the night they return, he won't go to the police. Tonight, he'll deal with them, himself... if he can just figure out how.
Mister Majestor: The Devil You Know
With the universe about to be unmade, Perry Ellison scrambles to find a new way to fight the Demon King. Only a devil can teach the young man what he needs to know, but devils are no longer welcome in the Menagerie—especially the one who volunteers... a devious she-devil with a hidden agenda and a secret that could prove far more dangerous to Perry than even the Demon King, himself.
White Haul Wildcats: Solar Strike
When mistakes begin to plague the best team in the big-money game of recycling stars, Gordon Grant races to find the rivals responsible for the sabotage. The last thing he needs is to destroy a solar system with an ill-timed mistake... but the last thing his rivals need is the wrath of Gordon Grant and the White Haul Wildcats.
Sci Fi Tales, Volume 3: Crisis Mode
Crisis Mode: the feeling of electrified panic that hits when you realize things aren't just bad, they're way beyond that. Here are five tales with heroes who suddenly find themselves in Crisis Mode. The science fiction tales in this collection include: "Lunar Command: Condition Orange," "Prometheus Denied," "The Europa Connection," "Atlantis, B.C.E.," and "Nova Warriors: Darkness Falls."
A Dish Best Served by the Side of a Roaring Fire
When someone tosses an annoying animated puppet beneath Jack's car to frame him for a hit-and-run homicide one dark and stormy night, the giant killer's mood sours. Someone has forgotten a very important rule: never mess with the baddest bad boy in town.
Dream Taker: The Garden of Eve
In an overpopulated world, people retire to dream centers. When the system fails, the only way to wake them is to kill them within that dream. For Dream Taker Randall Faust, a key mission goes horribly wrong when he develops amnesia, but a few missing memories won't keep him from his target... even if he can't be sure he's still in the dream without them.
Lunar Command: Condition Orange
When people return to space after forty years, they discover they're not alone. The artificial intelligence programs running the old moon base have grown and prospered in their absence... and those programs are not of a mind to simply step aside and hand it all back.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #7: Rescue!
With the Reaper rounding up the rebels, Cat Patrol Delta has its back to the wall. Four space cats are hard pressed to match the combined might of the evil Canine Cartel. But help arrives in the form of four swashbuckling Alpha cats. Will eight space cats be enough to save the day, or will the dogs have the final say?
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #6: A Purrfect Plan
After the evil space dogs steal its crashed spaceship, Cat Patrol Delta goes on the prowl to track it down. Without a ship, they can't get home, but the Reaper has plans for the ship that don't involve simply handing it back... plans for destroying Katlantis and dealing with the cats, once and for all.
When a stunning blonde hops into his car and shouts, "Drive," John Keagan does as he's told. When she tells him of aliens and conspiracies, he nudges the car toward the off-ramp in spite of her great looks. But when the guys with the guns show up, her stories start to ring true... and she hasn't yet told him of the scariest part, or what she wants him to do.
At first, wearing a wedding band that read his wife's moods was a godsend, but when Hank McCoy found that he couldn't take it off, the deal began to sour... and when he filed for divorce, the consequences of the fine print that he never bothered to read turned downright deadly.
The Wizard's Second Foolish Kiss
When his friend tries to steal a kiss from a nymph, a young wizard feels the full wrath of the Queen of the Water Sprites. With the frozen waters of her enchanted pool spreading downstream, he must halt the next Ice Age by completing her quest to find a unicorn. The catch? Most wizards believe unicorns to be extinct.
Ten Tales from the Bookshelf, Volume Three
Ten stories by Richard Alan Dickson, including the following popular titles: The Last Great Lemonade-Stand Showdown; Atlantis, B.C.E.; Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #3: Traitor in the Mist; Crossed Signals; Outward Bound; Song of the Canary; Shooting Stars and Electric Sheep; Suitcase Switcheroo; The Wizard's First Foolish Kiss; and, Nova Warriors: The Return.
The Wizard's First Foolish Kiss
When a young wizard tries to steal a kiss from a dryad and the moon begins to fall from the sky, he realizes that the plan has gone slightly awry. If he can't fix things fast, his dad's gonna kill him... if the moon doesn't do it first. Fortunately, a fiery friend has a plan, even if her plan might just be the most dangerous plan of them all.
Red, White and Retirement Blues
After sighting a supposedly-dead terrorist that the young security agents are busy ignoring, undercover officer Roger Turner crashes through the Oakland security gate in hot pursuit. The man will not escape justice again, even when the boneheaded youngsters begin to chase Roger, instead.
The Europa Connection
With pirates raiding the Asteroid Belt, frontier marshal Griffin Douglas goes undercover to expose the operation and tear it all down. When he finds ties back to Mars, however, he must dive even deeper into both his role and the dark seduction of his newly-tasted power. Out on the frontier, when the line that no lawman should ever cross begins to blur... who's to really know?
For Cyd Euripides, parking cars for Venusian goddesses on Atlantis might not be the most challenging work, but the former serf enjoys the career change. Fresh air, sunshine, an occasional flight through the air after being swatted by a displeased goddess... life is good. But when the other serfs drag Cyd into a crazy escape plan, the doomed island may never be the same again.
Heroes, Hags, and Wise Guys
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from the superhero to the teenager screwing up his courage to ask a girl out on that dreaded first date. Wise guys come in all shapes and sizes too, but most don't drive cars or carry guns. Some fly. Others toss water balloons. Hags, however, are hags. There's only one kind. This collection includes five short stories of Heroes, Hags and Wise Guys.
Sci Fi Tales, Volume 2: On the Mark
Five science fiction tales of pure entertainment, in a strap-on-your-ray-gun-and-hang-on-tight kind of way... or whatever approximation for a ray gun the heroes of each tale might happen to have. The stories include: "Nova Warriors: The Return;" "Devil Dogs;" "Suitcase Switcheroo;" "Shooting Stars and Electric Sheep;" and "Outward Bound."
Nova Warriors: Darkness Falls
When aliens invaded the Earth, Colonel Alan Lane expected death and destruction to sweep the planet. He didn't expect them to simply disappear into the ocean. After three weeks, however, all remains quiet except for a few missing boats in pirate-infested waters. Are the pirates up to their old tricks, or is something sinister finally going on?
Shooting Stars and Electric Sheep
When an elite star trooper freezes on the battlefield, Doctor Bill Morris races to find the seed to the hallucination that stopped him flat. Elite troops are tough, fearless, and immune to such attacks. If the enemy has found a new virus, the Empire's iron-fisted dominance may come to an abrupt end.
When law and order fail on Earth, Deputy Griffin Douglas hops a transport to a sleepy lunar colony untouched by the turmoil, but a cry for help diverts the ship. Pirates are raiding the frontier mining camps. The miners need justice, justice needs a lawman, and one dejected lawman finds that perhaps he's not yet ready to hang up his guns, after all.
Nova Warriors: The Return
When an asteroid on a collision course turns into a surprise alien invasion, Captain Alan Lane and Pollywog Squadron must defend the Earth from attack. But how can a bunch of military misfits at a submarine base succeed when the best military minds have already failed? The day we've long feared has finally arrived... and we're not ready.
Song of the Canary
For a robin with an attitude, turning songbird against a pigeon hawk crime lord is a bad idea. When a murder of crows joins the action to hunt him down, the feathers begin to fly. Can he organize his dogs and meet the crows on the mean streets of the big city, or is his goose finally cooked?
The Girl and the Dragon Eyes
When Finn and Clyde Bates are framed for kidnapping a tong boss's daughter and stealing his jewels, the bumbling pair must find the girl and the true crooks before his patience comes to an end. Robbing a crime lord on a prison planet is never wise. If they fail, there will be nowhere for the former thieves to hide.
First dates are hell, no question about it. But when Derek Adams finally wins that lucky first date with the girl of his dreams, he believes—for one brief instant—that he's finally got it made. Let the misadventure begin.
When a simple delivery for the mob turns into a nasty double cross, Finn and Clyde Bates race to find the real goods. Crossing the mob on a planet of mobsters might be bad for their continued health, but it'll be worse for the mobster who actually pulled the job... a made man motivated to make sure they fail.
The Last Great Lemonade-Stand Showdown
Southern California. Summer, 1962. With "Big Al" Torres and his squirt-gun-toting goons moving to corner the Thirty-Ninth Street lemonade-stand racket, Bobbie Johnston gears up for war. This summer, he has help: a kid who knows his way around squirt guns and water balloons. But will Bobbie's out-of-town muscle be enough? The turf war is on. Let the battle begin.
Crash Cogburn and the Video Warriors
Dragons, wizards, swords and spells. Jason Cogburn knows they aren't real. They only exist in nice, safe video games. But when his latest trip to the video games parlor goes terribly wrong, the young man's nice, safe world becomes the myth. Tonight, Jason Cogburn learns the terrifying truth: magic is real; science is the lie.
Ten Tales from the Bookshelf, Volume Two
Ten popular fantasy and science fiction stories from Richard Alan Dickson, including: The Best First Date Ever; For Sale: One Planet, Gently Used; The Crimson Teardrop; The Hag's Handbook to the Tastiest Trick-or-Treaters; The Lucky Charm; No Guts, No Glory; The Hag's Handbook to a Trouble-Free Thanksgiving Tot-Roast; Road Rage; The Happy Snowman; and Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #2
Workshop Stories, Volume One
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but we meet in Oregon. When authors gather and dare each other to write, story happens. Once, those stories served that purpose and faded away, but now you can read them too. This volume includes: Devil Dogs, The Hag's Handbook to the Tastiest Trick-or-Treaters, The Best First Date Ever, Hank the Happy Snowman, and For Sale: One Planet, Gently Used.
Hank the Happy Snowman
When Hank the Happy Snowman gets his new foam finger, he can finally wave to all the happy people he passes from the back of his pickup truck. It's the happiest winter ever... until his new foam finger topples over the side. Hank the Happy Snowman's happy winter may suddenly take a very unhappy turn for the worse.
Mister Majestor: Demon Crown
When Perry Ellison learns that an angry demon lord searches for the most powerful artifact ever created, he decides the world might soon be in for one very bad day. Along with his talking cat, he sets off on an amazing adventure through otherworldly realms to foil the demon's plans. But with demons, all may not be as it seems. Perry's rash decision may very well lead to an unintended end.
When Gil Adams runs from the life that his too-proper parents picked for him, he never expects to find himself searching for an impossible sunken treasure. He never expects a girl to complicate his carefree life, either. But mostly, he never expects that others might be searching for the treasure, too... killers who will stop at nothing to find it.