Richard Alan Dickson

Biography

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


Books

The Hag's Handbook to a Trouble-Free Thanksgiving Tot-Roast
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In a world where rotten little brats push innocent crones into their own ovens, one woman dares to put children back on the menu. With the proper care, that plump Tot-Roast can once again grace every Hag's Thanksgiving table. For one low price, the secrets can be yours. Don't wait. Call now!
For Sale: One Planet, Gently Used
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,730. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
One doomed planet. One skilled salesman. One shot at salvation. In the Earth's final days, John Smith must sell the planet so the rest of us can move on. With a thousand generations of used-car salesmen in his blood, he's more than a match for every race in the galaxy save one—the one that just happened to walk in the door.
The Hag's Handbook to the Tastiest Trick-or-Treaters
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In a world where unruly brats push innocent Hags into their own ovens, one woman dares to put children back on the menu. With the proper handling, those pesky Trick-or-Treaters don't need to be a dangerous delicacy. Now, the secrets can be yours... for one low, low price. Don't wait. Call now!
The Best First Date Ever
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
When Johnny asked Debbie Coyle to the Homecoming game, he never thought she'd accept. He had no idea what Fate was thinking. But as the engine to his dad's tired Oldsmobile began to sputter on the way to pick her up for the most important Friday night of his life, he had a terrible feeling that he was about to find out.
Cat Patrol Delta: Episode #1 thru Episode #5
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 43,310. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
For generations, the Canine Cartel and the Space Cat Alliance have warred across the galaxy. On Earth, the dogs have won—for now—but four stranded space cats work to help the cat rebellion win. This collection includes the following episodes: Episode #1: Earthfall; Episode #2: Cracking the Iceberg; Episode #3: Traitor in the Mist; Episode #4: Enemy Of My Enemy; Episode #5: A Brand New War.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #5: A Brand New War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
With a wrecked spaceship on their paws and two armies of dogs closing in from either side, Cat Patrol Delta sneaks behind enemy lines to chase rumors of some much-needed spare parts. But with dogs, nothing is ever as it seems, and even a set of cautious cats may have trouble keeping the deadly jaws of the treacherous trap from snapping shut.
Ten Tales from the Bookshelf, Volume One
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 49,080. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ten popular fantasy and science fiction stories from Richard Alan Dickson, including: The Eidolon Offramp; Devil Dogs; A Birthday Surprise; Doom Cows from Outer Space; Bull's-Eye Red; The Dawn of Spring; The Case of the Missing Cookies; Joatman; Gentlemen's Accord; and Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #1: Earthfall.
Unfinished Business, Volume One
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
We love to fight. Whether cats, pirates, computers, elves, or plain old people, we all love to fight. Or, for those of us who bruise easily, we love to watch others square off, putting up their dukes to take care of business. This collection of five such tales includes: Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #1: Earthfall; Gentlemen's Accord; Bull's-Eye Red; The Lucky Charm; and The Dawn of Spring.
The Lucky Charm
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
Sailors in the South Pacific needed all the luck they could get. Alex Todd needed more. With four boats already shot out from beneath his feet, he collects every lucky charm he can find. But when one goes missing before a night patrol—and when the motor subsequently dies in Japanese waters—Alex Todd prepares himself for number five.
Mister Majestor's Magnificent Menagerie
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,920. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The day Perry's grandfather rescues him from a foster home is the happiest of his life... until he learns he'll be cleaning cages at some stupid traveling curio show, a place where animals in cheesy props pretend to be griffins, centaurs and creatures of old. But when the demons attack, Perry learns the amazing truth behind the incredible world of Mister Majestor's Magnificent Menagerie.
Devil Dogs
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
For anyone but the youngest son of the Clan Chief, slaying the fiercest flying beast on the twelve planets would be an impressive task. Not for Dras'unat. He must do so using a temperamental flying chariot from a long-dead race. But that won't stop him. He will prevail. He will take his rightful place... unless the beast, or the chariot, kills him first.
Gateway: Left Behind
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,620. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a Gateway station explodes, Rupert Cole races to find the cause. With terror factions already ruling the Earth, only Gateway keeps them from those who've fled to the safety of space. If the factions have finally discovered a way to escape, there will be no putting them back... and nowhere left for everyone else to run.
The Fifth Horseman
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,810. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
The one man who can stop Armageddon is... a boy? On a quest, the Horseman who wields Divine Retribution finds hope of man's salvation in a sassy girl with a passion for puppy-dog causes. When she runs afoul of a secret satanic cult, however, both the girl and that hope may die. Can she and the immortal teen survive, or will the world be doomed to face the reawakened fury of The Fifth Horseman?
Gentlemen's Accord
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When George Adams bumps into a planetary blockade, he knows he should turn around and scamper back the other way. When he recognizes the blockading buccaneer, however, he accepts an offer of safe passage. It's not foolish. George has pressing business to attend. Besides, nobody honors a promise quite like a pirate.
Sci Fi Tales, Volume 1: From the Edge
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 23,220. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Science fiction often rides the rail at the edge of a boundary, testing to see what's on the other side. But not all frontiers are found in the distance of outer space. Sometimes, our heroes find their stories much closer to home. This collection of five short stories includes, "A Birthday Surprise," "No Guts, No Glory," "The Crimson Teardrop," "The Eidolon Offramp," and "Bull's-eye Red."
Cats and Dogs and Little Green Men, But No Humans Allowed
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,090. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Humans always hog the good stories. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from dogs to cats to little green men (or elves, in this case). This collection includes five short stories that give the nod to the non-humans of the bunch, including, "Road Rage," "Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #1: Earthfall," "Doom Cows from Outer Space," "The Dawn of Spring," and "The Case of the Missing Cookies."
Love, Venusian Style
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,110. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a groggy Martian forgets the toilet seat after a wild wedding night, his new bride—the Queen of Venus—promptly declares war. So much for the honeymoon. Forgetting his pants, he flees his dripping bride in a dash for the safety of Mars, but the wacky space race is already off to a rocky start. Even among artificial life forms, space ships included, naked Martians get very little respect.
Bull's-eye Red
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
You know it's a bad day when you're wearing bull's-eye red, but lunar target drones don't have a choice. It's an occupational hazard. For one target drone with secret dreams of a different career, a change of color may be the ultimate reward... but only if he can figure out how to win.
Doom Cows from Outer Space
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Zabba Zoom, the Calf of Doom, must conquer a planet to become a full-fledged Doom Cow. It's not her fault she gets distracted. There's always something better to do. But when the Great and Terrible Leader shows up to discover why the job is not done, she must change her tune or perish. Puny humans, prepare to die!
G-Blade
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,930. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When the Confederation needs a scapegoat, Fleet Admiral Meredith Donovan gets kicked to an isolated outpost. With no real power, she must keep the Confederation from falling to the enemy, head off a political coup, and avert a looming civil war. Her best hope lies among the stars, but if finding a group of disgraced knights will be hard, convincing them to save the galaxy may prove impossible.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #4: Enemy of My Enemy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
With the evil space dogs' resonance chamber ready to destroy Katlantis, the gloves come off. Cat Patrol Delta gears up for war. But when the Earth dogs fight the space dogs for the same territory, Growler the Mutt comes to the curious cats with an offer that may simply be too hard to ignore.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #3: Traitor in the Mist
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
For crafty space cats stranded on Earth, sticking it to the dogs comes naturally. But when they learn that they must spirit hundreds of captured cats from beneath the dogs' noses, even they realize that their next mission will be far from routine... and that's even before they discover the entire thing might be one very nasty canine trap.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #2: Cracking the Iceberg
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,910. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Cat Patrol Delta, now stranded on a backwater planet known as Earth, takes jobs as mercenaries to get the money to fix its ship. The first job? Rescue a rebel princess. Freeing one cat from a pack of mangy mutts should be kitten's play for space cats... but the evil Earth dogs may have an unexpected trick or two in mind.
Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #1: Earthfall
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2011 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
While investigating a signal by its enemies in the Canine Cartel, Cat Patrol Delta crashes on the little known planet Earth. Delta discovers a war between cats and dogs down there, too... and the cats are losing! But when the dogs snatch a space cat, the earthbound mutts may quickly find that they've picked a fight with a far more dangerous breed of cat.
The Crimson Teardrop
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
When Sawyer Ellis learns of a cold divorce waiting for him in New York after a decade of long-distance marriage, he delays retiring from his job on Mars. They'd always planned to be together on Mars, hadn't they? If he can only get her to come, she'll change her mind. And then they'll be happy.
A Birthday Surprise
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When his brother bumbles a burglary, Finn Bates blasts into space with the cops hot on his heels and his brother's DNA broadcast to every spaceport around. With the number of places he can land approaching zero, Finn must plan one final score that his brother can't possibly screw up, or risk getting kicked off every decent planet in the universe.
The Eidolon Offramp
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Gary knows to stay out of the PFAST lane. He's heard all the tales, seen all the stores, learned all the risks. One highway phased into a million roads, the perfect solution to gridlock... except for those who never make it to the other side. Yeah, Gary knows to stay out of the PFAST lane. Naturally, that's the one place his kid brother needs him to go.
Joatman!
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
With MiddleBoy Blue back in action, the city needs a superhero. Too bad none can come. Fortunately, Joatman is on the job! Can the dastardly villain survive the special brand of justice dispensed by a Jack of All Trades, Master at None? Better yet, can the city?
Road Rage
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
For one elderly couple, a familiar drive takes an unfamiliar turn when a towering rage threatens to carry them into a dread future that will change the world forever. With this story, Richard Alan Dickson presents a short adventure in the style of "The Twilight Zone." Colorful characters and a surprising twist make "Road Rage" a fun little tale that all Science Fiction fans are sure to enjoy.
No Guts, No Glory
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Eternal life as a cyborg sounded good to Brandon Elliott Keagan, but when science proves the existence of an eternal afterlife, his own eternity sours. Now, BeK must find a way to wiggle out of his contract, despite the fact that neither his corporate masters, nor his programming, will allow it.
The Dawn of Spring
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,690. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
For a teen with no magic, storming the castle of an evil Ice Mage is a dangerous and daunting task, but when Old Man Winter kidnaps his sister, that's exactly what the son of Jack Frost decides to do... especially once his father forbids it.
The Case of the Missing Cookies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2010 by Grey Cat Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
When good cookies go missing, the doggie detective goes to work. With his trusty nose to help him sniff out trouble, he tracks down the one question that will break the case: in a room packed with mystery writers... whodunit?

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