Rick Novy

Biography

Rick Novy makes his home in a suburb of that great metropolitan desert region of Arizona known as Phoenix. He grew up in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater with a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics (double major).

He moved to California and lived in the Bay Area for a decade, during which he earned a masters of science in engineering at San Jose State University. In 1999 he moved to Arizona (it’s a wry heat).

Rick spent 14 years as an engineer in the semiconductor industry. He is currently adjunct faculty in the mathematics department at a local community college.

Rick has more interests than he has time to devote. He is a fish keeper suffering from MTS (multiple tank syndrome). One tank features difficult to find purebred Endler’s Livebearers, a species he keeps because it is nearly extinct in the wild from habitat destruction and is being crossbred with guppies by shortsighted breeders and pet shops to the extent that uncrossed Endlers are nearly impossible to find.

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Books

The Turbulent Birth of the Lick Observatory
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Astronomy
With drama equal to any fiction, this article explores the story of how a major research institution came into being at the top of a mountain at the end of the 19th Century.
Fishpunk
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 75,890. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
When Wisconsin Territory botanist Calvin Scholz receives a mysterious package from an old friend who recently came to an untimely demise, it sparks a wild adventure. The mid-1840s is a dangerous time, for the Americans are at war with Mexico. Scholz survives attempts on his life as he tries to deliver the package to his friend’s brother, an ichthyologist interested in fish-powered machines.
Rigel Kentaurus
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 93,520. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It's the first human voyage outside the solar system, and Proxima Centauri is the destination. The sleeper ship Deep Space discovers we are not alone, and not everyone out there is nice. Diverted to Alpha Centauri A (Rigel Kentaurus) for a faster-than-light prototype, they learn humanity is the only civilization to solve the light barrier problem. Now, they must defend it as a military secret.
Winter
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 20,320. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Two stories in one volume. Winter - When humans return to Earth after 20,000 years of time dilation, things are no longer as they were, for this is not the earth they expected to find. The Adjoa Gambit - On occupied Earth, mankind inhabits the Antarctic Reservation for Indigenous Peoples. But the occupiers like to gamble, and the new family has lost their shelter.
Throwing a Haymaker
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Category: Short Fiction Classification: Science Fiction Length: 6600 words When Doctor Harry Westmore comes to visit carrying a stack of punch cards and intent upon using his computer, the wealthy Bart Toynbee thought it strange. When Westmore declared the discovery of weather control, Toynbee decides to dedicate his wealth to bring rain to countries hit by famine. What could possibly go wrong? S
A Nice Day for a Walk
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Caught half-way between stars, Deepspace-2 hurtled near the speed of light damaged and unable to flip over to decelerate. Will the injured crew be able to flip the ship manually, or will they pass their destination, doomed to speed forever into the vast
Come to Slaughter, Pig!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Healthy souls can fetch a fair price on the black market. A young wraith learns the ins and outs of stealing a soul off the hospital operating table, all while trying to avoid the touch of a “physical.”
Neanderthal Swan Song
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 115,770. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The world of anthropology would have been excited when a perfectly preserved Neanderthal body is discovered in the Greenlandic permafrost, if authorities would allow the details out. When an American anthropologist involved in the excavation is denied access to the body, she uses an illicit tissue sample as source material to carry the Neanderthal’s clone to term herself.

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