Born and raised in West Germany, Ralph Ewig immigrated to the US in 1992 at the age of twenty. He has lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and holds three degrees in the area of Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. Throughout his engineering career, he has worked with many government and commercial space organizations, progressing from individual contributor, to small business owner and executive management. To date, his contributions include roles as a Mission Operations Engineer at SpaceX for the first flights of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, and Vice President at Aerojet Rocketdyne. As an avid space advocate and science fiction author, he maintains a regular online presence focused on space and adjacent technologies, and has published both a novel and a series of short stories electronically and in print.
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Nothing defines a life more clearly, than its use of power. As more details about the Novacula are revealed, the picture of the conflict and its antagonists comes into focus. Crim and Denek's actions are placed into context, suddenly framing them with astonishing consequences as the two troopers continue to apply their own peculiar reasoning to survive in a world beyond their knowledge.
Denek and Crim are at it again in this prequel to Freedom - this time taking on the meaning of Choice. As before, they bring their unique approach to philosophy with them, sure to make any academic cringe in disapproval: it’s theory versus practice and force-projection instead of analytical referencing – strangely thought provoking and yet thoroughly disrespectful at the same time.
Humanity has spread over several star systems, but the technology used to bridge the void conceals a mystery yet to be solved. Welcome aboard the SANSSOUCI – where a traumatized heiress seeks to uncover her identity, a space-born Viking charts the course through the deep, and an inexperienced pilot struggles to safely travel the darkest depths of the human psyche.
Join Denek and Crim as they dissect the meaning of freedom with the pointed efficiency of the battle hardened space trooper, sure to make any academic cringe in disapproval: it’s theory versus practice and force-projection instead of analytical referencing – strangely thought provoking and yet thoroughly disrespectful at the same time.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ralph Ewig
- The Spiraling Web
on April 10, 2013
This book kicks ass - not only does the author know what he's talking about regarding the technology that propels the story, but he actually has something to say. The story touches on all kind of current issues (copyright, censorship, online economy, etc.) but is always entertaining and insightful without degrading into yet another lecture.
I've read both "The Spiraling Web" and the follow on "Entropy of Ideas", and they are by far the best free scifi I've found on Smashwords so far. The characters are interesting, the tech believable, and the dialogs are full of pointed barbs - if you liked Neuromancer, Snow Crash, or Altered Carbon, you need to read these books.
This is what Tron could (should!) have been, before it got all Disney-fied ...
- Passengers to Zeta Nine
on Sep. 15, 2013
Intriguing technical concepts, and impressive detail. The characters' behavior feels a little unnatural at times, but the imaginative story line makes up for it. The mystery propelling the story line keeps you wanting to know more; it's a fun read.