Stephen W Bennett
About the author:
I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren.
My early reading interests were arguably all sci-fi related, from Doctor Doolittle, Captain Marvel, to Superman. I then transitioned to "real" science fiction on black and white TV, such as Captain Video and Flash Gordon. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines.
My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool!
After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development.
I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years).
Retired, I now work as a consultant/contractor for the FAA, supporting a software system I helped create. I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction.
The sales of Koban, Book 1, and Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2, have been gratifyingly high, staying in the 100 Best Sellers list for Sci-Fi High Tech or Military Sci-Fi, and in Space Opera, for almost six months after the first one was was released (August 18, 2012), and really taking off again when Book 2 came out for Valentine's day, 2013. I thank the readers and their generous and helpful reviews for allowing me to improve the books, thus contributing to them doing so well.
The third book, Koban: Rise of the Kobani, was released in October, 2013. Book 4 (Koban: Shattered Worlds) will be on that third book's heels.
Thanks for reading my book(s).
Koban: Rise of the Kobani
The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters. A perilous descent through a war torn planet’s space defenses is only a first step. Raids into Krall territory enrage the enemy before the Kobani learn that a deadly ancient weapon still exists. If the war doesn’t go as the Krall want, entire planets will be shattered.
Koban: The Mark of Koban
The Krall have started a war of slow extermination in Human Space, to improve their warrior genes over many generations. When they left thousands of humans to die on savage Koban, bio-scientists left behind began gene modifications, borrowing many from Koban’s powerful heavy gravity predators. The Kobani children are now ready to meet the Krall and make them pay, if only they can get off world.
The Krall were a warrior race with lightning-fast reflexes. They captured humans for testing on Koban, a high gravity world, teal colored flora and impossibly fast animals with organic superconducting nerves. One captured ship held bio-scientists. The choice was simple: Put up a good fight or condemn humanity to extinction. The Krall will learn more than one species can bypass natural selection.