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About Doug Turnbull

On a wintery Ohio morning in 1958, Doug Turnbull watched the television broadcast of America’s first satellite blasting off atop a Jupiter C rocket into the darkness above Cape Canaveral. From that moment, he was hooked on rockets and space travel, both what was being done and what could be done. As a youth he constructed a series of solid and liquid fuel rockets, on one occasion filling the house with smoke after conducting a static test in the basement. Future tests were banished to the back yard and while none of the rockets flew, their failures were spectacular.

A victim of Math Deficiency Syndrome, his future as a professional engineer or scientist was limited. Nonetheless, while making ends meet in mortgage banking, a field requiring only limited mathematical aptitude, Turnbull maintained his interest in Astronomy, as well as Physical and Planetary Science. He has constructed several telescopes, including one with a clock drive of his own design. As an amateur historian, amateur scientist, radical Libertarian, UCD graduate, member of the NRA, occasional reader of the work of other Science Fiction writers and subscriber to the Scientific American, he is well positioned to opine on a variety of issues. A resident of Lexington, Kentucky, Turnbull also writes Science Fiction novels and stories for young adults and adults.

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Review by: Gemma Knott on April 30, 2012 :
A great, very short, story. I felt like I was missing something at the end; a little more detail about their situation would have me nice.
Still, it was enough I didn't feel in the dark.
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Review by: Willie Wit on April 27, 2012 :
I felt a little mystefied as to where this might be heading on it's short journey... but then it arrived. Surprising me in a most touching way.
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Review by: TheBigBookworm on April 24, 2012 :
Not as surprising as the author would have us believe but a pleasant flash short for all that. Love the cover.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on April 24, 2012 :
a nice short story that has been illustrated superbly.
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