Test Pilot

Rated 4.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Gregg Johnson was a test pilot in the Skull Squadron where death was the only retirement benefit. XOXO-13 was the designation for an experimental spaceship Gregg named Hugs and Kisses. When a tiny thing goes wrong in space, it becomes a very large thing. As usual, it had flaws, but would they be fatal? More
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About John H. Carroll

John H. Carroll was the youngest of seven children and was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970 where he was kept in a dresser drawer with the clean socks. Luckily, he wasn’t kept with the dirty socks or else he might have grown up to become slightly warped.
As a child, John spent most of his time wandering through the Mojave Desert in an attempt to avoid people. He would stare at the sky, imagining what it would be like to explore different worlds. One of his favorite memories is watching his dad build the fuselage of Evel Kneivel’s skycycle in their garage. One of his least favorite moments was watching that skycycle fall into the Snake River. (Not his dad’s fault and he has documentation to prove it, so nyah)
As a teenager, John spent most of his time driving wherever he could in an attempt to avoid people. He would stare at the road, imagining what it would be like to explore different worlds. He was the captain of the chess team, lettered in golf and band while in high school, and wasn’t beaten up anywhere near as much as one might imagine.
As an adult, John spends most of his time staring at a computer screen in an attempt to avoid people. He stares at the monitor for hours, imagining what it would be like to explore different worlds. Occasionally, he looks around to see what’s happening on planet Earth. Quite frankly, it frightens him. He’s just going to do his best to write as many books as he can before aliens disintegrate humanity for being so irritating.
Emo bunny minions surround John at most times. He is their imaginary friend and they look to him for guidance. At one point, they took over the world. No one noticed because they left everything exactly as it was. They gave the world back after a week because it was depressing.
The Ryallon Series is his most popular endeavor into the field of writing. His Stories for Demented Children have lightened the hearts of many strange children and adults. He writes in the evenings and weekends whenever possible.

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Reviews of Test Pilot by John H. Carroll

John Whelan reviewed on Nov. 27, 2013

Very short but readable
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
S. Michael Choi reviewed on Dec. 4, 2012

Solid four stars **** for "test pilot" which is short story speculating on circumstances of first FTL craft sometime in future. Characters--and prose--have a "gee whiz" buck Rogers quality of 1950s america or an essentially happy person. Considering how much filler there is on smash words, this is worth one's time, and I won't be deleting from my library
(review of free book)
B.J. Price reviewed on Aug. 22, 2012

It's "not my job" to leave a comment. Good short story though
(review of free book)
Lisa Quirk reviewed on Nov. 6, 2011

Perfect story with a perfect blend of sci-fi and humor. Great entertainment.
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Matt Di Spirito reviewed on April 11, 2011

Great short story! There isn't much in the way of plot or point, but the main character is the focal point and he's slick. I enjoyed every minute of this quick read.

This story is used to preview a novel, so be prepared for the fact that it is very short; the extra pages are for a free excerpt of another work.
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