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Back when I was young pup people would always ask, "What are you going to do with your life?" Took a while before I decided the standard career approach wasn't going to work for me. So I decided to pursue what interested me at the moment and see where it would lead. In my 20's I worked to travel and traveled to work. So I saw a good part of our world and experienced it, not as a tourist, but as a participant in the local culture, working for a few months then moving on. Most of the time I did honest hard work, but sometimes it was a bit nefarious.
In my 30's I got married and then fell in love with a classic wooden sailboat. Spent the next decade working as a carpenter in the south Florida boatyards, and of course sailing the Caribbean.
My early 40's were a time of change, some good, some not so much. Sold the boat, moved to the mountains, then got divorced. It felt like I was starting life over so I decided to do something entirely different. I answered an ad and found myself working in a winery. Turned out I had a talent for it. Had the taste buds to develop a good wine and enough knowledge of chemistry to understand the process. But as the years passed, the passion for wine-making faded. It was time for something new.
So I married again to a good woman and companion. Then a few years later retired to write, paint and sculpt.
I have seen exquisite beauty and terrible ugliness. I have experienced the commonality of what it is to be human and the divisiveness that seeks to separate Us into Them. As an author I draw upon my travels and the people I met along the way and combine them with my love of sci fi, where imagination can take you beyond the limits of our existence. While the artist in me works in oil on canvas and sculptures in wood.
Now as an old dog, I have the time to tell the stories that life has given me.
on July 28, 2016 :
Perhaps a rarity. A science fiction gets the science right!
This book is part of a series. But it can stand on its own. It begins thousands of years after humans are almost wiped out by invaders. Several spaceships – each a 100 miles long are looking for habitable planetary systems.
But it “is not humanity’s finest hour”. Mutiny threatens the spaceship. And an unimaginable life form is found to exist on the planet selected for migrations. Can the two species co-exist?
The author is good at foreshadowing events. His character development is excellent. And the characters are believable. The reader will care about what the characters do and think.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)