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There are moments in one’s life one never forgets. Only fourteen when I read Ray Bradbury’s ‘Martian Chronicles’ I knew I was destined to be a writer. That weekend I hammered out the first chapter of ‘Strongpoint 208’ on my small Royal typewriter. Like most of my earlier writings, it was lost when I joined the Marines after high school.
Perhaps because I took an instant liking to science fiction, it is what I write most, but I am proud of my horror stories, kick-butt tales and a spattering of poetry. I’ve written lots of social commentary, business manuals, even did a political campaign once.
Mornings are best for me. It’s when my muse is fired and fresh, my mind sharp and uncluttered. All my best stories come to me in dreams rich with sound, smells and color: often exhilarating, sometimes disturbing, but almost always a place I’d rather be because I’ve been able to control my dreams since I was a young man. Anything can set me before a keyboard – news, day dreams, conversation, a poorly plotted film.
I’m especially proud of the first novel I wrote as an adult, called ‘The Right-ous Shall Inherit the Earth’, in which a family man and business owner becomes a high-profile assassin for ‘The Program’, an international group that takes over the world by murdering major criminals, be they drug kingpins, politicians or civic leaders. Because it was my first major work, it still needs....work, so as time permits...
My current project is a story about a boy who discovers a 1950 Buick containing four corpses after a storm washes away part of the riverbank at the town park. With all that is going on in my life lately, and with my first novel in print, it is difficult to set aside writing time, but I manage, as any determined writer would.
Between my writing, maintaining and restoring this 1948 bungalow and allowing time for family needs, I do make time to read one or two novels a month (Dean Koontz and Isaac Asimov of late), read daily from several national newspapers online and research items of interest. I critique a story a week with Critters.Org as well. It is amazing the unending variety of plots writers can come up with. My most recent entertaining read was Tim Allen’s, ‘I’m Not Really Here’. Galaxy Quest’ is one of my favorite schlocky sci-fi films.
Weather permitting, Kathi and I drop the top on her Mustang and pick a back road just to see where it takes us.
Raised in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, I left at 17 to see the world. As a Marine avionics tech I was stationed in California, Tennessee, Vietnam and Virginia. Kathi and I returned briefly to Minnesota before spending the next 26 years in South Florida where we built a business and were both active in the community. In 1998, we sold out and moved to southwest Missouri to spend time with my parents and siblings. After all these years, I’m still struggling to overcome the culture shock.
With a view of Bull Shoals lake and living in a home formerly owned by another author who penned three novels on agriculture here, I'm right smack in the middle of this great country. The former owner, Roy Donahue is a legend around these parts. I hope to follow in his footsteps, building on this old bungalo's historical footing and maybe pass it on to another writer someday. In the meantime, I'll do my best to restore the original character of this aging abode.
I know that a novel is as much about the author as the story he tells, and all I've given you is a suggestion of my past. I've got lots more stories to tell, adventures to share, some more inflated than others, and many more books to write.
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book I the author had not inroduced the notion of marijuana use as a socially accepted activity.
I have never appreciated the previlent use of alcohol in science fiction as a social activity, and I definitely do not appreciate authors attempting to give any form of drug use social acceptance.
I'm not holy roller, I'm just saying let young minds have a chance at escaping the present environment they live in, to me science fiction was always about the perfect place to live or good overcoming evil in its many forms
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 06, 2009 :
Interesting book, really liked the twist on the time travel theme. Looking forward to the what comes next!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 02, 2009 :
Mankind’s Worst Fear—a SciFi gem. Quirky and pacifist scientific underwater exploration team meets by-the-book, military unit from Mars—three hundred years in Earth’s future. These unlikely groups form an uneasy alliance, at the end of time, in a desperate search for a means to reverse the mistakes of the past.
With mankind’s insatiable lust for knowledge and off-world expansionism, it was bound to happen. We dug too deep beneath Mars’ mysterious red crust. Our curiosity and greed sets off an ancient burglar alarm, alerting the alien race that left it there, and triggers the near extermination of our planet. For, like humans, the aliens will not allow another race to gain enough knowledge and technology to threaten their dominance.
Mankind’s Worst Fear is a joyride through future tech, and good, old-fashioned, human determination. The story tracks two separate but converging plot lines: the science teams’ danger-filled journey inland through hostile tribes of humans; and the Mars teams’ action-packed, space hijacking of an alien vessel on its way to finish off the last human life on Earth.
Mankind’s Worst Fear celebrates man’s strengths, while acknowledging the weaknesses that make us human. The tension of the twin plotlines holds the reader prisoner to turning the pages, even long after bedtime. And, when the two factions finally meet, an inferno of action chains you to the story until the very last word.
Remember to breathe.
(reviewed the day of purchase)