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Born in England in the mid years of the socialist experiment I moved to the US with my parents (economic refugees of a sort with three boys in a country where 1+ was more the norm) I have lived in the US ever since. I am a third generation engineer, a mechanical engineer who has worked for the government, myself, a tech start up and a foreign owned defense middle weight. I have experience in manufacturing, detail design, concept design, product development, and research in both government and corporate environments (in other words I've lived in Dilbert’s world). I usually love my job, (when its not driving me nuts) and have had the luck to work on a broad range of programs, developing concepts and proposals for systems from electromagnetic guns to nuclear electric space probes and remote monitoring systems for long term hospitalized children.
Reading came late for a child who had some issues with a form of Dyslexia, but when I got the hang of it I went from having a hard time with Dick and Jane to reading Zane Grey, G.Heyer, Heinlein and Clark with the book hidden in my desk during class in less than six months. As soon as I learnt the wonders of reading and the wonders of the inner mind I wanted to write.
In high school and college Arthur C. Clark was my muse (I still re read Rendezvous with Rama every few years) along with L.L’amour, J.Pournelle and L.Niven plus dozens of authors writing on the history of weapons and warfare like Ian Hogg and Keegan. Favorite contemporary authors are, Clancy, Weber, Francis, Ringo, Flint, Correia, etc.
I started writing in high school, I was one of the few guys to take typing, convinced that it was a skill I would need for both computers and writing (though my early computer projects were on punch cards or tape.) In several advanced English courses in High School I wrote short stories that got me through on pure bravado if not technical skill.
Then life and a career got in the way, I continued to see computers as the wave of the future for writing, and was almost always tinkering with something but time passed and all I did was tinker. Then a bit more than a decade ago I decided that I wanted to write professionally and took the advice of J.Pournelle and S.King on writing, both advising that in the end its about work and some luck, but mostly its about writing lots of words getting lots of critiques and doing more edits. But timing has never been my best skill and I got to the point of actually trying to sell my work just as the old publishing model began to implode.
After more than five years of frustration (and having several full length novels at the point of at least being ready for a professional scrub) I discovered Smashwords. I bought my wife a Nook and then we began to acquire and read free and low cost eBooks, many of which were published by this strangely named company, Smashwords.
And that’s how we come to meet....I hope you like the stuff I write, I actually enjoy writing it though like all jobs it has its down side (edits and critques) and it bad days (I really need to grow up and stop dreaming.) As I get into this I hope to be able to get to know more of you and get your opinions on the job I’m doing.
on March 09, 2015 :
This is a very well written and well thought out book. The crafting of the characters and the society in which they live in is exquisite! As another reviewer commented the tech is well done and constructed with deliberate care. This is very much a character driven book. Although, there is action in the book, it doesn't fall into the trap of thinking that explotions and guns make everything better. Like I said, the mainstay and driving principle behind the success of this book are the characters. It says in the author's note at the end of the book, it took him seven years to complete the project. You can tell, as he was meticulous in his crafting of every nuance within the novel. Well done Mr Harris! I take my hat off to you sir!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This is an amazing piece of science fiction with great characters, amazing but believable technology, great plot lines, exciting military action and a nice touch of romance.
I can thoroughly recommend this book.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Nov. 19, 2011 :
An enjoyable story of a distant future in which man has reached the stars - and then fallen. The tale centers on a young man and his growth into adulthood and acceptance of his role in his society. The technology is well done - no magic - and the construction of the society is great - and frightening!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)