Donald S Hall, PhD. and co-author Judi Suni Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads.They both did PhDs in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada’s nuclear research lab.
Don’s PhD. is in theoretical physics modeling liquids. He started out at AECL doing research in the design of self-powered neutron detectors, then moved to tomography, and finally Artificial Intelligence. In that role he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading experts in Artificial Intelligence.
Judi’s PhD. is in theoretical nuclear physics, the kind of modeling used to do stellar interiors. Judi started her career designing safety systems for Candu reactors. She shifted to industrial risk analysis, ending up Technical Manager of AECL’s RARE (Risk and Reliability Evaluation) Consultancy. In that capacity she worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency at the time when the Canadian involvement in International Space Station was first being defined. That lead to the permanent love of the idea of humanity spreading into space.
En-route to represent Canada at a NASA conference Judi caught a severe virus that changed both of their lives. She shared the infection and the next 10 years were a write off as they struggled to rebuild their lives.
Don now runs Apps & More Software Design. It has recently expanded into psychiatric testing on the iPad and iPhone in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist.
In his youth Don played Junior A hockey, winning MVP for his team in their 1969 playoff run to the national semi-finals, and was invited to the Los Angeles Kings training camp. At graduate school he played goal for one year for the varsity team. He was also an avid box lacrosse player, playing goal at both the Junior and Senior levels. His love of both games and physics background naturally lead to the idea of inventing a similar game played on space stations in a weightless environment and in three dimensions.
In addition to writing science fiction, Don and Judi are internationally published haiga poets.
Octagla is a rough, fast-paced zero gravity hockey-lacrosse hybrid. It is played in a transparent eight sided court located at the center of an orbiting space station. This series follows the Tamara Octagla team in their quest for a three-peat of the Galactic Octagla Championship.
Getting into the semifinals had a high cost of injuries and suspensions for defending champion Tamara. Can the team and new players regroup, and is that enough? The Pendrae Suns have Menzaille, the only Galactic Octagla goalie with shutouts and he’s hot. But Coach Isley has a surprise for him, one that could reshape Octagla - reintroducing roof runners.
Tamara is going for the near impossible, a three-peat as the Galactic Octagla champions. That was before the game with arch rivals Pendrae United that hospitalized Hall of Fame center Daron and ended his career. Now his teammates are looking for the rematch. But that isn’t all. Daron’s family works for a notorious drug lord, and they don’t think it was an accident. They’re out to find the truth.
The pressure is on Hall of Fame Center Daron Soimvell, aka Superstud. Tamara is going for the impossible, a three-peat of the Galactic Octagla championship. To get the position they want in the playoffs, they have to defeat their bitter rivals Pendrae United. At some point the coach will have to call a slingshot play. Daron knows all about them. He could end up MVP. Or he could end up dead.
You grasp at straws when they are all you have to grasp at. Mechanical causes for the reactor accident on the remote mining planet Drezvir are being eliminated leaving Dreen and Mitra up for manslaughter charges for negligent design. Could the reactor control system have been hacked? The man who could have done it is on Drevzir. Suspicion is not proof and time is running out. Sci fi by scientists.
How do you prove your complex system did not cause a deadly reactor accident? Mitra, Dreen, and a team of risk analysts are on Drezvir to find the cause. Ari is out to save himself. With hacker help Chett has vowed to destroy Ari. Joran is poised to return as galactic superstar. At least Dreen and Mitra are together at last. Then C.C. appears with a secret from Dreen’s past, and a few of his own.
It’s always a mistake to say things can’t get worse. Mitra is headed back to Drezvir. Durstin is struggling to save the mining colony in a red blizzard. Dreen thinks losing Mitra is a disaster until he hears from his friends. Chett is the wild card in this hand. When things go from bad to worse, does he have the strength to give up everything he has dreamed of and play the hero?
There is a fine line between pushing the limits of technology and pushing your luck. Some people think Dr. Mitra Kael, power systems engineer, crossed that line with her new hybrid reactor installed on the remote mining planet Drezvir. All Mitra wants to do is never see Drezvir again. She’s headed for vacation on the pleasure planet Gingezel. How much was she pushing her luck?