Dr. Bob Abell


Bob was born during WWII and educated during the rapid changes of the 50's and '60s. Bob's interests extend far beyond science and computers, to history, archaeology, environment, government, and politics.

His favorite fiction authors range from Dickens and Twain to Michener, Dan Brown, Jane Auel, Barbara Kingsolver, Kathleen and Michael Gear, Jocelyn Picot, and J.K. Rowlings. Non-fiction interests have included Churchill's histories, Heyerdahl's voyages, John Perkin's "Confressions of an Economic Hitman", and most of the "escape" and "spy" books from WWII. These great authors have strongly shaped his own writing style, as well as his world view.

His undergraduate training was in science and education. He taught science for three years before resigning his position, sailing to Europe, buying a motorbike, and heading overland for S.E. Asia. After teaching in Melbourne, Australia for a year, he returned to Canada and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Education, specializing in computer applications to education - at a time when computers themselves were still very new.

After a stint in academia, Bob went into the educational consulting and technology development business. He has been in that field ever since, along with his wife and at one time or another, both of his children. His business focus has been on technical development and writing for e-learning, with primarily electronics, military, aerospace, and healthcare clients.

In another adventure, in 2015 Bob converted his dystopian fiction, "The Corporation", into a screenplay called "Corporate Prey". He then went on to direct and produce a full length feature film based on the novel.

In December 2019, "Corporate Prey" was an official selection of the London Lift-off Film Festival Online It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Cinematographer by Maverick Movie Awards for 2019.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I am something of a literalist when it comes to covers. My covers are typically reflective of a broad view of the subject matter. For example, "Salvaging Capitalism/Saving Democracy" featured a green North America being sucked into a whirlpool, while a humanoid character is extracting Money before the whole continent sinks. I put this together as a composite of stock images.

The Corporation, being dystopian and about GMO food and pharmaceuticals has a rather stark and disturbing picture of a woman in white dress standing in the middle of a sun-burned field of grain.

My two most recent novels, somewhat lighter in tone, have front and back covers that again are photos the are reflective of the events in the story - "Trails" showing contrails (or chemtrails?) in the evening sky on the front and typical Arizona scenery on the back. These were my own photos. The sequel, "Fireballs" uses an NOAA photo of the Kitt Peak Observatory close to Tuscon (modified in PhotoShop to include a fireball, and a Delta 4 rocket, courtesy of JPL/NASA on the back - again consistent with the plot.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Great Expectations" - Dicken's lays bare the struggles and the hypocrisy of England during the Industrial upheavals. His plot twists and character portrayals are magnificent.
"Huckleberry Finn" - any book that has been banned something like five times for wildly opposing reasons has to be considered a classic. Like Dicken's, Mark Twain understood and portrayed the struggles of those who live in an unfair society.
"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man". No novel this, but a glimpse behind the curtain in a shadowy world of exploitation, Perkin's work should be on every thinking person's list.
"Poisonwood Bible" and "The Lacuna", both by Barbara Kingsolver, are eyeopening fiction based on factual events.
Now for the next hundred or so favorites ....
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The Corporation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,220. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
It is 2039. The World has been dramatically altered. In the chaos following a mysterious illness, democracy has collapsed. Much of the world is controlled by "The Corporation" and a handful of families known as "the Entitled". Reviewers said of "The Corporation": "Abell's characters walk right off the page.... brilliant cryptic allusions to dangerous trends in our society hit the mark."