G. Alvin Coon
I was born in Loma Linda, California, but I have visited all 50 of the states in the USA, and spent enough time to receive mail in nine of them, with full residences, driver's license etc, in six, including border states north and south and coastal states both east and west. My oldest son was born in California, and my youngest son was born in Hawaii when my wife and I were living on Midway Island. I also spent a year in the middle of the Indian Ocean on an island, officially named Diego Garcia, but the 1200 of us guys, with no women residents, affectionately called it The Rock.
My working expertise has been technical. I have worked as a field service engineer, maintaining CAT scanners, and Ion Implanters. I spent nearly a decade teaching electronics and other technical fields, with four of those years teaching sailors how to maintain HF transmitter systems for the fleet on the east coast. While I spent decades as an electronics technician, my heart was in engineering and science.
Writing has been part of my life for decades, and it only has grown more important to me with time. My first short story that I remember was written around 1984. I have written many more short stories over the years, but most of my writing has been non-fiction, until now. From very long emails, to essays for web pages, and maintaining a blog, I have typed out millions of words. I have always loved to document events so I can read about them again later, or share them with others. It is now something I must do everyday. Writing has become that important to me.
I can still hit a fastball, but my running days are over pretty much. Age has taken things from me, bit by bit. But it has given me things as well. I have been blessed with the best wife in the world for over forty years, two sons, and three grandkids. I have watched things like handheld calculators come into being replacing the slide rule I had to use in physic class in high school. Personal computers, came into being, and grew more and more powerful with each passing year. From party lines to cell phones, it has been an exciting journey for me.
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Reloading the Colts
by G. Alvin Coon
He awoke in blackness, a deep rumble in his ear. Gone were his bedroom, home, planet, and even his galaxy. Married fifty-three years, but his wife was only nineteen. A planet all their own; had they died and gone to Heaven? Yes, and no. They were androids, but their reward? Fate dealt their hand, all the chips were in the pot; time to turn the cards over.
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