Originally from Wisconsin, Tabat has tried his hand at a variety of professions including: donut baker, private investigator, photographer, welder, and laser machinist. He currently lives in New Hampshire and works as an experimental chemist and aspiring author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is the answer to a question that has dogged me since I first watched old science fiction shows like Lost in Space, and Star Trek on our black and white TV and movies like Forbidden Planet and 2001: A Space Odyssey; how will we humans ever really get off this planet and explore space? How can we generate enough cash to send battleship sized vehicles to the stars when we can't even afford to go to the moon? The idea that some beneficent race will take pity on us and donate their stardrive technology is as preposterous as someone handing the keys to their new Cadillac to a random homeless person. But a sleazy junk dealer who makes a living pawning off broken down engines to gullible planets in the galactic backwaters just might make a call on us.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Somewhere in the middle of writing the first draft, when I was banging away at the keyboard, I was suddenly shocked at a new development in the story - it was an 'out-of-page' experience. I knew that I was typing. I knew that the story was coming out of my head. But the story had taken on a life of its own and I could not help say out loud, "I didn't know that was going to happen! I wonder what happens next?"
Dr. Popache’s sublime intellect, supported by the wisdom of Bleen, challenges us to stand up, shake off the negative energy of our egos, and accept a Universe that on a good day is pathologically chaotic.
Purchase this book and the future is yours. Place this book back on the shelf and you may regret it tomorrow when the Universe sneaks up and smacks you upside the head.
Humanity is living and building stardrive engines on Mars. The Utaalks, incensed at losing their manufacturing monopoly, scheme to sabotage the Human factory.
A military operation is sent to test the effects of Flock as a weapon of mass destruction. If successful, humans will hold the key to dominion over the galaxy.
The result is the meeting of Humans and Smez, the original inhabitants of Mars.
Quane, a traveling, snake-oil-style junk dealer, arrives at Earth and sells a dilapidated stardrive engine as a stolen museum piece to the naïve inhabitants. That sets off a chain of human blunders, alien misunderstandings, and evolutionary coincidences which combine to raise Earth’s status from a jerk-water planet in the galactic backwater to one of the richest and most influential in the galaxy.