Marcha Fox

Biography

Marcha Fox has loved science fiction since she was a child with the stars always holding a strong sense of mystery and fascination. Her love of astronomy resulted in a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University followed by a 21 year career at NASA where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer and eventually manager. Her NASA experience was primarily at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas but included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other Centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland as well as visits to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. Her most memorable experience, however, was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003. "NASA was a great career experience, but writing is what I've always wanted to do. To me there is nothing more exhilarating than bringing a character to life."

She has made it a point to "do the math" regarding various elements in her books to assure accuracy and hoping to instill an interest in science and engineering to her readers in an enjoyable and entertaining way. She admits that Cyraria's figure-8 orbit around a binary star system is a bit of a stretch but maintains it is mathematically feasible even though it would be unstable with life on such a planet beyond challenging with its seasonal extremes. "But that's what makes it a good setting for the story," she adds.

Born in Peekskill, New York she has lived in California, Utah and Texas in the course of raising her family and currently resides in the Texas Hill Country. Whether “Refractions of Frozen Time,” the fourth and final volume of the Star Trails Tetralogy series will be the last she states, "These characters have a life of their own and may move on to other adventures."

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in what at that time was a fairly rural area outside of Peekskill, New York. It was far enough away from city lights to have a beautiful view of the stars, which fascinated me from the first time I saw them. As an only child, books were extremely important to me, particularly during what would otherwise have been very lonely hours. As soon as I discovered science fiction I was hooked!
When did you first start writing?
Once I was old enough to hold a pencil my mother had me writing thank you notes and letters to relatives. She read to me a lot so the concept of writing stories was one with which I was very familiar. I wrote my first story when I was in 1st Grade and by the time I was in 6th grade I was writing science fiction stories explaining on which planets our teachers evolved. I always did well on essay exams, which most students hated, because putting words on paper came as easily as breathing.
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Star Trails Tetralogy Introduction
Close families share everything. Including consequences. When one of the HIO’s premier terralogists refuses a job offer from a wannabe despot, the chain of suspicious circumstances which quickly follow scatter his family across the galaxy. Torn apart by space and time, will each survive long enough to be united ever again?

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The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,640. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
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In May 1978 a UFO lands at Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah. NASA astrobiologist, Gabe Greenley, is called in to investigate a strange plant found onboard. Psi-sensitive, he quickly learns the specimen is highly intelligent and potentially dangerous. Taunted by a ground-breaking discovery he can never share, his security oaths eventually result in an ethical dilemma with treasonous and deadly implications.
Beyond the Hidden Sky
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 99,700. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
To escape Augustus Troy's wrath for refusing his job offer, terralogist, Laren Brightstar, accepts a prestigious position on a primitive planet on the other side of the galaxy. Onboard a starcruiser during the move, his teenage daughter, Creena, turns up missing. Circumstances imply it was no accident. Laren has to find her before Troy does, regardless of cost, changing everyone's life forever.
A Dark of Endless Days
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,300. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Plunged into a web of political intrigue for his failure to lend his terraforming skills to a wannabe despot, Laren Brightstar finds himself on a planet cursed with lethal weather extremes where survival can never be taken for granted. Protecting his family becomes impossible as old debts come due, leaving his son, Dirck, to complete the daunting task Laren began to assure the family's survival.
Refractions of Frozen Time
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,980. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Creena Brightstar believes the cavern's crystals can reunite her family at last. Before she can unlock their timely secrets, however, Integrator forces find their underground hideout, forcing a harrowing escape loaded with unexpected consequences. The lonely days that follow change Dirck forever while ultimately providing the answer. But will it be enough to defeat the enemy's ultimate weapon?
A Psilent Place Below
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,440. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Taking refuge in Cyraria's network of caverns to survive the planet's heat season is a literal life-saver for the Brightstars. Strange shared dreams generated by the cave's mysterious depths quickly come, however, promising death or worse unless immediate action is taken. Will Dirck and his friend, Win, succeed at rescuing his father from territorial prison or will he be exiled and lost forever?
Whobeda's Guide to Basic Astrology
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,530. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
If you want to learn more about astrology but currently know nothing more than your own Sun Sign, then this is the book for you! This witty & easy to comprehend guide provides all the information you need to understand astrology's basic principles (signs, planets, houses) plus some of its many applications such as career selection, parenting, getting along with others & timing any endeavor.
The Sapphiran Agenda
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy. Price: Free! Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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Thyron is a flora peda telepathis from the planet, Sapphira. His world is occupied by his species of telepathic walking plants as well as a race of pygmies who worship them as gods. Encounters with humans generally don't end well. Face it, humans are omnivorous and plants a popular source of nourishment. Attempt this on Sapphira, however, and the food chain is likely to change rather quickly.
Star Trails Tetralogy Box Set
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 449,590. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Star Trails Tetralogy Box Set comprises the four novels in the series of that name: Beyond the Hidden Sky; A Dark of Endless Days; A Psilent Place Below; and Refractions of Frozen Time as well as The Star Trails Compendium which includes terms, definitions, detailed descriptions of the planet on which the story is set, and a discussion guide with lesson plan suggestions for science educators.
Star Trails Compendium
Series: Star Trails Tetralogy. Price: Free! Words: 34,730. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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The Star Trails Compendium includes a glossary of terms as well as additional information pertaining to the four novels which comprise the Star Trails Tetralogy. Further explanation of the political structure, weather patterns and Cyraria's indigenous race, the bnolar, are likewise included plus topical discussion guides with more in-depth information for book club members and educators.

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Smashwords book reviews by Marcha Fox

  • Baby Girl Book 4: Bite the Big Apple on Jan. 14, 2015

    Fans of the "Baby Girl" series can now enjoy the long-awaited conclusion of this suspenseful saga about Cleo, a girl virtually orphaned at the age of twelve who not only has to survive on her own but elude someone who is trying to kill her. Cleo's travels have taken her near and far, partly to escape from whoever is pursuing her with evil intent, but also in search of her true identity since the woman she knew as her mother clearly wasn't her biological parent. This missing piece leaves a gaping hole within herself which she's desperate to fill with the truth. As Cleo follows additional leads toward the answers she has sought for years, she finds herself in New York where she finally succeeds in finding her biological roots. I don't want this review to be a spoiler so won't go into it any more than to say it's a surprising yet very satisfying ending which answers all the questions presented in previous episodes. I do suggest, however, that readers might want to refresh their memories of how Baby Girl 3: "City by the Bay" ended because this one picks up at that point without fanfare. In fact, if you haven't followed Cleo throughout her quest you should read all previous episodes first to fully appreciate this great conclusion. There is plenty of food for thought in this volume as Cleo synthesizes some important lessons. One is that a person's biological family is often not the desired source of nurturing and love you might expect. Orphans and adopted children tend to fill this painful gap in their background with an idealized version of who their parents are, which is seldom accurate. At some point it becomes apparent that parental surrogates and role models who have been there when you needed them as well as friends who have accepted, helped and loved you for who you are, even when you didn't know yourself, are your true family as opposed to blood relatives. Often when people think they're bereft of anyone who loves them it's simply because they have not yet learned to know and love themselves. Throughout this series Cleo has assumed various personas such as Justine when she was in Paris and Shanna in San Francisco as she attempted to hide from her unknown enemies. These were never entirely comfortable for her because she knew they didn't represent who she really was. When she eventually discovers the identity of her biological family and finally answers the question which has haunted her most of her life, she realizes that it doesn't change as much as she expected. She's still the same person she's always been and is actually better for her experiences than she probably would have been if she'd been raised by her biological family. This knowledge frees her at last just to be Cleo, who she's been all along.
  • Latitudes & Cattitudes on Sep. 05, 2015

    If you love cat adventure stories and, even better, if you're already a fan of Xander de Hunter, Sea Purrtector, you're sure to enjoy this prequel. Xander was not always the daring purrtector you met in "The Red Claw" and "Purranoia." He, like most heroes, started out as an ordinary cat with typical fears. Not surprisingly, one of these fears was of water. In this story you get to see Xander as you've never seem him before. Rather you watch him become the self-assured, courageous, daring feline 007 you already know and meet his mentor, Merlin, who's definitely worthy of a story of his own as well. If you're looking for an entertaining, quick read and another exciting cat adventure don't miss it!
  • Fire Island on Dec. 17, 2015

    This well-written novel is the worthy third book in the Sci-Fa Chatterre Trilogy. The author does an excellent job of melding science fiction and fantasy together in another convincing story of another world. This particular world is similar enough to what ours was a century or two ago to be vaguely familiar then mixed with high technology imported via a spaceship wreck you can learn about in the first book, "Star Bridge." Having not read the second book, "Thunder Moon," I was a bit lost on the full context of this one, but the immediate action and suspense were enough to grab my interest without knowing the full story of how Tem Aki got into her precarious situation. Tem Aki is on a quest to find her brother, Larwin, whom you meet in "Star Bridge." Her journey is substantially complicated when she finds herself on the other side of the planet via an encounter with a time/space anomaly. Fortunately, there's a settlement nearby where once again you are treated to Jeanne Foguth's outstanding ability to depict major culture clashes when Tem Aki meets Cameron, the somewhat reluctant leader of a tribe-like culture. Since she emerged from the ocean, albeit in a spacesuit, he thinks that she's a goddess who has arrived to help him celebrate an upcoming religious ceremony as well as deal with some troublesome individuals who are losing their religious faith as well as trying to undermine Cameron as their leader. Cameron's culture is well-developed as is their traditional belief in the madrox dragons, specifically the great dragon-mother, Shaka-uma. The problem lies in that fact that no one has seen her in a long time so a few troublesome doubters are declaring that they never existed. Meanwhile, Cameron is trying to prepare for their annual pilgrimage to honor Shaka-uma, which his adversaries are trying to sabotage. Tem Aki is thrown into this controversy which is further complicated by the fact that there are no other females around in the immediate environment which can best be compared to a monastery. The misunderstandings between them are at times hilarious and if nothing else demonstrate how easily such confusion can develop when two cultures collide. Tem Aki's technology, which includes my favorite android, GEA-4 (whom you can also meet in earlier volumes), of course convinces Cameron of her godhood. His fascination when GEA-4 stares into the sun to recharge is classic. Tem Aki's revulsion toward the primitive, chauvinistic culture is certainly convincing as is the rationale Cameron maintains that she's some form of divinity. Cameron's challenges alone would make a fascinating read but adding Tem Aki into the mix is the coup de grace for a great story. I don't want to delve any further into the plot because I don't want to throw any spoilers out there, but believe me when I say that there are plenty of complications, surprises, believable characters, Kazza is joined by another delightful mystic cat, and a satisfying ending. I recommend reading the books in sequence, though this one can stand on its own if you've at least read "Star Bridge."
  • The Vi-Purrs on March 18, 2016

    Xander de Hunter fans will be delighted to know that their favorite undercover cat is at it again in this exciting and vividly rendered adventure tale (or tail, as the case may be). If you've already read "Purranoia" (and you should, to fully appreciate this sequel) you'll know that there were many unanswered questions at the end. Furthermore, Xander picked up a lovable sidekick, appropriately named Mischief. Her rebellious and inquisitive yet highly intelligent nature adds another important member to Catamondo. She continually rubs Xander's fur the wrong way, especially her weird love of water sports, making the Sea Purrtector wonder if choosing to mentor her was really a good idea or not. The tension between these two adds conflict and more suspense, further enriching the story and plot. The tale gets started when Xander's buddy, Merlin, reminds him of the many unsolved issues from their Haitian adventure, driving him to follow up on the situation. This takes them to Jimaní in the Dominican Republic's Independencia Province, where Mischief's tante, Lucy Fur (be sure to say that aloud to get the implications) resides. They'd never fully determined the objective of Dr. Moreau's genetic engineering operation. Furthermore, what happened to Damon, Chester, Mingus, Matsu as well as Clade and Allele, the odd cat-snake mix known as the vi-purrs? An entertaining cast of characters including a rat named Scar, a chameleon named Mars, another cat named Sharkey who loves to quote Native American wisdom, and numerous others join with Xander and Mischief to find the answers. Their efforts are further complicated by a hurricane, adding to the suspense and intrigue. As always, the settings are described in vast detail such as can only be accomplished by an author who's been there. The complex world of Catamondo just gets better and better. If you love cats and a good adventure story that would make an excellent animated movie, this series is for you.