Mary S. Sheppard

Biography

I was born closer to space than most and spent most of my childhood in the Andes of Peru, 12,500 feet above sea level. It may account for my lifelong fascination with space. I studied to be an aerospace engineer and worked for NASA Ames where I met many astronauts who came to train on the Space Shuttle Simulation. (My character, Jett Keystone in The Feelings Are the Same series, does not depict any of them.).
Right now, I am enjoying writing and when the characters in my stories start taking a life of their own, I'm just here for the ride. I have three science fiction series:
A Where is Now Story - Set in the 2060s, Amy, a pharma-biologist travels to the 1890s to recover extinct plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. Although working in such times is difficult, people are similar, and romance can happen.
The Feelings Are the Same - When Suki is taken to an alien planet by the Neubulisskys she is concerned, but these aliens may be the ones with the more "human" feelings.
The Anzu – When the logical alien builders of the spaceship Anzu invited others, including a group of humans, to join them in the exploration of space, they could not have imagined that including such diversity would be the hardest part of their mission. These are short stories written as episodes.

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Series

The Anzu
The mission of The Anzu was clear and simple, the exploration of space. The Zandu, the builders of the spaceship, were a highly advanced and logical race and they planned to include other species in their quest. Their intent was not only to learn from their travels, but also to learn from each other, they had not counted on how disparate intelligent beings could be. The series is free on Smashwords with the following coupons. (sorry there is one distinct code for each book and the offer is good until January 9th) The Anzu: Alec - is always free The Anzu: The Insurgents - XX95D The Anzu: The Wormhole - RJ95X The Anzu: Beyond the Wormhole - JC54M The Anzu: The Green Planet - EA39K

The Anzu: Alec

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The Anzu: The Insurgents

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The Anzu: The Wormhole

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The Anzu: The Green Planet

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A Where is Now Story
Amy Waterman had always been dedicated to her job as a biochemist at BioTime Labs. Of course it was the kind of work one could get dedicated to – saving the world, or least, curing diseases that afflicted the people of her time, in 2066. BioTime’s business was to find plants whose chemical composition could be used to synthesize such remedies. All the plants studied were now extinct so to retrieve a specimen, one had to travel though time. Amy was not supposed to be one of the time travelers.

Books

The Feelings Are the Same IV
Series: The Feelings Are the Same. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,660. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This is the final book in the series The Feelings Are the Same.
Th Anzu: Dark Times
Series: The Anzu. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,750. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Grenai from planet Green have shown themselves to be as technologically advanced and as logical as the Zandu, but as the Anzu crosses their sector of space to get home, other, less desirable traits have surface. The Grenai lack empathy, they think of themselves superior and they are also intent in taking some of the crew as prisoners. Now the Anzu is in a race for its survival.
The Anzu: The Green Planet
Series: The Anzu. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,110. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Things are looking up for the Anzu and its crew. They have encountered a temperate planet with plenty of vegetation and water. In addition, it is inhabited by an advanced race of logical beings that just happens to be very ‘cute’. This is an ideal situation, isn’t it? Alec is not convinced, but his experience in space exploration is limited, after all he is just a human.
The Anzu: Beyond the Wormhole
Series: The Anzu. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,850. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After going through the wormhole, the crew of the Anzu is facing 4 long years of travel to return to their quadrant in the Milky Way. The mission of the Anzu remains the exploration of space but with such a long voyage ahead, changes have to be made. There is also hope the engines, with modifications, will get them home sooner.
The Anzu: The Wormhole
Series: The Anzu. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This the third book in the series. The Anzu has been operational for over a year and the different species on board are starting to integrate well. As they ready for their first deep space mission, they must first go through a wormhole. Leaving their familiar sector of space should quiet the few dissenting voices within the ship, or should it? Wormholes are not as dependable as one might think.
The Anzu: The Insurgents
Series: The Anzu. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,920. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In this, the second book in the series, The Anzu has been operational for over a year and with five different species on board, the crew continues to learn from each other. Officially, things are going well, but there seems to be an undercurrent of discontent. Could it stem from having too much diversity?
The Anzu: Alec
Series: The Anzu. Price: Free! Words: 25,330. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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The Anzu, a spaceship built for exploration of the galaxy, has been operational for about one year. Everything has been functioning optimally and the Zandu believe the humans, the most recently invited species, and the others, are ready to go ahead with their mission. It could be risky with such a diverse group.
Time Waves: A Where is Now Story
Series: A Where is Now Story. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,200. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is the second book in the series. Jeff, a former sheriff in 1895, returned with Amy to 2066, and was adapting surprisingly well to their happy life together. Things were also going well at BioTime, the pharmaceutical company where they both worked. Their bliss would be momentary. The same technology that saved lives is trying to ruin theirs.
The Feelings Are the Same III
Series: The Feelings Are the Same. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,930. Language: American English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Third book in the series The Feelings Are the Same. Two planets have been discovered with humans so far. The second one, planet Andino, is a large colony that is self-subsistent, but some of the colonists want to go back to Earth, and that will be a problem for the remaining people. Everything comes to naught as their transport takes off leaving most of them behind.
The Feelings Are the Same II
Series: The Feelings Are the Same. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,850. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This is the second book in the series The Feelings Are the Same. After a harrowing escape from Earth, Suki and astronaut Jett Keystone find themselves still aboard the alien ship heading back to Planet Humex. They soon discover that Planet Humex was not the only place where psychological experiments were being conducted. The aliens traveling with them on the spaceship are equally surprised.
Blooming Time: A Where is Now Story
Series: A Where is Now Story. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,220. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Amy had always been dedicated to her job as a biochemist at BioTime Labs. It was the kind of work one could get dedicated to – saving the world, or least, curing diseases that afflicted the people of her time, in 2066. The plants whose chemical composition could provide such remedies are now extinct so one had to travel though time. Amy was not supposed to be one of the first time travelers.
The Feelings Are the Same
Series: The Feelings Are the Same. Price: Free! Words: 35,750. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The first book in the series The Feelings Are the Same. Since 1954, the Neubulisskys, from Planet Neubulis, have abducted people from around the world for their psychological experiments. The experiments are about human feelings and interactions, and Suki, having few friends and relatives, seemed perfect for the project of loneliness. Or so they thought.

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