Rod Martin, Jr


Rod Martin, Jr. was born in West Texas, United States. He has been a Hollywood artist, a software engineer with a degree summa cum laude, a writer, web designer and a college professor.

Rod Martin's interests have ranged from astronomy to ancient history, physics to geology, and graphics arts to motion pictures.

He has studied comparative religion, worked as a lay minister and spiritual counselor, and taught ethics in college.

While doing graphic arts in Hollywood, he also studied electronic engineering. In 1983, as Carl Martin, he published his first novel, "Touch the Stars: Emergence," co-authored by John Dalmas (Tor Books, NY). He continues to write science fiction under that pen name.

Later, switching careers to computers and information technology, Mr. Martin worked for Control Data, Ceridian Payroll, Bank of America, Global Database Marketing and IPRO Tech. He also created "Stars in the NeighborHood" 3D astronomy space software.

He currently resides in the Philippines with his wife, Juvy. He has taught information technology, mathematics and professional ethics at Benedicto College, in Cebu. He continues to teach online and to write books and blogs.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you have two pen names?
Part of the reason has to do with branding. I use "Carl Martin" for writing fiction and astronomical science.

Growing up in a household with two people identified by the same name poses a special set of problems. My late father and I were both "Rod" or "Rodney." Sometimes, I was "Little Rodney."

After the family moved from West Texas to the D.C. area, I decided to use my middle name to help make things easier at home. I was starting at a new school, had new friends—the timing was right.

For the next forty-five years, I went by "Carl." My first science fiction novel used "Carl Martin." My 3D astronomy software, "Stars in the NeighborHood," used the same name.

In 2009, when I decided to get serious about a writing career, I decided to dust off my first name and to put it to use as my non-fiction pen name. I wrote blog articles and, from the feedback, developed some book ideas.

So, I use "Rod Martin, Jr." for most non-fiction.
Why do you write about so many different topics?
Throughout my life, I've been interested in many things—art, mathematics, archaeology, history, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, climate science, mythology, anthropology, genetics, linguistics, spirituality, comparative religion, movies, literature and much more.

Through it all, I've been interested in the big stories behind civilization and knowledge. These fed my storytelling interests. Each field gave me ideas for new fiction drama.

But within the learning, I found that I could see patterns that few others—if any—had noticed. I felt like an Indiana Jones or Thomas Edison making discoveries.
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Where to find Rod Martin, Jr online


Mission: Atlantis
Evidence exists which supports Plato's story. There is lots of it. This series provides the reader not only with evidence, but logic and reasoning to understand that evidence and its context in the real world. Too many have used logical fallacies to dismiss Atlantis. So effective has been this campaign of muddy thinking that even very intelligent people have gotten into the habit of dismissing new evidence without thinking. Some have even demanded extraordinary evidence without realizing that building a body of extraordinary evidence becomes impossible if all evidence is rejected. The Mission: Atlantis series provides the reader with all the tools to investigate this fascinating possibility with greater rigor. In doing so, the hope is that all of science will be improved in the process.
Proof of Atlantis?
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Mission: Atlantis
Price: $9.99 USD.
Atlantis: Evidence
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Climate Basics
Climate science series which covers a basic understanding of the facts, processes, history, critical thinking and misconceptions.
Shining a Light
There are many misconceptions and outright lies in our modern world that pose as "common knowledge" or "common sense." For example, some people treat conspiracies as "fantasy," despite the fact that they are extremely common. This series exposes the lies and half-truths on a number of popular topics, including, conspiracies, 9/11 and Global Warming.
Dirt Ordinary
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Favorable Incompetence
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Meaning and Context: Creation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,490. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2022 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / Old Testament, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religion / Biblical Commentaries & Interpretation
Some of the most puzzling verses in the Bible are to be found at the beginning of Genesis. Meaning and Context: Creation tackles Genesis 1 through 2:7.
Dumb Genius
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,830. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2022 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Social history, Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality
Subtitle: How Intelligence is sometimes its own worst enemy. Some people with extremely high IQs have done some incredibly stupid things. But there is a cure for their Dumb Genius syndrome. And their intelligence does not always have to work against itself.
Trinity Treason
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,320. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2022 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Church / History
How the church betrayed its flock with the only unforgivable sin. Why can God and Jesus forgive us for blaspheming against them, but the Holy Spirit cannot forgive us? The answer is as astounding as it is simple, and it reveals the “trinity”—a term which does not appear anywhere in the Bible—as a source of the only unforgivable sin.
Perfect Zero
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,750. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2021 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Essays, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Philosophy of Science
12 essays on the beauty and utility of zero. “Similar to the slick vacuum of space, which has zero mass and zero density, zero remains deceptively simple. Behind the mask of nothingness there lurks a strange beast full of mystery and wonder.”—Perfect Zero, Introduction. Meditation, government, miracles, religion, mathematics, science, entropy, law of attraction and more.
Law of Attraction Plus
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 30,340. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2021 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » New Age » Supernatural
Law of Attraction made easy! And now, you can vanquish every barrier to your success! Filled with Practical Applications that build your strength of Attraction. This Light Switch of creation can turn on what you want and turn off what you don’t.
Four Elements of God
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,470. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2020 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Theology
After scientific experiments on the nature of miracles, the author discovered God’s 4 elements which made those miracles possible. This book explores the scriptural and logical basis of this discovery.
Atlantis: Evidence
Series: Mission: Atlantis. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,420. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2020 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Civilization, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Geology
The trouble with evidence is that we can’t see it if we know it doesn’t exist. Such certainty blinds us, especially on controversial topics like Atlantis. Then, when someone discovers three world-changing events that all occur when Plato’s Atlantis disappeared, scientists are caught with their pants down.
Mission: Atlantis
Series: Mission: Atlantis. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 190,850. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Geology, Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Scientists go crazy facing controversy. James Gleick said, “Shallow ideas can be assimilated; ideas that require people to reorganize their picture of the world provoke hostility.” Guess what? Scientists’ heads are going to explode. For one, we have 3 pieces of evidence of an Atlantis-like event occurring right when Plato said Atlantis was destroyed. This could be our “smoking gun.”
Enemies of Christ
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,050. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2019 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
Jesus warned us about this. He told us that there would be some who would appear and sound pleasant, but who would really be wolves in sheep’s clothing. These are the enemies of Christ.
Proof of Atlantis?
Series: Mission: Atlantis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,690. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2019 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Civilization, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Geology
According to Plato, a great island empire was swallowed whole by the sea about 9600 BC. And wouldn’t you know it? We have evidence from 3 different scientific disciplines that point to a major catastrophe 9620 BC. The facts which tend to support the Atlantis story are numerous and rich with details. And science should never stoop to logical fallacies to dismiss any topic out of hand.
Spirit is Digital — Science is Analog
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,440. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2019 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Philosophy of Science
Science vs. Religion? Why does there need to be any opposition? Science studies the products of creation, while spirituality studies the sources of creation. The two complement each other. Between them, they cover the whole of reality. This book explores both sides of this controversy, digging deeply into the darker side of each and ferreting out the real heart and soul of both.
Deserts & Droughts: How Does Land Ever Get Water
Series: Climate Basics. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,480. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Meteorology & Climate
Are you afraid the planet is drying out from Global Warming? Don't be. This short book explains why the Warming Alarmist position on droughts is upside-down, backwards and inside-out. It all has to do with how land ever gets water. Without warming, all the lands of Earth would be dry as a bone.
The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 84,590. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Ancient
This book is a spiritual whodunit -- a veritable Indiana Jones adventure. It explains the seemingly outrageous longevity of the early patriarchs, reveals the reason why God protected Cain (a liar and murderer), delivers a biblical timeline compatible with those of science, and tells us the target of Noah's Flood -- the real identity of the "daughters" of Genesis 6
Proof of God
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 27,040. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
Long have atheists tempted God with demands that He show Himself. But proving Himself would be egoistic -- the opposite of God. And atheists have no way of seeing the hole they dig for themselves. Yet this book offers solid proof -- not as an end unto itself, but as a springboard for the fulfillment of God's purpose.
Taking Charge: How to Assert Positive Control Over Your Own Emotions
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,870. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Everyone wants to take charge of their own destiny. And we can do this, easily, if we have the one-word secret. Implementing this approach, without extra help, proves too difficult for most people. Why? Because we have been trained by circumstances and our culture to view the world as a problem instead of an opportunity. That’s why the book is far more than one word.
Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear
Series: Climate Basics. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ecology & Environment, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change
#1 Weather Bestseller: 14 weeks! Afraid of the future? Don’t be. When we’re armed with the basic facts of climate, we can more easily spot the lies that the corrupt, corporate news media is trying to feed us. Some of those lies are huge. This small book gives us everything the layman needs to know about climate science.
The Science of Miracles
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Research & Methodology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
Using scientific method, researcher Rod Martin, Jr. discovered a method for creating miracles at-will—refining it into what he calls “Creational Mechanics.” This shows how science can study spiritual phenomena. It also details the journey of discovery that led Martin from childhood dreams of flight to the startling triple miracle on Wilshire Boulevard, L.A. that changed his life forever.
Red Line — Carbon Dioxide
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,820. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / General
Top 50 Weather Bestseller How could burning fossil fuels save all life on Earth? The idea that we currently have too much carbon dioxide is entirely wrong. Also, the notion that global warming is bad is also wrong. We live in an Ice Age. The current interglacial is already longer than average. Should it end, we will have another 90,000 years without summers, rain, crops, food and civilization.
Series: Shining a Light. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,990. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Environmental politics
Top 25 Weather Bestseller Did you know that Global Warming made civilization possible 12,000 years ago? What were the benefits back then? What changed? We live in an Ice Age and governments want to cool down the planet. That could trigger the next glacial period, and Ice Age glacials are brutal. Thermophobia means “fear of warmth.” It’s an unnatural, unrealistic fear. The cure is here.
The Spark of Creativity
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,440. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Have you ever been frustrated with a lack of ideas? This book gives you ideas on how to find ideas. Packed full of examples. No “how to” book is ever complete without examples, not only in how to accomplish something, but also in how to overcome the usual barriers. Creativity has its share of roadblocks and with the techniques in this book, you can blow those barriers to smithereens.
Favorable Incompetence
Series: Shining a Light. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Terrorism, Nonfiction » History » Contemporary political
WTC7 fell at perfect free fall on 9/11, late afternoon. Free fall = Zero Resistance! Nowhere in the universe has solid steel ever offered zero resistance. Government scientists committed fraud. Mayor Giuliani, guilty of felony destruction of 9/11 crime scene evidence. Top Military responsible for massive 9/11 security failures all received promotions instead of courts martial.
Dirt Ordinary
Series: Shining a Light. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,510. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Conspiracy theories, Nonfiction » History » Contemporary political
Would it shock you to find that there are at least 489 new conspiracies starting every second? This is a conservative figure. From kids conspiring to steal cookies, to governments conspiring to go to war -- you will discover just how true it is that conspiracies are "dirt ordinary."
The Art of Forgiveness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2014 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
It took a miracle and more than three decades for Rod Martin to understand what true forgiveness is all about. The incident in 1977 changed his life. This book could very well change yours.

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