Rod Martin, Jr

Biography

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


Where to buy in print


Books

Red Line — Carbon Dioxide
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / General
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.
Thermophobia
Series: Shining a Light. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Global Warming & Climate Change, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Environmental politics
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.
Instant Happiness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,360. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Everyone wants to be happy. And we can be, instantly, if we have the secret. Though this secret involves just one word, implementing this approach, without extra help, proves too difficult for most people. But this book provides all you need to know to overcome all of your barriers to happiness. Instant happiness can be yours, and it can be both profound and lasting.
The Spark of Creativity
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,030. 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: 21,350. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,840. 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."
Watered Down Christianity
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,020. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2015 by Tharsis Highlands. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
Subtitle: The Need to Protect Your Own Salvation from Ravening Wolves. This book explores a number of dimensions of the dilution of Christ's teachings and offers some possible solutions. There are many wolves in sheep's clothing. This book helps you to recognize the wolves no matter how sweetly they talk.
The Art of Forgiveness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,590. 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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