John G. Bluck


John G. Bluck retired from NASA as a public affairs officer. Previously, he was the Chief of Imaging Technology at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Before that, he worked at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, where he produced numerous NASA documentaries for television. Earlier in his career he was a broadcast engineer for the ABC radio network at WMAL-AM/FM, Washington, DC. At WMAL-TV (now WJLA-TV), in Washington he was a news film cameraman who covered local news, crime, sports, and politics including Watergate. In 1976 he was named the National Press Photographer Association runner-up cameraman of the year in the Northeast. In addition, he was a member of the White House News Photographers’ Association. During the Vietnam War he was an Army journalist at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

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When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was attending college taking journalism courses. At that time I wrote stories for public TV news broadcasts. The day after I earned my masters degree, I was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. I became an Army journalist at Ft. Lewis, WA, where I wrote articles for the newspaper, The Ranger. I also hosted an Army radio news program that was broadcast on local commercial radio stations.

While I was in the Army, I learned to write news. Bill Wood, my editor, was very good at his craft. His editing of my articles taught me a lot. I firmly believe that good newspaper editors are some of the best teachers a writer can have.

I later worked in commercial television at WMAL-TV (now WJLA-TV), channel 7, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC.

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During several years as a newsreel cameraman, I saw a lot. My experiences provide me with a memory of events that are a rich source of material. I covered Watergate, bank robberies, homicides, bombings, plane crashes, politics, sports, and entertainment, among other things.

After that I joined NASA. I wrote quite a few science documentary scripts, and produced many half-hour educational TV shows, which were broadcast in the U.S. and in many other countries. After a stint as head of the Imaging Technology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, I became a NASA public affairs officer. I spent more than 15 years writing news releases and articles about science and engineering. Practically every day I went to work, I was fascinated by what I saw at NASA. These experiences led to my current interest, science fiction.

Much of what I saw at NASA was astounding. I hope to present little known, yet amazing NASA-derived scientific and engineering facts to readers through science fiction.
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The Ship Finder, a sci-fi novel
In this video science fiction author John G. Bluck tells us one of the reasons why he wrote the novel, "The Ship Finder," and reads a portion of its first chapter. He speculates that people may soon be able to live much longer lives due to medical breakthroughs. More information about his book is on his Web site:


Venus Warning & Other Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,980. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
This collection of sixteen short stories and novelettes in several genres by John G. Bluck includes tales about both the past and the future. Most of the book's works are science fiction. The cover story is a novelette called "Venus Warning." Astronauts fly to the cloudy planet, Venus, to explore it in heat-resistant spacesuits and make an astounding discovery. The final story is a murder mystery.
The Knight Prowler a Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,700. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"The Knight Prowler, A Novella," is a murder mystery set in the near future in Livermore, California. A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineer working on a Top Secret weapons program is killed. TV cameraman Rick Knight helps his brother, a policeman, to solve this murder.
Venus Warning a Novelette
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The year is 2086. A dozen astronauts fly to the cloudy planet, Venus, to explore it in heat-resistant spacesuits. Temperatures at that world's surface are hot enough to melt lead. What the explorers discover astounds the inhabitants of Earth and may well determine the survival of the human race.
The Aliens of Valtrit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,510. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Fantasy » General
After UK spy agency employee Gina Perelli peers through an espionage camera altered by an electrical surge, she and her MI7 boss see a dozen men executed by ray guns a world away. Gina and her partner, London policeman Colin Green, must capture a ray gun, the most important arms development since nuclear weapons. Gina and Colin follow a trail to a planet called Valtrit.
The Ship Finder: Young Adult Edition
Price: Free! Words: 86,690. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
In April 2061 Dr. William Wilson takes a jog in a northern California park. He begins a fascinating journey, after he meets a wounded alien, Richard Raven. A "ship finder," which looks like a silver pocket watch, leads them to Raven’s ship. Interplanetary war erupts. Wilson must decide whether or not to become involved, and if so, which side to join.
The Ship Finder
Price: Free! Words: 88,660. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In April 2061 Dr. William Wilson goes for a jog in a northern California park. There he begins a fascinating months-long journey after he meets a wounded alien, Richard Raven. A "ship finder," which looks like a silver pocket watch, leads them to Raven’s ship. The world Wilson enters is chock-full of advanced technology and weapons. But then interplanetary war erupts.

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