David Wiley

Biography

David Wiley is a pseudonym for Dave Felstul. By day I am a scientist who lives in Oregon. I was worried that people would have trouble remembering, spelling, or pronouncing my given name, so I decided to adopt the name of a childhood hero, Wile E. Coyote, for my pen name.

I wanted to be a writer from an early age. After being unduly influenced by the first Apollo mission with Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the moon in 1969, there was never any real choice as to my area of writing, science fiction. This was predictably followed by many early stories, lavishly illustrated with spaceships, deathrays, and aliens.
Some of us outgrow our dreams, others merely postpone them.

I did combine my love of science and writing in several technical journalism jobs—including for a computer magazine where I not so presciently proclaimed that "the new Microsoft Word and Microsoft mouse could do a few interesting things, but were not as good as existing products and would never work well together."

After realizing that my options in science journalism were limited, I stuck with the science half of the equation for many years. Only recently am I beginning to realize that deferred dream of spaceships, deathrays, and aliens. Although it is debatable whether the humor has improved since those early efforts, the science has hopefully done so.

My science background has certainly pushed me towards the hard science fiction genre, but I have a definite bent towards biology and not just physics. I want to explore what happens when future technology meets real life. How would a far-flung galactic civilization maintain a common culture or genetics? Will a raygun work in a downpour? Will we have holographic assistants like the doctor in Star Trek Voyager or will the holos be used for advertising shills instead? Unfortunately, I know which one my money and those of the corporations will likely be on.

I am exploring these ideas in books set in the Eichi Testaments Universe, Make No Martyrs, Message from Gondwana, and others as they make it through the review process.

To conclude, my hero, Wile E Coyote had a business card. If you think about it, the card is perfect for a science fiction writer. "Wile E. Coyote, Genius, Have Brain – Will Travel." Who knows where our imaginations can take us? Maybe one day Acme will even sell a rocket ship that works!

Books

Toothless
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,090. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ernestine Borgia, the youngest member of Vladnitz's crew on the Arkhangel has decided to follow up their amazing discovery by....joining the Imperial Navy? What seemed like a good idea to see more of the universe has quickly turned sour as her fellow cadets resent her and her newly assigned ship is an old relic with more than a few glitches.
Saint Vladnitz
Price: Free! Words: 16,520. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Humanity is imprisoned within a solar system running out of resources. Divine intervention is needed. Instead, Captain Vladnitz and his crew limp onto the scene in their battered spaceship, Arkhangel. In search of enough asteroid metals to make the next loan payment, they instead make a discovery that changes everything, if the ship and its crew can stay in one piece.
Metallicity: Book 2 of the Eichi Testaments
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,440. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rebellion! Up against the might of the Third Empire, things look dire for the rebels on Demeter. How do you fight when your planet is so metal-poor that bullets are a luxury? Paul Guthrie, a disgraced ex-Missionary, is caught in the middle. He must gain the rebels' trust, defeat the Imperial berserkers, and discover the real reason behind the Imperial invasion, all before the rains cease.
Make No Martyrs: Book 1 of the Eichi Testaments
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,980. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Church Universal and Missionary-led assassins are the glue that hold the Second Empire together. But things come unstuck on Demeter, a small, metal-poor planet near the center of the galaxy. Rebellion is brewing, threatening the rejuv drugs; the Church has a hidden agenda; the missionary is having second thoughts; a battalion of Imperial Marines stands ready to invade; and there's this girl.
Message from Gondwana
Price: Free! Words: 27,800. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
A corporation sends a team to Gondwana, a jungle planet. It is perfect for pharmaceutical prospecting, exotic vegetation loaded with strange chemical compounds that could make the company rich. The newest member of the team, Lani Callis, wants to impress the team's veterans, but first must overcome her own limitations and a planet that is either trying to kill them or may be just curious.

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