Alfred D. Byrd

Biography

I'm a graduate of Hazel Park High School, Hazel Park MI, and I've earned a B. S. in Medical Technology at Michigan State University and an M. S. in Microbiology at the University of Kentucky.

My interests are Christian theology and history, Civil War history, science fiction, and fantasy. I've published a number of works, in prose or in epic verse, on these subjects.

A number of my works are available from Amazon and other major on-line book distributors. I've also sold four short stories or novellas to science fiction or fantasy anthologies.

Where to find Alfred D. Byrd online

Books

Kentucky Scandal: William Goebel's Life and Death
Price: Free! Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
Kentucky had the only American politician who was assassinated and then became governor. William Goebel, master of machine politics and even greater master of making enemies, was in the throes of a disputed gubernatorial election that'd be decided by Kentucky's Senate when a shot rang out. He'd die within days, but not before a Democrat-controlled legislature had named him governor.
Join the Venusian Regatta!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Isn't Mars going to get crowded with all of the colonists lining up to go there? Why not head to another, even nearer planet -- a friendlier planet for human life -- Venus! Yes, I know about how bad conditions on its surface are. Still, fifty kilometers above the surface, Venus is the most hospitable habitat for humanity outside of our own world, which is heading in Venus' direction.
Children of the Flood
Price: Free! Words: 11,060. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2019. Categories: Essay » Technology, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Environmental / General
What if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melts? Where will we live if there are ever more human beings for ever less land? Here's a dramatic and at times light-hearted exploration of some solutions that are being proposed -- or even being implemented. Under the earth or atop the sea -- will we be able to live well there if need to arises?
Canyon of Wonders: Visions of Metenebria
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
FANTASY leads us to worlds of thought That mirror our lives, our hopes -- our fears. The heart of life is a quest of hope For something beyond both grasp and sight. A poem captures journey's essence: Visions of change along a stream Convey adventures to one who thrives On dreams that transcend what's safe and dull For cities of gold on hills afar.
To Dream Atlantis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Obsessed by visions of Atlantis, an occultist follows prophetic verses in quest of those who can teach him more of the foundered land. As he gathers a circle of adepts, he learns that his mission is to raise the continent anew and restore to it a civilization cut off in its prime. Is he about to achieve the dream of mystics throughout the ages or repeat what led to Atlantis' fall?
Sacred Persons: What the Bible Says about the Priesthoods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,140. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Exegesis & Hermeneutics
Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is a priest. To understand what this teaching means for us, we must answer (1) What is a priest? (2) How does one become one? (3) What are one's duties and privileges? We can answer these questions by following the thread of priesthood through Scripture and seeing how it leads to the priesthood of the believer -- a priesthood of service.
Traitor to the Stars: The Narratives of Bashirezh
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
An alien among us reveals a conspiracy going back centuries -- a conspiracy in which the course of human history has been warped by exiled members of a galactic migration. What lies behind our turbulent history is a great work of deception and death, but also of hope. Is he our benefactor, or, as his people calls him, a traitor to the stars?
Timeless and Pure: Christian Verse on the Light
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
Our home is a place where light endures, and darkness is dispelled, forevermore. Our choice in life lies between darkness and light. Let us choose the light so that love born in, inspired by, and due to the Light Above will prevail within us and, through us, in the world. These poems show to eyes open to it a glimpse of the light that can lead us safely through the world's darkness.
Temple of the Heart and Other Christian Poems
Price: Free! Words: 25,560. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
Faith, hope, and charity -- the virtues that we live out when we're rooted in God. Our Creator's story appears in epics of the Bible and in lyrics of doubt and faith emerging into praise of the One Who is Light and Love. May these poems be used from on high to bless you with growth in grace and knowledge of the truth.
Biblical Parallels in The Silmarillion
Price: Free! Words: 27,090. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Essay » Literature
Tolkien's magnificent mythology that began in The Silmarillion had its origin in accounts of the Bible, which he, as a practicing Christian, knew well. Tolkien's tales are illuminated by themes such as creation, the fall, providence, sacrifice, redemption, and judgment that that he drew from Scripture. Understanding these themes will help you appreciate Tolkien's grand tale of Middle-Earth.
Battle Hymn of the Purist
Price: Free! Words: 11,160. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar & punctuation
English is drowning in a sea of bobbles, but some of us are willing to take up arms on the noble tongue's behalf. Bloated sentences, pointless paragraphs, grammatical solecisms of the worst sort -- these are our enemies in our struggle for concision, clarity, and content.
To Sing Atlantis
Price: Free! Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Lost lands, dreams, and those who walk between them are the topics of eleven poems of fantasy and horror that explore worlds that we might see with eyes set free from the bonds of the everyday. Follow where the eyes of imagination lead you. Leave land's safety and set sail on misty argosies of dream.
Mission of Orion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,300. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A message from a lost world has failed to bring peace between the humans of the earth and the Tan-i, the lost world's survivors, among them. Still, Mira, Mother of the Tan, must try to make peace with the humans to fulfill the lost world's king's last commands: remember the Homeworld, perpetuate the Tan, and save the earth.
Message of Orion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,040. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fugitive Mira and Ul's other survivors must ready a suspicious earth for the Message, telling of the destruction of ten inhabited worlds by their inhabitants. Will it move humanity to reject deadly technologies? Sadly, Mira's past as a superhero -- or -villain -- makes many call her an eco-saboteur. Will the message bring peace, or must Mira fight for survival against a world that she must save?
Egypt's Light
Price: Free! Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Categories: Poetry » Ancient Poetry
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Relive the mystery and the magic of Ancient Egypt. Witness the creation of the Gift of the Nile amid the primeval waters and the struggle of the gods to bring kingship to the land. Follow the triumphs and the tragedies of Pharaohs, priests, and people as they built wonders that dazzle us today -- wonders of which only ruins remain. Relive a life that will dazzle the world as long as humans endure.
The Bible's Hidden Years
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
Do you feel lost in time and space when you read the Bible? This work guides you through God's Word from Abraham to the apostles. Here, you will find the lost years between Malachi and Matthew when life changed radically for God's people. Learn of the world in which Jesus and His apostles lived and worked, and of how that world shapes the one in which we still strive to serve God.
Daughter of Orion
Price: Free! Words: 55,340. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A refugee from a doomed planet, Mira must learn to be Belle, a normal earth-girl -- or as normal a girl as she can be with powers of body and of mind that she develops as she grows into her teens. As she deals with her life's strangeness, she must learn how to obey three commands given her: "Remember the Homeworld, perpetuate the People,and save the Earth." Followed by Message of Orion.
Bloodscribe: The Changer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,250. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Seeking tales of the supernatural, graduate student Willis learns more than he bargained for when he is Changed into a vampire. Now, he must adapt to a new, terrifying life while he struggles to cling to his old life. In the background lurks his Changer, ever moved by mischief and by vengeance. Only if the Changer dies can Willis hope to live.
Wesle's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Poetry » Ancient Poetry
An epic of UFO's in Anglo-Saxon times. Wesle the Weakling, a hapless herdsman watching the woman he loves about to become a warrior's wife, seizes a chance for change when star-men come in a shining shield-ship to carry out a cattle-raid. Roswell meets Beowulf? Also contains the short poem, "The Gold's Dragon." Cover composed by Helen E. Davis

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