D. R. Prescott


As a former Fortune 500 aerospace executive for over thirty years and a planetarium program director for an additional ten years, Donald Richard Prescott has been planning and managing successful, complex operations for decades where strategic planning is an essential tool. A revealing stint as director of strategic planning and service on local government planning committees provided opportunities to speak to and participate in groups about complex strategic issues as well as appearing in a local cable documentary about transportation and community development. He has interfaced with congressional and governmental leaders, directly participating in securing millions of dollars of governmental funding for two local projects.

Prescott has also written and published award winning short stories (Concoctions), a science fiction novel (Daddy's Different), a nonfiction book about avoiding human extinction (Is There Time?), and a book of essays (Layman's License). He has written a full-length-three-act play, planetarium show/display scripts, two family histories, technical articles and business plans as well as edited several newsletters. Recent awards and published work include multiple Writers’ Journal “Write to Win! Contest” awards/publication, The Orange County Register Dreamscape Contest publication, placing in Writer’s Digest competitions, Long Story Short E-zine short story publications and internationally published short stories/essay in The Taj Mahal Review as well as awards on Writing.com among others.

He currently writes and explores life in Orange, California.

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Numerous people have written books championing common causes like combating global warming, dodging objects from space, staving off hunger, dealing with pandemics, supplying energy, eradicating poverty, stemming extinctions and confronting other natural or man-made threats. None have effectively or convincingly addressed the larger issue, a common strategic vision and mission for humanity... until now.


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,190. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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This eclectic collection of stories results from annoying questions that scurried about my skull over the last seventy years of seeking answers to the seemingly unanswerable.
Layman's License
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,420. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Current affairs
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There are people, mostly self-appointed, who tend to lump the balance of humanity into a rather broad category known as laymen, lay-women, or lay-person, if you prefer. There seem to be more answers than problems bobbing about on the sea of humanity. Layman’s License poses a few more answers as well as a few more questions. This book is a little bit about a lot!
Is There Time?
Price: Free! Words: 68,910. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Cosmos
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Is there time to avoid humanity’s extinction? Practically everything that has ever lived is extinct; we will be no exception unless we work very hard to be an exception. Wrestling with that problem led to a chilling, undeniable conclusion: the human species is ultimately doomed on Earth and we have no plan. A convincing strategic vision and mission for humanity elude us… until now.
Daddy's Different
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,890. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Daddy’s Different… or, did you know that already? Samson Baker misses four days of his life and awakens with others’ thoughts swirling in his head. He loses everything and kills for the first time! Unwittingly part of a grander scheme, he is embroiled in a deadly clash of minds aided by Rachael Kincaid, his intoxicatingly beautiful nurse, against the dangerous Reverend Orchid.

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  • Tater's Maters of Hootenanny Flats on Nov. 13, 2016

    There are times when one reads something that unexpectedly but pleasantly surprises and elicits a feeling of time well spent. Tater's Maters of Hootenanny Flats is such a book. The author captures distinct, wisdom-laden personalities of four elderly, feisty women who surprise us with insights that go beyond the mere words on the page. V. M. Franck takes you on a fantastical trip that might leave you questioning some of your fundamental beliefs and what your future might hold. Some profound thinking emerges as these women grapple with life, death and the meaning of it all as Lottie finally reveals her unique insight that has made her who she is. Read it and you might challenge your most cherished thoughts or, even better, reaffirm your philosophical underpinnings!
  • My Brother Murdered His Neighbors on Nov. 24, 2016

    Trying Not to Drown is a story likely best told by a person who lived it. A violent act smothered happiness, limited contentment and challenged deep-seated beliefs for a young lady caught up in the aftermath of her brother’s sudden, brutal act of murder. It is an intimate glimpse of a sister and her family dealing with a nightmare for a lifetime. She loves and loses loves while suffering the pain of death from many angles. Follow her as she wrestles with conflicting emotions, tormented by things beyond her control and, from somewhere down deep, bolstered by a surprising inner strength. This gripping tale is told in the first person by an engaging and talented writer who makes her struggle with death, love and competing priorities a poignant account of personal courage and resilience. This book might even make you rethink some of your fundamental beliefs.
  • Resurrection Rose on Feb. 07, 2017

    When you mix a little fantasy with a tinge of the supernatural, stir in a dash of down-home wisdom, fold-in engaging, stimulating characters, add a twist of sensual spices and garnish with sarcasm, wit and good old feisty crustiness, you are faced with a tale that lures you in and captivates your attention from beginning to end. V.M. has done it again which means the Maters Series provides another glimpse of unique people against intriguing backdrops sparking readers’ imaginations and challenging conventional ideas about love, life, and what it means to be human. Resurrection Rose is a book where compelling dialog spurs subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, philosophical insights making one think about how to approach life in our times. It is a great read, maybe even a must-read.