I am a retired Cold War Warrior. I worked for over twenty years at the Rocky Flats Plant outside Denver, Colorado, which was part of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. During the Cold War, I was a Chemical Engineer in the plutonium recycling and purification facility. I've held plutonium in my hands; not many people can say that.
After the Cold War fizzled out, I switched to environmental engineering and project planning during the lengthy clean up of the plant. Today that plant is a wildlife refuge.
Next I moved to southwest New Mexico and worked at the copper mines around Silver City, including the Santa Rita mine. Santa Rita has been a copper source since before Europeans entered the New World.
Today I live in southwest New Mexico, at the edge of the Gila National Forest, with my husband, dog, three cats, and four llamas. I am a volunteer firefighter and have fought wildland and home fires. I've loved science all my life and plan to keep learning. Writing this book gave me a chance to weave many of the trends and technologies I read about into a story of discovery and the unexpected.
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By Kate Rauner
Published: June 21, 2013.
Rob Shay makes an incredible discovery: a glitch in space that opens an impossible path to a star and its planets. Serendipity led to the discovery and serendipity may stop exploration. The business of space keeps getting in the way as Rob struggles to stay with his mission in a world he can't control. Rooted in today's technologies, Glitch is set in a near-future world messy enough to be real.
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