Ryan Baxter

Biography

Ryan grew up in a time and a place which embraced blackberries, butterflies and bubbles. It was a world where Burma Shave signs entertained the family on road trips, where a haircut might be a close encounter with the sheep shears, where on summer evenings the grownups gossiped on the front porch while barefoot kids chased lightning bugs in the yard. A world where being human was a treasure enough.

Only … That world has almost disappeared to be replaced by another world, the world of Science that seeks to wrest the reins of human destiny into its own grasp, as it rushes boldly into the future. This new world is seductive, its surface sparkling with glitz and glitter, fueled by promises to elevate you to something superior, to be greater than human.

Before you travel too far down that road, Ryan invites you take a journey with him. To rediscover the true beauty of being human. To a place called Terra …

Smashwords Interview

In your Author’s Note for Terra 12, you speak of a place beyond science and before fiction. Is this the way you would describe your novel? Or how would you label it?
Have you noticed how everything in the world comes back to labels? We hang labels on everyone and everything, as though they are begging to be neatly cataloged, sorted and defined. Somehow, it makes us feel more comfortable, in control.

Normally when I write a story, I give myself over to the adventure without any clear idea of where that story will take me. But for Terra 12, I resolved to be more professional. I would provide structure and be organized enough to create a proper outline unlike the usual notes which I scribble haphazardly in my notebook.

While under the influence of this organizational craze, I sketched a chapter by chapter outline to map out the story. Only … That effort lasted all of four chapters before it sunk under the waters. I went back to my usual method: being surprised as the book unfolded in its own fashion.

Sorry, you’re still waiting for an answer to your question. I would be happy to forgo any label for the book. But since you can’t publish a book without one, I have reluctantly chosen to hang the label Science Fiction around Terra 12’s neck. Please don’t take that category too seriously.

As for this place beyond science and before fiction … That’s a discovery that lies at the heart of this adventure.
Can you say who your target audience is for Terra 12?
That’s an even bigger conundrum. Once you hang a label on a book, you automatically create limitations as to who will read it. Some people wouldn’t be caught dead reading science fiction. They despise the genre. Even if you reassure them that the book contains elements of romance, whimsy and … bubbles, who will take a chance?

I wrote Terra 12 for those individuals who have dared to dream of a world (this one included) that celebrates the human as the highest expression of Life. How’s that for a category!
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Books

Terra 12: Paradise Found
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 162,370. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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It is the year 2298. Humanity stands at the threshold as the barrier that has restricted man to his solar system has finally been breached. Twelve vessels are tasked to explore neighboring solar systems, to locate a Terran-like planet. But who expected to find Terra… For Terra is somehow more Earth than Earth, populated by people who are human in the truest sense of the word.
The Secret Valley
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 173,230. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The Secret Valley . . . Rumors of an ancient Buddhist Relic, long thought lost, have emerged from the mists of time. Forces are gathering, each seeking to claim this Relic, reputed to give its possessor dominion over the earth. So starts an unexpected journey that takes us not only to the Secret Valley, but on an inner journey where the real treasure that lives in every heart will be revealed.

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