The Iapetus Federation – Exodus from Earth

Finally, The Iapetus Federation, the third book in The Starchild Trilogy, is out to the reading public. I invite you to purchase it, read it, and spread the word – AND post reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are the lifeblood for authors. A few good reviews make all the difference in continuing book sales.
The Starchild departs on its 185-year interstellar journey following the dramatic events in The Starchild Compact. Although presumed dead, the fanatical terrorist Saeed Ismail resurfaces to lead a global Jihad that leaves Earth in chaos. Aided by Founder Asshur, the besieged Israelis reluctantly forge a new homeland on Mars, and the Iapetus Federation expands to include all human settlements in the Solar System – except Earth. On Earth global Jihad rages and millions are put to the sword, while on Iapetus the Starchild Institute develops a new form of transportation using artificial worm-holes; but will this incredible new technology be ready in time to rescue Sam Houston and all that is left of the United States, the beleaguered Lone Star Conservancy? Can this technology solve the task of moving millions of terrified people to safety on Iapetus? Even as Earth sinks into medieval barbarism, technology-driven off-world humans develop longevity treatments while awaiting the return of the Starchild. They push scientific boundaries as they struggle heroically to survive and prosper in the far reaches of the Solar System – and beyond.

Airline Safety – A real solution

Travelers waiting in line   The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is currently in full meltdown. Several airports have actually replaced TSA screeners with private companies. Public figures from all political persuasions have entered the debate, several suggesting outright privatization of the TSA. Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator for security operations, has…

Great Review of “The Starchild Compact”

Here is the text of a great review of The Starchild Compact written by Simon Barrett, and posted to his blog: There are three types of science fiction, there is the pixie and goblin type (fantasy), there is soft Sci-Fi, John Wyndham springs to mind, the science is there, but plays second fiddle to the to the…

A Bit of Planning and a Lot of Luck – A Graduate Course in High Adventure

It started out when I was a youngster in Montana where my father pastored a small church in Conrad in the northwestern corner of the state. The other kids wanted to be…well, whatever kids want to be in rural Montana: Farmers, postmen, bankers. But little Bobby – me – wanted to be a fireman, because…

OPERATION IVY BELLS

Operation Ivy Bells is in full throttle. Right now, through December 4, you can download it for free from the book website. Operation Ivy Bells is number one for Technothrillers on Amazon, and number 42 on the Amazon Bestseller list as of right now.

My new novel OPERATION IVY BELLS launches

Winning the Cold War is in the balance… A super-secret, off-the-books spy organization; a security-clearance starting at Top Secret and going up from there; an attack by giant squid during a thousand-foot dive while breathing an exotic gas; a cat’s whisker escape from death during a three-day decompression – and that’s just the first two…

Who I Am is Everything

My last blog entry was written by my stepson Arthur as described in the preamble to that entry. This entry was written by Robert Mayer, Arthur’s twin brother. Robert actually wrote this piece shortly after Arthur wrote the last one, but things intervened so that he did not give it to me until this Thanksgiving day.…

Why English is so Hard to Learn

When Jill and I married two years ago, twin thirteen-year-old boys and a sixteen-year-old girl came with the package. All three are remarkably intelligent. Selena is now in her junior year at college with a high GPA in a Marine Biology major. Arthur and Robert are high school juniors, each with a high GPA in…