THE STAR WOMAN available August 1st

Two decades before the events of The Space Orphan trilogy, another extraordinary character takes the stage on Earth: Karen Danburn. A character inspired by both the characters Supergirl and Wonder Woman, her tale is told in The Star Woman.

Karen knows she’s adopted, and never thought much about that fact. But on her 18th birthday her parents tell her that her birth parents were from a far star. They pass on to her three presents: a tiara, a suit, and a car. From a super-advanced civilization, each has almost magical powers.

Karen learns to use those powers and her wits to help others, first as a Marine Ranger, then as a covert crime fighter and guardian of the helpless everywhere. But duty even for an invincible hero has costs. Is she willing to pay the ones demanded of her?

Click image to read the first few chapters.
Available in kindle, paperback, and hardcover formats.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

Click on image to see the video.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE OLD GUARD gritty modern action-adventure Netflix movie

I just watched the NetFlix movie THE OLD GUARD starring Charlize Theron and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It follows a group of five immortals and their pushback against a pharmacy company which wants to discover the secret of their gift. By kidnapping and butchering them if necessary.

It’s a lean two-hour action movie with some of the most exciting scenes I’ve ever seen. It feels very grittily authentic, and does not stint on showing the drawbacks of being immortal

It ends with the basic story resolved but opens up at least two ways sequels could go. If it draws the big crowds it seems likely to, we could see more future movies in the series just as we did Marvel’s Avengers movies.

Interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood on making THE OLD GUARD.

Click image to see Youtube preview.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

BRIE LARSON starts YouTube channel

Brie Larson of Captain Marvel fame started a YouTube channel. It’s a bit long at 22 minutes, but I enjoyed it all the way through. YMMV.

Click the image to read the Hollywood Reporter story & see her video.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

THE SPACE ORPHAN trilogy’s first book at ROCK-BOTTOM price

The Eons-Lost Orphan, the first book of The Space Orphan trilogy, is now at Amazon’s lowest allowed price of $.99.

(Click on each book’s image to preview and to buy the book.)

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Michael Jackson inspired BILLY JEAN dancing

Whatever Michael Jackson did in his personal life, in his public life he gave joy to many millions of people all over the world. Here is a dance mashup of performances by both expert and amateur dancers to the tune “Billy Jean.”

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

FUN VIDEO – tune from Status Quo band: In The Army Now

Want to see Darth Vader & Storm Troopers dancing? (And some cute girls and guys?) Watch!

The tune is from an album by the UK band Status Quo. Video by videditor KM Music in Thessaloniki Greece. One of my favorite YouTube channels.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

RESPONSIBLE GUN LAWS

I’m a gun owner and fan from way back. My first gun was a Winchester-like BB gun. The second I got when was I was 17 – a Colt .45 1911 pistol which I customized with Goncala Alves grips. I recently sold it to Gunworld.com as a trade-in on a Glock 19 pistol.

I also carried a pistol as a military policeman, and have experimented with sniper rifles at gun shows. All this and more experience shows up in my books. This includes my Super Olympian books where the heroine is a three-sport Olympic athlete – and a superhuman. And in the forthcoming The Star Woman, whose heroine is a Marine sniper – and another superhuman.

Some of my fellow gun enthusiasts carry our love of guns to silly heights, romancing them, overstating their usefulness, and resisting fanatically any attempt to regulate them. I’m an engineer. I deal in facts. Though I regularly practice at my favorite gun range, firingline.net, there are a few facts that only the fanatics would dispute.

  • Pepper spray is usually a more practical self-defense option than a gun. HERE are some pointers for those who want to buy them. I suggest three PS devices: one on you, one in your car, one in your home.
  • Talent, skill, and control are more important aspects of gun use than the weapon itself. A deadly shooter with a .22 long target pistol is more dangerous than an AR-15 “fun” shooter – or a drugged-out gangbanger.
  • No civilian has a use other than fun for a military-grade gun.

A responsible gun-lover and gun-owner owes it to keeping our right to bear arms to resist both the far-right and the far-left efforts to institute totally free or totally nonfree gun ownership. We can do this by pressuring the NRA to cease its efforts to totally resist RESPONSIBLE gun laws. And to join organizations such as Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership.

Click image for more info.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

to: JEFF BEZOS, subject: LUNA CITY

I’m an aerospace software and systems engineer, working most recently at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Boeing’s Phantom Works. I am now retired and spend much of each day writing, mostly fiction.

I am also one of many diverse professionals who study, think, and discuss how to colonize the Moon. Here are some ideas your own engineers may not have suggested to you.

BUILD WITH TELEROBOTS – Drones remotely operated from Earth are most cost effective. “Deaths” among them are not tragic, they need no air or water or food or habitats, they need not be returned home.

BUILD WITH PREFABBED PARTS – Construction on the Moon can be done faster and better by doing the hardest work here on Earth.

USE LOCAL MATERIALS – Lunar rocks and soil contain useful minerals which can be extracted in several ways. These include oxygen and the metals iron, calcium, aluminum, and magnesium.

USE VR/AR HEADSETS – “Vears” are an infant industry slowly ramping up to a big business. Remote operation of drones and viewing of the Moon by long-distance “tourists” is a way to give Earth-bound humans a better way of visiting the Moon.

Putting people on the Moon is a practical near-term goal. Putting them on Mars is not. It’s time to build a moon base, or better a moon city.

After the base or city is built it would be covered by a thin layer of dirt to protect it from meteorites and extremes of heat and cold. Artwork by Chris Butler, available in several different versions at his web site.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The ORPHAN on the RED CARPET

News from the Orphan sequel front:

At 25 Jane Kuznetsov (the Orphan) has her first boy friend. This is normal for the people where she was born. They lived very long lives and matured much later. They might not marry and have children until they were 50 or 100 years old.

Her boyfriend is a good deal older and a celebrity in the entertainment industry. On occasion he treads various red carpets at such events as movie premieres, awards shows, and such events. Naturally Jane has to have nice outfits for such events. Here is one.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments