Imagine Duke Wainwright’s surprise when a simple fiber optics experiment blows a mile-deep hole in his garage floor. He’s discovered anti-gravity, but doesn’t know it. However, a derelict weapon, programmed to annihilate anyone with anti-gravity technology, does know it. It begins a countdown before Duke even knows what he’s discovered. Duke, his teenage sweetheart, an out-of-work astronomer, and a dead cosmonaut scramble to mount a defense as the robotic weapon begins its attack.
Targeted Age Group:: YA and older
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve long been fascinated by science fiction stories involving anti-gravity–floating cities, near space as crowded with traffic as our air space is today. Most stories show anti-gravity in every day use. I wondered what it would be like to be the person who discovered anti-gravity. Ideas began to accumulate, and Beyond Hercules was the result.
How is writing SciFi different from other genres?
I write HARD science fiction, which demands that I don’t violate any laws of science (known today), except for the “what if?” premise of my story. Readers of hard SF will catch me if I make a blunder, so it’s a challenge to make sure I get things right.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
All of my characters are me in some way or another. I have enough good and bad traits to sprinkle them across my hero(ine)s and villains–even my AI robot. But I’m also a people-watcher, so my characters are a mixture of me and the people I observe. Beware!
Duke Wainwright reeled as his garage floor heaved and split between his feet. A deafening blast erupted from the depths below. He staggered backwards, twisting to get his hands in place to break his fall as dirt, dust, and mud daubers’ nests rained from the rafters.
The thunderous roar echoed from the abandoned pulp mill buildings across the tracks and again from the old courthouse as Duke staggered out onto the driveway. Lobo barked frantically in the back yard. Holy Moley! It’s out of control, and I don’t even know what it is! Duke steadied himself against his Jeep until the pounding in his ears subsided.
About the Author:
By the time I started reading science fiction, Jules Verne had been dead nearly fifty years. Not only had language evolved since his time, but culture as well. Combine that strangeness with the fascinating ideas Verne proposed in his stories and I was forever hooked on science fiction. No surprise, then, that I would choose that genre when I began writing.
I worked in the aerospace industry during the height of our space program. Drawing on that experience, I wrote my first science fiction story, Beyond Hercules. I didn’t know the first thing about writing marketable fiction at that time. I just had a story in me that needed to be told. Once the story was completed, I began thinking about sharing it. Only then did I discover how very little I knew about writing. I had made all the mistakes every beginning writer makes. I was extremely fortunate to find a group of aspiring writers in much the same predicament as I–have story, can’t write. Together, we learned about writing, critiqued each others’ work, and provided one another with the support and encouragement needed to become published authors. Stinger Stars resulted from that fraternity and was published October, 2013. Its modest success motivated me to re-write Beyond Hercules, applying my newly-acquired writing skills. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
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