UPDATED 7-18-2017 in preparation for the audio version launch! Audio version is narrated by the excellent Chuck DiMaria. The Colony Ship Marathon left a dying Earth on a generations long voyage to another planet. Inside its giant biomes were people who would spend their entire lives during that flight. They knew that their descendants would be the people who would arrive at the destination world. Life in those biomes was as close to life on Earth as possible, including ecologies, plants, animals, and families. In its own way, those biomes were idyllic. Additionally, tens of thousands of people would make the journey in suspended animation to be awakened on the destination planet. During the long journey, something went wrong. Something else was on the Marathon. This book chronicles the life of one habitat dweller, Kalju, as he becomes aware of his role in what is taking place. How will the battle on the Marathon end? This is a stand-alone book set in John Thornton’s Colony Ship Universe.
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The books are out in audio format done by excellent, professional narrators! Please check out those options! The narrators have done a superb job. All of the books in the Colony Ship Universe will be made into audio books. I sure hope you listen to those.
I have developed a board game, Divided America: the Next Civil War which you can play on VASSAL. The rules and scenarios are available on Amazon. This game has been in my mind since the 1970s.
And, I am working on a Role Play Game (RPG) based in the Colony Ship Universe.
As to me, I have read science fiction since I was a small child. For over thirty years I have been making notes, writing outlines, and drawing deck plans of various colony ship. These jumbled ideas have finally coalesced into book form in my writing.
I guess I was inspired by many works in sci-fi which cover the idea of colony ships. Damon Knight’s “The World and Thorinn” and Robert Heinlein’s “Orphans of the Sky” showed me how bizarre and interesting a generational space ship environment could be and how so much could go horribly wrong. Those books, and many others in that same genre, have given me hours of pleasure in reading. There also have been board games and video games which cover similar situations. There are so many variations on the lost colony ship theme it almost seems like a trope. So, now I have added my own contributions to this genre of adventure fiction.
I worked as an RN for 10 years in various critical care units–cardiac, surgical, and medical. I saw lots of people die, and I also listened to some really amazing people share their life stories with me. I have worked part-time as a visitation pastor for my church for twenty years now.
I graduated from a variety of colleges, all of which helped shape and mold me into what I am today. After finishing a doctoral degree, I decided to focus on informal educational endeavors. I still love to learn.
I enjoy reading very much. I read all kinds of literature (romance, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopias, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, theology texts, to how-to books). Did I miss any genres? Oh, here is a pet peeve of mine. Science fiction and fantasy are SEPARATE GENRES! Forgive me for yelling, but I am sick of seeing two unique genres lumped all together under “speculative fiction.” To me, and I could be wrong, but putting fantasy and science fiction in the same box is like putting romance novels in with erotica.
And as you may be about to discover, I also like to write.
My first project was the Colony Ship Eschaton series, which is finished with its ten books.
The second project is a parallel series, The Colony Ship Vanguard. That series is finished with its eight books.
The third series is the Colony Ship Conestoga, which is complete in its eight books.
One of my books is somewhat different. Hey, some people will say all my books are different, and I think they do not mean that in a good way. Well anyway, “The Battle on the Marathon” is written in first person. That book is stand-alone work, and while it is in the same universe as the other works, is not as directly connected as are the four other series.
The Colony Ship Trailblazer is my latest series. The eighth book, and the series finale, was completed in October 2019. The audio book version should be ready by December 2019.
And yes, I am planning on making all seven of the colony ships into books. If you have read my work, you will know what that means. Maybe two more series! Work on the newest series begins in December, but the ideas for it have been bouncing around my mind and in scribbled notes and campaigns since the 1970s.
If you are new to my works, you can start with any series, or “The Battle on the Marathon” and I think you will enjoy the series no matter which order you read them in. Some readers have discussed which series is their favorite to start, but that is all personal preference. They are all set in the same “universe” or “alternative reality” or “cosmos” I invented. I call it the “Colony Ship Universe” but I hope you call it a fun read!
Back to reality. I have four grown-up daughters, a delightful wife, a silly cat, and a goofy dog. Over the years we have had numerous dogs and cats. We did have two ancient cats, but they have departed now after eighteen and nineteen years of life. In the summer of 2018 our beloved dog of fourteen years died, and our miracle cat died in fall of 2018. May their new adventures be thrilling and fun for them.
We did get a new puppy in the summer of 2019. So we have one cat, and two dogs.
I live in the Northern Plains of the USA, so I experience the cold and bitter winds of the winter, and the blistering hot and dry of the summers. I also live with a chronic associate, a painful form of degenerative arthritis. I have lots of mechanical parts inside my body (nine total joint replacements), and in some ways, I truly am a cyborg.
I hope you enjoy my writing. Thanks for reading my stuff!