So far, I’ve written eleven Coastal BC Stories about off-the-grid float cabin living and related adventures in the Powell River region, but my true love is studying space and writing science fiction.
I admit, I’ve always been a bit nerdy. I’m not bragging, but look at the popularity of the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory about physicists, an astrophysicist, and a mechanical engineer. I think that puts me into pretty good, if not humorous, company. My undergraduate degree is in physics, with systems management for a masters. I interned at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, but opted for a career in military aircraft maintenance and aeronautical education after I learned that only the most famous astronomers get to gaze through high powered telescopes to discover unknown objects and worlds.
Throughout my life, I’ve maintained an interest in space and astronomy. Telescopes large and small have been a passion from my early teens to the present. The Newtonian reflector Astroscan by the Edmund Scientific may look a bit strange, but it’s compact and durable enough to take in our airplane for remote sky viewing. We even keep my 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on permanent “display” in our kitchen, ready to deploy for nighttime or solar viewing on the cabin’s front deck.
I’m an avid reader. Most writers are. Monthly subscriptions to Sky and Telescope (U.S.) and SkyNews (Canada) are devoured cover to cover. It’s no wonder that the study of space would lead to my imagining of other possible worlds, universes, and entities, and that my educational background has led me to write in the genre of hard science fiction.
My off-the-grid lifestyle even played into one of my books, Anomaly at Fortune Lake.
I invite you to try one of my hard science fiction offerings. Thanks for stopping by. — Wayne