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On clear nights, I go out on the front deck of my float cabin home on Powell Lake and gaze into the heavens. Far away from the lights of our closest city, Powell River, we get some excellent seeing conditions. On really calm nights, the stars become a mirror image on the lake surface at my feet. It’s an awe inspiring experience.
It isn’t hard to imagine extraterrestrial happenings up above, or even down below. Those thoughts, and a love for the my Powell Lake home, gave me the inspiration to write Anomaly at Fortune Lake.
Book Description: On a remote lake in Canada, Ashley and Justin seek an off-the-grid lifestyle. Instead of getting away from it all, two anomalies, one in the sky and one under the lake, draw this adventurous couple into an astounding first contact experience. Justin discovers a distant galaxy exhibiting unusual characteristics through the amateur telescope on their cabin deck. In response, something deep in the lake begins to stir. Soon, military submarine chaser aircraft from two countries and astronomers from around the world become involved. It’s a race to discover the meaning of the anomalies, and Ashley and Justin take an unexpected lead in the hunt for extraterrestrial visitors who could change our world.
For a limited time, the Kindle version of Anomaly at Fortune Lake is available at the sale price of $.99. Regularly it’s $5.99 at Amazon and Kobo. It’s also available in print format from Amazon for $9.95.
They say to write about what you know. So astronomy, my Powell Lake off-the-grid float cabin, quad riding, and a chance encounter with a low-flying military aircraft melded together to become the inspiration to write Anomaly at Fortune Lake.
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Description: Spaceship Challenger is on mankind’s first galactic voyage using a high-tech blend of space jumps and cryogenic hibernation. Captain Tina Brett leads her ship towards the ultimate goal, first contact with alien intelligence, until a navigational glitch changes everything. Then there’s a mutiny, the nemesis of crews since ancient ships plied the high seas. Or is it something more than anyone could have anticipated? Six individuals on an epic journey work together, and occasionally against each other, for the good of mankind.
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Happy reading! – Wayne
Two spiral galaxies are hurtling towards each other, about to collide. Two civilizations developing on parallel worlds in the distant galaxies are about to come in contact. Will the result be survival or destruction for one or both?
On Proteus in the Heavenly Way Galaxy, Shawn Russell lives outside the small town of Kernville in the central California foothills. It’s 2015 and he drives an Edsel converted to natural gas, flies a Cessna with an engine that runs on diesel, and bombs around the backcountry on a quad-like device called an Energoe. You’ll often find Russell chowing down on BBQ at Cheyene’s Restaurant with his friend Farley. Shawn is a modern-day shaman (formally a philososcience consultant) studying and preparing his world for the impending galactic collision far in the future.
Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy is almost 5 billion years away both in distance and time. But Earth has more pressing problems. The sun is dying and the planet and solar system are becoming uninhabitable. Kane Suane, an astrophilosopher, is part of an elite group studying ways for the human race to survive. Will an earth-like planet called P4531 in the approaching Andromeda Galaxy be the answer they are so desperately seeking? Or will it be the demise of the parallel civilization emerging on Proteus?
Science fact and fiction are closely related. What seems impossible or improbable today may be commonplace in the future. For example, the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (SagDEG) has passed through the Milky Way and may have some of its stars merging with ours. Observations from NASA’s Hubble Telescope supports the prediction that the Milky Way will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in over 4 billion years. But it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Generally, stars (and their planets) from both systems will be unaffected. Distances between celestial object are so great that physical collisions are unlikely. What do you think? — Wayne
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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
Meet EZ the cat from my first science fiction novel Inbound to Earth. EZ was modeled after the most important cat in my life, Stick Tail. Stick is now 22 (that’s a whopping 105 in human years). At the time I was writing he was a young whippersnapper, always begging for attention, so it was easy for him to nuzzle his way into my developing tale. If you met Stick, you’d find he has a lot in common with EZ: his love of food, his aloof demeanor, his need for human attention, even his fluffy tail. To somewhat protect the innocent (guilty?), EZ is golden, rather than black like the night sky.
“How about calling it EZ?”
Kelly raised her eyebrows, as she peeked at the cat crouched on the windowsill in ready-position for any stray food morsels.
“He’s a cat who deserves to go down in posterity. But what’s he done for the world lately?” Tannon replies.
EZ is really Kelly’s cat, but she and Tannon live together in a home reminiscent of the one I had in Southern California, right down to the garage door EZ used to escape to “coyote world.” But Kelly doesn’t mind sharing:
That’s something important I’ve given to Tannon. He certainly wasn’t a cat person before EZ. Now that cat is a big part of both of us. Heck, I’d let Tannon have EZ, even if he wants to take him on a trip to the stars. Who knows, he just might.
Later in the story, Tannon connects directly with an alien associated with the object. “Me” emails Tannon to gain information about earth, and arrange a first contact.
“Tell me more about EZ.”
“EZ’s personal preference regarding food is fish, particularly tuna. Cats cannot read data, but I sometimes think they can read minds.”
Isn’t that true of cats around the world, and now the universe. Read Inbound to Earth and see if EZ really gets to become a “catstronaut.” It’s a fun feline twist to hard science fiction. And you just might learn if a cat floating in zero gravity can land on all fours.
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Inbound to Earth is available in print and Kindle formats at Amazon, as an ebook at Smashwords, and many other online electronic bookstores. I hope you enjoy your trip to the stars along with Stick (oops, I mean EZ). — Wayne
p.s. Since I wrote this post, we lost our beloved Stick Tail at 23 years of age. I like to think he’s gone to the stars and is watching the rest of us down here, waiting for our turn to fly.
Getting the word out about self published books is always a challenge. I read my Sky and Telescope magazine each month from cover to cover. It helps keep me current on astronomical topics, and dreaming about all those gee-whiz gizmos that are available. In the back, there are classified ads, including some for books of interest to amateur, and even professional, astronomers.
Advertising in a renowned magazine with international coverage is a big step for a small private publishing company, but the opportunity to reach such a large readership couldn’t be passed up. All of my science fiction books have some aspects of astronomy, so I decided to give it a try.
The cover image in the ad is of Inbound to Earth. The main character, Tannon Bessimer, is an amateur astronomer who discovers an object in the night sky, and makes first contact with aliens on an inbound journey to earth.
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Just after sunset, we often see the International Space Station pass overhead from our float cabin. My wife Margy and I sit in our “zero gravity” chairs on the deck and imagine the astronauts passing overhead. Once their bright dot winks out of the sun’s reflection, I close my eyes and dream about what it would be like to be way up there, looking down at the world spread out below.
My telescope spends lots of time on the corner of my cabin deck this time of year, ready for action. During the day, it tracks sunspots. At night, there’s Messier 57 Ring Nebula and Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster to follow. Little wonder that deep sky objects like these often become settings for my science fiction books.
Do you like to sky watch? — Wayne