Imagine an Earth restored to perfection under the care of ten women Guardians, who answer only to a governing computer. Imagine a peaceful, colonized Solar System. This is what the New Victorian Empire has accomplished in the 475 years of its existence. Now mankind faces extinction because of a genetic mutation caused by the catastrophic collapse of Earth's environment in 2065 A.D., the year the Empire began. The Keyhole anomaly, a wormhole in space, offers a solution; time-travel to transport genetically sound humans from the past.
Renegade nuclear engineer Louis Franelli has developed the technology of that time-travel, which his employer, criminal and rebel Galen Bestmarke, is using to go back to 1975 A.D. to collect hunting trophies and establish a slave-trade through time. The Empire is desperate to recover Franelli and his technology so that they can use it to save mankind. The Planetary Control Corps (PCC) under the direction of the Guardians, Star-Commander Abigail VanDevere, and the dynamic young team of Lieutenant Janet Rogerton and Pilot Kolanna face the daunting task of stopping Bestmarke and capturing Franelli. Can the determined officers of the PCC succeed? Can they do so in time?
Trophy is the first book of the Trophy Saga, a future look at a pivotal time in mankinds history. It tells the story of the continuing struggle to prevent the extinction of the human race.
This book should appeal to mature readers as well as young adults.
Hello, welcome! I am so happy you had a little time to stop by today so we have the opportunity to find out a little bit about you. First, tell us about a favorite character from a book.
That would be Panther, the great black cat, half animal and half android. Without giving away too much, he begins as one of the antagonist's living trophies and is rescued by our young heroine, Lieutenant Janet Rogerton. My excerpt depicts the scene where Rogerton attempts to mind-link with Panther. He goes on to grow into a powerful and dynamic character, helping to save the day and provide some entertaining and funny moments.
Who is your favorite author?
This is a tough one... there are so many. There are two that I love to read and have had the most influence on my writing: J.R.R. Tolkien for his incredible story telling. His descriptions of a whole new world; the characters and creatures, the incredible landscapes, all paint vivid images in your mind. You know what he describes is real. The other is Jane Austen. Again, incredible story telling, but with some of the best character development to be found. Her incredible use of the English language is like listening to fine music.
What is your favorite meal?
Cornish pasties with brown gravy. These small meat pies were a staple of the coal and copper miners years ago. Potatoes, ground beef, onions in a pie crust shell and baked in the oven. Serve hot with brown gravy, your favorite vegetable, and raspberry tort for desert. Doesn't get any better. Mmmm
What group did you hang out with in high school?
It was the group that now would be called the “nerd” group. I took honors classes in math, science, English, and music. We studied hard, stayed out of trouble, but it was everything but boring. Great memories of a lot of fun and camaraderie... and a great education.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to walk in the woods by my home with our cats. I love to study nature: watch the birds and other critters around our home, and spend time under the stars with my telescope checking out everything in the majestic heavens. I enjoy reading and watching some TV including the various versions of Star Trek and Babylon V. I'm a music lover, too, and enjoy playing my classical guitar.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with my wife and grown children, traveling and exploring new areas and things. Working hard on whatever I love to do, whether it is music, working around the house, but especially on my writing. Doing the absolute best I can brings the most happiness.
Who should play you in a film?
First you would have to invent a time-machine. Then you would take the venerable actor Robert Redford and make him a young man again. That's not too much to ask for, is it?
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what is it?
Yes. It was given to me by an older man that I really look up to. I have found it to be valuable especially in the times we live in today with economic uncertainty and the general unraveling of the norms of society we grew up with. Here it is: “Always do the kind thing.”
That sounds like superb advice to me! Thank you so much for sharing these past few minutes with us. It's been fun and enlightening. I wish you every success!
I grew up under the starry skies of Montana's wide open spaces and ever changing vistas. Born with a vivid imagination, I was influenced by the natural world surrounding me, the old-time Western movies that I watched as a kid, space exploration and the science fiction books authored by the masters of the genre that I read as a teenager, the Star Trek TV shows that I have watched all my life, and the action and excitement of the Star Wars movies. Now that I've raised my family, a son and a daughter, I have time to express my imaginings by writing future-fiction that is fun and refreshing to read. I live in the mountains of western North Carolina with my wife Ellen, where I contemplate the night skies with my telescope and my next story with the help of my rescued cats (aka writing buddies).