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First book in the series April 10, 2020

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Reluctant Marine now at Amazon November 25, 2019

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Reluctant Marine now available at Amazon!
Holy Christian Empire – 2495

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All he ever wanted, was to be a mechanic.
When Savanna invaded his planet and took his father away, 14-year-old Jamie had to grow up fast.

4 years later, he joined the Royal Marines in the slim hope of finding his dad.

Boot camp was tough, but his life became a living hell after he was deployed, and his squad the only family he could count on.

Reluctant Marine Pre-release Sale November 12, 2019

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99¢ Pre-release Sale!
All he ever wanted, was to be a mechanic.

When Savanna invaded his planet and took his father away, 14-year-old Jamie had to grow up fast.
4 years later, he joined the Royal Marines in the slim hope of finding his dad.
Boot camp was tough, but his life became a living hell after he was deployed, and his squad the only family he could count on.

Available at:

Offer good until the release date of November 29, 2019

Last Train from Earth now in paperback August 19, 2019

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The “set-up” for the series is now available in paperback at Amazon. Still complete in itself. No cliff-hanger ending:

Click on the image to go to the sales page and learn how the “world” of the series got started.

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It’s 2206 and the president of the Free States of America is scheming to declare herself a dictator after the 2208 election.

When Eric Stewart, inventor of the Stewart Faster-than-Light drive and owner of the giant Stewart Industries conglomerate, discovers her plot, he launches a desperate plan to escape to a virgin planet with as many people and as much industrial capacity as he can. But he and his fellow conspirators have a spy in their midst.

It’s a race against the president’s enforcement squad and time — and the time-bomb is ticking


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Chandler’s Secret Princess January 4, 2019

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Ten-year-old Princess Barbara Stewart is away from home when her parents, the King and Queen of New Britain, and siblings are brutally slaughtered by her Uncle Tyler, who wants the throne for himself. Grieved and terrified, Barbara knows that Tyler will be looking for her to finish the job. As the King’s only surviving lawful successor, only Barbara stands between Tyler and his goal.

Barbara flees to the planet Camelot where she is taken in by Lord Chandler and his family. Chandler is an ex-military man and a loyal servant to the Crown. If he can’t protect her, no one can.


Al’s comments:

This is the second book (chronologically) in the series. Like all of the books, it stands alone (although reading Last Train from Earth will make the “world” of the story easier to understand).

There is another book in the works that will fit between this story and God’s Assassin that will explain how the kingdom became an empire.

As much as I enjoyed creating the other books, this is my pet. Barbara is my favorite character in the series.

NEXT-C electric propulsion engine poised for production April 14, 2018

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The NEXT-C ion propulsion engine has successfully completed a Critical Design Review conducted by NASA and is planned for use on the agency’s 2021 DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission. With the CDR finished, the next step in the process should be the production of actual flight units.

NEXT-C stands for NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial and was developed by the space agency and commercialized by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

“Serving as the primary propulsion source for DART, NEXT-C will establish a precedent for future use of electric propulsion to enable ambitious future science missions,” said Eileen Drake, CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne via a company-issued release. “Electric propulsion reduces overall mission cost without sacrificing reliability or mission success.”

NEXT-C is described as having an estimated 7kW of maximum power and more than 4100s specific impulse (Isp). This level of Isp could make NEXT-C a good fit to be the propulsion system for missions deep into our Solar System.

Read more at http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/aerojet-rocketdyne/next-c-electric-propulsion-engine-poised-production/#pU1TGIPpMvoIU6hR.99

 

New Version of Children of Destruction June 29, 2017

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Children of DestructionFTL has republished “Children of Destruction” with my recent changes. I’ve cut back on the sex. Another member of the writer’s group I belong to talked me into when it was first published.

FTL has it down to $2.99 USD and I think that price is permanent now.

If you’ve purchased the eBook from Amazon, you can download this version at no charge.


Buck is the last man on Earth. He has no idea what happened and is all alone until he hears a woman’s scream of terror. What follows is a post-apocalyptic struggle for survival that spans over 200 years. From their perilous beginnings to life-and-death conflict among the stars, meet the most unusual family of survivors ever fashioned by circumstance and necessity.

“Hard” military science fiction romance for older teens and adults.

Rated “PG-16”
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If you like:
– “end of the world” thrillers,
– “cutting edge” science fiction,
– unusual romances (not your usual predictable romance),
– toned-down sex (not erotica nor porn) and some violence,
– sweep of history stories told through the eyes of involved individuals,
– Alien encounters,
– space battles,
then you’ll love Children of Destruction.

Version 3: Reduce the sex to a “PG-16” rating suitable for mid-teens

God’s Assassin is Available and Updated June 9, 2017

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Cover 108x162If you picked up a copy of God’s Assassin while it was on sale, go back to Amazon  and download the latest version.

FTL has published a new version with some small fixes in one of the last scenes: a mixup between Military Police (Marine) and Shore Patrol (Navy). My fault. I changed the cops and forgot to change the ratings (Sergeant vs Petty Officer, etc.).


It’s 2608 (Earth Calendar) and the Empire is at war with the Angels Of the Lord — and losing.

In the midst of the war, Lady Victoria Chandler, a direct descendant of “Rock” Chandler, struggles to balance her five lives:
-She’s the presumptive heir to an earldom that spans a continent on her home planet of Camelot,
-Hot Royal Navy fighter pilot,
-Spy,
-Reluctant assassin, and
-The hope for freedom from bondage for an entire world.

And all she has to do is keep from getting caught, stay alive, and find the spy within the navy’s high command.

Complete story in one volume. No cliff-hangers.

PG-13 (some violence).


Cover SuperThumbThe first book in the series, Escape from Earth, is also available.


It’s 2206 and the president of the Free States of America is scheming to declare herself a dictator after the 2208 election.

When Eric Stewart, inventor of the Stewart Faster-than-Light drive and owner of the giant Stewart Industries conglomerate, discovers her plot, he launches a desperate plan to escape to a virgin planet with as many people and as much industrial capacity as he can. But he and his fellow conspirators have a spy in their midst.

It’s a race against the president’s enforcement squad and time — and the time-bomb is ticking.

Complete story in one volume. No cliff-hangers.

Rated PG-13 (some violence)

Faster Than Light Travel May be Possible September 23, 2016

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A Nasa scientist in Houston worked with an artist to create the “warp drive” concept The interstellar spacecraft builds on previous designs that theoretically allow distant travel by bending space-time.

It doesn’t violate Einstein’s “rules”. It works by bending space in front of it and behind. The main problem is that when it descellerates at the end of the trip, it would destroy whatever was at the destination as the “warps” (energy) catch up all at once.

It works off of a recently discovered oddity in the “em Drive” which I featured in a previous post.

Wormholes could be the key to beating the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle May 15, 2016

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Wormholes“Time travel seems much more common in science fiction than it is in reality. We’ve never met anyone from the future, after all. But all of the physics we know indicates that wormholes – another science fiction favourite – could really be used to travel backwards in time.

“Wormholes are like portals between two places in the Universe. If you fell in one side, you’d pop out the other immediately, regardless of how far apart the two sides were. But wormholes are also like portals between two times in the Universe. As Carl Sagan liked to say, you wouldn’t just emerge somewhere else in space, but also somewhen else in time.”

Read the complete article here.