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Review on Amazon.ca: “This fast moving, futuristic, science fiction could be the script for an entertaining movie.”
This intelligent fiction by a black belt author has interesting concepts for the future circ. 2066 and a good dose of martial arts and high-tech weapons action:
Earth had achieved a semi-utopia until aliens destroyed the peace that took decades for hacker revolutionaries to build. After a bizarre robot occupation leading to all-out war, humanity was left with a deadly alien pandemic. Their possible salvation lies in a team brought together to search for a solution beyond the stars.
The mysteries of genetics and microscopic entities, along with the wonders of the future surgical scene are at the heart of their quest, with the soul coming from each specialist’s own talents for using them.
As their journey into deep space begins they encounter obstacles and battles of wills as they strive to survive the harsh and not-so empty space on the way to their distant goal. Together, the hand-picked team deals with technical problems, illness, personal issues, and secret elements of Earth’s warring bio-tech ideologies as they kick off their mission to save Earth.
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I was born the year Star Trek was, so I was a little warped from the start (but my spaceship isn’t, it runs on the Quantum Displacement Drive). After an early childhood of hearing my father’s versions of nursery rhymes, such as “Ini mini mini mo, where did baby sister go—she is over by the socket putting electrons in her pocket. How cute! Electrocute!” My kindergarten teacher said on a report card, “Wendy has a good vocabulary. This, coupled with a vivid imagination makes her quite a story teller.” As I grew, I read through everything in sight. As a pre-teen, one of the large stacks of fodder I brought home from the library contained the first science fiction I encountered, “The City of Gold and Lead.” I still remember the title, as I was quite taken with it. I then discovered Heinlein’s “Star Beast,” and James Blish’s Star Trek adaptations, and eagerly devoured them. I was aware that there was a TV show version of Trek, but I didn’t watch much on our snowy black and white set. We did get a better colour one eventually, and then I couldn’t wait for the next weekly re-run to come on. (There was no internet streaming, and it was not out on even video tapes yet, so I was at the mercy of the CBC station.)
In my late teens I had the urge to write stories that popped into my head. I never-the-less went to university to study biology, where I spent stressful hours writing up lab reports, essays, and a senior level microbiology research project. I worked part time for a professor, starting with cleaning glassware and ending up supervising a high school student testing for coliform bacteria in the zoo department’s seal tank.
My brain was bursting to be free, so I left serious science for science fiction. As I worked in health care for a friend of my nurse Mom, I spent a couple of years learning my craft under the mentorship of the Ottawa Lyngaard writing group, where I drafted my first novel, set in the Star Trek universe. With that experience under my belt I went headlong into a long fantasy novel, which I still plan to edit and release in the future. I sold some art work and wrote for and edited print and on-line publications as I got a family started. Publishing isn’t as fun as writing, so I began a bio-tech spy thriller, and was happily writing that when I was caught in the after-wave of the Star Trek: Enterprise cancellation. I proposed an idea on the internet, hoping someone would write it and make a new show out of. Well, the people who pitched in ideas seemed to expect me to write it up, so I did, with their help and support. A rich world developed, full of technology and character sketches. I sorted and sifted, and with much help from the team, especially BJ Hanssen, and writer/illustrator István Szabó, Ifj., I wrote a glossary of terms, time line, Ship Guide, and Medical Compendium, all of which I referred to often for story writing (and will publish in the future, when they can be properly illustrated and laid out). After a decade of development (and breaks while family things happened), the project was ready to release in novel format. With the children now grown, I’ve headed back full force into creating what I hope will prove to be both entertaining and thought-provoking fiction.