Ever wonder where the creators of those big production sci-fi movies show stole those ideas from, like four-armed aliens with separate dexterous and strong hands, or interplanetary spacecraft that use a plasma to vaporize space debris? You have found the source.




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A good book, if I do say so myself. And I think anyone should be able to follow along without necessarily having read Earth Raiders. I think writing hard-science-fiction—especially when you are doing your best to stay within the borders of hard science fiction, and avoid venturing too far into the whole “mystical realm” thing—can be one of the most taxing forms of writing; because not only do you have to be the master story teller, you have to be “Thomas Edison” at the same time, which is why I am very proud to have authored something with so much originality from front to back.

Back cover: It has all but become a historical footnote that one of the NASA astronauts caught up in Nekush Ajieen’s operation was the late Dr. Wesley Furste, who worked for NASA as a moon geologist and made no less than three round trips to the moon. His clone, created by Nekush, also made a trip to the moon and was presumed lost, having disappeared from the far side over fifty years ago. But guess what? He’s back, and man has he ever got a story to tell. . . .

Synopsis Spoiler alert: I didn't include any details regarding major plot twists, but it does include some of the story's twists and turns.

Lulu.com - Behind the Veil of Pilash - paperback 177 pages. Format: 6X9 perfect bound, premium paperback. Year published: 2016. On sale, 15% off until Jan 1st, 2018, new price: $5.95.

Behind the Veil of Pilash chapter 1 (free pdf)



Reviews:
Joe B. (acquaintance)
Really enjoyed the book as usual. The characters are developed well, the settings are described to paint a great mental picture, and the technological side of things is based in enough science to make it fun. The best part is the inner thoughts and dialogue of the characters. Dr. Furste being the great hero. You have an amazing imagination.


Shipping (subject to change per Lulu.com) is currently $3.99 for the first book and another $1.25 for each additional book. At present (1/02/17), it looks as though Lulu has done away with any additional handling charges.




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Back cover: An aquatic alien has been duplicated here on Earth, and he has wasted no time in taking hostages. Is he here as an enemy, or is he Earth’s last hope against an alien invasion? As the alien’s deception mounts, each member of a small group of human insiders wrestles with his or her conscience regarding the creature and his deeds. As the truth slowly unfolds, five teenagers learn that the fate of the world might truly rest on their shoulders and whether or not they can crack an ancient Old-Testament code in time to spare Earth from imminent invasion.

Synopsis Spoiler alert: I didn't include any details regarding major plot twists, but it does include some of the story's twists and turns.

Lulu.com - Earth Raiders - paperback 244 pages. Format: 6X9 perfect bound, premium paperback. Year published: 2011. On sale, 15% off until Jan 1st, 2018, new price: $7.10.

Earth Raiders chapts 1-4 (free pdf)




Back cover: In the latter part of the 21st century, a probe is sent to investigate the source of radiation recorded by Voyager 1 decades earlier at the very fringes of the sun’s influence. The probe discovers a strange object, assumed to be artificial, entering the outer solar system on a course trajectory for the inner solar system. Earth has assembled a manned mission, utilizing parts left over from NASA’s long-retired Space Shuttle Program, to intercept the object before it intersects the orbital path of Saturn. During the journey, the ship is lost, but little do the members of the five-person crew realize that they have not seen the last of the space shuttle Pegasus. Nor do they realize just how much their two-year adventure will change the course of humanity.

Synopsis Spoiler alert: I didn't include any details regarding major plot twists, but it does include some of the story's twists and turns.

Lulu.com - The Pegasus Mission - paperback 270 pages. Format: 6x9 perfect bound, premium paperback. Year published: 2010, 1st Edition: 2007. On sale, 15% off until Jan 1st, 2018, new price: $7.52.

The Pegasus Mission chapts 1-4 (free pdf)

Some Pegasus Mission math that might not add up. Pegasus Mission math



The books on this page are only available at Lulu.com,in paperback form. But don't let that fact fool you into thinking they are of lesser quality: All are high-quality works. I'm sure the books would get a lot more exposure if they were given ISBNs, more formats, and listed with book retailers such as amazon.com. They would also probably cost about 40% more after the retailer markup. So my stubbornness is your gain.
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