Tag: Books

Abducted by Aliens

Abducted by Aliens

No, actually, I’m still here. I’ve been working on the next two (yup, 2) books coming out soonjaguar. Another novella, a prequel, and another novel, the second of three beginning with Paradox. Of course, Captain Thomas Jackson leads the adventures, and Quixote makes his appearance in both stories as do a few other memorable characters on the bridge and among the crew.

Novissimus: Space Station One, is Earth’s first space station, a collaboration with three other space faring species, set in motion around the fifth planet of Omicron, an orange star seventeen light years from Earth. The mushroom shaped orbiting facilitynovissimus-cover is known for its magnificent arboretum that acts as a complete biological component of the station, as well as its state of the art medical facilities and top notch space vehicle repair services.

Going from a dark star planet filled with fossils, the Linus Pauling is called to Novissimus to collect medical equipment needed on Silverado Six, which is fighting an outbreak of Altarian Fever, a virulent pneumatic virus that needs not only the equipment, but a live, attenuated vaccine, in stasis. Little did they expect the fossils they collected would be so much trouble, and so much help, in completing their mission.

Symbiosis: Titans of Cassiopeia, is set one year after the end of Paradox, The Alien Genome. Captain Jackson, Rianya, and Zalara return to Earth only to be sent back into space with a new, faster ship, the S S Maria Mitchell. Taking doctors on an errand oyersiniaf mercy to Eta Cassiopeia’s fifth planet, they stop at its fourth planet to collect a unique artifact that can’t be explained by anything other than as proof of time travel! Upon arrival at the fifth planet, and with confirmation that Pegasi are in the area, the artifact begins to shed some light on the centuries-old problem of antibiotic resistance causing an entire population to suffer, and die.

We’re introduced tomriyquito Dr. Jane Ferris, a human with a curious ancestry. The remnants of radical genetic manipulation show in her face that startles most people, at first. When Captain Jackson is taken hostage on the planet, Rianya is taken ill with the bacteria on the Maria Mitchell in orbit, and neither knows the peril of the other. Are Pegasi and Kiians colluding for profit or just innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire? The key is held in the data banks of an abandoned space ship from the future, confirmed by a beautiful stone in the pilot’s pocket, and the information it reveals changes Tom and Rianya’s family forever.

Coming soon on Kindle and in Paperback. Follow me on Twitter @hsrivney or Facebook From the Stratosphere, or Goodreads author HSRivney


Reasons to Read

Reasons to Read

If Carl Sagan doesn’t convince you, I’m not sure I can. But from the shelves of Dr. Seuss to Dr. Hawking, books, paper or electronic, expand your mind, your experience, your heart. School teachers claim that the most important thing a parent can do to help their kids learn easier is read to them as children.bookcarlsagan

Relaxation is another top notch reason to read. Isn’t the best time to read in bed when you’re on your way to Nod? Books aren’t so boring that they put you to sleep – they are so relaxing that you can go to sleep.

Stimulation of your brain is another great reason to pick up a book. Non-fiction such as biographies, self help, and even about a hobby will give you tools and resources, insight into others’ methods and thoughts. Every book’s author can be a friend.

Reading makes your memory more efficient. Reading boosts your analytical skills. Reading alleviates boredom.

Your vocabulary will improve, and your writing skills will leap. Have you ever needed to write an essay, a business letter, a note to your boss? When you read, well edited books that is, not the comics and sadly not the newspaper, you absorb proper skills without even trying.

Television is passive and boring. More books exist than television programs ever have and many are serialized, offering a chance to participate in the characters’ lives over several years.

Knowledge. Yes, even fiction can bring you information you didn’t know about – everything from how a rocket to arsenic works!

I think we all know how many worlds you can visit and people you can know by reading. Even if you just read the side of a cereal box, you’re going to learn something. So read. Go read a book. Find your favorite subject (mine is science fiction), narrow it down (space travel) and look for reviews that are comprehensive, not so much what are best sellers and have lots of numbers. And while you’re out there, spread the word! Be prepared the next time someone asks you “Have you read any good books lately?”


When October Goes

When October Goes


All roads point to home in old October. I find this one of my favorite blurbs as October seems to call people home. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer heat is over, the world gets ready to fold up for the winter and pumpkin spice everything appears on menus all across America.

Books are coming out – Mike Massimino’s new book entitled #Spaceman is out and would be a great holiday gift for any one who likes space travel, courage, and all things NASA. Clayton C. Anderson, another average Joe who went to space, also has a good book out that was published in 2015, The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut. And of course, the Star Trek Encyclopedia by the Michael and Denise Okuda, released for the 50th anniversary this year.529

And Autumn is the time of year to trade in your swim suits for a good book and travel to another world. If you’re looking for a good fiction read, of course, you can also check out my own books, Paradox: The Alien Genome ($3.99 and $9.99 paperback), and Dangerous: Gamma Ray Games ($0.99 e-book only).

Put away the grill, the flip-flops, and beach towels, and pick up a Kindle, a paperback, or your favorite Go-To book on the shelf, and reacquaint yourself with words and worlds. You won’t be disappointed.

Science or Fiction?

Science or Fiction?

bookcarlsaganOne of my all time favorite authors and human beings was Carl Sagan. Many people have heard of his book “Pale Blue Dot” which he wrote after having the Voyager turn its camera back toward Earth on its way out of our solar system.

Science Non-Fiction was his specialty. The technology of a book, of writing, was rejected in the early days of civilization. Story telling was considered the only form of communication worthy, because of the nuances, inflections, gestures, and passion that accompanied the transmission of the words. The argument in favor of writing was that no matter if the original story teller was alive or dead, the story would be told, eternally, as it was written.

And that is what we have now. We look at a new way of communicating, through electronic media, just as this is. But it is written. So are emails, texts, even screen plays and computer games. They are all written, using language with a specific style, intent, or format. In the late 70s, part of the math curriculum was learning to count in a different bases – 8 and 12. The logic behind this was that for the 8 base, computers loomed ahead in our future. For the 12 base, we could use it to convert ourselves to metric. The official words for these are octal and duodecimal.

I can understand the octal system. I can also understand the duodecimal. But we have ten fingers and toes. I began wondering if my aliens that only have 8 fingers and toes counted in an octal system and understood the binary system, since ten is not divisible by four or eight. I also wonder why in hell the USA is still using a base of twelve for measurements when ten is so incredibly easier by a magnitude of, well, exponentially.

Here’s a couple curious facts about the 8-10-12 dilemma.

Clocks are made for twelve, although they could have just as easily been made for ten. A circle doesn’t have to have 360 degrees, it could have had 500 or 100. They would just simply be different sizes.

Metrics are based on the size of the earth and the volume/weight of desalinated water. These are a nice constant but even that changes over long (long) periods of time and micro mineral content.  Imperial measures were based on some guy’s foot.

How did a mile come to be 5280 feet? Why not 5000? Something about how much ground a horse could cover in a certain amount of time. Same for horsepower – logs being pulled up a cliff face. But those are entirely other conversations.

I digress. My thoughts for Carl Sagan and books are for the need to read and communicate, to educate ourselves as well as entertain ourselves. In a world full of violence it is nice to stop and escape, nay, essential to do so as it is to eat or sleep or even breathe the air. Education is the key to virtually all of the problems we face – and once a person leaves the cave and sees the world in color, not shadows, in 3D, not projections on a flat wall, they can never return, and in doing so, we can all finally move forward.