The owner of Earth and Space wrote his first full length science fiction manuscript when seventeen. It has circulated among friends and foes ever since. It was last sighted in a Huntsville, Alabama attic in 1980 by a fellow Auburn University grad. The friend rescued the not-ready-for-prime-time writer: "Out of sight, out of mind," she said. Thus he focused on aerospace engineering instead.
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - Lao Tzu.
He left Lockheed / JSC for another novel attempt. From that day through his next service at NASA came a) Planet of the Apes - the Alabama real life edition, b) Planet of the Apes - the Texas real life edition, c) life-napping in Texas, d) villains from the deep south to the Vatican, e) sheer Kafkaesque, f) dumb and dumber missteps, and g) an unforgettable ally. The lost sci-fi, however, was no loss.
"...smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss. Laugh, too.
With nothing to loose, he wiped the dust from his feet and began a fresh, new, science fiction novel. It will not be misplaced like the first time. He will not be misplaced like the second time. Third time charm: the good guy wins, peddles into the sunset, launches into the stars, and lives happily until the next itch to write.
"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." - Stephen Hawking. For the better :-)
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Thank you Bob Mahoney, Penny Lewis, John Adle, John Harris, Amber Dennis, Lim Lipscomb, Auburn University, and Shimizu Corporation for your reviews of the manuscripts at various stages. The variety of feedback from this team has been priceless.