In case any of you who have read the second and third stories in The Kestral Voyages, The Lens and The House of Jacquarelle: When I came across this ship design by artist Lewis Fischer, I knew I had discovered the look I was shooting for in the freighter Jovian Skies, piloted by Capt. Coray Gheris. Actually, this ship is probably about twice the size I envisioned for the Jovian, but the angular unibody construction and somewhat stubby frame is the kind of layout I had in mind.
The novels of The Kestral Voyages are my most popular stories, hands down; not only my best sellers, but earning more comments, reviews and requests for more stories than any other novels I’ve written to date.
It’s not hard to guess why: When I created the series, it was originally based on the Star Trek universe, a story idea I intended to pitch to Paramount as the next Trek series after Voyager. Though I made changes to fit it into its own universe, it still has many similarities to the Trek universe that is still so popular with fans.
So, what happened? Well, it’s like this…
A recent customer asked me to list the significant science and engineering elements that have been featured in my novels. The idea was that the list would give an idea about the kind of science I was interested in, and the general slant of my books. This is not to suggest I “invented” all of these ideas myself; but some of them are unique and created by me, or independently of its use in other books.
Once I finished the list, I thought it was a pretty good list to share… so, here goes: