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Moon Dreams
     

Moon Dreams

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by M.A. Harris
 

In the third decade of the twenty first century stagnation is driving the world to the brink. Into this world a pair of idealistic inventors introduce a technology that will give mankind the solar system, but will the forces of good or the powers of repression take hold of the technology and shape the future to their desires.

Overview

In the third decade of the twenty first century stagnation is driving the world to the brink. Into this world a pair of idealistic inventors introduce a technology that will give mankind the solar system, but will the forces of good or the powers of repression take hold of the technology and shape the future to their desires.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011475047
Publisher:
M.A. Harris
Publication date:
08/19/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
792,516
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Born in England in the mid years of the socialist experiment I moved to the US with my parents (economic refugees of a sort with three boys in a country where 1+ was more the norm) I have lived in the US ever since. I am a third generation engineer, a mechanical engineer who has worked for the government, myself, a tech start up and a foreign owned defense middle weight. I have experience in manufacturing, detail design, concept design, product development, and research in both government and corporate environments (in other words I've lived in Dilbert’s world). I usually love my job, (when its not driving me nuts) and have had the luck to work on a broad range of programs, developing concepts and proposals for systems from electromagnetic guns to nuclear electric space probes and remote monitoring systems for long term hospitalized children.


Reading came late for a child who had some issues with a form of Dyslexia, but when I got the hang of it I went from having a hard time with Dick and Jane to reading Zane Grey, G.Heyer, Heinlein and Clark with the book hidden in my desk during class in less than six months. As soon as I learnt the wonders of reading and the wonders of the inner mind I wanted to write.


In high school and college Arthur C. Clark was my muse (I still re read Rendezvous with Rama every few years) along with L.L’amour, J.Pournelle and L.Niven plus dozens of authors writing on the history of weapons and warfare like Ian Hogg and Keegan. Favorite contemporary authors are, Clancy, Weber, Francis, Ringo, Flint, Correia, etc.


I started writing in high school, I was one of the few guys to take typing, convinced that it was a skill I would need for both computers and writing (though my early computer projects were on punch cards or tape.) In several advanced English courses in High School I wrote short stories that got me through on pure bravado if not technical skill.


Then life and a career got in the way, I continued to see computers as the wave of the future for writing, and was almost always tinkering with something but time passed and all I did was tinker. Then a bit more than a decade ago I decided that I wanted to write professionally and took the advice of J.Pournelle and S.King on writing, both advising that in the end its about work and some luck, but mostly its about writing lots of words getting lots of critiques and doing more edits. But timing has never been my best skill and I got to the point of actually trying to sell my work just as the old publishing model began to implode.


After more than five years of frustration (and having several full length novels at the point of at least being ready for a professional scrub) I discovered Smashwords. I bought my wife a Nook and then we began to acquire and read free and low cost eBooks, many of which were published by this strangely named company, Smashwords.


And that’s how we come to meet....I hope you like the stuff I write, I actually enjoy writing it though like all jobs it has its down side (edits and critques) and it bad days (I really need to grow up and stop dreaming.) As I get into this I hope to be able to get to know more of you and get your opinions on the job I’m doing.


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Moon Dreams 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moon Dreams. 4 Stars Great original story I highly recommend this but only if you have the stamina to decipher run on sentences and poor punctuation. Such problems detract from the flow of the story. Sometimes the flow stops completely because it is not clear who or what the author meant. There is also the problem of continuity:  Is Janice Jones the doctor, as she is first introduced, or the RN she is later presented as and who is separate from the doctor? This is an exciting SF story of the settlement of the moon based on the discovery of a new power source. It is also an interesting story of the political and, unfortunately, military ramifications of such a development. The characters are well written. The main character is especially thought out and thoughtful. I really liked this book and would give it five stars if it weren't so frustrating to read.  I can also recommend Harris's book titled ELGIN  but with the same reservation.  They both read as if they were dictated rather than written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. The sentence structure and punctuation could be better to improve readability.
ncc1954 More than 1 year ago
Good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for me, but others will enjoy it. Seemed to have a slow start. I was 20 pages into it out of 42. I also don't like short stories that much. Just could not finish it. Made no sense. But each petson has their favorite kinds of books. Good luck and enjoy.