After a survey probe streaked past a G2 star system at 0.75 c, the system's 0.97 ESI Earth analog was named Nirvana. A subsequent exploration probe revealed extreme seasonal variation and periodic vulcanism since Nirvana's elliptical orbit barely remained within its star's habitable zone. The planet's biology evolved similar to Earth's, but without mammals. Terrestrial animals survived the summer droughts and winter blizzards by hibernating or migrating. Terrestrial plants survived by growing rapidly to store adequate nutrients during the spring and fall.
Two thousand years ago, the Human Union colonized this barely habitable world since their enemy, the Dragons, couldn't survive its extreme climate. The colonists were genetically modified using the Change Virus to accelerate their environmental adaptation. Physical, social and economic survival pushed their evolution to its extreme. The Human Union quarantined Nirvana one thousand years ago when the colonists diverged into a collection of specialized subspecies as alien as their world.
Humanity's Mirror is about a geneticist who questions restoring his world's aberrant populations to humanity after meeting a woman he believes is more than human.
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About the Author
I've wanted to write science fiction and fantasy ever since the second grade when I figured out someone had to write it. When I had gotten an electronic typewriter for high school graduation, I began to write my first science fiction novel. It was crap. I hadn't had enough life yet to write the kind of story I wanted. I decided at seventeen I'd pursue a less risky career path and write after I'd gained more life experience.
After graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, I begin to write a fantasy novel on my Mac Plus while I applied for various engineering positions. An agricultural economic depression at the time gave me fifteen months to develop my writing skills. I completed fifteen chapters before I accepted a position as a civil engineer for a city.
Working as a professional civil engineer for twenty years, I didn't have much time to pursue writing. I tried to finish my first novel on weekends, but four word processors later, it still wasn't what I wanted it to be although it showed great promise.
When the housing bubble burst, I was laid off along with most of the engineers at the city. Burnt out from years of government bureaucracy and with no private engineering jobs available, I decided to retire my P.E. license and pursue writing. The day after being laid off, I fired up my Mac and the neglected right side of my brain then began writing a new hard science fiction novel, just to see whether I could finish it.
After finishing an awesome story, I realized I needed to learn how to professionally revise it. I studied books on writing and developed my new skills while writing a contemporary fantasy trilogy. With the first manuscript complete, the second in first draft and the third in outline, I had an epiphany. I think like an engineer; therefore, I should focus on hard science-fiction.
I truly enjoy writing and now have lived enough life to write well. I’m honing the skills, so I can craft as many novels as possible in my lifetime.