Revised Second Edition
NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner!
Slingshot is a love story - about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender-bending...and a machine, the largest ever built. Slingshot is a mystery - about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer.
Slingshot is an adventure - about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop stretching 2,600 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It's about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal...and about opening space to the common person. The setting is the day-after-tomorrow. Technology has advanced, the web is more pervasive than ever, but human ambition and greed remain unchanged.
In Slingshot, Alex Regent, Margo Jackson, and Klaus Blumenfeld reach for the stars as they blend their skills to create the world's first space launch-loop, backed by major software money. Environmental fanatic Lars Watson with his team of young eco-terrorists are funded by opposing financial interests, who will go to any length to halt the project. Reporter Lori Kutcher indiscriminately applies her own personal skills to ensure it is she who reports the unfolding events to a watching world. With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle's world financial district, to the ocean bottom at 5,000 feet off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an Equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity's surge into outer space.
While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science-fiction buffs, Slingshot's major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.
About the Author
Directed NOAA diving operations in the Pacific & Atlantic. Taught 3,000 individuals basic & advanced SCUBA, wrote 4 diving books, developed the 1st NAUI drysuit course, developed advanced curricula for mixed gas & other specialized diving, and developed a NAUI course on the Math & Physics of Advanced Diving. His dissertation, "A System for Protecting SCUBA Divers from the Hazards of Contaminated Water" was published by the US Commerce Dept and distributed to Port Captains worldwide. Served 3 years in the Arctic on science projects, and 13 months at the geographic South Pole with the National Science Foundation.
Has written extensively on terrorism. Wrote a bestselling current events book, "The Chicken Little Agenda - Debunking Experts' Lies," and a children's series, "Starman Jones," in collaboration with Dr. Frank Drake, director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the SETI Institute.
"Slingshot," the 1st book in the "Starchild Trilogy," is about building the first Space Launch Loop. Book 2, "The Starchild Compact," is based on the discovery that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship, and how Earth explorers meet with the "Founders" who originally arrived on the starship and populated the Earth long ago. Book 3, "The Iapetus Federation," is about the World falling under the rule of a planet-wide Caliphate, where the Founders establish the Iapetus Federation, a loose federation of free off-world communities that carries on the traditions of free enterprise and individual accountability throughout the Solar System and beyond.
Member of the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles and Editor of their magazine for 10 years. Member of Colorado Authors' League and editor of their InPrint. Member SF Writers of America. Lives in Centennial, Colo, with his family.