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Thanks for reading these books. As lame as it sounds and as irritating as they can sometimes be, I am most thankful for a wife and three productive children and now the grandchildren I am enjoying. As a retired engineer of moderate success I have come to believe in the designer AI. It is the only thing that makes sense to me and in the earlier books I detail the logic. The earlier books also contain religious and political abrasions that I attempted to leave out in this book. Although you may have more readers when you don't offend anyone (like Hard Jack III) where is the fun in that? If you read the entire series you will have found the outline for a rocket that can reach Saturn in four months, how the moon will be the new gold rush of manufacturing, and a star drive design although I am guessing that star passage will be very dangerous for hundreds of centuries despite the scientific advances of the coming ages. Feel free to contact me - my tours and information is readily available on the internet. I do speaking engagements about the books and about aliens, the real story.
Thank you for looking at my background. I can proundly state that my greatest achievement lies with my family each member of which swells me with greater pride each passing day. Beyond that my career can be rated as greater than dismal and less than stellar.
Things that become apparent in my works are that I am a capitalist (never lost a buck for anyone) and I like to make an honest dollar. The government is good when it mellows ruthless competition and sets minimum standards but can not profit or quelch growing efforts.
I am good at and lived from the following trades and professions in sequential order - mechanic, machinist, restaurant work, architectural draftsman, software engineer and teacher. My first book, Hard Jack, was written to display solutions I feel may work encased in a living story that expands the exciting possibilities of scientific disciplines along with a few theories.
I have always wondered where the aliens were and why we could see no trace of other intelligent life in the universe. I have concluded that the human race was seeded and the harvest is near. I find that the reasonable implementation of this work could only be done by a machine and I have included that there is a culling, an inhumanly cruel thinning, due before the harvest.
What is interesting is how simular religious dogma matches what is becoming reality. I can tell you that I am a strong advocate of equal rites yet many have suffered due to bigotry and I have tried to illuminate these hardships as they are part of life in America. Also, my protagonists are a bit prone to recreational fornification and I have included some diversion as sex is also a part of life and it gives depth to my characters.
My novel deals with a crew that finds the AI that runs the system. Although the description of that astounding machine is detailed the objective reveals the difficulty in dealing with an omnipotent dead being and the difficulties in transferring these awards to the religious and the government and all others maintaining the status quo.
My objective is to reveal how bad conditions may get but the book is one of hope. It is my opinion that the race is ready for the next step. That step may be to approach the AI that runs this system. The AI is not God and the machine doesn't have the power of creation but the machine did build the race for a purpose.
The final culling may poison us beyond salvation or the AI will take the survivors as nature has always thinned a species. But it may be that we can avoid the final cut with a conversation.
I am working out the second novel now as Jack's son leads the second approach and experiences the beginning of the harvest. Hope you like my work.