More About the Author
There are few fantasy and science fiction authors I have not read at one time or another, however I feel I must give special mention to Frank Herbert (Dune) and Isaac Asimov (Foundation Trilogy), Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide), Robert Heinlein (Strangers In A Strange Land), Mervyn Peake (Tales of Gormenghast), Ursula Le Guin (Wizard of Earthsea). These rank among my favorites as well as do Tolkien, of course, and Charles Dickens, Arthur C. Clarke, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Jordan ((Wheel of Time series).
As a child, I could not get enough of Robert L. Stevenson or Lewis Carroll but let us not forget that among the very best fantasy and sci-fi authors were Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Franz Kafka (Metamorphosis) and, yes, Homer of the Iliad and the Odyssey! I personally demand depth of character as well as literary value in these fields of story telling. I currently am a fan of Gary Paulson. My all time favorite children's book is: Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). If I failed to mention a favorite of yours that does not mean I don't care for that one or other. There just isn't room in this limited e-space to enumerate them all. I could go on for volumes on the subject of films and TV as well, but this site is about books, after all.
There is something strangely addicting about these genres of fiction. Perhaps because they appeal to what ever it is within our minds (collective mind?) that connect us with that mysterious center of being that perpetuates the grand illusion, the paradox, and the imagination.
My mind, trained in the vagaries of science, informs me that our Sun is millions of miles away, while my eyes passively accept it as part of the earthly landscape. Its child, shadow, ever in search of its own voice, is still yet another configuration of light. Or, is that, too, a fiction? The more I know of this life, the more I doubt. We use science to attempt to penetrate the illusion, yet it persists, none the less.
Now and again my mind has tended to drift away to where the spokes of the turning world are most restless only to be pulled back (or perhaps to flee) toward the infinite silence at the center of it all.
Life for me has been one of an insatiable curiosity that refused to surrender with childhood. I was raised in University City - St. Louis, MO. but later resettled in Fairfax County, VA at Lake Barcroft near Washington, D.C... Throughout my childhood, I maintained duel interests in both the sciences and Literature. My activities included tennis, swimming, ice & roller skating and horseback riding. I attended J.E.B. Stuart High and then West Nottingham Academy (chartered 1744-Colora, MD). I studied Microbiology at The American University (Wash., D.C.), completed a consortium fellowship in Microbial Genetics at Georgetown University (Wash., D.C.), studied Clinical Science and Medicine at the Howard University Colleges of Arts & Sciences & of Medicine (founded 1868-Wash., D.C.). I completed my medical training at the old D.C. General Hospital (founded 1802) and spent a number of years living and working in the Middle East.
Aside from advocating for advancement in global & domestic Public Health Policy issues, my interests are rather eclectic and include evolutionary & environmental sciences, astronomy, magic, sketching, pen & ink drawing, painting, the cinema, music, history, mythology, gardening, Tai Chi, tennis, biking and hiking. I also am somewhat addicted to the study of mathematical group theory (I have always maintained a belief that symmetry, its presence and absence, is somehow central to the integral workings of the universe and to the encoding of genetic information).
I live in the woods and, although my immediate surroundings are awake with a seemingly endless assortment of animal life (and arrowheads!), I am a serious cat devotee and maintain a colony on my acreage north of the Emerald Coast in Florida. While my rural medical practice presently consumes a significant bite out of my time, I continue to write and to compose poetry (I have accumulated a rather healthy assortment of poems over the years but have chosen not to publish these as yet). I am a devout children's literacy and numeracy advocate and, despite my other obligations, I regularly put aside time to mentor for science fairs, tutoring and to conduct occasional science demos as well as writing a series of articles and hosting radio programs concerned with health matters. For those who would not be bored with some serious personal introspection concerning life's strange journey, please visit my webpage: martintruemartin.com (which includes an extensive books & authors interview page) and my personal blog "Where I'm Calling From" at rafeyknowswriting.blogspot.com