Marcha Fox is a prolific writer who has addressed a wide variety of subjects but her favorite is science fiction. It began as a love of astronomy which eventually led to a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University followed by a 21 year career at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer and eventually manager. Her NASA experiences included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other NASA centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland as well as trips to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands but the most memorable was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003.
Her Star Trails Tetralogy Series incorporates her knowledge of physics and space travel within a family saga set on a primitive planet where survival is an ongoing struggle which is further complicated by political intrigue. While some of the science is speculative, her goal is to represent it as accurately as possible so that her readers learn accurate principles in a painless, entertaining manner within the context of the story. More information on the individual novels in this series, the science behind them as well as the status of the fourth and final volume can be found on www.kallioperisingpress.com.
Never at a loss for something to do, she enjoys gardening, her two Bengal cats, family history and pursuing her study of the heavens in yet another realm, that of astrology. Her astrology clients span the globe, accessing her through her expansive and informative website at www.valkyrieastrology.com. She has authored a variety of books on the subject, taught online for the International Academy of Astrology (IAA), spoken at conferences and individual groups, and published articles in the journal of the International Society of Astrological Research (ISAR).
"At one time science, religion and astrology were an integrated whole which has obviously disintegrated over the years," she explains. "Science and religion have been at odds with one another for centuries and astrology gradually had a falling out with both. What they fail to tell you in astronomy class is that Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus and Newton were all astrologers on a quest to obtain more accurate data for their astrological readings and predictions. The objections of the Christian church are more complicated but it remains a mystery to me how they can believe that God created the planets yet not recognize how He uses them to communicate with His children. I started out as a skeptic but nothing religious leaders or scientists say can ever change the fact that it works."
She is currently researching material related to how modern physics theories could explain astrology as well as how Christianity gradually evolved to oppose it in spite of the fact that the Old Testament prophet, Abraham, is considered by Jewish mystics to be the greatest astrologer of all time.
"Nothing would please me more," she states, "than to make some small contribution toward bringing science, religion and astrology back together where they belong."
She is the mother of six grown children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and has lived in New York, California and Utah before making her home in Texas.
Beyond the Hidden Sky is a science fiction adventure book that will draw in readers of all ages and interests. The story begins at warp speed as space travel and its theory weaves throughout the tale of a family separated by mishap and kept apart by intent. The characters are engaging and relatable with family dynamics that mirror readers' personal experiences. The internal human struggle between reason and instinct creates a storyline that, regardless of the fictional setting, allows readers to connect immediately to this fascinating first book in the Star Trails Terralogy Series.
--Noelle Harrild, School Librarian, Logan, Utah