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About Ronald R Van Stockum Jr
Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr.’s academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University, California, May 1972; a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Louisville, May 1975; a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Louisville, May 1979; and a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Louisville, May 1979. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Dr. Van Stockum was an attorney for the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has been in the private practice of law as a sole proprietor since 1981. Dr. Van Stockum practices from his office in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Dr. Van Stockum is published in the areas of biology, history, environmental law, and creative writing, and has addressed these topics in numerous presentations and seminars. His resume can be found at www.vanstockum.com and contains a complete list of his publications and presentations.
He is past Chair of the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and has served as Vice President of the Filson Historical Society. He is past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association and past Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section. He is also past President of the University of Louisville Alumni Association.
Dr. Van Stockum has published six short stories and two novels of fiction science and magic realism. The first is entitled "Markman's Home," and the second, "Cosmos, the Stellar Stalker." He has also recently published his nonfiction short story entitled, "The Wonder of Natural Life in Kentucky."
- Mary Popham
- Mary Popham
In a time-travel twist, Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. delights us with extraordinary and factual voyages akin to those of the imaginative Jules Verne. In this collection of art and articles, Van Stockum ranges far. From trilobites lodged in rocks formed in the seas of the Earth, to the legends of Gilgamesh and the Sumerian flood. To the outsized egos of the god-like Pharaohs of Egypt—Hatshepsut, Thutmose, Akhentaten, Ramses and Tut, we are taken on extraordinary voyages. We uncover pottery shards and flint flakes from the extinct Neanderthals; explore the Dzungarian Gate—the impenetrable chain of mountains that once blockaded China from the rest of Eurasia; and thrill at the enormous Egyptian Obelisks.
From flying outbound past the rocky planets of spinning orbs, to the giant planets of gas and ice, we travel back to this planet. We study the Family Human, as they make tools, stand upright, capture fire, and learn to cook. We are enthralled with true tales of the great Mississippian corn cultures; the mounds built in Kentucky by the Adena Peoples; to the ancient seas that lay down the bedrock upon which we now stand.
We read the story of the horse in North America, rediscover the Sea Peoples and the collapse of the world trading order. We visit three rivers in the Civil War while encountering the mysteries of the environment along that Mississippian Plateau. And we wonder at the mighty mussels inhabiting those rivers, as we explore the caves, cane, and coal of Kentucky. And we finish with Dr. Who and famous Louisiana music.
We are in the hands of a master of science, geography, biology, and history! Now, we have these articles collected in one volume that informs and entertains. Jules Verne would be enthralled that such voyages are still maintained.
The writer is a wordsmith who delights with understated humor. His extensive knowledge of the sciences combines with allusions to Biblical quotes, classical literature, and pop culture to create imaginative escapades. Occasionally he even slips into a intimate discussion with the reader. He invites us into his personal space and bestows his characters with names as though close friends. One story often lends information to another, such as in “Side- Step,” which is connected to “Ollie Deaton and the Breathitt County Silver Mine,” and “The Manure Pit.”
You will be alternately charmed, mesmerized, and uplifted with these nine offerings of fantasy and philosophy. Whether the tales bring you joy or terror, let this talented writer lead you into his metaphysical world,
The novel proceeds at a riveting pace with a tale of cave exploration, sudden
disappearances, battles, and romantic interludes. Swords, clubs, and body tubes!
Hidden chests, ancient scripts, and zizterrays! Characters we love and love to hate.
Follow the humans at Tenlakes with their sentient horses and furry triads, and fight
mutans, warts, mad Markman, and the evil Marloth. Add romance and danger to
this adventure, and we are thrilled and chilled!
In Xortal, freedom against tyranny and slavery are still at stake. If you’re looking
for battle scenes filled with tension, characters strong in character and tender in
contemplation—a rare gift to have both—Van Stockum again delivers.
- Mary Popham
As we've enjoyed before, the teacher, biologist, writer, serves up a delicious ction science along with allusions to history, literature, movies, the Bible, gender, and more. Van Stockum employs a free style which can change person or tense and sometimes offer tongue-in-cheek references to education, news media, and the status quo. It all adds up to a delightful read.
You will nd yourself with an urge to jump on board the next time you're invited to "The Return to Mars."
- Mary Popham