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Starflyer John Jackson, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 19, 2014
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From the Author
Ever since my wife and I had our first child I have wanted to write a children's book. Now that our first is in first grade -- and our second is three! -- I figured I had put it off for long enough. But what to write? A board book? Something more advanced? A full novel? Well, what is missing? We have books about pirates and cats in hats and critters and trains and... what about sci-fi? Where are all the children's books with roots in science fiction? There aren't a lot of them out there. So what's a dad, who likes sci-fi and wants to write a children's book, to do?
He sits down and writes, Starflyer John Jackson.
My son, Jack, is the inspiration for all the characters and the story itself. The main character, Starflyer John Jackson, is based on my son. The story is set in space "just outside the rings of Saturn" because he likes space (and the rings of Saturn). The robot is named Ack because, growing up, my son never said the "J" when he spelled his name. Winfield is named after his stuffed Winnie the Pooh doll that he sleeps with every night. Starflyer John's ship is named The Rough-01 because, when he was little, my son used to run around saying, "Rough oh shay, rough oh one!" - My wife and I still have no idea what that means.
About the Author
Steven J. Shaw spent his youth dreaming he was Han Solo, piloting the Millennium Falcon across the galaxy. As he grew older, and had children of his own, he wanted to pass down his love of science fiction. He hopes that his love of the genre will inspire a new generation of fans through the Starflyer John Jackson book series. Steven currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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