I will admit, however, that there are still a few far-fetched elements in my book, such as the speed at which one can travel in space. And because some of the sci-fi books I liked least featured wacky, highly alien creatures that are totally unlike us, I tried to make my characters as human as I could. I hope that readers will appreciate these choices.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 1, 2009
ONCE UPON A TIME: RETRIBUTION (http://www.booksbyjacklawrence.com ) is an exciting new Sci-Fi novel from Kansas writer Jack Lawrence, set before earth's last Ice Age, in our own solar system, between major planetary wars.
In it, Siri (http://www.booksbyjacklawrence.com) , a battle-hardened combat veteran, retired from the 30-year Karta'n War, sets out with a partner to build a resort and spa on the planet of Agridev, where they face and overcome numerous challenging construction problems. One day, on Siri's way home for a much-needed rest, his space cruiser is attacked by a Karta'n ship captained by an old enemy of his, and Siri is captured. A spy covertly assigned to watch the Karta'n after the last war rescues him. Siri rejoins his old military outfit, which goes after the Karta'n force in what turns into a fresh space war that could endanger the entire solar system. After Siri's forces appear to be on the verge of victory, the Karta'n unveil a plot that threatens Siri's home planet of Axia.
Jack Roberts, radio host at Cable Radio Network in Los Angeles comments: "Jack Lawrence has authored a fascinating and enthralling science fiction yarn in his new book. I could not put this book down…I was up until past midnight last night to finish it."
Colorado Springs ophthamological assistant Theresa Herbert declares, "What I liked about ONCE UPON A TIME was how it kept hold of my attention. It was a very easy read and took me to another very interesting place for a while. I am not much of a sci-fi reader, but I enjoyed this one very much."
Everett, WA realtor Patricia Strand calls it, "Fascinating, intriguing and believable science fiction." Wichita art student Kaitlin Sewell, praises both its "heroic feel" and "the sparkling humor interspersed between the dramatic plot elements."
Lawrence has always been a physics, astronomy and sci-fi buff. When he was a boy and his friends were all collecting baseball cards, he was reading Newton's Principia and learning about principles of motion and gravity.
"The genesis of this story is in the 1969 lunar landing when I noticed that there were six-foot probes on the bottom of the landing module, and I wondered why,"
Lawrence explains. "It turned out that they were there because N.A.S.A. scientists and astronauts had expected to find six feet of dust on the moon's surface, but instead they discovered it was six inches deep. This probably means that the moon is much younger than American scientists anticipated.
"I came to the belief, held by some astronomers, that our moon was once part of a larger planet located between Mars and Jupiter, where an asteroid belt now exists. Seeking a fun but believable way to explain how our moon got from there to here--and what impact that may have had on the early Earth--is how I initially started working on this book."
Lawrence has read a great deal of science fiction during his lifetime and he believes the best of it is usually the most scientifically possible and believable. "So in writing ONCE UPON A TIME: RETRIBUTION, I tried to avoid unbelievable scenarios, grounding the details of this story as much as possible in scientific reality," he says. "I will admit, however, that there are still a few far-fetched elements in my book, such as the speed at which one can travel in space. And because some of the sci-fi books I liked least featured wacky, highly alien creatures that are totally unlike us, I tried to make my characters as human as I could. I hope that readers will appreciate these choices."
About Author Jack Lawrence
Kansas writer Jack Lawrence grew up in San Diego, spent two years in the Marine Corps and studied quantum physics at Butler College. He worked in the aviation field for several years before becoming a writer. Since childhood, Lawrence has been reading and learning science fiction, physics and astronomy.
Once Upon a Time: Retribution (http://www.booksbyjacklawrence.com)
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