You probably recognize this novel from July 17th post: Guest Blog: Matter of Resistance: Six Years in the Making. But today is THE DAY. That’s right. It’s the release day! Matter of Resistance is now available. So I asked author, Raymond Vogel, to give my readers a little insight into this science-fiction story, and he did!
FORMER ROCKET SCIENTIST TO PUBLISH NEW SCI-FI BOOK ABOUT EARTH’S COLONIZATION OF MARS
(August 14, 2013–Tullahoma, TN) Raymond Vogel is a rocket scientist-turned-writer who worked as a systems engineer on NASA’s Orion Program. His science fiction imagining, MATTER OF RESISTANCE (AEC Stellar Publishing Inc., August 22, 2013), pushes technology and human nature to the limits as it chronicles our Mars settlement’s struggle for independence from Earth.
Born into a world of political tension, the book’s central character, Isaac, is one of the brightest members of the upcoming Martian generation. With a number of his peers and a curious, new element known as Magnematter, Isaac builds on the technologies of the past to accomplish previously impossible feats. But he will soon have to weigh the continued defense of Mars against a devastating attack on Earth, as he struggles to hold on to his childhood values in the midst of conflict and loss.
Meanwhile on Earth, Robert Daniels is an average employee at the space trade giant Red Planet, Inc. He doesn’t always agree with the political motivations of his management chain, and their ruthless search for more Magnematter, but what can he do? Luckily, his new relationship to the clever May Gadeshi has been a welcome distraction. That is, until he learns of her involvement in the elusive activist organization known as Mr. G. Fraught with mixed feelings of love and betrayal, Robert will have to choose sides before it is too late for him make a difference.
Though MATTER OF RESISTANCE was written for young adults, it’s received high praise and recommendations from top minds throughout the field. Here’s what the experts are saying:
MICHAEL DAWSON, Retired NASA Senior Executive Service and Associate Director for the Stennis Space Center; Retired USAF Colonel and Mission Support Group Commander; General Manager at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility:
“Adding real science to its fiction, Matter of Resistance gives an eerily accurate portrayal of where we may find ourselves one day. With great character interactions and the use of believable technology advancements to solve intractable problems, it kept my attention until the last page.”
COLONEL ROSS NUNN, USAF Retired; former Commander of the Air Force Astronautics Lab, and early proponent of antimatter and fusion-based propulsion research:
“Picked up the book to read the first chapter – didn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. Captivating, suspense-filled reading, beginning to end. The interplay of human tendencies for domination coupled with the sense of caring for our fellow man was gripping.”
MARK CANTRELL, PhD, Materials and Processes, Senior Staff, NASA’s Orion Program:
“A really interesting story that examines space travel within the possibilities of today’s technology and in the context of natural human drives. A balance between technology, the drive for independence of a colony, the drive to make profit by a company, and the natural good found in people in both worlds. The story is interesting, fun to read and makes you think. I loved this story. I recommend it.”
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So check it out! And don’t forget about my Writing Competition & Giveaway! I’m looking forward to reading more entries and giving away books to those talented writers.
Announced posts to look forward to:
August 26: Competition Closes
September 2: Winners
September 25: One Year Anniversary