SFR Brigade Showcase — Keys to Me

SFR Brigade showcase

Welcome to the Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s first showcase of 2017. Once a month the brigade’s authors highlight snippets from new work, WIPs, cover reveals or other fun things.

Science. Fiction. Romance. Three words that are keys to who I am.

Key 1: Science

science-newsAlthough I love learning about the universe, I’m not a serious science geek. I subscribe to Science News but read only half the articles. I used to subscribe to Scientific American, but read way less than half.

In my science fiction, I’ve come up with only a couple of sorta original ideas (although that’s not to say others didn’t think of them first):

  • “The Jungian Extension” — The idea that Jung’s Collective Unconscious would be vastly more powerful on a world of telepaths. In The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, the natives consider Tompa a goddess — and their belief gives her startlingly godlike powers.
  • “Tugships” — The idea that incoming spaceships should be escorted to safe docking. Freewheeling ships, traveling at torpedo speeds, are a recipe for disaster unless they land perfectly. In Constellation XXI, tugship pilot Sienna fights to control a runaway freighter headed straight toward the space station where she grew  up.

Key 2: Fiction

Sometimes, I can be really dense. I was nearly 40 before I realized I was a creative person — even though by then I’d been playing oboe in orchestras for half my life. Looking back, how could I not have realized my fundamental nature? Dumb, dumb, dumb.Step from a dream

Indicative of my self-ignorance, my first books were non-fiction programming books for children. As I came to realize I needed to create or die, I finally turned to fiction.

Initially, I wrote contemporary romances for Silhouette books because my wife suggested that “anyone could write one of those.” Yes, she actually said that.

Key 3: Romance

I married my high school sweetheart a week after graduation. We’re still together. We’ll reach FIFTY YEARS when this decade dies and oh my God I’m getting old.

jane-austenBy any measure, our marriage has been better than most. That alone qualifies me to handle love stories with HEAs, but I also prefer Jane Austen movies to superhero flicks. I’m a guy, but I’m a romantic.

So it is that romance shares center stage with science in my SFR’s such as the Alien Contact for Idiots series or the Repelling the Invasion series.

Even in my science fiction that doesn’t quite qualify as romance, such as Future Love or The Midas Rush, love is usually a primary motivation.


There you have it — my writing career has been a voyage of discovery. You can launch a discovery voyage of your own by checking out the posts by the members of the SFR Brigade.




  1. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Three great qualities. It took me longer than you to discover I was creative. I’m still trying to make up for lost time. 🙂

    1. I’ve always envied youngsters who knew from a young age they wanted to write, or be a musician, etc — but of those I’ve known and am still in touch with, none ever really made it. Small sample size, I know.

  2. Wow, nearly 50 years! Bulk impressed. I like the idea of tugs – my dad used to work on the pilot boats at a harbour – and runaway freighters are a real thing.

    1. Wow indeed. I’m really getting old! I got the idea for tugships after reading an article about their importance to the Port of Vancouver; ships aren’t allowed within 60 miles of the port without a local pilot and/or tugboats in escort. The escorts have to go through years of training to get their certification — as does my tugship pilot in Constellation XXI.

  3. Thanks for the insights into you.
    I’ve worked as a scientist for most of my life, but I have also imagined adventures in other worlds and a couple of years ago started to publish my stories.
    35 years for me.

    1. 35 years helps to explain why you write science fiction with romance. Way to go, Aurora!

  4. Terrific and revealing post. . .about you and your life. Thanks, Ed. I knew we were kindred spirits the first time on WEWRIWA. Something in your humor, the way you spoke of your wife and kids, all so familiar to the life I’ve led. And then there’s Effing. That bonded us although you had no idea we were destined to be friends.
    Best always,


    1. I feel the connection too, Charmaine. I look forward to your posts on Weekend Writing Warriors, as well as your reminiscences about acting in movies.

  5. Wow fifty years is a wonderful milestone. Sounds like a perfect foundation for writing romance.

    1. Not only will it be fifty years, it all started with love at first sight. Well, to be honest, lust at first sight. We double-dated, and I thought the other guy’s date was WAY hotter than mine.

  6. Yes, three great qualities, Ed! The hubs and I will hit 42 years of marriage this year. It does feel old, doesn’t it? And I think it’s sweet (and heroic) for a guy to be romantic. Rock on!

    1. There seem to be a lot oflong-time married folks who are writers. That doesn’t go along with a stereotype of creative people as ‘mad geniuses’ who care more for self-expression than they do for people.

      The other key to me that didn’t make it into this post, although I alluded to it, is music. I’ve been a musician a lot longer than I have a writer

  7. Wonderful post! Loved learning how each relates to you 😀

    1. Yeah, I guess I opened my trench coat and exposed myself.

  8. I like the way you present your three Keys, good self-insights you’ve arrived at.

    1. Thanks, Veronica. I didn’t really plan for this post to be about me; it just turned out that way.

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