NASA Retiree's New
Sci-fi Novel is Comment on Effects of Austerity
Livermore, Calif., March 23, 2017: Science fiction can
be a comment on our contemporary world, and that's just what Livermore author
John G. Bluck wrote in his latest novel, The Aliens of Valtrit.
"The underlying message of this book is that the kind of austerity
that is causing suffering in Greece and other European countries is unfair and
leads to more poverty," said Bluck, a retired NASA public information officer.
"Of course, much of my story occurs on another planet as well as on Earth."
Bluck's Aliens novel begins with a short introduction to the
planet Valtrit and then switches to London in 2061.
After UK spy agency employee Gina Perelli peers through an espionage
camera altered by an electrical surge, she and her MI7 boss see a dozen men
executed by ray guns a world away. Gina and her partner, London policeman Colin
Green, must capture a ray gun, the most important arms development since nuclear
weapons. With new extraterrestrial allies, Gina and Colin follow a trail to a
planet called Valtrit.
Because her father was murdered when she was 14, Gina suffers from
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She struggles to assert herself in MI7 and
She and Colin seek to destroy a private Valtritian bankers’ army
intent on conquering Earth for extraterrestrial bank president, Thomas Savadge.
Colin, an older man who believes women are ill-suited for the spy business,
increasingly values Gina, as the pair faces dire predicaments.
The Aliens novel is available in paperback and e-book on
For the e-book, visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRVSY56/. The
paperback is available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540738841/.
Bluck retired from NASA in 2008 as a public affairs officer.
Previously, he had been Chief of Imaging Technology at NASA Ames Research
Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Before that, he worked at NASA Lewis (now Glenn)
Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he produced NASA documentaries.
Earlier, Bluck was a broadcast engineer at WMAL-AM/FM, Washington,
D.C. At WMAL-TV (now WJLA-TV) in Washington, he was a news film cameraman who
covered local and national stories including Watergate. In 1976 he was named the
National Press Photographer Association runner-up cameraman of the year in the
Northeast. During the Vietnam War, Bluck was an Army journalist at Ft. Lewis,
Wash. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Today, he resides
in Livermore, Calif.
download publication-size images of the book’s cover and the author at http://bluckart.com/for_news_media.htm.