NASA Retiree Writes Sci-Fi Novel
The Ship Finder Portrays Conflict,
but Has Anti-war and Anti-discrimination Themes
“I wrote the book simply to tell an exciting story, but
I later realized that the themes it conveys are anti-war and
anti-discrimination,” said the author, John G. Bluck, a retired NASA public
information officer. “The main character is Dr. William Wilson, a physician
who finds a wounded extraterrestrial man along a park pathway. After treating
alien Richard Raven, Wilson’s adventure begins.”
According to the book’s back cover, a “ship
finder,” which looks like a silver pocket watch, leads Wilson to Raven’s
ship. The world Wilson enters is chock-full of advanced technology, machines and
weapons. He meets beautiful extraterrestrial women and learns about medicine
that has enabled the people of planet Sunev to live greatly extended lives. As
he learns more about Sunevian society, he begins to question its values and
government. Interplanetary war erupts. Wilson must decide if he should become
involved, and if so, which side to join.
Bluck retired from NASA in 2008 as a public information
officer. Previously, he was Chief of Imaging Technology at NASA Ames Research
Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Before that, he worked at NASA Lewis (now Glenn)
Research Center, 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 he 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.
Paperback and e-book versions of The Ship Finder are available on-line at many popular Web stores.
The paperback was published at CreateSpace in February 2014.