NASA Retiree Compares His Science Fiction with Theories/Facts
Sci-Fi novel’s subjects explored through Internet Links
“I dreamed up a lot of the stuff in my recently
published sci-fi novel, The Ship Finder:
Young Adult Edition,” said Bluck, a retired NASA public information
officer. “After its publication I wondered how much was real. So I listed each
chapter name on my Web site, picked a subject or two from each chapter, and
linked them to articles I had found.”
The resulting page is located at: http://www.bluckart.com/ship_finder_background.htm.
“I found that a lot more was realistic in my book than
I had expected,” Bluck said. “For example, there are theories about the
potential existence of multiple dimensions, and engineers have already created
some rudimentary microscopic robots.”
According to the book’s back cover, a “ship
finder,” which looks like a silver pocket watch, leads physician Bill Wilson
to a wounded extraterrestrial’s ship. The world Wilson enters is bursting with
advanced technology, machines and weapons. He learns about medicine that has
enabled the people of planet Sunev to become almost immortal. As he learns more
about the aliens’ strange society, he begins to question its values and
regime. Interplanetary war erupts. Wilson must decide if he should become
involved, and if so, which side to join.
revised the original version of his novel to create a young adult edition that
is appropriate for readers aged 13 and older. This new version was released in
late August. Readers can obtain the latest edition at many on-line booksellers
(paperback and e-book) --
Barnes and Noble
(paperback and e-book) --
(e-book only) - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/471033
In addition, the
book will soon be released by other major on-line booksellers worldwide.
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.