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The invention of the Forstmann Faster-Than-Light Drive in 2055 changed the world, mostly for the better. It took us to the planets in hours, to the stars in days or weeks. The exploration and mining it enabled brought wealth to many and improved the lives of billions. It later introduced us to a peaceful and industrious alien species, the tri-sexual and deeply religious ‘Inori.’ But even in 2078, no one expected it to entangle our inexperienced and unprepared Fleet in a sudden and deadly fight at the Inori homeworld with a faceless, relentless foe.
A year before the war breaks out, David Powell, the brightest student in the Fleet Academy, has his career derailed by a family tragedy. Carol Hansen, his classmate and unrequited love interest, goes on to graduate and is a heroine of the war’s opening days. David eventually returns to the fleet, and as dire circumstances are thrust upon him, becomes a hero in his own right. Carol comes to see what David means to her, too, and they are reunited, their relationship transformed.
Through the chaos of victories and defeats, mysteries and anxieties, David and Carol and their shipmates stick to their grim motto, ‘Meanwhile, we fight,’ and put aside their personal hopes and desires. As the battles swirl around and through them, they search the stars for the enemy, unsure either of them would survive to have a life together at all.
THE PREEMINENT WAR is a military/science fiction novel of 136,000 words set 60 years in the future. It should appeal to readers of classic science fiction, as well as those who enjoy contemporary military fiction such as Ghost Fleet. The story envisions a future which is more rational, less frenetic, with strong women in signficant leadership roles. It is a time when who you are is far more important than what you are. This is a complete story, but it has clear potential as the first of a series.
I joined the Air Force after high school and did technical intelligence work in the National Security Agency Headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland and elsewhere. After the Air Force I completed a B.S. in Biology. I worked in a hospital lab for 8 years, first doing testing, then managing and writing software for the laboratory’s information system. From there I moved into the laboratory software industry where I worked for almost 30 years. I have been married 38 years, with two daughters and three grandchildren. I am an instrument-rated private pilot.
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