Why always so serious, Mr. Spock?
the question that motivated me to attempt a SciFi series that combines
space opera and humor. The ongoing result is the 'Arlo and Jake' series.
The first book, 'Arlo and Jake Enlist', is out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Book two, 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp', will be out
After publishing a techno/supernatural (what I used to call 'ghost')
story called 'Genome', I wanted to do a series next. Writing 'Genome'
was a blast, and I'm pleased with my first book. It's a unique story
plot that combines Artificial Intelligence, DNA technology, a holodeck
and some pretty cool 'spooks in the cemetery' scenes! The story was not
meant to be funny, though I did manage to slip in a little humor here
Now, I love space operas, I really do. Like the Honor Harrington
series by David Weber. Weber's universe is, at it's core, an epic
depiction of British politics and colonization in space, complete with
Nelson's Naval fleet and military structure. It's one of my favorite
'hard SciFi' series.
Then, of course, there are all the Star Trek and Star Wars 'follow
on' books. These wonderful stories let us continue to ride along with
Red Squadron and wage war along side the Jedi Academy against the Sith.
But... They are so serious!
When I'm in the mood for it, that's great.
But geez, could someone slip on a banana peel once in a while? Where are
the pranks and mishaps that really happen in any military story? I
spent 9 years in the US Nuclear Navy, serving on several submarines and a
couple of floating targets. Let me tell you, boys and girls, it was
essential to lighten up daily life. Otherwise you be banging your noggin
against the bulkheads just for fun. Daily life on any military vessel
consists of endless days of monotonous routine, punctuated by moments of
So, I wanted to create a series with that 'cowboys in space'
adventure feel but was fun and also funny. I wanted my main characters
to be 'unlikely heroes', not bred from the warrior class on Klepto 4.
Jake is a widowed, software geek. He has been spending his retirement
sitting on his beach cottage patio, drinking beer and watching the beach
bunnies stroll by. Arlo is his pet chameleon. Arlo hangs around for the
flies and Jake's witty repartee.
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