About me

I am a science fiction writer, embarking on my very first novel. I thought others might find this process interesting, so I started this blog to capture my experiences, successes, and failures. Even if no one else finds it interesting, it will be good for me to collect my thoughts and process it all. From time to time, I’ll also write some posts about Science Fiction topics that interest me.

E011509-4F1 RICK ALLENSo who am I? I’m an old guy (in his fifties), no real writing experience. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s in engineering, and have worked for over thirty years in the defense industry. I recently took an early retirement, and decided to focus on the novel I’ve been thinking about for several years. But it started way before that. I’ve been reading science fiction for as long as I can remember, great authors like Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Niven, and Pohl, more recently Vinge, Stephenson, and Reynolds. And now, I want to write the kind of novel I’ve always wanted to read, with a reluctant hero, a variety of planets, a new way of getting there, and aliens as way beyond us as we are to insects. It’s ambitious, and scares me sometimes that I won’t do it justice, but I’m going to do all I can to make this the best novel I can.