The Sixteenth Book has Rick continuing to explore the moon and outer space. From author Ed Nelson, writer of top alternate history books

Coming of age stories don’t have to be all teenage angst. They can be fun-filled adventures that become more serious with age. With humor, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year, he goes through high school and beyond. He finds wealth as an inventor and fame in Hollywood as he searches for a girlfriend. Wealth and fame prove far easier than girls.

Danger, fame and fortune, and adventure seem to be his lot in life. He and his wife are expecting their first child. His continues to effect the world around him in economic, military, and even religious matters. Gravity control opens the moon and the rest of the solar system. It is found that man has had visitors in the past.

This tongue in cheek saga is all true, give or take a lie or two.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 16: First Steps

Chapter 1 (partial)

I had received a hand-delivered message that one of my teams had a possible lead on creating anti-gravity. Sending it by hand was the only safe way to the moon.

We had codes upon codes at this point, but we had groups like the secretive NSA working full-time to break our codes. There is no doubt that they could do this. Most people had never heard of this agency. The only reason I knew of them was an off comment made by a President.

I wasn’t even going to say which President. I didn’t think NSA was aware I even knew they existed, which is fine. The UK and China have agencies like that, but I don’t know their names. All I can do is act as though they exist and act appropriately.

Such a change from Hollywood actor to Head of State. Don’t they know it is not polite to read another person’s mail?

That reminded me I had to check up on our program to intercept all messages sent through Earth satellites and a computer center on the moon to decrypt them. Yeah, I’m becoming a hypocrite.

Back to the anti-gravity, I made a quick trip to Earth to check up on May-ling. That was my Announced reason.

Upon landing on Earth at the launch center, I was approached by a supervisor I knew well.

“This way, Your Majesty, we have a conference room arranged for a briefing.”

“Thank you.”

Waiting in the room were two people I had met before. They were from Jackson Research. They were older, in their early thirties.

“Thank you for meeting with us, Your Majesty.”

“Forget the titles, and I’m Rick.”

They both relaxed their stiff posture at that. I suppose they had never met a King before.

“I’m Tom, the Division Manager, and this is John from the team which made the discovery. Rick, you sent a sample of exotic ore found in the asteroid belt. We had several teams working on them. John’s team came up with some curious results. John, would you share those with Rick?”

“Your, uh, Rick, We refined some of the sample and then made a thin coating out of it. We wanted to see how it would adhere to other substances. A one-meter square of steel was coated with the refined metal, which still has to be named.”

“We hadn’t tried to control its thickness at this point. Once the melted metal solidified, we ran several tests to see if the materials were bonded or if the ore would peel off easily. It didn’t want to separate at all.”

“We needed to bring the ore back to red hot before we could begin to scrape it off. Even that was a long and tedious process. A technician was assigned to heat the metal and use a chisel to remove the ore coating.”

“The technician went on his lunch break. He left a piece of test equipment on the workbench. He didn’t realize that the electric cord was in contact with the coated steel plate. Since the plate was hot, it melted the electric cord.”

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 16: First Steps

Cast in Time Book 5 available March 1st!


Earl of Marches

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron. James Fletcher, now the Count of Cornwall, is facing new adversaries in the Franks.

They try to assassinate him and his family, precipitating a full-out war. In the meantime, advancements were made in steam engines, cannons, ships, and electricity. Continue you on with this wild ride through the eighth century.

Earl E. (Ed) Nelson

I have always wanted to be an author. I had my first rejection slip in about 1965. Wish I had saved it. For many years the only writing I did was technical as pesky things like three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren came along.

My technical writing was in the field of quality in several different journals. I worked in the field of quality for over fifty years, starting as a line inspector and ending up as a Vice-President of Quality and elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.

Then a wonderful thing happened. I lost my job and was out of work for almost eight months. To keep from going crazy I wrote. I posted my stories on an online site, and lo and behold people read them and said nice things. Fast forward about eight years and I am retired and writing for the fun of it.

A lot of what is in my stories is based on my life experiences, gasp! Give or take a lie or two that is. The one fortunate thing in my career is that I got to travel worldwide and have been to most of the locations I write about.

In my younger days, I tried hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting, spelunking, and target shooting. I have collected stamps, drove in road rallies, lowly rated by the US Chess federation. I built a Kentucky long rifle and a dueling pistol. I am a licensed HAM radio operator. My hobby is having hobbies.

My true passion is reading. Trapped in a hotel room I would read the telephone book. The TV would not be turned on. I have averaged 200 books a year for the last sixty years. I knew those long flights were good for something.

BTW I was born in the middle of an air raid in England during World War II, the house next door was destroyed and our windows were blown out. That is probably the most interesting thing I have been involved with. Mum never forgave me. Happily married for 56 years I hope my wife doesn’t catch on to what a goof I am.

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A wowser ending to get great series! One of his survey ships comes back with a puzzling mineral through a lucky accident it seems they have some form of anti-gravity, then they find it can also generate gravity! Mary and Albert Einstein figure out the math of how it work! From there thing really take off! get, it read it, you won't be sorry!

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Thomas A. Lamparty

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The entire series is great This series is one great read! I’m disappointed that it came to an end. (And hopefully there will a “next” series) I’ll miss the story. On Sundays I would get my coffee, sit back and enjoy the story.

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Joe Richards

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The Richard Jackson saga, book 16 As with all of the other books, this is been a fun read. I like the action in it. Also, I like the characters and the development.

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Wow! The end of the first arc of 15 books! Well, Mr. Nelson, you’ve finished Richard Jackson’s youth in fine style! Now, how about your next arc, his majority reached with the vastness of space before him, Mei-Ling, and their children? After all, the Universe is your oyster, so to speak!

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Great ending to series I have loved this series from the very 1st book and I'm sad to see it and But what a way to end the series. The action and semi The action and semi historical events in this are The action and semi historical events in this are very cool. I really hope the author puts out more stand alone either in this universe or to go later on so we can find out more about what happens.

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Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

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The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

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The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

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The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

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The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

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Ever and Always

Immortality and the Apocalypse

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson

  • I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.

  • I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.

  • Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.

  • I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.

  • Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.

  • Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.

  • My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.

  • I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.