Strangers in the Gale
Children of the Three Suns
About Book

 

Personal Note

I wrote my first novel, Strangers in the Gale, while living among indigenous people of the Andes Mountain and the nearby Argentine Chaco. Their lives motivated me to write a story with a unique cultural perspective on liberation, friendship, and a spiritual connection to the natural world. Having lived among Native Americans in remote areas of South America, I have been fortunate to experience unique customs and traditions, as well as the consequences of colonialism for indigenous cultures. Coming to know people who live on the margins of modernity was a life-altering experience and has broadened my imagination, particularly as a writer.


We humans are indeed amazingly adaptable and creative beings, yet we universally share the need to find meaning and purpose through stories.  I was told many stories that helped me learn how to cross a raging river, best carry an infant, avoid piranha bites while fishing, and how to see the UFO that lives behind the volcano. In sharing my life with people of different cultures I became a better person, and learned why fellowship has always been a central part of storytelling. In my mind they all come together as one very good year of my life.


My experiences in South America so touched my imagination that I chose to express my experience by writing a science fiction novel. One of the reasons I am an avid fan of the genre is because it allows us to envision human potential in wonderfully liberating ways.  Strangers in the Gale, though set in a far off imagined trinary star system, represents the human response to living within a conquered and marginalized culture, and the spirit to transcend that adversity through the forging of common bonds.  


Synopsis


An unconscious girl found on a clump of floating kelp radically complicates Bernardo's life.  Ondas is officially designated an uninhabited world, so why has the government been hiding the existence of the planet's indigenous people?

  In its efforts to colonize the solar system, the League has reached an ocean planet populated by an inscrutable race of seafaring people, whose center of life and culture is the worship of silence.  Their ways could not contrast more sharply with the newcomers' machines and bureaucratic rule.  Colonization is abruptly halted and only a select few are granted access to the new planet.  Save for a few fanciful tales, the existence of the seafarers is wiped clean from history.

Three decades later, Bernardo, an introverted young officer with the simple ambitions of a field biologist, is assigned to Ondas as part of a new colonization initiative.  The League has also brought with them a host of servant-technicians, once the nomadic people of Od-Siing, a subjugated planet-moon.

Imagine his surprise when the young scientist finds the native child on a routine survey mission.  In this distant ocean planet fraught with ubiquitous storms, Bernardo's discovery propels him into a covert world that is opposed to League hegemony. 

Through new friends and uneasy alliances, the young scientist uncovers the existence of a genocidal policy of his government directed against the child's aboriginal culture.  By committing himself to the girl's survival and that of her people, Bernardo discovers an ancient truth that will shake the foundations of worlds and foster the seeds of emancipation.