Thanks for stopping by. My upcoming novel MIKE SIERRA ECHO is looking for a home with one of the Big Four publishers. Come learn why you need to read and support this heartfelt middle-grade scifi adventure.
Mike Sierra Echo is About Discovery, Resilience and Adventure
Mike Drakos needs to grow up fast after losing his mother. Re-build his life will suck Mike and his family into the chaos between his visionary, but vulnerable father and his ultra-wealthy, uber-controlling grandmother. An asteroid changes course toward Earth, and in the rush to understand why, Mike discovers his father is working on the world’s first space elevator.
This planet-to-space transportation system is going to change everything about going to space and since Mike’s grandma built her success on rocket shipping, she isn’t about to take this lying down. A derelict space station is on its way to destroy the space elevator, Mike’s father’s plans, and the future of human space travel. It’s time for Mike, along with his trusty artificial intelligence sidekick, to step up and be the hero his mother knew he could be.
Mike Sierra Echo is a fact-based science fiction adventure that explores the real-world challenges of building this extra-terrestrial technology. Scientists have been researching space elevators since the 1800s, but there are still many unsolved problems. Once you learn about those areas of exploration, you’ll be invited to ‘nerd out’ about current discoveries and new opportunities to fill in the blanks on space travel, nanotech, and artificial intelligences. I’m building a plan on what that looks like, right now.
Why Mike Sierra Echo is the Right Story, Right Now
Whitney Houston said ‘children are our future,’ but kids today aren’t waiting until they’re grown to make it happen. Well spoken, passionate, knowledgeable kids are already attracting the world’s attention to climate change and other important issues. Thing is, it’s not just about protesting or national activism. Empowering kids to make positive change means leading by example, and modeling good habits. We can leverage their constant observation and curiosity as a chance to demonstrate appropriate behaviors as they relate to making the world a better place. We can help them to connect the dots of the inner drama of childhood – the chaos, fear, confusion, and anger – that comes up in simple family situations and speak to it constructively.
Kids need to understand that curiosity, science and technology have a place beyond entertainment or exploitation. Even though space elevator tech is slowly entering public interest – video games like Halo, Call of Duty, and Killzone all have space elevator maps – we can already see that without purposeful action, kids will miss the point. That interest needs to step out of violent video games and into actualized, constructive imagination. Parents and responsible adults must help kids transition away from negative self-destructive behaviors. Mike Sierra Echo can be one of those books that stirs imaginations, and serve as a valuable replacement activity for mindless, violent entertainment.
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