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A product of the Bay Area in California and having grown up as a baby boomer on adventures with dreamers like Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Roddenberry and Lucas, led Steven down the road of "What if?" Science, science-fiction, fantasy, books, movies, television, the news; he has always been a fan.

In his current project, Steven leans heavily upon ancient history, and borrows concepts from everything he has ever read, seen, heard, felt, and experienced; then he brings fresh new ideas to the table! And although he often disagrees with the bias of his sources, at least in part, he has felt no remorse in adding a little bias of his own, keeping it interesting. What this boils down to is that he could not have written his story without you!

Somewhat a non-conformist, and drawn to questions about the nature of life, led him to studies focused on the sciences, psychology and philosophy. Always in search of answers, he imagines that the Milky Way is filled with co-existing exotics rather than with violent consumption-minded monsters.

Furthermore, with three adult children, all daughters, most of his previous work had been in the field of self-directed life improvement. Just the same, his girls love science fiction and also have a thing for romance, not a typical combination in literature. At SciFi Conventions there had been plenty of other girls, but SciFi books have traditionally been marketed to a boy’s club. The girls have always wondered why? So in Rhyma, Phillip included elements that his girls would appreciate without also alienating the guys! Although Rhyma has something for everyone, it was written specifically for the benefit of his girls.

His first book in the series, Rhyma in the Ages of Mankind, entertains concepts that may startle closed-minded readers and the occasional use of realistic language, violence, and sensual material is appropriate for most adults, but not recommended for minors.

Author's Perspective

Rhyma is great fun for today's more enlightened young adults. As classical SciFi occasionally snuggles with Harlequin, there is a little fun for everyone ... and a bit more boundary pushing than traditionally expected. Join Zhauk Maxwell and his crew as they pursue their challenging adventure through our part of this galaxy.

It is said that this physical Space-Time was created in a single instant, a Big Bang if you will, as a grand experiment. And that in the end the Universe will be destroyed and replaced in a similar manner with a more perfected model. It has been prophesied that the "end is near."

To put things in perspective, the entire Universe appears to be expanding and rolling. With no outside reference point, there is no way to know just how fast! There are galactic eddies with groups of galaxies rotating around each other, and around concentrations of non-visible substance. Within these groups, a gravitational dance of various sized galaxies creates more spin. Within each galaxy, clumps of stars dance around in spirals or clouds, with smaller objects orbiting the stars. This also means that the relationship between any two stars is not fixed.

All of these motions are governed by gravity wells of various sizes, and cause all of the stars to travel through the universe at incredible, yet varying speeds. Everything in our section of the universe is currently in a mad rush for what has been called the "Cosmological Dark Flow," something like a big drain that we cannot see beyond. It is about 2.6 billion Earth light years away. This dance has been going on for some 13.7 billion Earth years. If that can be considered near, then the end is indeed near.

Now, as I was saying, prophets have been proclaiming that the "end is near" for many years. They may be saying that for many more years to come, who knows ... After all, what's a few thousand years in the face of 14 billion? Furthermore, what can anyone do about it?

This is the story of a few who are attempting to do something. A difference in ideologies and the general lack of cooperation that always seems to accompany such grand endeavors makes it difficult to determine who is right. But it still seems better to do something than to do nothing.

When viewed from the perspective of a few events here and there, it is easy to get wrapped up in the distractions. And when the facts are viewed as a whole, it is still a puzzle. Through this story, which is a selected history of our stellar neighborhood, maybe one of our readers will be able to understand the purpose of it all and share that understanding with the rest of us. This adventure through space and time is a quest for knowledge.

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