About Gordon —

For reasons known only to people who understand left-brained introverts, I have always daydreamed in words rather than pictures. As a result I began composing science fiction stories verbally when I was about nine — my daydreams. Walking to school one morning I saw an army recruiting poster in a post office window. It had a picture of a "true" spaceship against a star-laden backdrop. That image reached out and grabbed me. I wanted to be on that spaceship, exploring the solar system. From then on I told myself stories focused on getting into space.

Shortly after that my family moved to Guam. The magazines at our barber shop were a treasure trove. I discovered written science fiction in the form of Astounding (now Analog) and Galaxy (now defunct) magazines, and I was hooked. I not only read it, but I also began to write it. None of it amounted to much, but it was a start.

When I graduated from high school, I entered the Air Force Academy. The time I once had frittered away on writing disappeared in school work and dating. After graduation I got married and started twenty years of service in the Air Force. I followed that with eighteen years as a software engineer, but the urge to write never disappeared completely. I wrote when I had time.

Throughout, I've continued to be an avid reader of science fiction: Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Poul Anderson. I was especially taken by Zenna Henderson’s People series. Eventually I joined Toastmasters and developed the idea that I could become a professional speaker. A program I attended to learn more about professional speaking introduced me to accountability partners. Their help changed my course. Instead of writing material to sell "at the back of the room," I got back to writing fiction, and Anderson became my guiding light. In fact, I suspect that one of his short stories, “A Live Coward,” was my inspiration because at some point my protagonist, Gus Colt, sprang out of my imagination. The result is Peacemaker, in which wits and daring are more important than strength of arms.

As I was writing Peacemaker, I discovered that my talent for solving abstruse scientific problems was only mediocre, but action/adventure came easy. I suppose that was why I've gotten comments that Peacemaker reads like a western. Hey, I'm writing to tell stories. If they do their job and entertain, I don't care how they are categorized. For instance, my second novel, Teleportal, is based on a device that doesn't exist, but it looks at the impact a teleportal could have on society and what people might do to the ones who developed it.

I live on five acres outside Elizabeth, Colorado, with my wife, Carol, two dogs, a cat, a horse, and a donkey. I have three grandchildren whom I don’t get to see nearly enough, and I’m dreaming about yet another speculative adventure.