Friday Five: Marlin Desault

MarlinToday’s Friday Five focus is Marlin Desault, author of science fiction novels.

Marlin studied German and German literature at Georgetown University and served with US Air Force intelligence services in Europe. He return to the US and enrolled in the University of Wyoming engineering program. His coursework included advanced physics and mathematics. He received his master’s degree and accepted an invitation to teach German and electrical engineering at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He left the Air Force for a management career in aerospace and high tech. Currently, he resides in southern California, where he writes novels when not indulging his passions for sailing, skiing, and reading.

In Shroud of Eden, Starship captain Scott Drumond finds a tunnel through a space-time barrier. Beyond the barrier he finds a colony of humans who hold the secret he needs to depose a tyrant on Earth and defeat aliens swarming out of the cosmos.

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1. Where do your inspiration and ideas for your stories come from?

I read science articles and often ask myself what if and where to from here questions. I think: Quo Vadis? which in my mind means ‘to where from here?’

2. What genre do you currently read most and why?

I read mostly science fiction, but I also read quite a bit of high adventure such as works by Clive Cussler and Lee Child. I’ve read most of the classic adventures of Jack London, Ernest Hemminway and John Steinbeck.

3. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever researched for your works or biggest/most out-of-the-ordinary thing you’ve done while researching?

Probably the most unusual thing I researched was time travel into the past. Time travel into the future, aside from the technical issues, doesn’t seem to pose a logical problem. Time travel into the past confronts the grandfather paradox making the concept illogical. In my story, Shroud of Eden, I had to present the reader with a logical explanation for how my characters traveled into the past and avoided the paradox.

4. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why? What was the best thing about that job and why?

By farmy worst job was working odd hours of the day and night during my work gathering intelligence during the cold war. The best thing about the job, if you can say there was a best thing, was discovering the curious activities of other countries.

5. What do you want your tombstone to say?

He made me think of the possible beyond the impossible.

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Shroud of Eden is currently available at Amazon.

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