Raymond Vogel is a rocket scientist-turned-writer who worked as a systems engineer on NASA’s Orion Program. His science fiction imagining, MATTER OF RESISTANCE (AEC Stellar Publishing Inc., August 22, 2013), pushes technology and human nature to the limits as it chronicles our Mars settlement’s struggle for independence from Earth.
Born into a world of political tension, the book’s central character, Isaac, is one of the brightest members of the upcoming Martian generation. With a number of his peers and a curious, new element known as Magnematter, Isaac builds on the technologies of the past to accomplish previously impossible feats. But he will soon have to weigh the continued defense of Mars against a devastating attack on Earth, as he struggles to hold on to his childhood values in the midst of conflict and loss.
Though MATTER OF RESISTANCE was written for young adults, it’s received high praise and recommendations from top minds throughout the field.
** WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING: **
MARK CANTRELL, PhD, Materials and Processes, Senior Staff, NASA’s Orion Program:
“A really interesting story that examines space travel within the possibilities of today’s technology and in the context of natural human drives. A balance between technology, the drive for independence of a colony, the drive to make profit by a company, and the natural good found in people in both worlds. The story is interesting, fun to read and makes you think. I loved this story. I recommend it.”
COLONEL ROSS NUNN, USAF Retired; former Commander of the Air Force Astronautics Lab, and early proponent of antimatter and fusion-based propulsion research:
“Picked up the book to read the first chapter – didn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. Captivating, suspense-filled reading, beginning to end. The interplay of human tendencies for domination coupled with the sense of caring for our fellow man was gripping.”
MICHAEL DAWSON, Retired NASA Senior Executive Service and Associate Director for the Stennis Space Center; Retired USAF Colonel and Mission Support Group Commander; General Manager at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility:
“Adding real science to its fiction, Matter of Resistance gives an eerily accurate portrayal of where we may find ourselves one day. With great character interactions and the use of believable technology advancements to solve intractable problems, it kept my attention until the last page.”
COLONEL GREGORY S. LAMB, USAF Retired, Former U-2 Pilot; Served in the Air Combat Command, NORAD, and the DIA; and author of The People In Between: A Cyprus Odyssey and the military thriller A Dangerous Element (coming soon):
“Masterfully written to entertain, Matter of Resistance is a light read that makes you think. It examines the potential outcomes of failed diplomacy in a conflict, and it should be required reading at the war college.”
OLIVER F. CHASE, former FBI Special Agent; U.S. Marine pilot, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross; and author of the exciting new detective series Marsh Island and Blind Marsh:
“Matter of Resistance is relevant, fresh, and engaging to adults and young readers alike as it tackles human’s ongoing quest to reach out and trust one another. Watch for spoilers, though, because I see them on the news every night.”
SORIN SUCIU, author of the laugh-out-loud contemporary fantasy, The Scriptlings(2013):
“This captivating story bears the unmistakable mark of an instant SciFi classic, in that the science (while as solid as you would expect from a friggin rocket scientist) is merely a backdrop for a fascinating introspection into the human nature. Matter of Resistance might not cure your Asimov or Clarke nostalgia, but it will certainly infect you with the Vogel virus. There, you have been warned.”
J.R. McLEMORE, multi-genre author of The Old Royal and An Adverse Anthology:
“With the recent announcement of the Mars One endeavor, Matter of Resistance is one step closer to becoming non-fiction. Mars One can probably borrow some pages from Raymond Vogel’s playbook.”
AINSLEY VOGEL, Raymond’s daughter; avid reader:
“I liked it because it was exciting.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Today, Raymond is the owner AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. – a small, new publishing company with stellar ambitions. He lives in Tennessee, trying desperately with his wife to keep up with their three daughters and their active imaginations.