Torn MacAlester

Torn MacAlester

I am a science fiction writer who lives and works in the western United States. My background in science, engineering, technology, and the military have given me an interesting set of experiences to begin explorations into speculative fiction. I am making an effort to be faithful to science while building a fun and interesting story. At an early age, science fiction made a huge impression on me. My later reading of the science fiction made me realize that the authors were seeing beyond the next horizon into a fantastic future. Fast forward to the twenty-first century, I realize that the spark influencing the authors of the past is alive and well. We may not live in the future they imagined, but our future holds equal promise and equal inspiration. My science fiction adventures are set during humanity's emergence and achievements as a class 1 civilization. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

 

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  • Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester
    My novel Thunder Moon Tussle is available in kindle unlimited, kindle, and paperback on amazon.com.   Nils Carmike, a fallen from grace astronaut turned smuggler, forges a new life on the lunar frontier. Harassed by the strikingly beautiful and demanding Deputy Miller, he is faced with fines and conflict, resulting in a tumultuous relationship and […]
  • Yellowstone and Timeline of Events
    The key background event of my storyline is the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano.  This eruption forms the basis for the calendar where the year of the eruption is designated Y+0. I try to set each of my stories or vignettes on this timeline, though there are some exceptions.  The vignette Cold Contact is […]
  • Science and technology
    Being a scientist and engineer, I enjoy adding as realistic elements as possible to my stories.  For example, I wrote this article to discuss the science and technology that I referenced in making Morgan's Road. Science of Morgan's Road. There are certainly some spoilers in that article. If you haven't read Morgan's Road, now is […]
  • Thunder Moon Tussle and Morgan’s Road
    Among other things, Nils Carmike is a story teller.  This is something his friend Milton finds ridiculous. https://twitter.com/authors_ol/status/1433862373446725633?s=20 Take a look at one of Nils's favorite stories: Morgan's Road by Torn MacAlester. Then read the story that Nils didn't tell:  Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester.   Cover for Thunder Moon Tussle and graphic for […]
  • Free Short Story by Torn MacAlester
    Morgan's Road by Torn MacAlester Making a living on the Moon is not for everyone, but Nelson Carmike actually preferred the airless basalt plains over Earth’s windy prairies. Unfortunately, three years of Moon prospecting left him penniless, and without funds for supplies he was doomed to face a forced flight home. Out of options, Nelson […]
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  • Timeline of Events
    I have developed a timeline of events as part of world building.  I have opted to share that timeline in the form of stories and vignettes.  This is the means to read all of my work in chronological order.  Periodically, I will post a vignette that adds to this timeline.  Any additional publications will appear […]
  • From the pages of Thunder Moon Tussle: Lunadyne Corporation
    When Orbitdyne began their lunar operations, they changed their name to Lunadyne.  They are the principle owner and operator of Conrad Station.  Orbitdyne was originally founded by Ava and Ernie McDermott.  Morris Mason, the former CEO of Mason Industries, is a third partner in the operation. Conrad Station is central in Thunder Moon Tussle.  Deputy […]
  • Morgan’s Road by Torn MacAlester
    My short story Morgan's Road acts as a prequel to the remainder of my current stories including my novel Thunder Moon Tussle.  I wrote the story itself to romanticize the actual science results from LCROSS.  You can see the science behind the story in article The Science of Torn MacAlester's Morgan's Road.     The […]
  • Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester
    Available for free on Kindle Unlimited, also for sale for Kindle and paperback at Amazon.com. Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester