Bio: Well, hello to you and welcome. I?m J. Richard Jacobs, but you can call me "J" and dispense with all the rest of it. I?ve been an avid and active amateur astronomer since my "first light" through a telescope in 1947 (is he that old?) and began writing professional level in 1956. Technical writing, copy writing and technical illustration were the income generators until 1965, when I became a naval architect. There was a brief (28 year) hiatus in my writing while I spent my time doing the science and engineering involved in floating (we hoped) structures, although I continued to write papers and articles on applied math, science, engineering, and astronomy.

These days, now that I?m "retired," I write Science Fiction in both the hard and soft varieties. But, honestly, I tend to cross genre a lot because of the way I feel about populating a story with reachable, touchable characters with all their strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures and foibles. I write Fantasy, too, but I?ve never managed to do it successfully in novel lengths--just can?t seem to hurdle that short story wall, but I have a lot of fun with the short stories I write. I?ve tried my hand at Horror, but, for some reason, I?ve had trouble with that. Someday, when I?m in a particularly nasty mood, I may be able to do it. In the meantime, my horror pieces tend to be very short...and funny. Oh, well...I guess I?m stuck with Humorous Horror.

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Twisted Tails II [Time on our Hands Volume 1of 2]
Does time exist as a separate dimension? Does it have a unique place with definable limits in space? Does it move independently according to its own purpose? Or does it only move when other things move, completely dependent on prevailing conditions and binding dimensions in its surrounding space--a causal result bound to the whole? Perhaps it's just a simpleminded construct humans have concocted to explain the inexplicable. Is it vaguely possible that it's a set of branes slightly out of sync an... more info>>
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Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow
First alien contact. We've dreamed of what that may be like over a long time and several answers have been proffered. None of them have been as bizarre as this. None of them taxed the imagination as much as "Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow" does. It is difficult enough to take in the idea of coming face to face with something truly alien, but this book gives us a ringside seat to just such an event. Walk the regolith of Mars and see the "thing at North Head City." If you dare. Tina Tamran, Chief ... more info>>
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Eat My Shorts: A Brief Collection of Nifty Little Shorts
We live in an era of artificial impressions. We are being bombarded by enhanced bass response in sound systems that can be heard through brick walls five blocks away on a dark and stormy night. The dB invasion has attacked us in music, movies, and television to the point of being painful and actually damaging to our physical well-being. Our vision is exposed to impossible characters, creatures, and critters of all sorts moving before us so realistically presented that our senses are operating in... more info>>
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Maelstrom - Book 2 Of The Rain Trilogy
Book 2, Maelstrom, serves as a bridge between books 1 and 3 of the trilogy. It is short, barely a novella, and may be read as a stand-alone. This book provides filler information so that you, the reader, may understand what occurred to bring about the cultural and technological changes you will find in the third instalment, Book 3: Tapper Tom, Mooch, and the Traveler. The first book is solid science fiction based in fact and real possibility. The third book is an adventure, still science fiction... more info>>
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Pure Fear [Twisted Tails III]
Those who have read other books in the Twisted Tails series already know that genre is not the driving force behind them. There is a general theme, sure, but no specific limits to where a story can take off from or a destination to which it should travel. We thrive on surprise and that is what makes the Twisted Tails books unique. Each story ends in the unexpected. Sometimes that's a little subtle, but most of the time the reader is cautioned to be careful of his/her footing. The authors of thes... more info>>
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Seeds of Memory
In this incredible, sweeping saga across thousands of years and hundreds of light years we come face to face with our fears and deep prejudices. It is here, in Seeds of Memory, that we get an idea of what it means to be "Human" and what "Human" really means. It is here, in Seeds of Memory, that we are confronted with the need to know colliding head-on with reality. Are we, Homo Sapiens, truly the only form that humans can take and is our history the only history? Might there not be others, or ot... more info>>
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Storm Cloud Rising [Rain Trilogy Book 1]
What happens when you have seen something you weren't supposed to see? What happens when what you have seen will change the face of the Earth forever? What will the governments of the world do to keep things stable and quiet while everything you ever knew is about to change? Who will be saved? Who will be sacrificed? And to what lengths will they go to secure your silence? The first book in The Rain Trilogy--Storm Cloud Rising probes those thorny problems and provides some possible answers to th... more info>>
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Twisted Tails II [Out of Time Volume 2 of 2]
Does time exist as a separate dimension? Does it have a unique place with definable limits in space? Does it move independently according to its own purpose? Or does it only move when other things move, completely dependent on prevailing conditions and binding dimensions in its surrounding space--a causal result bound to the whole? Perhaps it's just a simpleminded construct humans have concocted to explain the inexplicable. Is it vaguely possible that it's a set of branes slightly out of sync an... more info>>
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Twisted Tails IV [Fantastic Flights of Fantasy]
TWISTED TAILS IV: Fantastic Flights of Fantasy is overflowing with some of the strangest fantasies you're likely to find on-or off this planet. So, watch yourself...there be dragons here. And vampires. And sorcerers bearing all sorts of mischief. Beasts, goblins and ghouls aplenty. And things that poke with sharpened sticks at the unprepared mind. They crouch in the recesses, ready to spring at the slightest provocation or opportunity. The sort of things that hide in deep shadows and lurk in the... more info>>
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Twisted Tails V [Apocalypses Now and Then]
Entropy. All things, good and bad, come to an end. It is the way of the Universe that it will one day succumb to the "SIGNIFICANT SUCK" and collapse in on itself, or it will experience the "BIG BLOW" and expand until there is nothing but cold darkness on all sides. There is also a third alternative...it could reach a steady-state, though that is doubtful, and all the stars in it will merely run out of gas along the way. They will become dead, black cinders, but all of those possibilities are the... more info>>
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Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight
Writing short stories is not easy. The reason it isn't easy is because they are short. The writer is still charged with producing living characters who have personalities: good, bad, or milksop. Add to that a dynamic narrative that gives you, the reader, an opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste what the folks who inhabit those little stories do, and the authors have a demanding job on their hands. Short stories are a great deal more than sitting on an old apple crate and hammering awa... more info>>
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Xenogenesis
Xenogenesis is a tale of change; inexorable and inevitable. Human beings are always craving change but when it comes it is frightening ... Sometimes to the point that we would prefer death. Pat Dalworthy is a tracker, ex-pilot cadet in space corps and a dabbler in physics. As a Tracker, a hunter of people who would rather not be found, he is the best there is in inner system and, to hear him tell it, outer system, too. One of the problems with being the best is that you sometimes get much, much ... more info>>
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