In 2008, I had an idea for a story that would not let me go.
Join me for a journey unlike any other . . . a little romance, a little mystery, a little suspense, a little drama, a little action, a few political innuendos, and a whole lot of character development. This is a story with several heros and supporting characters. I wonder who you'll feel is the hero who stands above them all.
Goodbye Milky Way -
An Earth in Jeopardy Adventure
Encompassing my passion for science fiction, time travel and superhuman stories, Goodbye Milky Way revolves around a cast of characters who serendipitously come together to save the planet Earth from certain destruction. Goodbye Milky Way provides an interesting look at the intellectual process of puzzle solving and questions how things really work. Goodbye Milky Way combines many facets – action, adventure, time travel, kidnapping, love, expeditions, espionage, conflicts, extraterrestrials and gangsters--and, by the way, did you know that the way to the moon is via Ecuador?
When the Asian Tsunami hit on December 26, 2004, the damage
was greater than the deaths of 283,000 people. The underlying
earthquake caused something strange to happen to the planet Earth
and an ecological catastrophe appeared inevitable. Facing
unimaginable odds, and knowing they are unlikely to survive, an
eclectic team, comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers,
hatch a planthat tests advanced scientific theories, often disputed
under the best conditions. To avoid worldwide panic, their plan
must come together under the cover of secrecy while they grapple
for their lives, the lives of their loved ones and all the people of the
Earth. The team faces unprecedented hurdles in their quest to seek
necessary funding and encounter political cover-ups, extraterrestrial
beings, and the unexpected along their seven year journey. Failure
is not an option, but when the launch button is pressed in 2012 . . .
well, I guess you'll have to read the book.
The Main Characters:
1. The Guardian – an extraterrestrial being from a highly advanced
civilization. He's been monitoring mankind’s development for ages and
reveals himself in an attempt to prevent an ecological catastrophe.
2. AIEDA – the most powerful computer ever built. Capable of
inductive reasoning on the order of Einstein, she thinks like a human
being and has adopted a female persona. Aieda develops a set of
theories governing gravity and space-time that go well beyond the
scope of scientifically established laws of nature.
3. Dr. Jonathan Walmer – brilliant mathematician who conceived and
built AIEDA (Artificial Intelligence Induction Engine Development
4. Tom Calvano – the lead troubleshooter and project manager,
and a staggeringly intelligent engineer and adventurer.
He leads a harrowing exploratory expedition to Antarctica.
Needing to create a suitable name for the heroic team that
struggles to save the planet Earth, the author, Dan Makaon, looked to
the stars and contrived the name Star-Slayer Team.
“I started out with the names of several constellations such as
Draco, Orion, Pegasus... and didn’t like them. I then went to Greek
letters like Alpha, Beta, Omega... and didn’t like them either. When
I began researching stars and star clusters, I stumbled upon Alpha
and Beta Delphini, a binary star system, and uncovered an interesting
story from Wikipedia.com."
According to Wikipedia, in Palermo, Italy the astronomical
catalog shows Alpha Delphini is named Sualocin and Beta Delphini is
named Rotanev. The story goes that Niccolo Cacciatore discovered
Delphinus and named the two stars. It took many years for someone to
figure out that it was a joke of sorts because those weird names were
the Latin version of his first and last names spelled backwards.
It is coincidental that Niccolo was a star hunter and his last
name means “hunter”. However, hunter has two meanings. It could mean
“seeker” as in star-seeker or it could mean killer as in star-killer.
In my novel, the team needed to destroy the anomaly or render it
harmless. Hence, I arrived at starslayer which is more poetic in that
it reminds me of the romantic dragon-slayers of folklore.”
Italian: Niccolo Cacciatore
English: Nicolas Hunter
Latin: Nicolaus Venator
Stars: Sualocin Rotanev