Astrophysicists: There May Be Black Holes Orbiting Our Sun

Scientists have long speculated that a “planet 9,” in orbit very far from the Sun, could explain why other bodies in our solar system have strange, hard-to-explain orbits.

Now, a pair of astrophysicists are suggesting a strange twist on that idea: that a black hole — or even a number of them — could be orbiting our Sun right now, way beyond Neptune.

This week, a pair of researchers from Durham University and the University of Illinois at Chicago published a paper outlining their theory on the pre-print server arXiv. In it, they suggest that the Sun’s orbit might have captured a free-floating “primordial black hole” — and it, or they, are still out there, circling the solar system.

In ASTEROIDS Bridge to Nowhere an asteroid storm destroys everything that has man built, forcing humankind to move below the surface to survive.

But how is it feasible or believable that an asteroid storm could occur? In writing the book, I had the help of Dr. Joe Nuth of the Goddard Space Flight Center. I sent him the draft of my concept for the cause of an asteroid storm. He told me my idea was completely wrong but was quick to suggest a legitimate cause. The result is what is written in ASTEROIDS.

So, when you read ASTEROIDS Bridge to Nowhere, I hope you find comfort in the knowledge that the asteroid storm destroying life as we know it has a scientific basis. Hint; see news story above.

News story credit: Futurism.com

 


 

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Quarter Finalist – BookLife Prize

ASTEROIDS-Bridge to Nowhere has been selected as a quarter finalist for the BookLife Prize in the Science Fiction category.

Wow. I’m really pleased and humbled that ASTEROIDS got this far.

Hopefully ASTEROIDS will make it to the next round and be named a semi-finalist.

Maybe you should read this book!

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Articles

In addition to writing novels, I am working on a series of topical articles.

These articles will be editorial commentaries on current issues related to business, entrepreneurship, and the economy.

I started working from a young age. Starting as a dishwasher and bus boy at the Sizzler Steak House in Springfield, Oregon at the age of 15; I became the manager at the age of 18.

I worked in restaurants for many years as a waiter, cook and store manager as I worked my way through college. While managing the Sizzler in Coos Bay, Oregon I keep my own books for the business logging revenues and cost on a paper spreadsheet. This experience became the foundation of my business experience.

Years later I went on to found ADS Technologies, a company that created peripherals and add-in cards for Window’s PC’s. ADS sold products to retail stores worldwide and grew to be a thirty-million-dollar enterprise.

Through my various business enterprises, I have visited thirty-five countries. My travels have allowed me to build relationships and friendships with businesspeople in many countries. Through this experience I have acquired a unique perspective to many issues the world faces today. I hope to use these relationships to get their opinions on business, trade, and economic topics.

I have studied business and economics for decades and hope to share my insights in upcoming articles.

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ASTEROIDS-Bridge to Nowhere

An asteroid storm of apocalyptic proportions is headed for Earth.

A mysterious group within the government called the Arcadian’s led by Colonel Cruikshank knows the storm is coming. This corrupt shadow government has taken extreme measures to keep the storm secret while building underground cities to protect the few and the fortunate. Cruikshank’s goal is that after the storm passes his survivors will emerge from the protected cities as a more perfect humanity. He is determined to create his Utopian society, no matter what it takes.

Rick Munday is a husband, father, and struggling Astrophysicist who needs his research grant approved. When Cruikshank learns that Rick’s grant proposal predicts the asteroid storm, Cruikshank drugs and kidnaps Rick, securing him in the underground city of New Arcadia.

On his quest to escape the Arcadian’s and reach his family, Rick, and friends he meets on his journey use high-tech hacking skills to warn the world of the coming disaster, expose the underground cities, and save thousands more souls. Captain Kobalt, Cruikshank’s enforcer chases Rick and his friends across America in an epic adventure leading to a climactic conflict between Rick and Kobalt.

Asteroids–Bridge to Nowhere is a fast-paced near-future dystopian adventure. Watch out! Tribulation will get you out there….

My Debut Novel

ASTEROIDS is my first novel. It has been quite a challenging task. It took me five years to get through the writing and editing process.

I originally launched the book with the sub-title “Escape from the Arcadians” and while the book received several glowing reviews, sales lagged. Several advertisements which featured just the cover art and a short description failed to generate interest, so it appears that people are judging the book by its cover.

I tested the new cover and subtitle with an advertisement on Goodreads and the response was much better. So, I am relaunching as ASTEROIDS-Bridge to Nowhere.

Hopefully the relaunch of ASTEROIDS will prove more successful.

I chock up new cover art and title as part of my novelist, self-publisher education.

Below is the original cover art published in April 2019.

ASTEROIDS is Receiving Great Reviews

Publishers Weekly – Booklife Prize Review

Booklife Prize 9.5 out of 10

Asteroids: Bridge to Nowhere” is a well-plotted, fast-paced book. McCoy’s narrative style flows well between the various characters’ stories and holds the reader’s attention with dramatic tension and enough twists to keep one eagerly turning the pages.

McCoy’s combination of everyday language and scientific jargon is extremely well-balanced. There isn’t a boring passage in the book. McCoy has a gift for creating images using minimal words.

Although asteroids hitting Earth is not a new story idea, McCoy manages to bring a fresh approach to his apocalyptic plot. From the futuristic weapons to the artificial atmosphere of New Arcadia to the vampire-like antagonist who gains immortality from the blood of children, to two characters’ use of Klingon as code, this story is full of unique ideas.

The characters are realistic and believable in their actions and reactions. The hero, Rick, is a very likable and unlikely hero, an arc which McCoy carefully develops.…

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ASTEROIDS – Book Relaunch

I am relaunching ASTEROIDS with the subtitle “Bridge to Nowhere” and the new cover art shown above.

ASTEROIDS was originally published in April 2019 with the subtitle, “Escape from the Arcadians.” The book garnered good reviews and I invested in several advertising and promotional activities, but sales did not gain any traction.

For example, ads on Goodreads had over 45,000 views but attracted only 5 clicks after four months.  Luckily, I paid only for the clicks.  Many times, the advertisements feature the cover artwork and a few words. It’s unfortunate, but the old cliché; people judge a book by its cover, seems to be true.

I felt the cover and subtitle should be more mysterious.  The old cover featured a guy on a motorcycle getting chased and subtitle, Escape from the Arcadians, told you all you needed to know.  A guy gets chased and he escapes. No need to know more. No mystery or intrigue.

I tested the new artwork on Goodreads and received 5 clicks in a few days, so it seems this new cover art will get more attention.

Am I doing this just because I want more sale? Yes, of course! I spent five years working on this book. I can’t just give up. I know I shouldn’t expect too much from my first effort, but I want to give the book the best chance it has at success.

I also believe this is all part of my learning process. I am learning how to write novels and hopefully, how to market them.

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