Tell us why you write the genre you write. What do you love about it? what do you find challenging?

Science fiction creates wonderful adventures in unexpected places with unusual characters and strange circumstance. I’ve enjoyed Scifi all my life including stories such as Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series. It inspired a story that I wanted to share and Midshipman Henry Gallant was the result.

One of my favorite Scifi authors is Robert Heinlein. He was able to span the emotional range from rage to laughter in developing his characters. Anger and humor are intrinsic to the human spirit and each displays a vital aspect of each character in a story. The problem is that both are the difficulty to include in a complex story because they may require significant personality development that may distract from the central arc of the story. A strong writer should be able to engage both of these essential human characteristic within the context of his main story line.

It’s always challenging to find the most satisfying words to describe characters and scenes. Often this entails a great deal of rewriting before words create the correct emotion or image. When it is done successfully the results is rewarding.

H. Peter Alesso


As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets’ fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens’ capabilities and intentions, analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant’s possession could prove crucial.

The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during his tour of duty. In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service. Only bright and attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.


A massive solar flare roared across the pockmarked face of the sun producing static interference on every display console operating in the tiny spacecraft as it approached the United Planets’ battle cruiser Repulse in orbit around Jupiter.
“No need to worry young man, we’re almost there,” said the aged pilot.
“I’m not concerned about the storm,” said newly commissioned Midshipman Henry Gallant. Eagerly, he shifted in his seat to get a better glimpse of the massive ship that was to become his new home for the next two years.
The pilot maneuvered expertly to minimize the worst effects of the x-ray and gamma radiation until the craft made its tortured way from the sunlit brilliance into the cold black shadow of Repulse. The tiny ship quivered gently as its tractors reached out to the behemoth warship, slowly drawing alongside.
When it attached to the Repulse’s docking hatch, Gallant transferred to the warship and made his way to the bridge. He found the Officer of the Watch standing next to the empty captain’s chair surrounded by its nest of displays and virtual readouts. The officer rested his hand briefly on the panel concealing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tactical analyzer.
“Midshipman Henry Gallant reporting aboard, sir,” he said, standing as tall as his seventeen-year-old gangly figure would allow. He tugged at his uniform blouse to straighten the buttons into proper alignment.
“Welcome aboard, Mr. Gallant. I’m Lieutenant Mather.” Mather was of average height, barrel-chested with sharp-angular facial features. Stoic, he showed little interest in the new arrival. “Please give me your comm pin.”
Gallant handed over his pin and Mather made several quick selections on a touch screen console. He swiped the pin passed the chip reader which loaded the ID and personnel information into Repulse’s computer.
Gallant took the opportunity to look around the spacious semicircular compartment with its numerous apparatus and instruments. The captain’s seat was centrally located and he noticed that many of the other chairs were also unoccupied. Apparently some watch stations were only manned during conditions of higher alert.
He observed the watch standers carrying out their ritual duties. The communication panel was manned by a midshipman who looked occupied with an incoming message. The radar station was also manned, but by a technician who was diligently studying his display. Gallant couldn’t tell what he was tracking, but there were several blips on the scope. The weapons and astrogator positions were vacant; several science analysis stations were operating automatically.



As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of six books. (Website http://www.hpeteralesso.com)

Contact: H. Peter Alesso

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Midshipman-Henry-Gallant-Space-ebook/dp/B00ANXVPS0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1368200816&sr=1-1

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eciKOBFBSM


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 12:59:01

    Thank you for hosting


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    Aug 09, 2013 @ 13:02:55

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  3. karenh43
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 13:45:15

    Well, it’s Friday. Had fun following you around this week and looking forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com


  4. Rita Wray
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 15:08:59

    Sounds like a very exciting book.



  5. Andra
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 17:24:53

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. H. Peter Alesso
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 18:29:26

    Thank you for hosting.


  7. Trix
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 19:51:00

    It’s been a fun tour thus far!


  8. Catherine
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 22:56:21

    I believe I recall a ship named the Repulse in Star Trek. Dr. Pulaski served on it before coming to the Enterprise. Was this name an homage to Star Trek?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com


  9. evamillien
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 04:44:58

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com


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