Rick's actions have caused a change in history as we know it. He and Russia have their final confrontation. Then there is the moon and the outer reaches to explore. An alternate history short story.

Coming of age stories don’t have to be all teenage angst. They can be fun-filled adventures that become more serious with age. With humor, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year, he goes through high school and beyond. He finds wealth as an inventor and fame in Hollywood as he searches for a girlfriend. Wealth and fame prove far easier than girls.

The Fifteenth Book has Rick exploring the moon and outer space.

He and Russia have their final confrontation. Then there is the moon and the outer reaches to explore.

This tongue in cheek saga is all true, give or take a lie or two.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 15: The Lunar Kingdom

Chapter 1 (partial)

On Monday, January 6th, 1964, I received notification that our moon station had successfully achieved lunar orbit. Our original launch calculations had been almost exact. It had only taken a few minor burns to put it in a polar orbit around the moon.

I had a congratulatory message sent to the crew on board. Both Empress Ping and Queen Elizabeth sent theirs. President Kennedy also sent one, but it was much shorter as we had once more upstaged NASA.

Television pictures of the moon's surface were sent back continuously. The landing was shown in classrooms all over the world. It was, at the time, the most viewed broadcast in history.

Besieged with interview requests, I finally decided that I had to give in. It wasn't going to be a Rick Jackson victory, though. It was going to be a team victory.

To emphasize that, I flew back to our launch site in China and gave my interview from there. Unlike the first interviews with the international press, they had representatives on-site. We were generating enough news that they now stationed people there.

The reporters were all young people who were in line for better positions. For some reason, the edge of the Mongolian desert was considered a hardship duty station.

The questions all rotated around, "When are you going to land on the moon?"

"The moon landers are in transit right now. Upon arrival, a thorough inspection will occur. If both of them are in good condition, then we will make a landing.""Why two?"

"Safety, we don't want to send people down and have a vehicle fail. Can you imagine what the deathwatch would be like?"

From the looks on some of the reporter's faces, they imagined it and saw themselves as the center of a painful long-drawn-out process. The ratings would be sky-high!

At times I hate reporters.

While awaiting the arrival of the lunar lander module, Jerri Cobb and the crew were surveying the moon's surface for a landing spot.

Our criteria were different from NASA's, or I should say stricter. They wanted a flat, stable surface with no small craters filled deep with dust.

We looked for that, but we added that it also had to be a place to start tunneling down for a permanent base.

We hadn't scheduled the base to start on this mission. But we were trying to find an initial starting point. If we didn't find it the first time, we would keep trying until we had one. We were landing on the moon to stay, not to say we had done it and go home.

My sister Mary had asked if she could send some clothes to the moon and ship them back. She wanted to sell T-Shirts that said, "The Space Ladies went to the moon, and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt."

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 15: The Lunar Kingdom

Cast in Time Book 5 available March 1st!


Earl of Marches

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron. James Fletcher, now the Count of Cornwall, is facing new adversaries in the Franks.

They try to assassinate him and his family, precipitating a full-out war. In the meantime, advancements were made in steam engines, cannons, ships, and electricity. Continue you on with this wild ride through the eighth century.

Earl E. (Ed) Nelson

I have always wanted to be an author. I had my first rejection slip in about 1965. Wish I had saved it. For many years the only writing I did was technical as pesky things like three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren came along.

My technical writing was in the field of quality in several different journals. I worked in the field of quality for over fifty years, starting as a line inspector and ending up as a Vice-President of Quality and elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.

Then a wonderful thing happened. I lost my job and was out of work for almost eight months. To keep from going crazy I wrote. I posted my stories on an online site, and lo and behold people read them and said nice things. Fast forward about eight years and I am retired and writing for the fun of it.

A lot of what is in my stories is based on my life experiences, gasp! Give or take a lie or two that is. The one fortunate thing in my career is that I got to travel worldwide and have been to most of the locations I write about.

In my younger days, I tried hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting, spelunking, and target shooting. I have collected stamps, drove in road rallies, lowly rated by the US Chess federation. I built a Kentucky long rifle and a dueling pistol. I am a licensed HAM radio operator. My hobby is having hobbies.

My true passion is reading. Trapped in a hotel room I would read the telephone book. The TV would not be turned on. I have averaged 200 books a year for the last sixty years. I knew those long flights were good for something.

BTW I was born in the middle of an air raid in England during World War II, the house next door was destroyed and our windows were blown out. That is probably the most interesting thing I have been involved with. Mum never forgave me. Happily married for 56 years I hope my wife doesn’t catch on to what a goof I am.

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What readers are saying about this book

read em all… I know, the stuff he did can’t be done by one young dude, …can it? Nevertheless, the story’s are fun and somewhat thought provoking. Why can’t things be the way he thinks? I have read all 15 books of the series and am looking forward to several more in the series in the future.

5 star book review

Mark

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Prepare to be wowed by Science and Technology. Unlike other books, the attentions shifts from Rick Jackson, the person to the results of his work and the exploration of space. Bring your navigation, science and SciFi textbooks.

5 star book review

Anonymous

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Outstanding He gets into space and find his true love. I now own the complete series . Looking forward to the next in the series and to the release of new audible books

5 star book review

Will

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Epic as always Just finished book 15 and I wish there were 100 more! These are such fun reads and I love all the pop culture references and big names just randomly thrown in but in hilarious and believable ways.

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

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very enjoyable Well I have seemed to have read all the saga of Richard Jackson! And what a fabulous life he had! Apart from a few little white lies, this series has everything, action,laughter more than a few lies,or just the truth being stretched! A throughly great read! Now, what am I going to read next? Very highly recommended

5 star book review

Eddie centurion

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Books

Other Books by Ed Nelson

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Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

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The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - In the Movies

The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Star to Deckhand

The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Surfing Dude

The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Third Time is a Charm

The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Oxford University

The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Cold War

The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Taking Care of Business

The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Interesting Times

The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Escape from Siberia

The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Regicide

The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - What’s Under? Down Under.

The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Lunar Kingdom

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - First Steps

The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

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Ever and Always

Immortality and the Apocalypse

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson

  • I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.

  • I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.

  • Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.

  • I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.

  • Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.

  • Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.

  • My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.

  • I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.