Torn MacAlester Firebird Book Award Winner 133 AUTHORS JOIN THE FIREBIRD BOOK AWARD CIRCLE OF WINNERS October 2021 – Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of 2021’s third quarter FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest.  One of the winning entries was from Montana author Torn MacAlester whose book titled Thunder Moon Tussle won in the Science Fiction category. Authors […]

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Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester

My novel Thunder Moon Tussle is available in kindle unlimited, kindle, and paperback on amazon.com.   Nils Carmike, a fallen from grace astronaut turned smuggler, forges a new life on the lunar frontier. Harassed by the strikingly beautiful and demanding Deputy Miller, he is faced with fines and conflict, resulting in a tumultuous relationship and […]

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Yellowstone and Timeline of Events

The key background event of the storyline that includes Thunder Moon Tussle is the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano.  This eruption forms the basis for the calendar where the year of the eruption is designated Y+0. The Yellowstone eruption plays into some of the motivation or emotional state of the characters.  It serves as a […]

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Science and Technology in Morgan’s Road

Being a scientist and engineer, I enjoy adding as realistic elements as possible to my stories.  For example, I wrote this article to discuss the science and technology that I referenced in writing the story Morgan’s Road. Science of Morgan’s Road. There are certainly some spoilers in that article. If you haven’t read Morgan’s Road, […]

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Thunder Moon Tussle and Morgan’s Road

Among other things, Nils Carmike is a story teller.  This is something his friend Milton finds ridiculous. https://twitter.com/authors_ol/status/1433862373446725633?s=20 Take a look at one of Nils’s favorite stories: Morgan’s Road by Torn MacAlester. Then read the story that Nils didn’t tell:  Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester.   Cover for Thunder Moon Tussle and graphic for […]

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Free Short Story by Torn MacAlester

Morgan’s Road by Torn MacAlester Making a living on the Moon is not for everyone, but Nelson Carmike actually preferred the airless basalt plains over Earth’s windy prairies. Unfortunately, three years of Moon prospecting left him penniless, and without funds for supplies he was doomed to face a forced flight home. Out of options, Nelson […]

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From the pages of Thunder Moon Tussle: Lunadyne Corporation

When Orbitdyne began their lunar operations, they changed their name to Lunadyne.  They are the principle owner and operator of Conrad Station.  Orbitdyne was originally founded by Ava and Ernie McDermott.  Morris Mason, the former CEO of Mason Industries, is a third partner in the operation. Conrad Station is central in Thunder Moon Tussle.  Deputy […]

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Morgan’s Road by Torn MacAlester

My short story Morgan’s Road acts as a prequel to the remainder of my current stories including my novel Thunder Moon Tussle.  I wrote the story itself to romanticize the actual science results from LCROSS.  You can see the science behind the story in article The Science of Torn MacAlester’s Morgan’s Road.     The […]

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