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Washington Author's Genre-Bending Novels Add Realistic Twist to Sci-Fi, and Expose 120,000 Volt Perils of an Unsung Hero Lineman

Don Green is rapidly redefining the world of Science Fiction through ‘Micro Giant’ and ‘The Future: Century 23’; two smash-hit novels that transcend their genre’s clichés to take readers on adventures steeped in real scientific fact. Taking this realism to literal new heights, the author’s ‘Living on Lightning’ historical novel is the only recent book-length story on the market written about linemen – a vital and grippingly-authentic account of the dangers and adventures tackled by those who keep the nation’s electricity flowing. Green’s choice of subject matter may be unconventional, but his work has been hailed “delightful” and “enlightening” by critics.


Woodinville, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/02/2015 -- While Science Fiction has long been a staple of the literary world, both readers and critics are crying out for wholly-unique new narratives that don't succumb to recycling of the "same-old" concepts. Thankfully, Washington State's Don Green has stepped up to the plate with gusto, throwing fantasy out of the window to give readers highly-authentic Sci-Fi adventures that are based on fact.

While the narratives in 'Micro Giant' and 'The Future: Century 23' may not be on tomorrow's real-world agenda, each novel leaves readers with a very real feel for the scientific development process, a result of the author's esteemed physics career.


'Micro Giant' - An exciting science fiction story about a heroic, perilous effort by a team of scientists and engineers to save the earth from a micro black hole that has formed in a large beam-collider in the Hanford nuclear reservation, near Richland, Washington (like the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland). It involves a crash effort to build and apply a giant rocket ship to harvest a special kind of asteroid.

'The Future: Century 23' - A realistic Sci-Fi adventure set in the 23rd century after 21st century catastrophes, when oil, natural gas and oil ran out and caused widespread starvation, wars and global warming. Two ordinary men and a housewife find a stash of scientific information, hidden in a chest 200 years earlier by a member of a secret scientific society, describing a device much needed by the world's population. Although the world has recovered from the earlier catastrophes, it will again suffer a similar situation if someone doesn't develop a much needed device to prevent it. The three who found the chest will have to learn enough science and risk their lives if they want to take advantage of their discovery and develop the device. The story includes suspense, gunfights, a romance with a dangerous woman, and advanced scientific gadgets. The author believes the needed device is feasible, even with today's technology.

"Believe it or not, both of these novels are highly educational and are far more realistic than the 'typical' Science-Fiction publication," explains Green, who has won multiple awards for his contributions to modern technology. "I want to prove that it is possible to remain true to the Sci-Fi traditions readers crave, while avoiding far-fetched fantasy that has turned the genre somewhat stagnant."

This unique blend has scored a hit among readers. For example, in reference to 'The Future: Century 23', Simon Johnson, English Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University, comments, "Don Green's book is a delightful read of a dystopian future in which the good guys prevail. The story is told in easy-to-read prose with characters you will enjoy getting to know."

But Sci-Fi isn't Green's only forte; 2009 saw him venture into uncharted territory and win audiences over with 'Living on Lightening'. This meticulously-researched novel takes readers up hundreds of feet into the world of linemen.

'Living on Lightning' - An historic novel about the life of a man, who became a power lineman working on hot power lines up to 120,000 volts during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, and the plight of power linemen in general during that era. This book gives the reader a good feel for what power linemen go through even today to restore our power when the lights go out. The risk they live with welds the men into a close-knit brotherhood. Along with suspense and poignant moments in the story, the linemen have a sense of humor that bursts out and brings laughter to escape thoughts of the risk that must be in their focus to avoid sudden death. In the early days of line work, one man in three was killed on the job.

"I knew the lineman protagonist in the story for many years, and would frequently be both enthralled and amazed by his stories of risk and heroism. The stories of close calls, and the culture of the brotherhood to which he belonged, were so amazing that I wanted to commit them to the history books before they were lost forever," Green adds.

The author's aim to educate was achieved with aplomb; readers frequently comment that they were wholly unaware of exactly what went into the privilege of electricity at the flick of switch. Among them, Doug, who writes, "I have heard about high voltage lineman over the years, but never really understood the dangers they faced, especially during the 1930's when safety equipment was not what it is today. … There are humorous stories about the father and his son and lessons they both learned. Based on real people who lived here in Oregon and Washington. It will inspire you. Great Read!."

R. Olsen adds, "Very enjoyable reading. Personal dilemmas and challenges shape the future for this hard-working family determined to climb out of poverty. Humor sprinkled throughout this story helps balance near-death situations. I love the grit, determination, self-sacrifice, and work ethic needed to succeed in a dangerous career as portrayed in this story. The author demonstrates personal knowledge of equipment and procedures associated with building and repairing electric power lines in its early development and what it takes to survive in a dangerous situation. Well worth reading."

Each book in the author's bibliography is available now. For more information and to order, visit the official website: http://www.booksbydongreen.com.

About Don Green
Don Green holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science in physics with a minor in metallurgy from the University of Idaho. He has authored more than 30 articles in major periodicals, and has won national and international awards for his work. His interests are now focused on creative writing.