I am an independent scholar and writer living in central Iowa. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, also from Iowa State University. I earned my Master’s degree in History from Iowa State, and my law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.
After practicing law for a number of years, I pursued doctoral studies at Iowa State. In 2001-2002 I was a junior Fulbright scholar in Romania, studying castles and medieval architecture.
My interests include history, obviously, politics, and speculative fiction of all sorts. I am also interested in wargaming of all sorts, whether board or miniature, as well as tabletop role playing games.
Genetically modified lemurs? What could possibly go wrong?
In the first part of the 81st Century, university professors still need to publish or perish.
Rutherford Payne-Dougald, Professor of Xeno-pology at the Stratford Hyperspace and Intraluminal Theoretical, Technical and Industrial State University, thought he had found the ideal solution when he received a grant from the school’s athletic department to create model basketball players by genetically enhancing and ensapientizing lemurs.
Unfortunately, the plan went awry, leaving the professor out of a job and the lemurs, broke and unable to pay tuition, out of college and reduced to operating a seedy burlesque show in another star system of the Pan-Galactic Empire.
Now, several years later, Payne-Dougald has gone completely off the deep end and well and truly become a mad scientist, vowing revenge upon the lemurs and upon the society that rejected him. The only thing standing between him and utter mayhem is the inexperienced and ill-equipped crew of the Pan-Galactic patrol cruiser Ivens.
Can our heroes (such as they are) defend the innocent and enforce the law in the face of a corrupt, venal, and decaying society and bring the wicked to some sort of justice?