Welcome to the world on Mars where Humans and Senti live alongside each other in mutual cooperation. The story follows Hotab, a young Senti boy whose skills far surpass those of much older Humans. Due to the loyalty of his friends they work together with the aim to improve the lives of the Senti and Humans on Mars, Mars Orbital, the Earth and the various colonies set up. Although set in the future, this novel is full of innovative ideas, tackling the issues facing us as a species in the present but from the point of view of a species looking in.
The author was born in 1937, Bromley, when it was Kent not another London suburb. Evacuated to Canada at 2, then he came back to England at 4 ½. Ships were torpedoed in both directions but neither sank.
John attended Infant School, St. Olaves, New Eltham and then Cannock House, Eltham. The Headmaster learned his mother was a leading Spiritualist medium so nearly every time he walked past him he would come out with the Gilbert and Sullivan song ‘My name is John Wellington Wells, I'm a dealer in magic and spells.'
He was transferred from Cannock House to Dartford Technical School on the headmaster's recommendation. So John started at Tech, 2 years later than anyone else. Not easy as turning from Classical Latin, etc. to Physics, Chemistry, Tech-drawing, Woodwork, Metal-work, etc, 2 years late was hard work.
The author went into engineering design on leaving school as a draughts-man. Designing power stations, oil rigs, ethylene plants, breweries, distilleries, sewage plants, etc.
The only book he produced at that stage was a design manual for York International at Basildon (Industrial Refrigeration Division) John believes it is still used. Draughting then was turning from pencil and paper to computer so he had trouble finding work. This English teacher at Dartford Tech rubbished all his essays, so when the author was between jobs about 50 years after leaving school, he thought ‘I'll show him' and started writing his first book.
United Nations Frontier Service 5: Hotab, Interstellar Diplomat
United Nations Frontier Service 1: The Story of Mars Colony
United Nations Frontier Service 2: The First Generation Ship
United Nations Frontier Service 3: The Fleet goes out
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