Charles Lee Lesher
Out of the Cradle - Science Fact
Stop Global Climate Change Now
Don't look now but there is a disaster looming on the horizon. Electrical energy is the one thing our civilization cannot live without and sooner or later the oil and the coal will be gone. Nuclear isn’t the answer on many levels and the conventional earthbound alternative energy sources are simply not capable of sustaining our present demand. There is only one power source capable of meeting humanities energy needs and all future demands, the SUN, and the best place to harness its power is collecting sunlight in SPACE.
Where will we get our electricity when the oil and coal are gone? Why should I care?
The world consumed 20.1 trillion kilowatt hours of energy in 2010, up over 3% from the year before. Of this, 13.9 trillion kw-hrs comes from hydrocarbons, 2.6 trillion from nuclear, and 3.1 trillion from hydroelectric. Earth-bound renewable s hardly make a dent. The EIA predicts world net electrical consumption will increase to 25.5 trillion kw-hrs by 2020 and 35.2 trillion kw-hrs by 2035. Even if you don’t fully understand the enormity of the numbers, just remember that we are using more energy today than we did yesterday, by a lot. I repeat, where will we get our electricity when the oil and coal are gone?
I wrote this book to draw attention to this disaster looming on the horizon. Electrical energy is the one thing our civilization cannot live without and sooner or later the oil and the coal will be gone. Nuclear isn’t the answer on many levels and the conventional earthbound alternative energy sources are simply not capable of sustaining our present demand.
So what are we to do? I suggest we need to think big now so that we don't crash big later. Building a system of satellites capable of delivering 50 trillion-kilowatt-hours of pollution free solar power from space every year will also produce a robust global economy. It will be like Columbus rediscovering America but instead of just another continent, we will open up other worlds for us to conquer. Open up the High Frontier and we open up our children’s future to endless new horizons.
There is only one power source capable of meeting humanities energy needs and all future demands, the SUN, and the best place to harness its power is collecting sunlight in SPACE. Without it our civilization will collapse but does America have the political will to even attempt such a project? Or have we already started? Find out when you order your copy of Out of the Cradle.
In the year 2092, the Lunarians think they are secure on their airless world. They’re wrong.
Senior Analyst Lazarus Sheffield defects and flees Earth to warn them of the danger. Every step of the way, he is haunted by the words he found in a cryptic transmission; Allah's cleansing fire.
Captain Lindsey Marquest senses something amiss with the man sitting next to her on the outbound Stratoliner. She brings him to the attention of Councilor Abigail Dugan, a powerful voice within the Republic.
The very day Lazarus arrives on Luna, a terrorist bomb explodes in a Lunarian hospital killing hundreds. While they were still cleaning up the mess, the strange crash of a cislunar freighter far out on the Sea of Clouds draws the attention of the North American Federation, the Islamic Brotherhood and the Republic of Luna. They all race to be first on the scene.
The Republic of Luna sends Quan Kiai, a company of young police officers. Lazarus and Lindsey accompany them in support. What happens next sets in motion humanity's first interplanetary war, the Shadow War.
Shadow War combines three books in the Republic of Luna series into one 552-page Print Edition; Evolution’s Child - Earthman, Evolution’s Child - Lunarian, and Evolution’s Child - Thread. It contains many illustrations and bonus material.
A note from the author: Evolution's Child - Shadow War is the second compilation of the Republic of Luna series. The first was Shadow on the Moon (ISBN 9780977723560), a 500 page paperback released in 2010. After adding some new material, this second compilation Shadow War is the result. Bottom line; Shadow War is not a new novel but an improved version of an old one. It is being released to coincide with the next book in the Republic of Luna series. Evolution's Child - Earthborn is currently in the works.
Republic of Luna - Book 1
Lazarus Sheffield is a man without a planet by the time he meets Lindsey in route to the Heaven’s Gate Space Station. Lindsey quickly determines the nervous man sitting next to her is a high ranking government official on the run from one of history’s most repressive governments, the totalitarian theocracy otherwise known as the North American Federation. She decides to help him and introduces Lazarus to some of Luna’s finest citizens. So begins the Shadow War Trilogy.
Republic of Luna - Book 3
The Republic of Luna is teetering at the point of collapse when the Lunarian General Council commits their last hope. They send Quan Kiai and the remaining Lunarian warriors against the Brotherhood. Fight or die. They fight in their great underground cities, they fight cross the surface of the moon, and they fight in orbital space. Earth and Luna become locked in humanities first interplanetary war, the Shadow War.
Charles Lee Lesher
My folks were divorced while I was still in diapers, back when divorce was unheard of. Guess they just couldn't take my incessant howling. No matter. They both loved me and that was all I really cared about at that age. I grew up bouncing between Colorado and Southern California and loving every minute of it. By the time I started high school, I had visited every state west of the Mississippi.
Speaking of high school, mine was in a small town on the Mojave Desert. Counting the occasional tourist, Boron topped out at about 5000 souls, but it wasn't boring. The main part of the town is nestled in the shadow of a high-desert volcano-looking mountain with a rocket engine test facility built into its summit. Edwards Air Force Base is just on the other side of it from Boron. You could always tell who was new in town; they flinched every time a sonic boom rattled the windows. The mountain we simply called the Rocket Site and ignored the loud noises. They tested the Saturn 5 engines at the Rocket Site, the ones that took our boys to the moon. Once in a while they would fire them up at night! What a sight! What a noise! Those babies would shake the world in a way impossible to describe. It's something that must be felt and then you will never forget it.
Long story short, after four years in the army stationed mostly in Baumholder, Germany, I went to college and earned a BS in Engineering Mechanics-Aerospace from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later, a Masters in Materials Science from Arizona State University. For a while I worked at Space Data/Orbital Sciences Corporation designing, building, and launching rockets and high altitude weather balloons. I launched rockets from Mexican, Canadian, and American soil. My sounding rockets even launched from the deck of a French frigate. Later, I was the Quality Assurance Manager for Hybrid Design Associates in Tempe. HDA is a small manufacturing company that specializes in harsh-environment electronic assemblies. Among a host of other customers, we built electronic boards for the oil logging industry, Halliburton, Baker Atlas, Pathfinder, etc.
A couple decades ago I was lucky enough to marry the most wonderful woman in the world. We have three kids and five grand-kids with a sixth on the way. I run a small publishing company, Writers Cramp Publishing, and write under my full name, Charles Lee Lesher. My debut novel, Evolution's Child, was selected as 2007's Best of the Moon Fiction by the Lunar Library. You can still buy it, but now it is part of the Republic of Luna series. Evolution's Child has morphed into two Kindle novels, Evolution's Child - Earthman and Evolution's Child - Lunarian. I know, its weird but what can I say. The creative process is not always as neat as we would like. The third book, Evolution's Child - Thread, makes this a trilogy. I am very proud of the Kindle versions. Love eBooks on my Fire! You can also buy all three novels in one big bathroom reader. Shadow War is 552 pages of science fiction excitement! A fourth book in the Republic of Luna series is in the works. Titled Evolution's Child - Earthborn, it is set almost a century after the Shadow War trilogy. A few things have changed.
Just for the pure joy in writing it, I did a western, Bad Day on the Verde. I started this years ago but shelved it until Ben Miller walked in my door. Ben encouraged me to finish my book and I did. Bad Day is a story of violence and brutality, of sudden frontier justice, but also of courage and enduring love. The story takes place in the Arizona Territory at a time when the only law enforcement outside the capital city of Prescott was a few men wearing a star. When one of them goes bad, all hell breaks loose.
I also wrote a nonfiction titled Out of the Cradle. It deals with the coming energy crisis. Sooner or later, we are going to stop burning hydrocarbons to make our energy. The world is changing and we had better be ready to change with it or be left behind. The one technology that will make or break the human race is how and where do we get our energy. Electricity is a key component holding our technological civilization together. What happens when we finally run out of oil and the coal is gone? Don't sweat it, we have the answer and nuclear is not involved, at least, not in your backyard. Buy my book and see how we are doing the impossible. It's available as a gorgeous Kindle Fire eBook, and in full color print edition. The large format (8.5x11) contains a ton of colorful graphs and images to illustrate the subject matter.