Interview with sci-fi novelist H. Peter Alesso

Sci-fi debut
novelist H. Peter Alesso is here today to talk about
Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space.

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a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso
has over twenty years of research experience at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of
computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide
range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the
United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear
submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at
M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal
and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of six books.
Welcome, H. Peter. Please tell us
about your current release.
As the last
star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from
Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets’ fleet on the verge of annihilation,
he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening
aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens’ capabilities and intentions,
analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant’s possession could prove
crucial. The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry
Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during
his tour of duty. In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural
(non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and
superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to
the demands of the space service. Only bright and attractive junior officer
Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last
fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of
Henry Gallant.
Gallant prepared to press the firing button to launch an
antimissile into the center of the damaged saucer, but then he paused. He
suddenly realized that he had the opportunity to discover important information
about the aliens, if he could get inside the saucer and relay what he found to
Captain Caine and GridScape.
“Kelsey, we’ve got to dock with that saucer and board it.
Once we’re inside who knows what we’ll discover?”
Kelsey grew alarmed, “No, no, no. Henry; is that even
possible – in the middle of this chaos?”
“It’s an opportunity we can’t afford to pass up.” He
abandoned caution and committed himself to the risky venture. Kelsey stayed
silent and motionless for several long seconds. Then any reservations she had faded.
She calculated the course to dock, matching the saucer’s speed, course, and
orientation so that they would be relatively stationary.
“Kelsey, you’ll have to remain with the fighter and use
the lasers to cover my spacewalk, but if things go badly, I want you to break
off,” said Gallant, strapping on his gun. “I don’t know if the ship’s
crew will offer any resistance.”
“I’ll inform Repulse what you’re attempting.
Maybe they can provide covering fire if needed,” she said.
“Great idea. I’ll send a video feed from my suit comm pin to
our Eagle. You can let Repulse follow my progress and record everything
that happens for intelligence analysis.”
With the aftermath of the violent space battle around him,
Gallant prepared to spacewalk to the saucer. He sealed his mirrored armored
suit and exited the fighter through his overhead hatch. The suit included an
oxygen generator pack that maintained an appropriate atmosphere for him to
breathe as he traveled in space. He traveled along the surface of the fighter using
short bursts of gas to propel him and then released his umbilical line. Using
his propulsion jets he propelled himself forward into the darkness. He looked
for a way to enter the alien ship.
Gallant maneuvered the jetpack deftly. His suit shielded him
from incredible extremes of temperature—up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit on sunlit
surfaces and down to 150 degrees below zero on the shady side of the fighter.
Propelling himself forward, he tumbled and then straightened
up. By using the communicator to connect to the fighter, he relayed information
directly to the ship’s AI. He could also access the ship’s monitoring
capability to see how the battle was progressing. Suddenly, the communicator
notified him that an alien saucer was approaching. He could see laser shots
flash near him. For a moment he couldn’t breathe, and then he let his training
take over and found the strength to go forward.
What exciting story are you working on
a sequel.
When did you first consider yourself a
While I
have written five technology books over the last decade, this is my first
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I wait for
inspiration before writing.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
as much real science description as possible.

Thanks, H. Peter. Happy touring and writing!

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6 thoughts on “Interview with sci-fi novelist H. Peter Alesso

  1. Karen H says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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