John Rosenman – Quietly Awesome for Decades

I wanted to take a day out today and direct you all to a friend and colleague of mine, Dr. John B. Rosenman.  John and I met at a writing group long ago in Virginia Beach.   We were two of the members of the group who wrote horror – most of the others were (at the time) fantasy and Sci-fi oriented, and the whole shooting match was led by the talented and (often) wise Mr. Richard Rowand, who eventually edited STARSHORE Magazine and published my first important story.

Anyway…through those years, and all of those between (decades) John has been writing stories and novels and finding them homes.  He may be the single most dedicated writer I’ve ever met.  He’s always working on a story, reworking an idea, searching for flaws where too many other writers would hit send and move on…and he has produced some remarkable stories.  He has appeared in literally hundreds of magazines and anthologies, and has a number of novels to his credit, and I’m hoping this little nudge will encourage you to check some of them out.

I will point you specifically at two Sci-Fi novels that we have published at Crossroad Press.  Both of these were previously published, but we were fortunate enough to pick them up.  John writes novels on a sweeping scale.  There are messages and socially significant sub-themes in his alien cultures, and deep emotional insights in his romance.  While they qualify, probably, as space opera, they go beyond that.  Here are the two we’ve published to date.  Read them and let me know if I’m not right!

A SENSELESS ACT OF BEAUTY

Aaron Okonkwo, a Nigerian scientist, travels with a crew in the 24th century to evaluate Viridis, which proves to be a beautiful and fabulous world. There, Aaron discovers a strange, alien species and amazing machines and technology left in a vast underground complex by a mysterious race called the Creators.

Aaron soon falls under the irresistible, seductive spell of Nightsong, a green alien female with ominous and bewitching powers. However, an even greater danger rises. He will be forced to fight for the planet’s survival against a ruthless invasion of many ships to conquer and enslave the planet – just as Africa itself was once enslaved. Aaron knows it’s A Senseless Act of Beauty to try to reclaim his ancient warrior heritage and fight back against such overwhelming odds, but he knows he must try.  – $2.99

ALIEN DREAMS

Killer angels are roaming outer space looking for their messiah. If Captain Latimore can’t make them believe he’s the one, everyone on his crew – and many more besides – will die.

Captain Eric Latimore leads a four-person crew to Lagos to investigate a previous team’s mysterious disappearance. Once there, he discovers that an ominous alien presence is invading their dreams. Each member of his crew has the same dream – huge, seductively beautiful “angels” speak to them telepathically.

The creatures strand his crew on the planet and only Latimore can free them – if he survives.  $2.99.

-DNW

5 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing a bit about John and his work today. He’s just finished up a two-week virtual book tour, where he’s promoting his latest release, Dax Rigby, War Correspondent.

    I wanted to let you and your readers know that he is participating in a Facebook party later today, where he is giving away copies of some of his books. Details can be found at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/11/20/pump-up-your-books-1st-annual-holiday-extravaganza-facebook-chat-party/ Hope to see you there.

    Wishing you and your readers a wonderful holiday season,

    Cheryl

  2. I was lucky enough to review both these books for Crossroad and enjoyed them thoroughly.

    Alien Dreams really shoves man’s intolerance and cruelty in your face in the form of the selfish Angels’s – yet the transformation as Eric and his ‘Brother’ turn them to a kinder and more enlightened way really drives the story onwards. You’re left, after a good read by the way, appreciating how easy it is for Man to become truly despicable, and how little thought and mercy is required to change your view on the world.

    A Senseless Act of Beauty is similar in carrying a forthright message: this time reflecting the struggle of natives against oppressors and the value of hope and determination. The strange, very alien Viridians and their human ally Aaron must battle for freedom against the selfish and rapacious desires of the human empire and their narrow-minded sense of superiority.

    Space Opera they may be on the surface: but there’s some very clever thinking and important messages about us all hidden behind the plotting and the exciting action.

  3. Thanks, DJP — Your comments mean a lot, especially since you understand what I was trying to do. As for Dave, thanks again for hosting me, and I hope to see you again on the tennis court.

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