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Kibi and the Search for Happiness
2010
Rini and the Old Slave
2010
Buna's New World
2011
First Taste of Freedom
2011
Neti's Temptation
2012
What're Friends For?
2012
Sata's Strength
2012
Boro and Sata
2012
Buna's Search
2013
The Magic Needle
2014
Still Voices
2016
Floating Away
2016
The Lonely Space Dragon
2016


NEBADOR on GoodReads

LibraryThing

The Ghost Host

NOAA Space Weather Scales (PDF)

The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland

MENSA International

FlamingNet

As the home team, Nature Bats Last.

Outward Bound International

National Outdoor Leadership School

Post Carbon Institute's Resilience.org

Kurt Cobb's Resource Insights

Kids vs. Global Warming

Transition Network

National Youth Rights Association

Hesperian Health Guides

CarolynBaker.net presents Speaking Truth to Power

Inspirations

the nine Muses
the nine Muses
Roman sarcophagus, 2nd century AD

The Muses, old and youngDomainSymbols
Archeorigin/foundation 
Mnemememory 
Aoedesong 
Meletepractice/occasion 
Thelxinoëcharm 
Calliopeepic poetrywriting tablet
Cliohistoryscrolls and books
Euterpeflutes and lyric poetryaulos (flute-like instrument)
Thaliacomedy and pastoral poetrycomic mask
Melpomenetragedytragic mask
Terpsichoredancelyre while dancing
Eratolove poetrycithara (lyre family) and crown of roses
Polyhymniasacred poetryveil or pensive expression
Uraniaastronomycelestial globe and compasses

Those Muses with whom the author has an especially close relationship are colored cyan.

The Muses Clio, Euterpe, and Thalia
The Muses Clio, Euterpe, and Thalia
by Eustache Le Sueur


Stories

Any story in which the reader comes to love the characters, and dreads the day he or she arrives at the last page, is a great story. Unfortunately, the author cannot remember all the titles he has enjoyed during his life, so the following are only examples:

Canopus in Argos: Archives, Doris Lessing
The Stone and the Flute, Hans Bemmann
The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass [a.k.a. Northern Lights], The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), Philip Pullman


Memorial

Peter James, the American psychic investigator, was an inspiration to the author over a period of many years, as he fearlessly shared his perceptions of "ghosts" and other spiritual beings, without limiting himself to the cultural myths and dogmas that govern most people. Although the author did not have the honor of knowing him personally, his courage and ideas, and even the voices of one or two of his non-material friends on the Queen Mary, have crept into the NEBADOR series.

He passed away on 31 July 2007, exactly 60 years, to the day, after his beloved Queen Mary was "reborn" into her greatest period of trans-Atlantic service. Please do not confuse him with the English crime novelist, several other authors, and many other people with the same name.


Background Knowledge

Readers who are moved to dig deeper into the scientific, psychological, philosophical, or religious themes of the NEBADOR stories may find something of interest among these books:

Symbolic Logic, Irving M. Copi
On The Loose, Terry and Renny Russell
Free-Range Kids, Leonore Skenazy
Intelligence Applied, Robert J. Sternberg
Instrument/Commercial Manual, Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc.
Secrets of UFO Technology, Kenneth W. Behrendt
The Urantia Book
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
The Long Descent, John Michael Greer
Type Talk, Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen
The Elements of Reasoning, David A. Conway and Ronald Munson
Heaven Can You Hear Me?, Peter James and Gian Temperilli


People

Some wonderful people throughout the author's life provided unique and irreplaceable lessons and inspirations:

Juniper Russell
Esther Smith
Vicky Ball
Dottie Frisbie
Linda Dezzutti
Martha Higgins
Jennifer Carolyn Gates
Susanne Koller
Rachael Bleich
Charleen Cox
Paula Wells
Meredith Herzog
Sarah Satterthwaite
Patricia Sharp
Ashley Riddle
Peter James
Antonya Pickard


RMS Queen Mary

The author's Queen Mary collection (mostly books) can be found on the Author page.

For a number of reasons, not all of them rational, the Royal Mail Ship Queen Mary has had a profound effect on the author. His parents crossed the Atlantic on her exactly one year before he was born, and he grew up close enough to her final resting place in Long Beach, California, to visit after she opened to the public when he was 16 years old.

RMS Queen Mary
RMS Queen Mary
artist unknown
from the first-class Farewell Dinner menu, 5 April 1954

She is the second-largest passenger liner ever built. The largest, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, was destroyed by fire in 1972 (after retirement). The SS France was slightly longer but much lighter, and has now been scrapped. More recent ships are cruise ships, not passenger liners, and are not designed for all-year, all-weather transport.

Decorative Map of the North Atlantic
Decorative Map of the North Atlantic
MacDonald Gill
oil on canvas, 23' x 15'
first-class Dining Room, R deck (originally C deck)

The Queen Mary, at 13 feet of movement per gallon of oil burned in her huge steam engines, was the ultimate gas guzzler, but she was moving 80,000 tons. She is a monument to what can be done when energy is cheap and abundant (which may never be the case again). The author sees many reasons to believe we will never again build a passenger ship so large and grand.

Hunting Scene
Hunting Scene
Charles Cameron Baillie
marquetry panel, 57.75" x 34.5"
third-class Smoking Room, A deck

Her ghost stories piqued the author's interest in spiritual matters early in his life, and were part of his motivation to study such things much more deeply later.

Garden Scene
Garden Scene
artist unknown
marquetry panel
third-class Garden Lounge, Main deck

The Queen Mary is also a museum of the art works and fine craftmanship that adorned her walls, ceilings, and floors. Some of those works were lost during her troop transport days in World War II, or during her conversion to a hotel, museum, and convention center after her ocean-going days ended in 1967. Most of the art works remain, and can be seen when touring the ship, or having Sunday brunch in the first-class Dining Room. A few, mostly those from the second-class and third-class areas, are locked away.

Unicorns in Battle
Unicorns in Battle
Gilbert Bayes and Alfred Oakley
carved gesso panel tinted silver and gold, 12.5' x 22'
first-class Main Lounge (now Queen's Salon), Promenade deck

Unicorns in Battle (detail)
Unicorns in Battle (detail)
Gilbert Bayes and Alfred Oakley
carved gesso panel tinted silver and gold, 12.5' x 22'
first-class Main Lounge (now Queen's Salon), Promenade deck

Four Seasons
Four Seasons: Spring (lost), Summer (39"), Autumn (44"), Winter (lost)
Norman J. Forrest
limewood
aft transverse passageway, Promenade deck

The Four Seasons (detail)
The Four Seasons (detail)
Anna K. Zinkeisen
oil on canvas (lost)
first-class Ballroom, Promenade deck

The Four Seasons (detail)
The Four Seasons (detail)
Anna K. Zinkeisen
oil on canvas (lost)
first-class Ballroom, Promenade deck

The Royal Jubilee Week
The Royal Jubilee Week
Alfred R. Thomson
oil on canvas, 19.5' x 4'
Observation Lounge, Promenade deck

The Royal Jubilee Week (detail)
The Royal Jubilee Week (detail)
Alfred R. Thomson
oil on canvas, 19.5' x 4'
Observation Lounge, Promenade deck

Deer Group
Deer Group
John Skeaping
gilt and silvered mohogany (lost)
Starboard Gallery, Promenade deck

Flower Study
Flower Study
Cedric Morris
oil on canvas (lost)
Starboard Gallery, Promenade deck

"The Queen Mary, launched today, will know its greatest fame and popularity when she never sails another mile and never carries another paying passenger." -- British psychic Mabel Fortescue-Harrison, 26 September 1934

The Queen Mary's New Home
The Queen Mary's new home in Long Beach, California



Sunday Brunch on the Queen Mary



detail from a Fantus Paper Products greeting card
artist unknown, imprinted "A-75" and "WBA3226TV2(7)"



The RMS Queen Mary at Halloween 2011
photographer unknown, wish we could credit



The Princess Diana exhibit at the Queen Mary
from 2012



The Queen Mary played a substantial role in World War II,
so it is only fair that she gets fireworks every year!



painting of some of the ghosts of the Queen Mary
artistic team: J.J. Wickham, Julie Guaderrama, Kenny Felix, Aaron Okayama


The Queen Mary ghosts in the painting above, new Dark Harbor names and possible historical parallels:
-- Top left: Graceful Gale = The Lady in White
-- Top middle: The Ringmaster = (no known historical parallel)
-- Top right: The Captain = Senior Second Officer William Eric Stark
-- Bottom left: Half-Hatch Henry = John Pedder
-- Bottom middle: Samuel the Savage = a violent 1937 or 1948 passenger who was locked in room B340 and may have killed his 5-year-old daughter, OR a pursur murdered in room B340, OR cook Leonard "Lobster" Horsborough (buried at sea 1967), OR Italian P.O.W. Carlo Giovetti (possibly a.k.a. Faustino Filippini)
-- Bottom right: Scary Mary = Jackie Turin/Korin


painting of a ghost of the Queen Mary
Scary Mary = Jackie Turin/Korin
same artistic team as above


NEBADOR
Book by Book

the narrow streets of a medieval walled city
Book One:
The Test
Spring 2010

English

Português

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Letter to Readers

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Audiobook Chapter 1 (6MB)

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Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

a lonely beach along a wild seashore
Book Two:
Journey
Summer 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 13 (8MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

the colorful aurora above majestic mountains
Book Three:
Selection
Fall 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 5 (13MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

stranded on a frigid ice continent
Book Four:
Flight Training
Spring 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

fascinating planets with strange life forms
Book Five:
Back to the Stars
Fall 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

a shining jewel floating in the blackness of space
Book Six:
Star Station
Summer 2012

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

unseen guests at an event of universe importance
Book Seven:
The Local Universe
Summer 2013

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

stillness and silence where movement and sound should be
Book Eight:
Witness
Summer 2014

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

Heather's meeting circle at a top-secret military facility
Book Nine:
A Cry for Help
Summer 2015

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

a strange eco-system deep underground
Book Ten:
Stories from Sonmatia
Summer 2016

English

Letter to Readers

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Where to Get It

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