Thorby Rudbek has spent most of his life ensuring ionizing radiation safety for governments, health providers and energy companies in the West and the Middle East. He began by making radar and microwave circuitry for fighter jets. His relocations make him feel less focused on his nationality, and more like he is a Citizen of the Planet.
The "Galactic Citadel" series, begun in "Ascent", is about seemingly ordinary folks who find themselves tasked with extraordinary challenges. They might seem to harken from an earlier time, when heroes were really heroes, and the only wars worth fighting were ones which would protect the defenceless.
"Passage" is the second in the "Galactic Citadel" series about the mysterious girl from Arshonnan stock, the boy from Boston, and the Narlavs. Thorby's stories are fast-moving, feel-good SF adventures - with a bit of romance - that centre around real heroes with old-fashioned values and morals. The series continues with "Impact", the third episode in this series and "Cavalry" following later.
Thorby is enjoying the cool of the evenings, when he can continue the tale in peace and quiet... It's amazing how Leroy, Judy, Ed and Eric, Isaac and Ruth, Brad and Tracy get involved in the action, and how their lives seem to converge...
A brief interview with Thorby:
"Why write? There are so many others already, writing away busily... All I can say is that I write because the stories are waiting to be told! Limited so far only to the Planet (Earth), I have lived in many different places, and each place has been a source of inspiration. Driving through stunningly beautiful rolling hills one day, I found a story, freshly born, in my head. As soon as I stopped for the night, I bought a spiral-bound notebook and a few pens. That's when Richard Fletcher and Karen Amer began their journey - I was many miles away from them, but I knew they were enjoying (at times!) the view of the coastal area of Maine. Why Maine? It just had to be - I don't really know why. There was something compelling about the two of them: both were a bit lost, and both knew they needed to carry on, despite the hurdles that presented themselves, regularly, and with ever-increasing size and frequency!
"I've lived in some very distant places, but wherever I've gone I found wonderful people. Many is the time when those people have cheered my spirit. In return, I've started the "Galactic Citadel" series. I have a feeling that Richard and Karen will continue having adventures, and that their 'sphere of influence' will continue to widen. I can't recall how often I have read and loved a story, but have felt a little cheated by some aspect of it. I hope you never feel that way after reading an instalment of the "Galactic Citadel". Instead, I determined to avoid those things that annoyed me, and give something that will excite, fascinate, and make you smile. I have always loved telling stories, and am enjoying this saga so much that I hope many others will love it too! My goal is to provide some escapism from the dull routine that sometimes seems to take over our lives - to entertain, to amuse, and to give the reader a bit of a boost."