Sunday, October 14, 2012

I enjoy science and write about how it may affect people’s lives.  On the other hand, I am a religious man as well.  I feel however that science will help us to eventually understand religion better and if science appears to contradict religion, we have either misinterpreted the scriptures (and there is a lot of that), or our science hasn’t advanced enough.
            For instance, I have heard some express the idea that our Heavenly Father can’t hear or answer everybody’s prayers.  I don’t know about the answering part, but as far as hearing everyone’s prayers, consider this.  Time and speed are relative.  Scientists have demonstrated and proven that multiple times.  The more speed you have the slower time moves.  Once you reach the speed of light then time stops. 
            What isn’t commonly discussed is what happens if you go faster than the speed of light.  To my understanding most physicists believe it is possible to go faster than the speed of light.  If our Heavenly Father can go faster than the speed of light, then time is irrelevant.  If time means nothing then he can hear everyone’s prayer at one time.  He will also be able to see the past, present and future at the same time. 
            Think about that and make a comment. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Commodore Farmer Review

Book review: 'Commodore Farmer' an intergalactic adventure

By Rosemarie Howard
For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 7 2012 4:00 p.m. MST
"COMMODORE FARMER," by Gene McMurty, AKW Books, $6.50, 431 pages (f)

“Commodore Farmer,” Utah author Gene McMurtry’s first science fiction ebook, is an intergalactic adventure of intrigue, deception, suspense and the victory of good over evil.

The story begins with the interplanetary wedding of Prince Westmoreland "Wesley" James Andrew Ayr am-Spotsylvania and Princess Alicia Tsinndorf — heroes and heirs to the thrones of two neighboring planets.
The wedding provides a vehicle for the author to introduce many of the main characters, which include the wedding couple; Archbishop Stilton "Stilt" Farnsworth Canterbury am-Oceanside, a treacherous villain; and an assortment of other important members of the royal families.

For years, the archbishop has schemed for ways to rule the planets of Spotsylvania and Tsinndorf. His plan involves an extensive spy ring, bribery, lying, deaths by poisoning, and the kidnapping of Karl, the heir apparent — son of Wesley and Alicia.

Karl is the namesake of Commodore Karl J. Wahlenmaier, a terraformer — one who creates earthlike environments on un-earthlike planets. The book’s title comes from his nickname, Commodore Farmer. Walenmaier keeps a low profile, but has impressive resources and connections; he is not who he appears to be.

Will Stilt achieve his goal of interplanetary power? Will Karl be reunited with his parents? Just who is Commodore Karl J. Wahlenmaier? As the tale twists and turns to its end, these and other questions are answered in some unexpected ways.

“Commodore Farmer” is definitely G-rated. References to God, prayer, fasting and church attendance are made in subtle, positive ways. The heroes live by high moral values. A few typos — along with spelling and punctuation errors sprinkled throughout the book — are annoying, but don’t get in the way of the story.

McMurtry, who lives in Kaysville, has a self-proclaimed, decades-long passion for science fiction and is a science buff with degrees in biology and human nutrition. According to the author’s website, the science used in the book is real.

Doppelgangers - The second story in the Night Clinic Anthology, Dopplegangers is about a scientific principle I read about in Science News. They described taking light beams and splitting them in half. Then whatever you do to one half happens to the other half. That is the principle behind secure bank transfers. Well the only real way that a transporter in Star Treck can work is to change matter into energy, generally light. This is the principle behind this short story, but as with any new scientific principle there can be and often are unintended consequences. Read the story and see.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's new? Night Clinic

  I posted an anthology of short stories on Amazon so people can get to know my work a bit better.  I had a lot of fun writing them.  I usually have fun writing unless I have writers block. 
  The first story on Night clinic came about when my teenage son asked me a question one day.  What would happen if vampires needed dentures.  That brought me to a dental clinic for vampires.  There were several things that can go wrong with a vampires teeth.
  And no one has ever explained how they suck their victim's blood.  I had to assume the canine teeth would have to be hollow because they aren't lapping up the blood from off the victim's neck like the real vampire bat does. 
  Anyway the first short story in the Night Clinic anthology answers multiple questions that I am afraid the typical vampirophile has never really asked themselves. 
 I invite any reader to post a comment on what other questions you may have had about vampires, but really had no one to talk to about it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Author Gene N. McMurtry is pleased to announce the publication of his first Science Fiction novel eBook "Commodore Farmer" by AKW Books.

Mr. McMurtry was born on an auspicious day for writers. According to the book, The Secret Language of Birthdays by Goldschnider and Elffers, those born on his birthday are "enthusiastic storytellers."

His early life was pastoral. He spent his first years on a ranch in eastern Colorado and has strong ties to the earth. His family has been involved in farming for centuries, but he had his head in the clouds. As a young child he identified Sputnik moving across the sky.

He has a passion for Science Fiction, reading the genre for decades, watching Science Fiction movies, and now writing Science Fiction.

Gene is a science buff; often pondering how new scientific information will affect people and the future. As he enjoys meeting interesting people everywhere he goes, it was natural for him to write stories about science and people. He is a parent of seven and is a second cousin of author Larry McMurtry.

Mr. McMurtry has degrees in Biology and Human Nutrition. He works as a clinical Dietitian at a research hospital. His other passions are family and food.


In a distant galaxy, an unexpected marriage, royal intrigue and hostile forces shadow the exclusive path to new worlds brimming with immense resources.

Fueling the conflict are two planets fighting over a child who is an heir to both thrones. One man holds the key to his survival and the future of the galaxy. One monarchy wants the Commodore's help; the other wants him dead.

Who is this man and where is he?

The Federation is urgently seeking him. Will all the intelligence, integrity, technology and attention to detail he possesses enable him to do the impossible? He must evade his enemies, protect the child and save the Federation from totalitarian rule. All the while struggling to successfully fulfill his assignment of terra-forming a planet in record time.

Join Commodore Farmer and his forces in a complex and dangerous mission. Enjoy the tale with a twisting plot, powerful, scheming enemies and an unfathomable reward if he can succeed.

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