About the Authors
The Starman Team
Most books are written by
a single person. The Starman Series, however, is quite different: it
was written by three people, each of whom used his individual
talents to contribute a different part of the book. The result of
this collaboration is seamless—you probably would never have known
that three people were behind these books if we hadn't told you.
Together, the three make up the team behind the pseudonym Michael D.
Those people are:
This person was
responsible for writing the plots of the Starman Series. In
order to have a story you have to have a plot, and Jon was the
person who stared at a blank piece of paper until a plot
appeared on it. By the time he was done, he'd created a 10,000
to 20,000 word document that specified exactly what should
happen in each chapter of the next Starman story. His plot was
often changed and improved by the other team members, who took
it and by hard work and magic turned it into a great story.
Jon Cooper, born in 1980, is a computer programmer living
near Knoxville, Tennessee. Jon’s family traveled extensively
for business when he was young, and he ended up visiting
nineteen foreign countries by the time he was 20. Former
residences include a several month stay in a
thousand-year-old former monastery on an island in the
Saone River in Lyon, France.
Series is a science-fiction series, and as such it depends
pretty heavily on science. Mike Dodd was the official science
advisor for the series, and helped to keep us at least somewhat
realistic. He also came up with many of the core concepts of the
series (like the Xenobots, the mantaship, the orbit of the tenth
planet, and the pocket worlds).
Mike Dodd, born in 1957, is a social worker, part-time NASA
consultant, and amateur zeppelin builder.
He has a love for science fiction, especially the classic
science fiction of the 1950s, and likes to tinker around and
make interesting gadgets.
Having a plotter
and a science advisor is good, but if you want a book you have
got to have a writer—preferably a really good writer, who can
take an idea and develop it into something cool. David Baumann
is the writer of the Starman Series, and he's quite a good one
too - it's amazing what he can do with the plots and ideas the
other two members come up with. One of his great strengths is
a fine talent for description, and vivid imagery can be found
throughout the series.
David Baumann was Rector of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament
for 34 years until his retirement in 2012. He now lives in southern
Illinois and is part-time priest at two small town congregations.