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Taylor, Travis S

Entry updated 12 June 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1968-    ) US aerospace engineer, optician, broadcaster and author whose Hard SF Warp Speed sequence beginning with Warp Speed (2004) updates elements of the Edisonade as its multi-talented protagonist, named in part after Robert A Heinlein, creates a Hyperspace drive which opens the galaxy to an expanding human race; it also serves as a Weapon. The Tau Ceti Agenda sequence beginning with One Day on Mars (2007) is Military SF, with the government of Earth given the weight of approval of the telling as separatist settlers on Mars, using deadly Mecha, commit atrocities. As the series continues, the war escalates across the solar system. Von Neumann's War (2006) with John Ringo incorporates an Alien Invasion into a similar tapestry.

Some of Taylor's nonfiction titles, like An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion (2006) with R Charles Anding, Bob Boan and T Conley Powell, take literally the Space Opera scenarios typical of his fiction, and test them in hypothetically "real-life" contexts. [JC]

Travis Shane Taylor

born Decatur, Alabama: 24 July 1968



Warp Speed

Into the Looking Glass

Tau Ceti Agenda

Space Excursions

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