All three of my Eddie Atomic Space Adventure novels are available as ebooks on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DC-Larson/e/B017PX28MC The newest, Stratosphere Boogieman, will soon also be available as a hard copy. I just sent it (including inside b/w illustrations) to the printer, today.
The first two, Shake, Rattle & Rocket! and Ghost Saucers In the Sky! are already available as hard copies. Just $10.00, each. DC Larson/Retro Riff Books 322 E. Louise St. Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Thanks to Gary McCluskey for the fantastic (copyrighted) cover and illustrations for my third Eddie Atomic two-fisted outer-space adventure novel! (Here are a few, plus an excerpt.) "Stratosphere Boogieman" is scheduled for mid-2015 release!
LEAGUE OF PLANETS EARTH HEADQUARTERS, CAPE EISENHOWER
The X-9 crew swept into McGuffin's outer office. Eddie strode in the lead.
Glick looked up. "Captain Atomic! Good to see you! I'll tell the commander you're here!"
He touched his intercom. "Sir? Captain Atomic and his crew have arrived!"
"Fine, Glick! Send them in!"
The League employee stood. "Must be important, for Commander McGuffin to call you in!"
"Important enough to keep just between us!" Eddie said, simply.
The chastened Glick watched the visitors pass.
Spunky brought up the rear. "Cap didn't mean anything!" he assured Glick. "He just likes to keep his cards close to his vest!"
"Of course! I understand!" Glick smiled obsequiously.
"There's been a radical new wrinkle in the League arsenal," the commander began. "But before I disclose it, tell me of this latest incident!"
"Well, sir," Eddie began. "As you know, we were patrolling this side of the galaxy to its boundary. We came across nothing out of the ordinary!"
He flashed an even-toothed grin. "I'll let Kioko take it from there!"
The girl robot related to McGuffin the runaway transport rocket she had first sighted, and her research of its history.
Eddie then told of the deadly space creature he had fought.
"Cap had to paste it one, square in the pearlies!" Spunky laughed.
"Nicely done, Captain Atomic!" McGuffin took up an electronic-paper dispatch. "And now, it is I who has heartening news to relate!"
His presentation was interrupted. Glick entered, papers in hand.
"Forgive the intrusion, Commander! These documents that are to go out today require your signature!"
"Of course, of course!" McGuffin set them to one side. "I'll attend to them straightaway!"
Glick left. But he remained just outside the slightly ajar door.
"Now then, back to the reason I sent for you, Eddie! With the addition just now of astro-chemical power resources hidden on two League planetary installations, Tresdemer and Ilgn Athol, our offense/defense capability has been increased multi-fold!"
Eddie let out a low whistle. "Say, that is big news!"
"I'm glad that stuff's on our side!" Spunky laughed.
Kioko struck a thoughtful note. "Commander, with anything that productive of amplified intensity, the levels would have to be correctly aligned beyond even hairs'-breadth miscalculation! Are you confident of balance?"
"That very concern is at this moment being addressed," McGuffin replied. "In fact, your query directs me to the second reason for this meeting! Come, we shall pay a visit to the lab!"
(Glick hurried from his eavesdropping point.)
The X-9 crew followed McGuffin from his office. And found Glick bearing an armload of folders.
Back on the saucer-rocket X-9, the three adventurers sped toward Earth.
"Wonder what Commander McGuffin meant by 'matter most urgent?!'" pilot Spunky asked, his eyes on the looming home world.
Eddie was entering an account of the Zero Star incident in his just-begun Saucer Log II. "Right now, I'd say that's anyone's guess!"
He had come far since his days as a researcher at League of Planet's predecessor Earth Agency. Fed up with constricting routine, he'd struck out on his own. An independent braving outer space, he made his own rules.
As Kioko put it, "Eddie has an amazing intellect!"
"And dynamite in his fists!" Spunky would add.
But the captain had learned the value of uniting with allies, when cooperation toward a shared goal promised advantage.
He watched as Kioko's slender fingers flew across her on-board tele-putor's command console. "Spunky, ease up on accelerators 5 and 7! Earth's League of Planets headquarters is right below us!"
The flyer flicked appropriate toggles. The X-9 began descent. "Can't even see the landing port, from this altitude!" Spunky grinned. "But who'm I to face off with navigational data?!"
"Don't ever question mecha-logistics!" cautioned Kioko. Her purple bodysuit clung. It provided sharp contrast to the male rocket-mens' bulkier silver uniforms. "They're resolutely calibrated to within one trillionth of bio-exactitude!"
Spunky threw up a hand. "Question 'em?! I can't even unnerstan' 'em!"
Eddie laughed. "Understand this: Once we've checked in with the commander, and looked over the new building, we've got to be ready to head back into space! Don't get any notions about time off!"
"None at all?!"
Eddie rose from his master-swivel. "None at all! McGuffin may have a line on trouble! And that's our cue to go into action!"
"Commander McGuffin certainly depends upon us!" Kioko's voice was breathy.
"Yeah!" Spunky cracked. "When playing by the rules isn't good enough!"
Captain Atomic shelved the Saucer Log II. "I've learned a lot from McGuffin over the years! He's on the square, for my money!"
Spunky threw over the governing-mandate lever. The X-9 settled into final ground capture.
Kioko snatched up her compact. "I have just moments to prepare for greeting!"
"Man, oh man!" Spunky affected gruffness, as he locked the aerodynamic craft into End Mode. "We're about to land, and all she's thinking about is pretty war paint!"
Eddie chuckled, and formalized the disembarking process. The ship's inner exit whirred to one side.
"Come on, let's find the Commander!" He strode toward the door. "And, Spunk," the burly captain dropped his voice, conspiratorially. "I'd take it easy on our girl here, if I were you! She's gotten us out of a couple of jams, as I recall!"
"Aw, Cap! I'm only kiddin' her along!" The flyer winked at Kioko. "She knows that, don'tcha?!"
She brushed him to one side. "Don't let it bother you, little man!"
Spunky grinned as she and Eddie moved ahead. "'Little man!'" He pulled up short -- "Huh? HEY!" -- and scrambled to catch up.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROCKET! COMMANDER AUGUSTUS MCGUFFIN OFFICE EXCERPT
Commander McGuffin took the Galactic Academy Class of 2019 graduation photo from his office wall. His classmates had scattered. Bigsby had become a laboratory master-analyst. Matthews, an grand-archivist. Collingsworth, a researcher. Stevenson had taken to drink and gone into the show business.
One fellow was absent. Khabarrah Khoom. McGuffin sighed. Odd duck. The mysterious, exotic Khoom had been his roomate. Driven nearly to madness by his quest for scientific knowledge and immortality. So many tortured nights of chemical experimentation. So many fruitless bids for breakthroughs.
And then, the explosion in the abandoned laboratory Khoom had refurbished. The terrible fire. Young Khabarrah Khoom had been horribly disfigured. His dreams dashed, the tortured wretch had vanished. Never to be heard from, again.
Until now. McGuffin looked to the letter he held. "Great danger looms on Earth's horizon, but do not be foolish. Other planets have found reason and discretion to be salvational. Anger and violence will beget only Earth's destruction. I will soon explain further. Khabarrah."
The desk intercom buzzed. "Commander McGuffin," said the secretary. "Earth Agency Global Control is on line one."
The space veteran returned to his desk. He pressed the line activator. "McGuffin here."
"Commander, we need a status report on all EA West deliveries and arrivals for the week."
McGuffin pawed through a sheaf of printouts. "Of course, of course...it's all here." He read off the needed statistics.
After documenting the data, the Global Control representative dropped the formal tone. "There's another matter. We've received reports of an independent craft's having left your hemisphere. What's going on there at West? You know all flights are to be pre-approved and duly regulated."
The Commander sighed and fell back in his chair. "Of course I know that! I've been at the helm here since --" Too long. "But you don't know Captain Eddie Atomic!"
"'Atomic,' you say? He's behind this independent space travel?"
"He is, indeed." McGuffin studied the cosmic chip. "Atomic has a top-flight scientific mind. A marvel, really. But unfortunately, he also has an appetite for adventure, an instinctual craving for independence."
A gasp. "But, such impulses are uncouth throwbacks. We live in reasonably-ordered, modern times, that populations might be productively channeled."
"I know," McGuffin agreed. "But somehow, Eddie got past the uniform instruction and regimentation. He's a square peg with no time for round holes."
The operator protested. "But there's a risk he could jeopardize Earth Agency's deliveries and financial transactions!"
"Not a chance. Eddie Atomic has no interest in such things," McGuffin assured. "He's a wild one, I'll grant you. But otherwise harmless. He wants excitement. But no more."
Fingering Khoom's letter, the Commander began, "I just received an alarming warning that other planets..."
The operator cut him off. "Earth Agency is not interested in other planets' affairs. Eddie Atomic's independence is unacceptable. And your own tolerant attitude toward it is most troubling. Your position with Earth Agency depends upon your effective and immediate resolution of the Atomic matter. He must return to Earth immediately."
"But he is no longer an operative, I tell you! Now, about this message -"
"Earth Agency has in its top echelon experts most able to deal with external issues. Confine your attentions to Earth Agency West business."
McGuffin watched the intercom "In Use" light fade.
Uncouth. Unacceptable. Troubling. Confine.
He hurled his digital pencil across the office. It stuck in the wall.
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FORMER staff writer for Rockabilly and Pin Up America magazines.
FREELANCE credits include Counterpunch, Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Dissident Voice, Independent Political Report, Green Pages, USA Today, Des Moines Register, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Waterloo Courier, Cedar Falls Times, Marshalltown Times Republican, Marshalltimes, No Depression, Goldmine, Blue Suede News, Rock & Rap Confidential, Crackerjack, Blues News, Rebel Frequencies, Wrecking Pit, Punk Globe, Rock and Roll Purgatory, Prairie Sun, Music & Sound Output, BAM. Also fanzines Shake, Rattle, and Roll, Rebel Rouser, and Off the Wall.
AUTHOR "Shake, Rattle & Rocket!" "Ghost Saucers in the Sky!" "Stratosphere Boogieman!" CONTRIBUTED essay on brother, blues/r'n'r guitarist Rick Larson, to anthology.
WORKED as 2004 Iowa coordinator for Ralph Nader independent presidential campaign; co-founded Iowa Green Party, also serving as its statewide media coordinator; co-founded Black Hawk County, IA GP, serving twice as chair; press coordinator, 2002 Jay Robinson (Green) IA gubernatorial effort; worked for NARAL; also active on rights issues, anti-Patriot Act.