King to speak at Mesa Public Library series

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By Special to the Monitor

Mesa Public Library’s long-running Authors Speak Series presents an evening with local science fiction author T. Jackson King.
The series, a monthly event showcasing notable local and statewide authors speaking about their writing, represents a wide range of genres and has featured poets, mystery writers, historians, science writers and journalists.
The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. The series is funded by the Friends of Mesa Public Library.
King’s talk is the last one of 2010, with a brand new slate beginning Jan. 27, 2011.
King has a new novel out with the recent publication of “Little Brother’s World,” a science fiction adventure novel released by New York publisher Fantastic Books.
King, 62, a former government archeologist and an award-winning journalist, said.
“I’ve long thought that science fiction is the literature of a hopeful future.
This book looks at two young people who defy their genetic status on a future colony world where your genecode determines your education, your job and your destiny.”
During the Authors Speaks Series he will present a reading and take questions at the Mesa Public Library, as part of the library’s Authors Speak Series.
“Little Brother’s World” will appeal to adults and young readers who have enjoyed the sci-fi novels of Robert Heinlein, Andre Norton and Alan Dean Foster,” King said.
The novel follows the adventures of a young man, Little Brother, and a young woman, Sally, on the colony planet of Mother’s World, where the two young people risk their lives in an adventure full of mystery, suspense, danger and the perils of genetic engineering.
King’s first sci-fi novel, “Retread Shop,” was published in 1988 by Warner Books. His second novel, “Ancestor’s World,” came out in 1996 from Ace Books.
In 2009, two more books were published, the sci-fi and fantasy short story collection, “Judgment Day,” and “Other Dreams,” and the poetry collection “Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks.”
King is married to Los Alamos school teacher Cathy Herbison-Wiget. He is the father of two grown sons and a daughter, and moved recently to the White Rock.
Before that he worked as managing editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier in Safford, Ariz. and The Copper Era of Clifton, Ariz.
A crime news story by King won the 2003 First Amendment Award by Arizona’s Society of Professional Journalists. He has published non-fiction articles in Science Fiction Chronicle, Writer’s Digest, Figment, Byline, Small Press, the SFWA Bulletin, and Writer’s Journal.
He also worked 15 years as an archeologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service and Forest Service.
King has a master’s degree in Archeology from the University of California and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Tennessee.
More information on King’s books and stories can be found on his author’s Web site at www.sff.net/people/t-jackson-king.