Hi everyone, I should have posted this thread a while back but as the saying goes better late than never. I love science fiction and I think this is the best forum available. Books and movies are parts of my life and even though I can read or watch pretty much anything, science fiction is my favorite. My first introduction to science fiction was when I was very young and the Swedish Television started to air SPACE: 1999 – Moon Base Alpha. Shortly thereafter I found a Starlog Magazine and the rest is history. The last science fiction book I read in 2014 was Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing (The Swarm) it’s a great story and even though it’s definitely not a traditional science fiction it’s outstanding. I might post a review about this master piece in the near future. I was born in Sweden and that’s where I reside to this day. I live in a small village in south Sweden and I received my education at an American Business University. When I don’t have my head “stuck” in a book or in front of my television; reading and watching as much science fiction as I can, I work as a lumberjack with nature conservation. I recently published an original science fiction novel titled NASTRAGULL: Pirates, the first book in a projected series that combines the non-stop high-tech adventure of Star Wars with the awe-inspiring, complex cultural backdrop of Dune--with quite a bit of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure. This action-packed novel includes elements of military SF, traditional space opera, dystopian SF, and the sociological explorations of writers such as Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. At heart, though, it's a love story--the tale of two literally star-crossed lovers, and their Herculean efforts to move Heaven and Earth (sometimes literally) to find each other again and again as circumstances rip them apart. This is a story that I've kept coming back to since I was very young. Back then, a friend and I decided to create a cartoon. He was a great artist and could draw anything—and I was a bit crazy with my creative imagination. We decided I would come up with the story and he would handle the drawings. Boy, what a team we were! We produced a couple of pages, and then we got bored and went outside to play. Through the years, I made notes on the topic...many notes. Several times I attempted to write a book based on those notes, but didn't have the patience to complete it; after a few pages, I simply stopped. Years went by, and from time to time, whenever I faced difficulties in my life, I made more notes. Eventually I wrote the outline for the saga and turned it into several screenplays: Dawn Sets In Hell, Twenty-First, Nastragull, etc. The turning point in my life, the one that made me an author, was when my younger sister Sofia was diagnosed with Lupus SLE—and died shortly thereafter at the young age of 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sofia's death came as an incredible shock. It hit my family and me very hard, and made me revaluate my life. During my grief I started to write, and I wrote and wrote, and I held back nothing. Finally I had found my author's voice, and the result is the saga called NASTRAGULL. Thank you for your time and I hope I will make new friends here at COOLSCIFI!