PRESS RELEASE: Nationally Known Minnesota Authors at Twin Cities Book Festival

Nationally Known Minnesota Authors at Twin Cities Book Festival

“I guess you can take a writer out of Minnesota,
but you can’t take Minnesota out of the writer.”

Press Release in PDF with attached images here


RAMSEY, MN, October 11, 2013 – Minnesota-based VARIATIONS ON A THEME PUBLISHING celebrates its first successful year in business by attending the Twin Cities Book Festival put on by Rain Taxi ( this Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Variations on a Theme will display and offer for sale its first-year catalog of nine publications, in the areas of science fiction and non-fiction history, all by well-established, previously published authors.

Two of Variations on a Theme’s authors have strong Minnesota roots and connections, which shows in their writings. G. David Nordley and D. H. Rule (Deb Houdek Rule) will be attending the Book Festival and signing their books throughout the day.

G. DAVID NORDLEY – author of After the Vikings, The Black Hole Project, and To Climb a Flat Mountain

G David NordleyG. David Nordley is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota, who majored in Physics at Macalester College.  Nordley is an astronautical engineer whose second career is writing. After the Vikings: Tales of Future MarsHis main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, with stories typically focusing on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. His research also fuels non-fiction articles. He is a four-time winner of the AnLab, the Analog Magazine reader’s award for best story or article of the year, and a Hugo and Nebula award nominee.

Nordley says of the flavor of his home state which threads through his science fiction, “There is a bit of Minnesota, in the sense of not overreacting to things, in many of my characters. Astronauts, scientists, engineers, and explorers tend to be that way, too. I’ve leaned on my Norse and German heritage, though I try to keep things diverse and international as befits a multinational future. But one of my favorite characters is named ‘Sally Duluth.’ I guess you can take a writer out of Minnesota, but you can’t take Minnesota out of the writer.”

D. H. Rule / Deb Houdek Rule – author of Sultana: A Case For Sabotage, Stars That Sing the Requiem, and Season of Marvels: Viking Tales

Deb Houdek RuleWriting non-fiction as D. H. Rule, Minnesota author Deb Houdek Rule, recently released in print and ebook Sultana: A Case For Sabotage, a groundbreaking work of Civil War research about the worst act of domestic terrorism in the U.S. prior to 9-11, when the Union steamer Sultana blew up with over 2000 people aboard, most of them POWs returning from Andersonville, killing over 1800.

Sultana: A Case For SabotageThere is a strong Minnesota connection even in Civil War research focused on states to the south. “The head Union officer hunting for the Confederate saboteurs was Minnesotan, James H. Baker, later our Secretary of State,” Rule said. “Even though a historian has to maintain a sense of balance, I admit I was proud it was a Minnesotan who worked to stop the man who came to be known as the ‘Murderer of the Age’.”

Previously featured in the History Channel documentary, “Civil War Terror,” D. H. Rule spent part of this summer doing shoots with the PBS program “History Detectives,” in Memphis, and in New York City. She will be featured in an upcoming episode discussing her research into this area of Civil War sabotage.

Deb Houdek Rule also recently released in print two small collections of her previously published, award-winning short science fiction stories. In science fiction, Deb is very involved in the legacy of author Robert Heinlein. She is on the Board of Directors of the Heinlein Society, a charitable organization dedicated to Heinlein’s principle of “Pay It Forward.”

A new charitable program, created by Ms. Rule, called HEINLEIN FOR HEROES (H4H) was recently announced to the public. This program will put science fiction books, especially those of author Robert A. Heinlein, into the hands of active duty military personnel, and veterans in veterans’ hospitals and clinics. Only five weeks old, this program is already making great strides forward, with substantial donations pouring in. Variations on a Theme Publishing will be offering support to Heinlein For Heroes by taking donations and handing out information. See more about H4H at:

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