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    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.”

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    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:

    MARCH 13, 2013

    Variations on a Theme Press Release March13,2013 in PDF

    Variations on a Theme publishing announces the release of THE BLACK HOLE PROJECT by G. David Nordley and C. Sanford Lowe in print and ebook.

    The Black Hole Project is a full-length 371 page novel created from the popular Analog Science Fiction and Fact series originally published in 2006 and 2007.

    • “Kremer’s Limit” appeared in the July/August 2006 issue
    • “Imperfect Gods” appeared in the December 2006 issue.
    • “The Small Pond” appeared in the March 2007 issue.
    • “Loki’s Realm” appeared in the July/August 2007 issue.
    • “Vertex” appeared in the September 2007 issue.

    The Black Hole Project is available in print and Kindle ebook format at, and in print at other specialty bookstore retailers.

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    The Black Hole Project

    Schemes may unfold in an instant, and be communicated in minutes. But when such schemes involve the rearrangement of the heavens, some time is required.

    What if you could warp spacetime, experiment with quantum gravity, and convert mass into energy with unprecedented efficiency? You could, if you made a micro-black hole, a black hole which could be used as a power source, or as a weapon. Whoever had the black hole would be invincible.

    To create such power you’d need mass and energy from four star systems, coordinated over light years and decades. You’d need to overcome fear mongers, and the politicians who feed on them, and battle saboteurs every step of the way.

    But if you’re Dr. Hilda Kremer, you’ll fight anyone, even your own father, to make it happen.

    The Black Hole Project is a high-tech, hard science fiction adventure covering light years in the quest to create the ultimate source of power.

    Nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula for his novella, “Into the Miranda Rift” (Analog, July 1993), author G. (Gerald) DAVID NORDLEY is a four-time winner of AnLab, the Analog reader’s award for best story or article of the year. G. David Nordley is an astronautical engineer whose second career is writing. His 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 nonfiction articles. G. David Nordley was most recently Science Author Guest of Honor at MarsCon, March 1-3, 2013 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    To Climb a Flat Mountain by G David NordleyG. David Nordley’s first novel published by Variations on a Theme publishing was TO CLIMB A FLAT MOUNTAIN, released August 2012.

    Upcoming publications by G. David Nordley and Variations on a Theme publishing include AFTER THE VIKINGS, an anthology of Mars-themed short stories, and a (untitled) nonfiction publication of technical and scientific articles.

    More on G. David Nordley’s awards and nominations:

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    Co-author of The Black Hole Project, C. Sanford Lowe, (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico. Lowe currently works in IT at Stanford University. She is a winner of the best short story for the New England Science Fiction Association. When not writing, she collaborates on experimental music with her husband, and tutors students studying English as a second language.

    VARIATIONS ON A THEME PUBLISHING ( is a Minnesota-based publisher of SCIENCE FICTION and NONFICTION titles by professional, established authors. With publishing terms and royalties extremely favorable to our authors, Variations on a Theme has a goal of bringing professional science fiction authors’ backlists back into print, and to present new titles by favorite authors.

    Says author G. David Nordley of working with Variations on a Theme:

    ­Variations on a Theme is a great example of the next step in the evolution of publishing. By combining the ebook with print, it services both the avant-guarde and the traditional fiction-consuming market. Variations and similar companies are to access-to-readers what SpaceX is to access-to-space.  I’m privileged to be a small part of this revolution in entertainment.  —Gerald “G. David” Nordley

    The premier publishing line by Variations on a Theme is science fiction, emphasizing hard science fiction. Coming in 2013 will be more publications by author G. David Nordley (see above). In April 2013, a science fiction novel reprint, Time’s Fool, by Grant Carrington, will be published. A short story collection of previously published stories by Grant Carrington will follow later in 2013, with a new novel by Grant Carrington, tentatively titled The Price of Knowledge, to be released in early 2014.

    In nonfiction, Variations on a Theme has published a master work of film history and criticism, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars: 1927-1943 (Volume 1), by Robert James, Ph.D. Dr. James is the scholar who discovered the lost manuscript of Robert A Heinlein’s first novel, For Us, the Living. He also has written much of the introductory material to the Virginia Edition of Robert A. Heinlein’s complete works. Volume 2 of WHO Won?!? is scheduled for release in mid-summer 2013.

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