Douglas J. Wood
INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD
INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD
“An absorbing, reality-based tale with shades of Sci-Fi.”
“If you are a fan of space travel novels, particularly moon-based novels, you’ll appreciate Wood’s detailed descriptions of space travel and life on the moon.”
"Commander, you needn't worry. We'll be fine. While the Diébào can learn more and get smarter with every byte it processes, it cannot think like you and me. It can collect, analyze, and interact with data and make decisions in nanoseconds that would take us months to make. But it will never replace us." Or so they thought.
While the United States continues to cut funding to NASA and the space program, China has been developing a base on the far side of the Moon--the side we cannot see from Earth. A recent Chinese rocket launch becomes a call for alarm in the West, where suspicions are high. Could the Chinese be developing a military installation or can they be trusted in their promise that their exploration is for peaceful purposes? The speculation may all be for naught as it quickly becomes clear that China's plans have gone awry when their own AI (Artificial Intelligence) turns against them, threatening the entire world with a weapons system that can be launched at whim.
Now the U.S. and China must work together to put soldiers and scientists on the Moon to neutralize the robots and computers that have taken control. Dragon on the Far Side of the Moon is an exciting thriller and a possible result of how a passive interest in space exploration and development could leave America further behind than it already is. And for fans of science fiction like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Terminator, Wood's story suggests those days may already be upon us.
During the past weeks, space nerds everywhere have been marveling at the videos, photos, and sounds Perseverance has been broadcasting from Mars.March 1, 2021
While the Terminator has not arrived (yet), robotics and artificial intelligence have made quantum leaps toward reality.February 15, 2021
Recent press reports indicate that NASA has announced it is postponing until April 30, 2021 its decision to award a contract to one of three bidders for the development of a human lunar landing system.February 8, 2021
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021: Virtual book talk on DRAGON ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020: Book talk and signing for Doug’s novel, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete
Thursday, October 17, 2019: Panel host discussing hacking and cyber security with two fellow experts, Manhattan
Thursday, April 19th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Wyckoff Free Public Library, Wyckoff
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Allendale Republican Club, Allendale
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Fair Lawn Senior Center, Fair Lawn
Monday, November 20th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Hunterdon County Republican Women’s Federation, Flemington
Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Panelist on book publishing at By the Book Conference, Clinton
Saturday, November 4th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at 55 Kip Center, Rutherford
Thursday, May 18th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at the New York Young Republicans Club, NYC
“Douglas J. Wood is the author of the award-winning Samantha Harrison political trilogy. In 2018, he published his memoir, Asshole Attorney: Memories, Musings, and Missteps in A 40-Year Career (winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award for Best Humor and Wit). In the following year, he added Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete, a thriller about cyberwar and financial terrorism and winner of the 2020 Independent Press Award for Best Political Thriller. Doug’s newest novel, Dragon on the Far Side of the Moon, a thriller that pits China and the United States in conquest of the Moon, was published this past summer to rave reviews. His other non-fiction titles include the best-selling text Please Be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its seventh edition, and 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection, a book of fatherly advice to his children.
A partner in the law firm of Reed Smith LLP, he has over 40 years of experience practicing entertainment and media law, often imparting knowledge gained from his career in his books. He lives in North Carolina, has been happily married for over 45 years, is the proud parent to three grown children, and grandfather to three adorable grandchildren. He is currently working on his next novel, Blood on the Bayou, a criminal thriller set in the sultry streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Look for that in 2021.”