Douglas J. Wood
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“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.
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 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection, a book of fatherly advice to his children and the best-selling text Please Be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its seventh edition and described by Bob Liodice, CEO of the Association of National Advertisers, as the legal bible for the industry. 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 2022.
Senior Counsel at the law firm of Reed Smith LLP, he has over 45 years of experience practicing entertainment and media law, often imparting knowledge gained from his career in his books. Listed among the leading global specialists in advertising law in Chambers, the Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers, he is known and respected worldwide and is a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. He received his BA from the University of Rhode Island, his Juris Doctor from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a Masters of Law in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of New Hampshire. Doug has been adjunct professor of advertising law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the University College Cork in Ireland.
Doug lives in North Carolina with Carol Ann, his wife of 48 years. They are blessed with three grown children and four adorable grandchildren.