Roger Bourke White Jr.
- Published author: one technical book, three science books, seven SF books, magazine
- MIT graduate
- Four times honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the
- Now has three novels with completed screen plays -- a science fiction, fantasy and
What's available now?
Roger has ten novels published, and three feature-length "spec"
movie scripts developed from those:
What to look for when you are reading these: Roger's stories have a
distinct tone. Roger is careful that his worlds are internally consisent, and
that his characters don't act like fools in their worlds. This means his characters
develop differently, they tend to be cooperative rather than confrontive. Watch
for these traits, they make for interesting results!
- Rostov Rising -- (82K words, here are five novel
pages, here is a movie
treatment) Fantasy novel about the magic using ruler of a valley in the
Balkan peninsula in the 1880's. Baron Rostov mixes clever magic, science and
psychology to solve problems such as invading Turks, a deadly lich bent on
restoring an ancient evil city, and rescuing maidens from a dragon so old and powerful,
she's part of a "long ago, when the earth was young"-story.
- The Honeycomb Comet -- (82K words, here are five
novel pages, here
is a movie treatment) Science fiction novel about mankind traveling to
the stars, and the changes that will bring to how humans live. The key discovery
to making star travel possible is an alien lifeform. This alien (called the
HX) is huge -- moon size -- and mankind is a mosquito to it. He must deal
with an ecosystem of aliens, and he must also deal with his own phobias about
risk-taking. In the end he turns the HX into mankind's "horse of the
- Evolution and Thought -- (26K words, here are
five novel pages) A nonfiction book about how mankind's evolution has
created mankind's Human Condition (how mankind thinks). An exploration of
how evolution has produced many of mankind's distinctive thinking traits --
such as recognizing beauty-- and how his thinking can expect to evolve in
Roger also has 14 other science fiction and fantasy short stories, 13 quirky
romance short stories, and 8 science articles ready to go.
Roger has also converted all of these into movie scripts, as well.
Other Fun Facts about Roger
- helped engineer the Space Shuttle
- climbed 14,000 foot peaks in the Colorado Rockies, and bicycled from Boston
- nephew of Margaret Bourke-White, photographer for Life magazine
- has a commercial pilot's licence with an IFR rating
- one of the first one hundred people to play Dungeons and Dragons
Roger is a careful observer of the human condition, technology and history,
and this is what he writes about.
He paid his dues, but he paid them in interesting ways.
- He never drove big rigs, but he drove the creation of the PC-LAN industry
by working for Novell as it created that industry.
- He was never a waiter, but he served people as a computer store owner.
- He never "did time", but he did talk personally to J. Edgar Hoover.
Roger's passion is internally consistent story telling. For example, he hates
it when a man is all alone in the big city... and that city has not burned to
the ground for lack of a fire department. He hates it when the insane diseased
humans chasing him in said big city are alive, even though they haven't eaten
for three years. Roger won't tolerate these kinds of mistakes in his stories.
The result of his passion is very different stories, but still very exciting
because, most of all, Roger loves telling a good story.
Here is a select list of Roger's publications.
Here is more information on Roger's formal education,
professional experience, and certifications.
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