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About drmar120

D. R. Martin is a writer and photographer based in Minnesota.

Back to Okkatek Island, and Wow, Is Johnny in Trouble!

I began the final stretch of the Johnny Graphic ghost adventures last summer, but haven’t worked on it since then. Now that my King Harald mystery is with the first beta reader, I have time to get back into it. … Continue reading

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Clifford Simak: Grand Master of Science Fiction

For many years I read science fiction (SF) almost exclusively and even put in a fourteen-year stint as the SF/fantasy book reviewer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Back in my journalism years I had the chance to interview some big … Continue reading

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Johnny Number 3 Under Way

After a hiatus of three years, I’ve started writing the third and final Johnny adventure—tentatively titled Johnny Graphic and the Last Ghost. I’d been thinking about the story for a long time, but one can brainstorm and outline only so … Continue reading

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That Salty Pacific Water

A while ago I was rooting through a dresser drawer and found my dad’s old Silvana watch. The story was that he wore it when he was out in the Pacific as an Army corpsman in WWII. He stormed ashore … Continue reading

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Great Website for Camera Nerds

Johnny Graphic, the 12-year-old hero in my two middle-grade adventures, is a real camera nerd. He loves them and makes good use of them in his job as a news photographer. Johnny begins with a big Zoom press camera. In … Continue reading

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A Great List for Science Fiction Newbies

After I got through with animal stories and tramp steamer adventures as a kid, I moved into sci fi and fantasy, and stayed there for something like thirty years. It’s an incredibly rich, thought-provoking vein of reading pleasure. And if … Continue reading

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A Seaplane for the Average Guy or Gal

  One of the things I loved doing when I was writing the first two Johnny Graphic novels was my research about the age of the flying boat. That was in the 1920s and ’30s, when the big international airline … Continue reading

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