The Author

Nathan Lowel

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Nathan Lowell has been a writer for more than forty years, and first entered the literary world by podcasting his novels.

His sci-fi series, The Golden Age of the Solar Clippergrew from his long time fascination with space opera and his own experiences shipboard in the United States Coast Guard. Unlike most works which focus on a larger-than-life hero (prophesized savior, charismatic captain, or exiled prince), Nathan centers on the people behind the scenes–ordinary men and women trying to make a living in the depths of space. In his novels, there are no bug-eyed monsters, or galactic space battles, instead he paints a richly vivid and realistic world where the “hero” uses hard work and his own innate talents to improve his station and the lives of those of his community.

Dr. Nathan Lowell holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education and Instructional Design. He also holds an M.A. in Educational Technology and a BS in Business Administration. He grew up on the south coast of Maine and is strongly rooted in the maritime heritage of the sea-farer. He served in the USCG from 1970 to 1975, seeing duty aboard a cutter on hurricane patrol in the North Atlantic and at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska. He currently lives in the plains east of the Rocky Mountains with his wife and two daughters.

From Nathan:
My “golden age of science fiction” started when I was ten in 1962. I rapidly exhausted all the sci-fi titles at my school library. To feed my reading obsession, an aunt who was a voracious reader, dropped off a paper grocery bag full of Ace Doubles every month. For those unfamiliar, a double is two novellas in one book printed back to back. You read one to the middle, then flip it over and read the other. My inspiration comes from all the greats: Asimov, Bujold, Cherryh … through Lackey, Modesitt, Moon … all the way through Weber, Willis, and Zelazny. I always had a desire to write fiction and when I started listening to books on podcasts, I knew I found a media to tell the stories bottled up in me.”

His bio for press like  me 🙂

Nathan Lowell was born in Portland, Maine, in 1952. He grew up in an agricultural community in rural Maine and spent time working on fishing boats along the coast. His first literary success came with the publication of a poem while still in elementary school. That early success was followed by forty years of attempt, rejection, failure, and ultimately giving up on the dream of writing science fiction.

In 2007, with the rise of podcast fiction, he started writing again. He completed his first successful novel – Quarter Share – in January, 2007, and podcast it through Podiobooks.com over February and March, 2007. Since then he has written eight novels, several short stories, and a novella. His podcast novels have been finalists in the Parsec Award five times, and he’s won Parsec Awards for Speculative Fiction (long form) twice — 2010 and 2011.

He holds a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from SUNY/Buffalo (92), an MA in Educational Technology (98), and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education, Interactive Media, and Instructional Design (04). He lives Colorado with wife, two daughters, and a trio of feline companions.

His Awards and Nominations

  • 2011 Parsec Award Winner for Best Speculative Fiction Long Form (Owner’s Share)
  • 2011 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Short Form (Astonishing Amulet of Amenartas)
  • 2010 Parsec Award Winner for Best Speculative Fiction Long Form (Captain’s Share)
  • 2009 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Specultative Fiction Long Form (Double Share)
  • 2009 Podiobooks Founder’s Choice Award (Captain’s Share)
  • 2008 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Long Form (Full Share)
  • 2008 Podiobooks Founder’s Choice Award (Double Share)
  • 2008 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Long Form (South Coast)

I am a fan of the Solar Clipper Series on Podiobooks.com/Itunes 

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