Category Archives: Uncategorized

THE BEST LITTLE ROCKET BATTALION IN TEXAS

Rockets were an unsuccessful part of Civil War weaponry. Fledgling rocket technology lagged behind established ordnance (such as the staple 12-pounder Napoleon, a brass smooth-bore cannon). Some of the men put in charge of rocketry projects brought dubious credentials and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Dream of Spaceflight

“The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but mankind can’t stay in the cradle forever.” — K. E. Tsiolkovsky In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers designed a hot air balloon. Unmanned test flights were relatively successful. On the 19th of September, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Day Lincoln (Almost) Died

One of the pivotal scenes in my Civil War novel, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort, was based on real events. In 1862, a purported rocket expert named Joshua Burrows Hyde gained an audience with President Lincoln and Secretary Seward. As … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

GENERAL BEAUREGARD’S ROCKET BATTERIES

At the start of the Civil War, General Pierre Beauregard resigned from the United States Army to join the Confederacy. He commanded the defenses of Charleston during the assault on Fort Sumter, and commanded the Southern army in the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Major Lion’s Rockets

For the most part, rocketry failed to impact the Civil War in any meaningful way. Much of that failure can be traced to funding and supply issues. Other failures can be tied directly to lack of expertise. But one high-profile … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

My Obsession with Rockets

My father, Harold Kaufman, is in the NASA Hall of Fame for his work on ion rocket engines. Ion propulsion uses vaporized, ionized mercury fired through charged grids. The actual mass of ionized particles is small, so the engine can’t … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book Trailer for “Dread Tribunal of Last Resort”

My Civil War novel, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort, will be released on January 20, 2021. The idea for the novel came two decades ago. The challenges of researching historical fiction kept the project on the back burner for years. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book Trailer for “Sins in Blue”

Fantasy author Morgan Wright also creates book trailer animations. She recently took a crack at a short, sweet book trailer for Sins in Blue. Here’s the result: I have mixed feelings about book trailers. I’m not convinced they help sell … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Paul Simon and Cultural Appropriation

Sins in Blue is my novel about an old, Depression-era bluesman. The story explores themes involving the problem of cultural appropriation—the inappropriate adoption of customs or ideas of one people by members of a more dominant people. The 1987 Grammy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Music Art of Wade Dillon

Selling a novel in a glutted market is a tough proposition. One important part of my marketing plan for Sins in Blue involved a series of blog posts. Rather than bludgeon people with a hard sell, I thought I’d write … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment