About the Author

Robert Mariner spent his early years living and working in various National Monuments and Parks, where he learned the value of peace and quiet, constant alertness, hard work, and good honest people. After college he has had a long and varied career in physical equipment design and integration, from military aerospace through scientific research to industrial equipment. He has won awards in competitions ranging from mechanical design through target shooting to photography; has flown light aircraft; and camped along portions of the John Muir trail. In keeping with his name, he’s also sailed on and off since his seventh birthday, from racing an 8-foot El Toro on San Francisco Bay to standing helm watch aboard a fast 116-foot ketch on the Pacific Ocean, and much in between, and has taught rowing, canoeing and sailing. Now semi-retired, he lives in California’s Mojave Desert with his wife and a 16-pound Bengal cat -- where one can walk outside on a moonless night to look up into a truly DARK sky full of distant lights.