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 John Selby, Author


Prime Directive:  Earth

A Sci-Fi adventure for adults and young adults


What if Star Trek’s famous Prime Directive is reversed, where Earth is in danger and an alien race is being forbidden to help?

The Zanchee, who have been studying Earth, learn a terrorist is going to set off a nuclear bomb near LA, with catastrophic results. Yet their laws prohibit intervening. Axel, the teenage son of the Zanchee leader, is unwilling to accept the inevitability of this disaster. With his Mentiot companion, Chermal, Axel hatches a plan to skirt Zanchee law and save humanity. He just needs to mimic his future self, steal the fleet’s time-warp ship, recruit a human teenager with psychic potential, and stop a terrorist plot without knowing who is involved, or exactly where it will happen, and do it all in three days without being caught by human authorities or Zanchee.

Prime Directive:Earth follows the adventures of Axel, Jeff Miller an American teen with latent psychic ability, his sister, girlfriend and their friends, plus FBI Agent Doug Stanton as they track a terrorist bent on upsetting the world order. Ultimately, Jeff must choose whether to save his friends, or prevent a nuclear disaster.



From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes

A memoir of WWII and the Dust Bowl


This is the story of my father, John Wait, Jr.  His has been called the "Greatest Generation" for good reason, and his story is one reason why.


He grew up in a three-room house shared with four other siblings and his parents in rural Kansas during the devastating dust bowl years, which coincided with the Great Depression.  After learning to fly while in college, he enlisted in the Army Air Force six months prior to Pearl Harbor.  He was one of the first fighter pilots to go overseas to England.  How he went from flying beat-up spitfires to essentially commanding two of the world's most famous airports - Heathrow and Le Bourget - to being one of the first Americans to enter Hitler's Bunker is a truly amazing story.


The book is full of rich story-telling supplemented with historical documents, information, and lots of pictures.

Mortal Musings

Thoughts While Battling Terminal Cancer


In October 2016, I was given a death sentence, Stage IV with a nearly always fatal cancer.  My life expectancy was now months, not decades.


Mortal Musings is a stream-of-conscious book written as I battled this horrible disease.  I describe in detail what I was experiencing physically, emotionally, spiritually.  I talk about how the cancer impacted not only me and my career, but my wife, family and friends.  I discuss various coping strategies from the perspective of not only a victim, but one with a psychology background.

I reflect upon my life, and how it has gone through so many dramatic cycles.  I also speculate about the very meaning of life, why are we here? Why me? And, what lies beyond the corporal shell of existence?


The unique writing style will let you understand better what terminal patients go through.  It will also provide you with hope, inspiration and a renewal of faith.