Science Fiction

Space Marine
   by  Mel Duncan

May Gennings Grimes, orphaned at five, is alone again at twenty-three when her husband of six weeks dies.  "We want you," the automated poster said.  "See new worlds and be all you can be."

And so begins the saga of May Grimes, Space Marine.  Is she being led like a lamb to slaughter, or will she take to this new life of distant exploration, new worlds and aliens?

Rating:  This book is suitable for all readers.


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Book Stats
19-31 Oct

Free Fiction Rating:   # 4
Off the shelf               5623
Pages turned            122,714
Complete Reads       608
Reads This Period        21

Reader Ratings:  14
Excellent (10)
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Average (2) = 14%
Fair (1) = 7%
Poor (1) = 7%


I was born in the small town of Shirley Arkansas in June of 1940, population at the time about 200.  My father was a Rail Road worker, my mother a homemaker who raised a garden that supplied most of our fresh vegetables.

In 1946 the Rail Road branch my father worked for went out of business and we became migrant farm workers until 1956 when we moved back to Arkansas because of my mother's health.

I did poorly in school because of all our moving around and decided the best course of action was to join a branch of the Armed Forces. I spent twenty rather uneventful years in the Navy.  I acquired a wife and five daughters during this time.

During my last few years in the Navy I started writing.  My first book, Virgins In The Hayloft was sold to Surree Ltd. under the name James Blayer.  Then I turned to Science Fiction.  I wrote The Eternal Man and could find no market for it.

In June 1979 I retired from the Navy and had to make a living for my family.

I returned to writing in 1997.  Since then I have written The 200 Year War, Bowman, Lance Saunders, Astronaut, and others, including Space Marine.

THE 200 YEAR WAR, $5.95 DL $8.95 Print.
BOWMAN, $8.00

For a list of all my work, see my website at