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Science fiction author at library today

Get ready to take off for Mars at warp speed Thursday.

Your spaceship is scheduled to leave earth at 6 p.m. from Decatur Public Library's community room, with area author Travis "Doc" Taylor as your guide.

And if you should encounter aliens, have no fear — your leader and pilot has a black belt and some high-tech knowledge to protect you.

The scientist, engineer and science fiction writer grew up in Morgan County, said library spokeswoman Patricia Slaton.

The library decided to feature him in a summertime "Meet the Author" program for both adults and students in the summer reading program.

Taylor's topic will be "Putting the Hard Science in Science Fiction."

His books include "Warp Speed," "The Quantum Connection" and "One Day on Mars."

In his leisure time, Taylor is a private pilot and scuba diver, has a black belt in martial arts, has raced mountain bikes and competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands.

Call the library, 353-2993, for information.

- Patrice Stewart

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