John Thornton
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John Thornton

Hi everyone,

EXCITING NEWS! Many of my books have been professionally made into audiobooks. Please check out those options! The narrators have done a superb job. All of the books in the Colony Ship Universe will be made into audio books. I sure hope you listen to those.

As to me, I have read science fiction since I was a small child. For over thirty years I have been making notes, writing outlines, and drawing deck plans of various colony ship. These jumbled ideas have finally coalesced into book form in my writing.

I guess I was inspired by many works in sci-fi which cover the idea of colony ships. Damon Knight's "The World and Thorinn" and Robert Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky" showed me how bizarre and interesting a generational space ship environment could be and how so much could go horribly wrong. Those books, and many others in that same genre, have given me hours of pleasure in reading. There also have been board games and video games which cover similar situations. There are so many variations on the lost colony ship theme it almost seems like a trope. So, now I have added my own contributions to this genre of adventure fiction.

I worked as an RN for 10 years in various critical care units--cardiac, surgical, and medical. I saw lots of people die, and I also listened to some really amazing people share their life stories with me. I have worked part-time as a visitation pastor for my church for twenty years now.

I graduated from a variety of colleges, all of which helped shape and mold me into what I am today. After finishing a doctoral degree, I decided to focus on informal educational endeavors. I still love to learn.

I enjoy reading very much. I read all kinds of literature (romance, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopias, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, theology texts, to how-to books). Did I miss any genres? Oh, here is a pet peeve of mine. Science fiction and fantasy are SEPARATE GENRES! Forgive me for yelling, but I am sick of seeing two unique genres lumped all together under "speculative fiction." To me, and I could be wrong, but putting fantasy and science fiction in the same box is like putting romance novels in with erotica.

And as you may be about to discover, I also like to write.

My first project was the Colony Ship Eschaton series, which is finished with its ten books.

The second project is a parallel series, The Colony Ship Vanguard. That series is finished with its eight books.

The third series is the Colony Ship Conestoga, which is complete in its eight books.

One of my books is somewhat different. Hey, some people will say all my books are different, and I think they do not mean that in a good way. Well anyway, "The Battle on the Marathon" is written in first person. That book is stand-alone work, and while it is in the same universe as the other works, is not as directly connected as are the four other series.

The Colony Ship Trailblazer is my latest series. My work in progress (September 2018) is the sixth book in the Colony Ship Trailblazer series. I hope to have it finished by December 2018.

And yes, I am planning on making all seven of the colony ships into books. If you have read my work, you will know what that means. Maybe two more series!

If you are new to my works, you can start with any series, or "The Battle on the Marathon" and I think you will enjoy the series no matter which order you read them in. Some readers have discussed which series is their favorite to start, but that is all personal preference. They are all set in the same "universe" or "alternative reality" or "cosmos" I invented. I call it the "Colony Ship Universe" but I hope you call it a fun read!

Back to reality. I have four grown-up daughters, a delightful wife, a miracle cat, and a goofy dog. Over the years we have had numerous dogs and cats. We did have two ancient cats, but they have departed now after eighteen and nineteen years of life. In the summer of 2018 our beloved dog of fourteen years died. May their new adventures be thrilling and fun for them.

I live in the Northern Plains of the USA, so I experience the cold and bitter winds of the winter, and the blistering hot and dry of the summers. I also live with a chronic associate, a painful form of degenerative arthritis. I have lots of mechanical parts inside my body (nine total joint replacements), and in some ways, I truly am a cyborg.

I hope you enjoy my writing. Thanks for reading my stuff!

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    • Finding the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 1
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The Colony Ship Vanguard was one of seven colony ships launched from a damaged Earth in a desperate plan to carry human settlers to Earth equivalent worlds....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable futuristic, sci-fi book!

    • By Eric Reeves on 08-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Unknowns of the Colony Ship

    • Colony Ship Eschaton, Book 3
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Bev Kassis
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    In this third book in the Colony Ship Eschaton series, Jamie and Michael continue to discover how vast and unknown the old ship is....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Fate of the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 8
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Dani George
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this exciting and final book of the Colony Ship Vanguard series, Paul, Gretchen, and their friends face the greatest threat of their lives. Not everyone will survive. What will be the fate of the Vanguard? Find out....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tants on the Trailblazer

    • Colony Ship Trailblazer, Book 4
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jaclynn Michelle Elfring
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    In book four of the Colony Ship Trailblazer series, Janae is struggling with all her traumas. The artificial intelligence system, Kimberly, is malfunctioning....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The best yet in the Trailblazer series

    • By Rayc on 01-06-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Trapped on the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 2
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Gretchen and Paul, refugees from a dead Earth, have found the old colony ship Vanguard. The ship is on its generation-long journey to another solar system....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Adventure continues aboard the vanguard

    • By Daphne L Thompson on 06-28-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tracking the Trailblazer

    • Colony Ship Trailblazer, Book 1
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Sylvia St. James
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Janae and Ken are part of the remnant of humanity which lives in Dome 17, surrounded by the radioactive, toxic wasteland of a dead Earth....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Saving Humanity

    • By Betababe on 01-26-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Recovery of a Colony Ship

    • Colony Ship Eschaton
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Michael and Jamie live in Dome 17. The last place safe for humans, or any life, on a dying Earth. They are adventurers who have explored other domes, but everywhere else is dead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Review Recovery of a Colony Ship

    • By Stephen Bergquist on 05-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Danger on the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 3
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Something is happening to the shuttles which fly from habitat to habitat around the Vanguard....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good solid Sci-Fi

    • By Rayc on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Quest for the Conestoga

    • Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 1
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Erin Macdonald
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Dome 17 is the only safe place left on a dead Earth. Life in Dome 17 takes a dramatic turn after some adventurers return from evaluating other domes....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Conestoga

    • By trixie on 12-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Exploring the Colony Ship: After Recovery

    • Colony Ship Eschaton
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The Eschaton had been designed to hold numerous and diverse immense biological habitats: flora, fauna, and everything needed to terraform a new world....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Read the first book bfor the second but good book

    • By ldybkpr on 10-03-17

    Regular price: $14.95

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