Marcha Fox
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Marcha Fox

Marcha Fox is a prolific writer who has addressed a wide variety of subjects, but her favorite is science fiction. It began as a love of astronomy, which eventually led to a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University. This was followed by a 21 year career at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer, and eventually manager. Her NASA experiences included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other NASA centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland, as well as trips to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands, but the most memorable was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003.

Her Star Trails Tetralogy Series is a family-friendly "Geek Fest" that incorporates her knowledge of physics and space travel within a family saga set on a primitive planet where survival is an ongoing struggle, further complicated by political intrigue. While some of the science is speculative, her goal is to represent it as accurately as possible, allowing her readers to learn accurate principles in a painless, entertaining manner within the context of the story. The learning experience can be further enhanced by using "The Star Trails Compendium", which includes background information on the story's planetary setting, a glossary of terms, and a section for educators with chapter by chapter lesson plan and discussion ideas tied to each of books, making the series ideal for science class extra credit or STEM summer reading programs. More information on the individual novels in this series, the science behind them, as well as the status of future stories can be found on the series website at www.StarTrailsSaga.com.

Never at a loss for something to do, she enjoys gardening, her two Bengal cats, family history, and pursuing her study of the heavens in yet another realm, that of astrology. Her astrology clients span the globe, accessing her through her expansive and informative website at www.valkyrieastrology.com. She has authored a variety of books on the subject, taught online for the International Academy of Astrology (IAA), spoken at conferences and individual groups, and published articles in the journal of the International Society of Astrological Research (ISAR).

"At one time, science, religion and astrology were an integrated whole, which has obviously disintegrated over the years," she explains. "Science and religion have been at odds with one another for centuries, and astrology gradually had a falling out with both. What they fail to tell you in astronomy class is that Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, and Newton were all astrologers on a quest to obtain more accurate data for their astrological readings and predictions. The objections of the Christian church are more complicated, but it remains a mystery to me how they can believe that God created the planets, yet not recognize how He uses them to communicate with His children. I started out as a skeptic, but nothing religious leaders or scientists say can ever change the fact that it works."

She is the mother of six grown children, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She has lived in New York, California, and Utah before making her home in Texas.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Beyond the Hidden Sky is a science fiction adventure book that will draw in readers of all ages and interests. The story begins at warp speed as space travel and its theory weaves throughout the tale of a family separated by mishap and kept apart by intent. The characters are engaging and relatable with family dynamics that mirror readers' personal experiences. The internal human struggle between reason and instinct creates a storyline that, regardless of the fictional setting, allows readers to connect immediately to this fascinating first book in the Star Trails Terralogy Series.
--Noelle Harrild, School Librarian, Logan, Utah

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