Phillip Nolte

Phillip Nolte

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Born and raised in Minnesota, educated at Moorhead State (Moorhead, MN) and North Dakota State University. I developed a passion for science fiction in junior high and have been hooked ever since. I started writing science fiction sometime around 1986 or so and about a dozen of my short stories were published in pioneering online magazines such as "Athene" and "Intertext." These stories are now available in a collection entitled "Cannibals Shrink Elvis' Head." The eclectic nature of the subject matter in these stories makes it difficult to categorize the book into a single science fiction subgenre but there are stories about an endurance race through the asteroid belt as well as stories about space battles and aliens and scientists and space merchants and even one about an auto mechanic! I recently retired from my position as a potato scientist at the University of Idaho. While there, I served on the editorial boards of two national trade journals and wrote hundreds of educational and informative articles for the popular press. I live with my wife and cat (or is it the other way around?) in southeastern Idaho, where most of the potatoes are. An irresistible compulsion just a few years ago to get back into writing science fiction resulted in the "Junkyard Dogs" adventures, which began in "The Scrapyard Incident" and are continued in "The Veritian Derelict" and "The Santana Nexus." Maybe the theme of the books would make more sense if I admitted to having an inexplicable interest in junkyards too. I also have a fascination with ancient artifacts and if they happen to have an alien origin, so much the better. "The Deimos Artifact" and the "Guardians" series are my take on that phenomenon. Many thanks to Angie Wirth ( for her breathtaking artwork. I am currently working on the second book of the "Guardians of the Galactic Sentinel" series which is untitled as yet. I hope to have it available before next summer. We'll see if my muse behaves. If you have questions or comments about me, "The Junkyard Dogs," "Cannibals Shrink Elvis' Head," "Guardians of the Galactic Sentinel" or diseases of potatoes feel free to drop me a line at Thanks for reading...
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