SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 143 – Our Interview with Nathan Lowell (Author of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Novels)
July 16th, 2012 by Scott
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Author of the podcast novels Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, Double Share, Captain’s Share, Owner’s Share, South Coast and Ravenwood, Nathan Lowell has been writing for forty years. His first published work was a short poem in a high school poetry anthology. His non-fiction includes articles on educational technology, distance education, and special education. He started theGolden Age of the Solar Clipper series in January, 2007. He is off to a prolific start, and has a dedicated fanbase at Podiobooks.com.
Most of Lowell’s novels so far are set in a science fiction universe he calls the “Golden Age of the Solar Clipper”. The “… Share” novels follow the adventures of Ishmael Wang, a young man who becomes orphaned at the start of Quarter Share and signs up to work on a merchant ship, the Lois McKendrick. The books’ titles refer to how much share of the ship’s profits a crewman receives at different job levels. South Coast is a spin-off but stand-alone novel sub-titled “A Shaman’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper”, set in the same universe but focused on St Cloud, a single fishing planet and the coming of age of Otto Krugg, the only son of Richard Krugg and heir to the Shaman’s Gift.
Lowell has also written a fantasy novel, Ravenwood.
Some of Lowell’s novels have been published in print and as ebooks, as well as in the original podcast format. The novels were slightly rewritten to suit the printed medium.
Dr. Nathan Lowell holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education and Instructional Design. He also holds an M.A. in Educational Technology and a BS in Business Administration. He grew up on the south coast of Maine and is strongly rooted in the maritime heritage of the sea-farer. He served in the USCG from 1970 to 1975, seeing duty aboard a cutter on hurricane patrol in the North Atlantic and at a communications station in Kodiak, AK. His shipboard experiences serve as inspiration for much of the shipboard life on the Lois McKendrick.
He currently lives far from the sea in the plains east of the Rocky Mountains with wife and two daughters.