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Welcome to the John Dalmas home page. Dalmas is a veteran science fiction author with 27 published novels that include the Regiment series,  The Yngling series, and The Second Coming.

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Merrrry. . . what? (hm-m-m)

March 2013
Posted on Mar 16, 2013 | Last Updated Mar 17, 2013

March 2013 Newsletter.

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March 2013, newsletter, dalmas

March 2012 Newsletter of John Dalmas

Moved Again!
Posted on Mar 26, 2012 | Last Updated Mar 26, 2012

John's March 2012 newsletter with talk about aging and an introduction to Armfelt.

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August 2011 Newsletter

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 | Last Updated Dec 19, 2011

The August 2011 John Dalmas Newsletter... arriving a little late.

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newsletter, science fiction, SpoCon, aging, air travel, personal, Patricia Briggs, Carolyn J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Daniel Dos Passos, Shepherd Hoodwin

NEWSLETTER, June 8, 2011

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 | Last Updated Jun 10, 2011

John's June, 2011 Newsletter about aging, Miscon 25 and other thoughts.

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old age; assisted living; science fiction; philosophy; friendship; personal history; new paradigm Carol Berg (author); James K. Burk (author); Shawn Olson (webmaster); Robert Lester Lovely; MisCon 201

February 2011 Newsletter

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 | Last Updated Feb 20, 2011

John Dalmas Newsletter for February 2011. I just moved to a new home.

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A Lesser(?) Soliloquy

(Observations on Aging)
Posted on Dec 3, 2010 | Last Updated Dec 3, 2010

An essay by John Dalmas discussing the aging process. Written on October 24, 2010.

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October Newsletter, 2010

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 | Last Updated Oct 17, 2010

The John Dalmas October 2010 Newsletter with news about the new free downloads section.

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Economics as a System

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 | Last Updated Sep 10, 2010

Reducing the amount of voodoo economics by making economics less dogmatic and more transparent, and exposing seriously destructive, or unethical, or even criminal activities.

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WRITING 102 - Writing Science-Fiction and Fantasy

Some Basics
Posted on Aug 13, 2010 | Last Updated Aug 13, 2010

If you ignore everything else I say here, heed this: to develop the ability to write well, write. Write a LOT. Thinking about it isn't enough.

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writing, tips, authoring

Newsletter, June 2010

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 | Last Updated Jun 24, 2010

newsletter and Miscon report

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philosophy, science fiction, free books


Posted on May 6, 2010 | Last Updated May 8, 2010

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio..., religion

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reality, science, creationism, God, religion, margins, God, science, International Day of Reason, William Warren


Posted on Feb 25, 2010 | Last Updated Jun 9, 2010

a discussion of colonialism in history

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Indian treaties, Zionism, Manifest Destiny, Trail of Tears, Sand Creek Massacre, Wounded Knee, end-times, eschatology, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Will of God

About Aging (Feb 2010)

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 | Last Updated Feb 25, 2010

My story so far

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Emphysema; Cognitive Function, memory. focus, reasoning, learning, emotions, objectivity


Posted on Dec 16, 2009 | Last Updated Dec 22, 2009


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family, friends, health, humor, ethnicity, Pacific Inland Northwest, Spokane, Pasco, Missoula, Scandinavian History


Posted on Oct 1, 2009 | Last Updated Jul 21, 2010

Reviews, Reviewers, and Writing Fiction

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reviews; critiques; truths; rules for writers; books on writing; Mitford; Karon; tell, don't show ; golden rule of writing; focus; story arc; data dumps; dialog ratio; norse sagas; ethnic character


Posted on Sep 20, 2009 | Last Updated Jan 12, 2010

Thoughts on the subjects

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health care reform, philosophy, government, steamships, Lake Superior, 1948, Superior Wisconsin, Sault Ste, Marie, merchant marine hospitals

LESSONS IN ECOLOGY (Aug 21, 2009):

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 | Last Updated Sep 23, 2009

"The Honey Bee Die-Off and the World at Large

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bees, ecology, agriculture, paleo-ecology, evolution, history

newsletter #3, Aug 12, 2009 (revised)

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 | Last Updated Sep 23, 2009

an update

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Posted on Aug 10, 2009 | Last Updated Aug 10, 2009

Book Review

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Michaeel Flynn, Babbage, history, philosophy, personal history

Health Plan Axioms

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 | Last Updated Jul 18, 2009

Basic system considerations

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health insurance, Medicare, pulpwood, merchant marine, 1949, General Semantics, bureaucracies,

Joe San Miguel

Jul 2, 2013

Best wishes John. Have just found your books and wanted to thank you for writing these stories. Such a great way to tell stories about the people in war. As a veteran combat medic I could see a lot of your experiences with the military and appreciated the skill you have to explain a very violent and bloody event in a soldiers' life. Good luck and good health

Ellen Weaver

Jun 10, 2013


I have just finished your book, The Regiment, which I acquired on a whim from a huge used bookstore and I would like to express to you the true enjoyment I felt while reading such a unique and compelling novel. My dad is a science fiction lover, and although I have always strayed more towards fantasy I have been instilled with a love for engaging science fiction. It has been awhile since I was so truly motivated by a chance discovery and eager to pursue more by an author who is new to me, if already a true veteran in his genre. I look forward to consuming more of your works, especially those involving the T'swa--a remarkable and well reasoned culture, and passing them along to family and friends who I know will appreciate them.

Best wishes,


Frank Baron

Mar 12, 2013

Hi John,

Just a note to say I'm thinking about you. Hope you're having a good day.


Sidney Burger

Dec 2, 2012

Hi John I wish I had learned how to contact you this way sooner. I have lots to ask and comment on, but am glad to hear you are with family. Two years ago I got to live with my grandfather who was a WWll vet of the European theater. This history has always meant a lot to me. I have been thinking about writing a history of my grandmother and father. My Nana was born in Vermont in1928 and loves to talk about the farm, animals and how she was born before the doc could get there. Hard times followed as the farm was lost ($12.00) a month was 12 too much. It was to Cambridge, MA. Where dad worked for the WPA building roads by hand. No bobcats like I had for paving. Well I will read up more and hope to hear from more from you. You should get the dragon software to use for VTP work. I don't have it but have had a demonstration and am thinking of getting it to help with getting the stories down on paper.

Sidney Burger
12 Carl RD
Arlington, MA 02474

Al Chapman

Apr 12, 2012

Just finished reading the April newsletter. It made my heartrate go up to hear from you and that progress is being made on "ARMFELT" . Reading the sample made me want more, more, more.
I am glad the move to the apartment is working out ok. I miss our talks we had @ the Sanctuary. Since I am in Columbus also, I would love to vist with you if you have the time.

AL Chapman
5873 Liberty Road
Powell, Ohio 43065

Lane Campbell

Oct 22, 2011

Hi, John: sorry/glad to read of your current life in assisted living. I just turned 66 so I may not be too far behind you. My kids think I'm more of a wreck than I think I am...but when I look in a mirror, I understand better where they get their opinion. I recently finished The General's President. The book jumped into my hand from the book cart at the VA Hospital, La Jolla. The cover was a real put off for me, but since it jumped, I received. Your novel really sucked me in quickly. I stopped reading Zorba, Love in the Time of Cholera, Kipling short stories, and White Fang (a book in each of my domains, backpack, restaurant, bed and bathroom) and had a hard time putting Arne down for any of those functions. Good job. Very good job. I am a book snob and I liked your book. Howsomewellever, after about 100 pages my snob was crying out...where o where was the vicious editor to make that a novel for all time? I hope more of your books jump into my hand. Best, Lane