At the age of four, Robert Wagoner watched the live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing, he then spent his entire childhood following space exploration and dreaming of being an astronaut. A native of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region; he lives with his wife and children in New England, where he works for a technology firm.
In May, 2009, he released "Call of Destiny", the first book in a series called "One Small Step out of the Garden of Eden". The series is about humanity’s struggles five centuries after the Apollo 11 moon landing:
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HE SET OUT TO FIND HIMSELF. FATE FOUND HIM INSTEAD.
High school senior Michael Gillen, living on Earth in the late twenty-fifth century, can’t wait to flee his wretched life. But when he sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream of exploring the stars at a military academy, things go from bad to worse. Will the stubborn, free-spirited, and idealistic young man wash out before realizing his dream? Will his family’s past get the best of him? Can he keep his mind off other, more enticing distractions? Will he get his chance to set off into the stars before a terrible war breaks out?
“The book has lots of good twists and an interesting futuristic society.” -- reader review
"The characters were well developed and the suspense kept me turning the pages!!" -- reader review
"As someone who generally isn't interested in science fiction, I liked this book because the people and their experiences were the focus rather than the science fiction...I enjoyed seeing the characters come into their own...I did not anticipate the ending - it was a great twist" -- reader review
ABOUT THE SERIES
Call of Destiny is part one of the series: One Small Step out of the Garden of Eden. The series, set five hundred years after the first Apollo moon landing, follows four young adults through their journey to find themselves and their place in the universe. The series is written for adults but has a PG-13 audience and can be enjoyed by ages 15 and up.
The storyline has its origins well before 2009.
In 1976 (when he was only in sixth grade), spurred on by his love of space exploration, Robert sat down in front of a manual typewriter he had received at Christmas and pounded out a simple, 117 page, single-spaced novel about an exploration trip to another star.
Of course, the storyline itself was very rough (the grammar too!), so he determined a year later to redo the story. Not wanting to rush in, Robert slowly developed the entire storyline over the next several years, being particularly inspired by current events and history, as well as his increasing understanding of the human condition. By age twenty, he had finished the plotline for the series.
However, family, career, and simultaneously pursuing college/graduate school pushed the series to the backburner. Yet the story remained a constant in his thought. In 1997, he picked up where he left off, penning the entire series beginning to end.
The second book in the series is expected to be released late this year or early next year.
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