Ron Sparks Author, Poet

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Very Rare STS-134 and STS-135 Space Shuttle Memorabilia

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I’m extremely fortunate to be friends with a NASA engineer who works on the Shuttle engines.  My buddy Eric is more of a NASA nut than I am.  Eric understood the historic and significant nature of the last two space shuttle launches, and he was in a position to create very rare and very impressive memorabilia for me and my kids. Eric wrote a letter.  He hand-wrote to me and all three of my...

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

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Set your way-back machine to early 1986. I was sixteen-years-old and I had mononucleosis. I was a skinny runt of a kid who lost way too much weight from his sickness. My mom went up to the local video store, 16,000 Movies, and spent an hour telling the owner about her son. About how great he was and how he wanted to work there so badly (I did – all the hot girls worked there) and how I...

What is a friend?

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According to the dictionary, a friend is “a person you know well and regard with affection and trust.” I think that it’s significant that the definition includes two parameters, affection and trust. All too often we have affection for people we cannot trust and want to think of them as friends. You can love someone and have zero trust in them and their ability to do what they...

World Space Expo 2007

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Big Bad John sent me an email this weekend asking if I wanted to go to Kennedy Space Center to watch the World Expo 2007 Airshow. Of course I agreed. I can think of nothng more nerdy and cool than combining high-tech aircraft with Space nerd stuff. So I managed to work a deal with the ex-wife that allowed me to put off picking up my kids for a few extra hours. I rode my bike to John’s house...

Biketoberfest 2007

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Had a blast. Big Bad John, Janette, Lizette, and I went (along with a few others) and enjoyed the day. John and I rode together and the others drove/rode separately. We saw them intermittently throughout the day. Here are some of the more memorable pics:

Binary Bikers!

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So I was watching the movie “Wild Hogs” the other day and realized, in my own nerdy way, that having a “gang” name for a friendly group of bikers is pretty damned cool. I wanted one. So I talked it over with Big Bad John. Since we’re both in the software engineering field we humorously came up with the name “Binary Bikers.” It stuck, and defintely sounded...

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on Amazon.com.

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A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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