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Richard Phillips is the author of The Rho Agenda, a popular science fiction series about a trio of students who find a crashed spaceship in a remote canyon.I had a chance to ask him a few questions.
How has your experience as an Army officer informed Donald Stephenson and other characters?
I drew heavily on my experience as an Army officer for the combat / fight scenes in the Rho Agenda novels. I also utilized my experience doing my masters thesis in physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory and my three years as a military research associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Orson Scott Card or Isaac Asimov?
Orson Scott Card … although I also love Asimov.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Right after graduating from West Point (and right before I went through U.S. Army Ranger School) a classmate of mine (Lance Motley) and I tried to take a river raft down the Upper Rio Grande Gorge, which is classified as unrunnable. We made it approximately ten miles before getting trapped in a suck-hole. Although our raft mostly deflated in the pounding water, we managed to make it to shore, and then carried the raft up the five hundred feet of cliffs to get back to the highway. As an aside, a number of river rangers, having tried to stop us from making the run, took pictures of the two suicidal idiots on the river far below. Needless to say, they provided no assistance on getting us back to the Colorado border where I had left my car, so I hitch hiked back to get it.
Where do you stand on UFOs?
I believe that, given the probable number of planets in our galaxy and in the universe as a whole, there are almost certainly alien civilizations that are far more advanced than humanity. The question of whether any of those civilizations have visited Earth is an open question.
What’s on tap for 2018?
Prophecy’s Daughter, Book 2 of my epic fantasy series, The Endarian Prophecy, was just released this month. Curse of the Chosen, Book 3 of the series, will be released on February 20th of 2018.

Born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1956, Richard Phillips graduated from West Point in 1979, trained as an Army Ranger and served for several years as an officer in the United States Army. In 1989, he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School, completing his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then spent three years as a Research Associate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, before completing his tour of duty as an Army Officer. He now lives in Phoenix, with his lovely wife, Carol.


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