Len grew up in Montesano, Wash., with parents and two younger sisters. Graduated from Montesano High School; attended Western Washington University as an undergraduate student and the University of Washington as a graduate student. Went to work for the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles in 1990 as an English and computer teacher. Married wife Linda in 1975; has two daughters and one grandson, Owen (above). Retired in 2006, which sparked the beginning of his writing career.

Self-description: Robertson describes himself as interesting, sometimes off-topic but also sometimes too talkative.

Writing experience: Robertson wrote three sci-fi books between 2000 and 2004. He said he “almost gave them up,” but has continued working on the books after retirement. In 2010, his book “Copernican Journey” won third place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. Robertson writes letters to the editor to have his voice heard. “I don’t think a lot of people are represented in their thinking.” He submits letters to the Tribune and local papers.

Unique trait: Robertson likes to think a lot. “People think I am absent-minded because I am thinking about something.”

— By Alexandra Kukulka, Tribune reporter

Robertson’s latest thoughts: When I look at this image (top of page) that I have titled “20th and 21st Centuries, Shoulder to Shoulder,” I think about all the things my grandson will see, hear and experience: travel above the sky; standing on Luna; questing for gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rare earths on Mars and other celestial bodies; and traveling to other solar systems that have established relations with us.

My favorite solar system is Alpha Centauri because it is closest to us, it has three stars and it has three life zones. And, since Alpha Centauri Bb,Ö the first planet detected in that solar system, is a small rocky planet, it will be accompanied by swarms of other small rocky planets — or, more precisely, three swarms of small rocky planets.

If those swarms mirror our solar system and us, there could be 10 or more planets supporting life, and the Alpha Centaurians are already space faring. More likely than not, all this will come to pass in the next 50 years. Consider yourself among the fortunate.

Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2014.

Methuselah’s Gate

Currently, novelist Len Robertson has joined with graphic artists Matt Hansel and Mat Festa to produce a sci fi  graphic novel series titled Methuselah’s Gate, an epic adventure that takes place beginning in 2151.

A mysterious thirteen-year-old gamer named Tina California stows away on the unarmed, Faster Than Light Scout Ship (FTLS) Argo bound for the vast 500 light-year across, million world Aquarian Empire. Captained by Commander Kimi Carvallo, Argo has a crew of five including Marie Killian, scientist and owner of the Argo; Wolf Meyer, mathematician and navigator; Crunch, medical officer and linguist; John Free, pilot and engineer; and Aristotle, archeologist and historian.

The Argo is well underway when Wolf  discovers Tina hiding in Aft Hold 3. Since returning Tina to Earth isn’t an option with Morgan and his pirates are in hot pursuit of her and her priceless Aquarian artifact, she becomes the seventh crewman on the Argo. Her arrival alters the mission of the little starship. Instead of merely exploring the Aquarian Empire and its tens of thousand of different peoples, they seek mythical Methuselah’s Gate.

This series will be free on line. What we would appreciate are reviews on Methuselah’s Gate, Copernican Journey, and Questing for Dragons. 

Copernican Journey, the award winning prequel to Methuselah’s Gate, and Questing for Dragons, a fantasy novel set in medieval times, are free as ebooks on Smashwords.com and iTunes.com.  They are also free on Amazon.com if one joins Kindle Prime.