Woodrow Wilson



Restaurant quality without restaurant prices.
Cooking well as much fun as eating well.
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Hard science fiction by a real rocket scientist.

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Caltech PhD
Thirty years of research and development
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Past Toastmasters District 5 Governor
Distinguished Toastmaster
Excellence in Education and Training
Past Encinitas Toastmasters President
Contributor to The Heart of a Toastmaster





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Novels to intrigue you

Science fiction enthusiasts will enjoy Fish Story. ItÕs a story of people abducted by dolphins and kept in their zoos, in their laboratories, and in their back yards. Dolphins rule the sea. What do they want to know about human intruders? What lengths will their scientists go to for the answers?


Hard science fiction fans will love Stranded on Mars and Dead Astronauts.  One tells the story of eight astronauts struggle to survive and NASA engineers back home efforts to help them. The other is the on-orbit adventure of two astronauts who explore an alien probe parked in earth orbit.  It arrived from deep space, and sat in silence.  Two astronauts sent from the International Space Station to investigate discover its crew died in transit.  Exposed to what killed the aliens, can NASA let them come home? Hear a podcast on the science behind it.


Medical mystery readers will enjoy The Utah Flu. ItÕs a race to track the source of a new deadly disease spreading across the country. It started in Utah. Is it an escaped biological warfare agent? Is it bioterrorism?








Earth, we have a problem.


When the Mars Launch Vehicle engine fails, the first Mars team is marooned on Mars. Earth is a hundred million miles away. Rescue is months—maybe years—off. Can the astronauts put their mothballed Mars base back together and live off its leftovers? Supplies are running low; tempers are running high. Winter is coming. Energy demands are growing; solar energy is waning. Can the astronauts survive until Martian spring?


Rescue mission or body recovery? NASA engineers work around the clock searching for ways to keep the Mars crew alive until help arrives. Bureaucracy and internal competition hinder their progress. There's no Mars-capable rocket on any launch pad. Building a new one will take months even for contractors working three shifts. An election is coming. Funding demands are rising; budgets are shrinking. Can the astronauts outlive the fiscal storm ahead?


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DOLPHINS: The other Earthlings.


What do dolphin scientists want to know about us? What lengths will they go to for the answers? Fish Story is a role reversal adventure of people kept by dolphins. It is the story of people kept in their laboratories, of people kept in their zoos, and of people kept in their backyards.


Dolphins live in a world more alien than the moon or Mars. The ocean is a fascinating but forbidding place. Strange plants and outlandish animals flourish in its depths. It has active volcanoes and outlandish geology. Humans know next to nothing about the ocean. Dolphins have mastered it.


The oceanÕs top predator: dolphin civilization rules a domain more than twice as large as dry land. They have greeted human intrusion into their territory amiably. What do they really think of us? Fish Story is a tale of people abducted by dolphins and kept in underwater cities.


Fish Story is available from your favorite on-line book dealer. You can buy it from my publisher here today.














Germs are our eternal enemy


A new disease is spreading across the country. With no known treatment, the death toll is climbing. The Centers for Disease Control must act before it becomes epidemic.


Where did it come from? CDC data say Utah! Could it have escaped from biological weapons abandoned there fifty years ago? Anthrax-like, but contagious and antibiotic-resistant: could this be a bioengineered weapon? The Army swears it couldnÕt be anthrax É and if it is, it isnÕt theirs. Could this be a terrorist attack? Is this just the first wave?


In The Utah Flu, CDCÕs Dr. Jack Reagan and the ArmyÕs Lt. Col. Uma Hees track the epidemic to a zealot with a history of violence in Latin political causes. Sick with the disease, he infected fellow passengers on flights from Barcelona to New York, then on to Salt Lake City and San Diego. Jack and Uma must determine whether he is an innocent victim or a kamikaze for Basque terrorists – whether the epidemic is natural or the first wave of an attack


The Utah Flu is available from your favorite on-line book dealer.  Read an excerpt.  You can buy it from my publisher here today.  You can also buy it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-a-Million.


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Interstellar travel is beyond human science. 


With todayÕs technology, it would take years to reach any but the nearest neighbor planets.  Interesting places like Titan and Enceleladus are far away. 


Even those are just local hops compared to travel to the stars. If Moses had launched the lost tribe of Israel in a rocket as fast as an Apollo capsule, they would already be a quarter of a light year away.  It would be another eighty thousand years before they reached the nearest star.  At ten times that fast, theyÕd be more than half way there.  They would still have a few thousand years to go.  Even at a hundred times that fast, the journey would take almost a millennium. 


The technology to go that fast is a long way off.  Somebody out there somewhere might have it today.  What if aliens from a neighboring star tried to come here?  A lot can go wrong in a thousand years.


In Dead Astronauts, an interstellar probe decelerates into earth orbit. Nothing happens. An astronaut team discovers why. Its crew died in transit. Exposed to whatever killed the aliens, can NASA let the explorers come home? Quarantined and running out of air, how can they survive?


Dead Astronauts is available from your favorite on-line book dealer.  Read an excerpt.  You can buy it from my publisher here today.  You can also buy it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-a-Million.


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Frugal recipes good enough for a first date


With The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook, you will

į      Have restaurant quality meals without the quality restaurant prices.

į      Serve something youÕll be proud to serve to company.

į      Not spend too much time cooking or rushing back to the store for some oddball ingredient.

į      Enjoy a laugh or two from the cookbook.

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The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook


Gourmet meals at budget prices from Woodrow WilsonÕs kitchen


More kitchen creativity is crammed into the expanded edition of The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook. You loved the easy affordable dishes in the original. Everyday dinners featured great comfort foods like Meatloaf or Pork Chili. Special occasions called for fancy entrˇes like Filet Mignon Stuffed with Bleu Cheese or Bacon-Wrapped Crab-Stuffed Shrimp. You'll discover new favorites in the second edition. Braised Chicken with Garlic and Crab Quiche are just a few of the new offerings.


The fun continues in the second edition. "Cooking well should be as much fun as eating well" remains the theme. Preparing the world's moistest chicken still requires you to "Open beer. Drink half." There's a new recipe for Pregnant Turkey. Try Two-Paws-Up Brussels Sprouts or Mushrooms Diablo. Your guest will ask for them by name.


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Champagne Brunch



Special starts for special days from Woodrow WilsonÕs kitchen


Early morning entertaining at its best.


Whether itÕs an intimate brunch for two or a holiday breakfast for the whole family, your table deserves something special. Champagne Brunch offers some suggestions to make the occasion special. ThereÕs a selection of dishes you donÕt serve every morning.  Some—like Avocado and Shrimp Brunch or Mushroom Omelet—are fast and easy to prepare. Others—like The Morning after the Night Before Brunch and Crustless Crab Quiche—take a little longer. YouÕ discover brunch classics—like Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros—in there. All these restaurant quality dishes made out of things you probably have around the kitchen. But the most important ingredient into this brunch is the thought you put into it. Your guest will thank you.


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Launch your taste buds and your imagination into orbit. Creativity in the kitchen and in the lab generate fuel for the body and fuel for the mind. Woodrow Wilson shares both in his writings and in his speeches.

A retired rocket scientist, Wilson writes and talks about the world he knows—the world at the forefront of science and technology. HeÕs been there, done that. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and raised under the star of Sputnik, Wilson was educated for the space race. He earned a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Temple University in Philadelphia and then a PhD in Chemical Physics from Caltech in Pasadena. He has detonated rocket fuel, and studied twelve thousand mile per hour impacts the laboratory. He has supported ground- and flight-testing of anti-ballistic missiles. He invented a critical component of that system. The realities of space travel underlie his novels, Dead Astronauts and Stranded on Mars. Fly with him into Earth orbit and next door to the planet Mars.


Success in research demands coloring outside the lines. Wilson carries that tradition into his writing. His science fiction novels explore alien worlds. Dead Astronauts tours the remnants of visitors from a water-covered planet orbiting alpha centuri. Fish Story is a tale of people kept by dolphins. Dolphins live in the ocean—a place more alien than the moon or Mars, He describes an advanced dolphin civilization hiding there in plain sight that abducts human for study and more.


A retired research and development leader, Wilson supported Army management of medical research programs. Those developed medical defenses against chemical warfare agents. He also consulted on an Army program to field a new malaria drug, and to an Air Force anthrax program. He contributed to a quantitative assessment of the health effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. His familiarity with the military medical research community lends realism to his second novel, The Utah Flu.


Wilson not only walks the walk about science, he talks the talk. He leads Caltech alumni luncheons in San Diego County, and delivers technical presentations for nontechnical audiences through Toastmasters. Engineering, energy, and exo-planets are but a few of the technical topics that fascinate him. His What Color Are Little Green Men? presents an eclectic collection of his speeches and columns about science, engineering and medicine. History interests him too. He offers an eclectic selection of speech topics in science, in history, and in cooking. Those may show up in his future books. WilsonÕs upcoming novels will explore the world from the oceanÕs depths to near-earth orbit and beyond.


Driven by his passion for tasty food and his voracious appetite, Wilson has been inventing and improving recipes for more than forty years. He loves serving intimate dinners for two or four—filled with garlic and wine, conversation and laughter. His repertoire will satisfy both kinds of people, he says. Those who live to eat can celebrate great taste sensations; those who eat to live can celebrate fast and easy preparation from ingredients they have on-hand. His recipe collection morphed into a cookbook when a Toastmaster project got out of hand. An advanced speech assignment called for him to deliver a progress report. He would report on his progress toward his dream of writing a cookbook one day. His first attempt had failed when his computer crashed and his research assistant crash dieted. His recipe collection was a database, not a cookbook. The dream was miles away. Encouragement from his fellow Toastmasters led to The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook. Read the full story of its creation in The Heart of a Toastmaster.


Wilson has carried his active involvement in science, technology, engineering nad medicine into retirement. He publishes a weekly column presenting technical topics for the general public. Enjoy his Mad Scientist column. He also writes science for a professional audience under contract to leading professional institutes.


Distinguished Toastmaster Woodrow Wilson is available to speak on his books—and many other topics. He is a frequent volunteer and mentors Toastmaster officers. Wilson is an award-winning educator, currently presenting the Toastmaster program to undergraduate and graduate students. He is an avid advocate for the education of gifted children.


Wilson is a widower who lives in northern San Diego County. He is the father of two sons and the grandfather of five grandsons.



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