Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The F-22 Raptor, Robert Gates, and "Air Power Abandoned"

This may grab you. It may prompt you to ask questions.

It's the cover of a book titled "AIR POWER ABANDONED." I'm writing it now. The cover design is the work of the talented Victor Rook. The text, about Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the decapitation of the Air Force, and the scuttling of the F-22 Raptor, will be my work.

There's time to weigh in. If you have insights on the period 2006 to 2011 and what it meant for American air power, I need to hear from you.

I'm thankful to so many friends who support my writing and my books. At age twelve, I used paper route money to buy an Underwood portable typewriter and tried my hand at writing. I have a shoebox full of rejection slips. One, from the old Esquire magazine, includes a handwritten note: "Almost made it." Gill Robb Wilson, editor-in-chief of Flying magazine, wrote me a thoughtful letter when he rejected an article I'd submitted.

My first paid magazine contribution appeared in the November 1955 issue of Air Force magazine when I was in high school. If you have it, burn it. It's probably not worth keeping but it was a beginning. This year, I'll celebrate sixty years of writing for publication. Most of it has been about the Air Force.

"AIR POWER ABANDONED" is coming together at the same time as my efforts to publish fiction for the first time. My first priority is those who fly and fight. But my recently published alternate history "HITLER'S TIME MACHINE" has been well received. While continuing to write about the Air Force, I'm also writing a noir crime novel tentatively titled "CRIME SCENE: FAIRFAX COUNTY."

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hitler's Jets and "Hitler's Time Machine"

I have an article about the development of Jet Aircraft in the Third Reich in the June issue of WW II HISTORY magazine, which will be on news stands about two weeks from now.

My new alternate history "HITLER'S TIME MACHINE" is being well received. You can order a copy via Amazon or directly from me. The details are elsewhere on this page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Habanero, Hitler and "Hitler's Time Machine"

Habanero is a good friend of ours who lives with Nate, another friend and supporter. 

Nate's a total aviation person. He's going to love my article about German jets coming in the June issue of WW II History magazine, He'll like my series on the century-series fighters on the Warbirds News site. But what's really neat about Habanero and Nate is that they share my love for alternate history, reflected in my new book, "Hitler's Time Machine."'

Here's our pal Habanero tuckered out after a weekend spent traveling back to the 1940s to visit Doggimus and attempting to learn the secrets of "Hitler's Time Machine". Habanero returned with insane stories of hiking his leg on Panzers and Stukas and pooping on Dr. Morley's front steps. Habanero met Hitler's dog, Blondi, and had unkind things to say.

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Hitler's Time Machine" Interview

This is a recent interview about my new book. They asked pointed questions about Hitler's Time Machine. There's a discussion of other writings as well. Hope you find this interesting.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Welcome To My Blog

Thank you for visiting my site. I'm Robert F. Dorr, or Bob Dorr, or Bob. I'm venturing into alternate history and science fiction with my book Hitler's Time Machine. It's a big step for me. This year, I'll celebrate my 60th anniversary of my first paid publication — in the November 1955 issue of Air Force magazine. I've made many friends writing magazine articles, newspaper columns and books, including a history of B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crews in combat (Mission to Berlin). All of these writings, until now, have been non-fiction. With Hitler's Time Machine — an alternate view of how World War II might have unfolded — I'm making the leap to fiction and inviting you to travel with me. This blog is a new venture for me as well, and is made possible through the artistry of Victor Rook and Rook Communications. Watch this space for insights into history, military stuff, aviation, writing, and — yes — time travel. Enjoy the trip.