|Crawford Debuts Novel “Delta G”|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00|
Through his career of more than 30 years in the Air Force, David Crawford has had many experiences with the unknown.
His examination of a fifth force of nature has taken him to the top of the world, remote deserts, as well as to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and are transcribed in his debut novel, titled ‘Delta G.’
The science-fiction novel, released by Gypsy Publications, is based on Crawford’s 15 year quest of harnessing the fifth force of nature (unified field theory). While researching gravitational anomalies in Greenland it was discovered that the gravitational constant was no longer constant.
“I’ve seen a lot of strange things, heard a lot of strange things and encountered a lot of strange things so I wanted to put it all together in a sort of quasi autobiography of all the places I’ve been and things I’ve done to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren,” said Crawford.
A Tipp City resident, Crawford served an engineering officer in the Air Force for 15 years, during which time he was instrumental in developing and testing several advanced aerospace technologies. Assignments ranged from Ballistic Missile Engineering, Nuclear Shock and Blast testing, Subterranean Engineering, and currently advanced propulsion. He worked near and on super secret military instillations at the Nevada Test Site (Area-51), and the Yuma Proving Grounds. He was Chief Engineer at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida; one of the apexes of the Bermuda Triangle until the base was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He then went to Wright -Pat as Project Engineer to build an addition to the Avionics Lab, Building 620, straddling the supposed secret tunnel complexes under the base.
Though ‘Delta G’ contains some high-tech formulas, they aren’t essential to the understanding of the story. “If you get tied up in the science or math, just skip over it. You can get right back into the story,” he said.
For those interested in the scientific details, the book does include coordinates of actual places that readers can look up on Google Earth. There also photographs taken by Crawford that add an extra sense of realism to the novel. Furthermore some urban legends are tied in involving Wright-Pat, Serpent Mound and other Ohio locations.
Crawford aimed to form a proper mix of technical jargon, with enough adventure, mystery and even a little romance to attract the interest of all readers. And beyond entertainment, ‘Delta G’ is also meant to produce though. “What is science? What is fiction? I want to leave the reading wondering, ‘what does this guy really know?’” he said.
The completion of the book was a six year process for Crawford. It wasn’t until overcoming a health scare that he decided to get in gear and pursue his dreams. “Fighting colon cancer put things in perspective. It inspired me to finally start putting pencil to paper and then I was fortunate to find Gypsy Publications, who wanted to publish the story,” said Crawford.
The official release of ‘Delta G’ will be celebrated on Friday, October 26 with a party at Studio 14, located in Benkins, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will hors d’ oeuvres. Crawford will be signing, as well Mary Bingamon Haller with her children’s book, ‘Whispering Sycamore.’