Pilot, spacecraft navigator, author: Tony Taylor flew 150 combat missions over North and South Vietnam in 1967. In his second career he navigated NASA spacecraft to every planet in the solar system, capping his NASA experiences with the New Horizons flyby of Pluto in 2015.
His first novel, Counters—a story of air combat—won Honorable Mention in the international 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards and also made the short list for the Grand Prize. His second novel, The Darkest Side of Saturn—reflecting many of his NASA experiences—won several national and international awards including the 2015 Book of the Year in the Arizona Literary Contest, First Place for Commercial Fiction in the 2016 Hoffer Awards, and also made the Short List for Grand Prize in the Hoffer contest.
Tony lives with his wife Jan in Sedona, Arizona. He may not be the only interplanetary navigator (retired) in Sedona—land of vortices and UFO enthusiasts—but he’s probably the only one who actually worked for NASA.