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I wrote the first version of Journey Toward the Dawn in 1993 after the sudden shutdown of yet-another-startup supercomputer company threw me—and scores of others—out of work. It had been years since the last time I had done any creative writing so the story just about wrote itself.

After rewrites and polishing, I finally launched the book through a primitive online venture in 1996, but this attempt was blown out of the water by the demand of my new job and Journey Toward the Dawn went untouched for more than a dozen years.

In the late fall of 2008 I was listening to one of the commercial nightly newscasts about soldiers who were severely wounded in the middle-east war. It struck me that my story of Erik Sunstrum who had been severely disabled in an automobile accident and was still living a fairly normal life might give these wounded warriors a second thought about their own futures.

Awhile later, it occured to me that soldiers arent the only one who can and do suffer severe disabilities. That from everyday life, unseen and unforseeable events may strike anyoneone and everyone--thru accident or illnesses or from an assortment of birth defects. At best, life is a risky proposition. Exceedingly few of us get thru life unscathed.

...And so it goes.

Gary Kline
19 May. 2010

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