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Welcome to the John Dalmas home page. Dalmas is a veteran science fiction author with 27 published novels that include the Regiment series,  The Yngling series, and The Second Coming.

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"Simple Gifts," Aaron Copland, and the Swedish connection

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 | Last Updated Jul 4, 2009

a deeper look at the origin of "Simple Gifts"

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Appalachian Spring, "Simple Gifts," Aaron Copland, Swedish folk music, jukeboxes, and Scandinavian America


Posted on Jun 17, 2009 | Last Updated Jun 19, 2009

personal thoughts and reminiscences

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humor, martial arts, movies, health, obesity, old age, fitness, smoking

Rant on Our Times, With Reply

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 | Last Updated Jun 5, 2009

A dynamic of social evolution

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politics, Jesse Jackson, old times, liberals, conservatives, Spokane, Spokesman-Review, Idaho

Blogsite Newsletter June 2009

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 | Last Updated Jun 1, 2009

overdue newsletter

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MisCon, publishing, agents, old age, The Signature of God, The Second Coming, Lois McMasters Bujold, Paatricia Briggs, Mercedes Thompson


Posted on Nov 11, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 11, 2008

Aspects of the issue

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National health care, political slogans, conventional wisdom, health insurance, national comparisons, cultural elements

Newsletter #1

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2008

Newsletter of October 6, 2008

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Jan Christiaan Smuts

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 3, 2008

a personality study of a conflicted genius

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J.C. Smuts, psychology, personality study, history, South Africa, British Empire, Boer War, Louis Botha, cultural study, cosmology

Government, the Real World, and Politics: Part 2

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 29, 2008

Free Market Economics

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free market, market forces, economics, depressions, merchant marine, pork barrel, labor unions, Lake Carriers Association, hobos, railroad police, coal mining, Genghis Khan, history,

Government, the Real World, and Politics

Posted on Oct 12, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 12, 2008

analysis and commentary, from a partly epistemological viewpoint

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politics, real world, statistical analysis, modeling, labor analyses, modeling, analogs, the labor movement, merchant marine, ships' boiler rooms, seamen, Great Lakes, Great Depression, hobos

ABOUT AGING: my own story so far

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 10, 2008

Personal observations on my own senility, the 5th in a series on aging

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aging, senility, strokes, the brain

Where you been, John?

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 19, 2008

my three month absence explained

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writing, blogging, aging, Great Northern War, Stockholm, Helsinki

MAYA: An Illusion?

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 5, 2008

a conversation imagined

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philosophy, cosmology, reality, spirituality


Posted on Jun 22, 2008 | Last Updated Jun 22, 2008

Gail's Story

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Geriatrics, marriage, stroke, philosophy, love, family, case history, aging


Posted on Jun 16, 2008 | Last Updated Jul 23, 2008

My mom

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family, old age, health, personal history, senility, strokes, the brain

More About Egolfs

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 | Last Updated Jun 8, 2008

more about this remarkable human

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ecology, history, World War II, philosophy

David Palter Reviews #1

Posted on Apr 6, 2008 | Last Updated Apr 6, 2008

some epic fantasy series compared

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Terry Goodkind, Stephen King, Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling


Posted on Mar 27, 2008 | Last Updated Apr 6, 2008

a brief reminiscence/memorial

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Latvia, Germany, USSR, personal history, history of World War Two, immigrants, forestry, forest ecology, education, research, synecological coordinates, Baltic University

Alternate Universes

Posted on Mar 23, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 5, 2008

Science Fiction, cosmology

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cosmology, science fiction, ideas, the Higuchian Series

ON AGING, Part 2

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 | Last Updated Apr 6, 2008

more about senility

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old age, health, personal history, senility, strokes, the brain


Posted on Mar 9, 2008 | Last Updated Oct 5, 2008

opening commens on senility (03/09/2008)

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old age, senility, health, personal history

Joe San Miguel

Jul 2, 2013

Best wishes John. Have just found your books and wanted to thank you for writing these stories. Such a great way to tell stories about the people in war. As a veteran combat medic I could see a lot of your experiences with the military and appreciated the skill you have to explain a very violent and bloody event in a soldiers' life. Good luck and good health

Ellen Weaver

Jun 10, 2013


I have just finished your book, The Regiment, which I acquired on a whim from a huge used bookstore and I would like to express to you the true enjoyment I felt while reading such a unique and compelling novel. My dad is a science fiction lover, and although I have always strayed more towards fantasy I have been instilled with a love for engaging science fiction. It has been awhile since I was so truly motivated by a chance discovery and eager to pursue more by an author who is new to me, if already a true veteran in his genre. I look forward to consuming more of your works, especially those involving the T'swa--a remarkable and well reasoned culture, and passing them along to family and friends who I know will appreciate them.

Best wishes,


Frank Baron

Mar 12, 2013

Hi John,

Just a note to say I'm thinking about you. Hope you're having a good day.


Sidney Burger

Dec 2, 2012

Hi John I wish I had learned how to contact you this way sooner. I have lots to ask and comment on, but am glad to hear you are with family. Two years ago I got to live with my grandfather who was a WWll vet of the European theater. This history has always meant a lot to me. I have been thinking about writing a history of my grandmother and father. My Nana was born in Vermont in1928 and loves to talk about the farm, animals and how she was born before the doc could get there. Hard times followed as the farm was lost ($12.00) a month was 12 too much. It was to Cambridge, MA. Where dad worked for the WPA building roads by hand. No bobcats like I had for paving. Well I will read up more and hope to hear from more from you. You should get the dragon software to use for VTP work. I don't have it but have had a demonstration and am thinking of getting it to help with getting the stories down on paper.

Sidney Burger
12 Carl RD
Arlington, MA 02474

Al Chapman

Apr 12, 2012

Just finished reading the April newsletter. It made my heartrate go up to hear from you and that progress is being made on "ARMFELT" . Reading the sample made me want more, more, more.
I am glad the move to the apartment is working out ok. I miss our talks we had @ the Sanctuary. Since I am in Columbus also, I would love to vist with you if you have the time.

AL Chapman
5873 Liberty Road
Powell, Ohio 43065

Lane Campbell

Oct 22, 2011

Hi, John: sorry/glad to read of your current life in assisted living. I just turned 66 so I may not be too far behind you. My kids think I'm more of a wreck than I think I am...but when I look in a mirror, I understand better where they get their opinion. I recently finished The General's President. The book jumped into my hand from the book cart at the VA Hospital, La Jolla. The cover was a real put off for me, but since it jumped, I received. Your novel really sucked me in quickly. I stopped reading Zorba, Love in the Time of Cholera, Kipling short stories, and White Fang (a book in each of my domains, backpack, restaurant, bed and bathroom) and had a hard time putting Arne down for any of those functions. Good job. Very good job. I am a book snob and I liked your book. Howsomewellever, after about 100 pages my snob was crying out...where o where was the vicious editor to make that a novel for all time? I hope more of your books jump into my hand. Best, Lane