The Rocket Riders

At the end of the universe lies the meaning of family …

When fifteen-year-old J.R. Rider’s father inherits an interstellar spaceship, J.R. and the rest of the Rider family set off on a race to become the first human beings to break the galactic barrier. Alone in the cosmos, the Riders join forces to confront hostile aliens, a band of robotic space pirates, and ultimately Commander McArthur J. Bowman, a rogue Space Corps officer out to steal their flight plan and their glory. Somewhere along their journey of discovery, J.R. uncovers the truth about the unthinkable sacrifice his father, Rudolph, made for the entire family, and Rudolph is reminded of exactly what it was that motivated that sacrifice in the first place.

The Rocket Riders is a novel-length riff on the classic Ray Bradbury short story titled “The Rocket Man.” While I seek out a publisher for The Rocket Riders, please enjoy some of the musical inspiration that fueled my journey.

Stage I:


“And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time

‘Til touch down brings me ‘round again to find

I’m not the man they think I am at home.”

Rocket Man” by Elton John



Stage II:


“I can’t stand to fly

I’m not that naive

Men weren’t meant to ride

With clouds between their knees.”

Superman (It’s Not Easy)” by Five for Fighting



Stage III:


“If you could soldier on

Headstrong into the storm

I’ll be here waiting on the other side …

‘Cause if you never leave home, never let go

You’ll never make it to the great unknown …”

Keep Your Eyes Open” by NeedToBreathe




“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright, bright Sun-Shiny day.”

I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash



End Credits

Short Trip Home” by Joshua Bell and Friends


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