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John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14 June 30, 2014

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John Oehler, Sunday, 6-29-14

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 Guest:  John Oehler.  Topics:  We discussed the author’s new book, “Papyrus: A Thriller” along with 1983 space technologies, and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use ‘of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed John Oehler back to the program to discuss his new book,”Papyrus: A Thriller,” and some of the 1983 space technologies that contributed to the story.  During the first segment of this 90 minute discussion, Mr. Oehler responded to a few of my general questions regarding ground penetrating radar (GPR), book contests, and self-publishing.  Our guest then told us the story of writing this book, a project which was start and stop over many years.  He also explained why the 1983 setting.  We talked about Queen Tiye who was the mother of King Tutankhamen, the sun god focus, and how the Eritrean war of independence factored in to the story.  Without giving too much away, very early on we saw the use of modern technology and space based technology contributing to the story as a secret message was accidentally discovered to be under a papyrus written by Queen Tiye in the Cairo Museum.  John developed a very exciting way of getting the papyrus out of the museum to be scanned by high technology and from there the story goes back and forth from 1983 to the days of the 19th Dynasty and the focus on the sun god.  Our guest told us enough of the story to get us excited to read the entire book and having read it, I can tell you it’s a “you can’t put me down” type book to read.  One of the questions I asked our guest was could the story have been told or even worked had there been no space technology, specifically remote sensing.  John did not think it would have been written without that contribution.

In the second segment, we talked more about the sun god religion and what happened after the 30 year duration of the focus on the sun god.  I asked John about his next book, “Tepui,” which takes place in Venezuela.  Marshall called in to ask about the need for an author to actually have been to the ISS, the Moon, or Mars to write a good story just as John Oehler has been to the locations he writes about in his books.  We spent a good amount of time discussing this subject from the artist and craft perspective.  We even talked about the Mars Microphone idea and why that would be important for writing good stories about Mars.  More was said about both GPR and LIDAR and how they could be used to write a story based on Martian analysis and findings using these tools on Mars.  For more information about this book and all of John Oehler’s books, visit his website at http://johnoehler.com.  Remember to use the OGLF Amazon portal if you purchase this book through Amazon.

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John Oehler, Sunday, 3-10-13 March 11, 2013

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John Oehler, Sunday, 3-10-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1969-BWB-2013-03-10.mp3

Guest:  John Oehler.  Topics:  John’s new book, “Aphrodesia,” smell and smell issues relating to space.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.

We welcomed John Oehler to the program to discuss his book, “Aphrodesia: A Novel of Suspense,” which focuses on creating a perfume scent based on the fragrance used by the Queen of Sheba to seduce King Solomon.  It’s a great murder mystery which you will enjoy, but it also opened the door for us to discuss smell, space, Mars, the smell of the insides of a space vehicle, and more.  If you buy the book at Amazon using this link, www.amazon.com/Aphrodesia-Novel-Suspense-John-Oehler/dp/1477680306/ref=onegiantlea20.com, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF.  During the first hour of this two hour program, we talked about perfumes, scents, biblical references to the same, and then we talked about smell and fragrance in space.  Our guest had much to say about the ISS as well as the shuttle.  We talked about perfume schools, specifically ISIPCA which was the school used for the book. Another issue that came up was determining what was in an ancient scent given archaeological findings of perfume bottles, containers and such.  Other issues regarding scent were discussed including pheromones, fragrance R&D, and the possible use of fragrances to have a more cooperative or supportive mission effort on a long duration human spaceflight.

In our second segment, we talked about their being a smell of Mars and if any of our rovers could detect it.  John also thought having a simple microphone on a Mars rover to record the sounds from Mars would be worth doing.  In this segment we returned to talking about John’s book and the lead character Eric as the story is a very good mystery story. Doug emailed and called in regarding smell, olfactory neurons and chemical bonding, and he asked about certain dog sniffer behaviors.  This opened up an entire new line of discussion regarding the sense of smell of dogs and also the People Sniffer used by our military during the Vietnam war.  Toward the end of the show, our guest talked about Sherlock Holmes and TV shows based on that character, plus we talked about ethical issues using fragrance to manipulate consumers to buying this or that product.  Our last topic had John telling us about the memory of astronauts regarding the smell of space and why bananas are no longer taken to space for fresh food for the astronauts.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  Visit John’s website for more information at www.johnoehler.com.