Penscript author Cary Neeper debuted her first science fiction novel A Place Beyond Man in 1975 (Charles Scribner’s Sons, Dell, and Millington, London) and re-released it as an Author’s Guild Backinprint edition in 2011. Its themes of sustainability and interspecies cooperation have now grown into new adventures for its human, elll and varok family as they travel the alternate 21st century Solar System in the four-volume Archives of Varok, coming from Penscript Publishing House in 2012–2014. Cary’s other works include two musical science fiction comedies “UFFDA!” and “Petra and the Jay,” as well as newspaper and magazine articles, essays, short stories, and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor. Cary is an avid student of complexity theory, sustainability, steady-state economics, and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
Cary grew up in the foothills of Hayward, California, where she helped rack dried fruit on her father’s 40-acre apricot ranch. She studied zoology/chemistry and religion at Pomona College and medical microbiology at the University of Wisconsin before moving with her husband to northern New Mexico to raise their family. The Neepers still live in the Southwest with a friendly menagerie of dogs, fish, chickens, geese, ducks and a turkey called Little Bear. Cary plays string bass with local folk, symphony and jazz groups and tennis with local retired physicists. She paints landscapes in acrylics, including the cover art for her first Penscript title, The Webs of Varok.