Meet the Author

David L. BrownI am David L. Brown, the author of Promise of the Phoenix, the two-volume novel series that inspired the Star Phoenix Base initiative and this website. They were written in the mid-1990s. Presently the two books of the series, Quest of the Seekers and Phoenix Arisen, are available as Kindle eBooks. They are free.

Besides the Phoenix series I have written the science fiction thriller Quantum Cowboy and the non-fiction book Dead End Path: How Industrial Agriculture Has Stolen Our Future, an extended essay on how population, resource depletion and environmental destruction have led human civilization to the brink of disaster.

I’ve also written two other novels: Sarah and the Dragon is about what happens when a smart 18-year-old girl meets an ancient alien who becomes her mentor. Retirement Man is a thrilling murder mystery. Most recently I wrote a non-fiction book on the art of writing fiction and memoirs, titled Word Power. All these books are available from Amazon and other sources.

I recently opened a personal “store” on Amazon to offer my photographs as fine art prints. I’ve uploaded about 450 of my landscape photographs in both regular and panoramic formats to be purchased through Amazon and fulfilled by me as museum quality prints in various sizes. My Amazon “brand” is Image Quest.You can read all about my books at my publishing company website My photo business web site is

A graduate of the top-ranked University of Missouri School of Journalism, I have many years of experience as a journalist, editor, freelance writer and photographer. I have particular expertise in the fields of science, technology, nature, agriculture and health. Widely traveled, in addition to my writing I am an internationally known landscape photographer and have a deep life-long interest in science and the natural world.

I am a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Professional Journalists (in 2010 I served as president of the New Mexico chapter),  and and am a Life Member of the American Society of Media Photographers. Also in 2010 I was named Citizen Journalist of the Year in SPJ’s Region that includes New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

Following the death of my wife Patricia in June, 2011, I became a full-time RVer accompanied by my cat Tiggy, who until her untimely death had her own blog here and “wrote” a column for a bi-monthly paper about animals (click on the link “Travels with Tiggy” in the menu bar).

Since 2012 I’ve been living in Moab, UT, where I’ve been a camp host, photo tour guide and workshop leader, fine art photographer, and photography columnist for a local rag.