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Robert G. Williscroft

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Served 23 years in Navy and NOAA. Started as enlisted Submarine Sonar Tech, selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, and graduated from Univ. of Wash. in Marine Physics and Meteorology. Returned to subs as Navy’s first Poseidon Weapons Officer. Then was Navigator, and Saturation Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the DSRV, and then as Officer in Charge of the Test Operations Group out of San Diego, conducting deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition – which forms the basis for his Cold War novel Operation Ivy Bells.

In NOAA, directed diving ops throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. NOAA published and distributed Doctoral dissertation, A Method for Protecting Scuba Divers from the Hazards of Contamin
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Robert G. Williscroft In my hard science fiction novel, "The Starchild Compact," I created a world inside Saturn's moon Iapetus, a world built by people who arrived in our …moreIn my hard science fiction novel, "The Starchild Compact," I created a world inside Saturn's moon Iapetus, a world built by people who arrived in our solar system long ago, and who became the founders of the modern human race. In the novel, Iapetus actually is a derelict starship. I am finishing the sequel now -- "The Iapetus Federation." In this book, the Earth becomes victim to a global Jihad, and much of Earth's population finds its way to Iapetus, Mars, the colonies at L-4 and L-5, other colonies throughout the asteroids, and several moons of Jupiter and Saturn. This is the "world" I would visit, and where I would live, were it actually possible to do so. Robert Heinlein once said through his memorable character Lazarus Long that the best thing about space travel is that it makes it possible to go somewhere else. For me, that would be the world of "The Iapetus Federation."(less)
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“In many ways fast cruise is tougher than being out to sea. When you're out, you just do your job, and take in stride what comes along. During fast cruise you deliberately push everything to the limit. If it's going to break, better alongside the pier than 2,000 miles away from nowhere, or on the bottom in the Soviets' back yard.”
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“What also happened, however, was that another DSRV-equipped submarine put to sea occasionally, except that this DSRV really was a saturation diving chamber designed to look like a DSRV. The job of these guys was no more and no less than to retrieve pieces of Soviet missile warheads from the ocean bottom at the splash zone of their test site in the Sea of Okhotsk, and to tap into the Soviet underwater communications cables snaking along the bottom through that area.”
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