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Welcome to My Mind- Don't Get Lost


Background Information

I took the path less traveled, starting as a boy in the deep canyons of the big city, then moving to a career in agricultural research. After high school, I attended college (Cornell) and graduate school (UC Davis). After a stint in the Army, I spent 46 years in research on the genetics and breeding of lettuce. One highlight- Development of a lettuce variety that was the most widely grown in the world, a product of hard work and serendipity. I also published over 100 research articles, including two books on leafy salad vegetables. I retired in 2003, and moved from the world of science to the world of make believe: writing novels.

 My ambition to write fiction was activated in high school. I wrote two short stories for the school’s literary magazine, The Magpie. This ambition was put on pause through college, grad school, and career. It revived when I retired and resulted in my first novel, “The Departments.”  It is a story of academia, especially academic intrigue and politics, with science as a background theme. A faculty member resigns from one of the departments. Immediately a feud develops between two groups within the department that disagree over what the nature of the position should be when refilled. Another conflict develops when two other departments also wish to fill the vacancy. The university’s new president joins the fray, wishing to make his own statement about the future of the university. The interdepartmental conflict is resolved by the Board Of Trustees, and the feud is settled by the action of a faculty member, who also finds a way to mollify the losers.

 In future writings, the same forces will probably influence me: science, including science-fiction, and academic politics. I am also interested in the influence of our genes on our personalities and character.

 

Birth Place
New York, CA USA
Accomplishments

During my agricultural research career:
1. Senior Scientist of the Year, Agricultural Research Service, US Dept. of Agriculture, 1994
2. Outstanding Researcher Award, Amer. Soc. For Horticultural Science, 1995
3. Honor Award for Superior Service, USDA, 1997
4. Elected Fellow of ASHS, 1978

Additional Information

Author of two non-fiction books: Leafy Salad Vegetables (1979) and Lettuce, Endive and Chicory (1999) I’m in the final stages of a novel with a touch of sci-fi. Also working on a sequel to “The Departments”, involving evolution v intelligent design.

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77 Paseo Hermoso 
Salinas CA 93908  
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The Departments- Edward Ryder
Information about the book and the author. Includes a blog page (Welcome to My Mind) featuring comments on various subjects, even if preposterous.






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