Ramona Louise Wheeler is a free-lance writer and graphic artist. Her fiction work was first published in Analog magazine in 1998, her “Ray and Rokey” series, good old-fashion space opera at its best. The late, great Kelly Freas illustrated them for Analog. The complete adventures of Ray and Rokey were published by Wildside Press, Have Starship, Will Travel and Starship For Hire. They are available from major online stores, in print and digital.
Wheeler’s non-fiction works focus on the literature and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. Her website, “Walk Like An Egyptian,” has been a learning aid for students around the globe since 1995. Her Egyptian essays were published first in 2000, Walk Like An Egyptian: A Modern Guide to The Religion and Philosophy of Ancient Egypt. It was translated into Chinese for the Asian market in 2001, and a third, expanded edition came out in 2004, with cover art by the author. The new edition contains material on the Egyptian calendar, including a unique translation of the only existing copies, provided by Diana Janeen Pierce. Her most recent work on Egypt is an e-book, Walk Like An Egyptian: Ancient Faith, Modern Mind, published by Smashwords and available in all formats.
Wheeler is currently working with Tor Books on a series of novels based in an alternate timeline in which Egypt, rather than Rome, became the foundation for Western European civilization.
In 1983, Wheeler was a founding member of Hal’s Pals, the science fiction writers group led by the dean of hard sf, Hal Clement. In 2004, Professor Tom Easton, retired book reviewer for Analog and a true Renaissance Man, took over the helm for the group when Hal Clement passed away. The group continues to thrive with Professor Easton’s guidance. Such authors as Sherry Briggs, Wendy Spencer, Judith Klein-Dial and Walter Hunt are members of Hal’s Pals. The group was dubbed “Hal’s Pals” by Harlan Ellison in 1997.
Wheeler is also a graphic artist, specializing in book and web page layout, design and illustration. Her latest graphic project is a set of playing cards with art from ancient Egypt, combining the history of the card deck with the mystery of the Nile.