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Happy Birthday Ric!

Happy Birthday Ric!
Warrick Merrell Locke (Ric Locke) was born on February 3rd, 1948 in Pittsburg, Texas. He served in the United States Navy, on an aircraft carrier. After retiring from the Navy he became a very active blogger with strong political opinions. In his own words he was a “self-opinionated S.O.B.

Ric has started writing his Temporary Duty book in the late nineties, revising it multiple times between 2001 and 2005. The book was ultimately self-published and exists only in electronic form.

Ric has passed away in July 2012 after losing his battle with lung cancer. He posted a “This ain’t working” entry on his personal blog 3 days before his death. For a long time he had to rely on donations from Temporary Duty fans and his friends because the book has sold so well that the Internal Revenue Service has denied him the Social Security benefits he was entitled to.

At the time of his death, Ric was working on the sequel to “Temporary Duty” called “Service Call”. About 2/3rds of the book was written and there’s a community effort to get it finished by some other author.

To commemorate Ric’s birthday here are some quotes from his book:

– “Very few things are actually impossible. Some of them are improbable”
– “’Freedom’ is a noble ideal, but has no referent in the perceivable Universe. None of us is truly ‘free’ so long as we require air, water, food, and shelter to survive”
– “Beer is like gravy. Everybody has it, and everybody claims to have invented it”
– “When you’re reading it’s better to have quiet, so you can listen to the voices the book makes in your head”
– “It’s a basic principle of trading that the other party should be made as unsure of himself as possible. Confused people make bad deals”
– “No matter where you were or what was going on, hot water and soap and razor and the familiar curves and hollows of your own face centered you, started the day off with something solid, something you could handle, a minor success to serve as omen for the rest of the day. Maybe that was why women used makeup”
“To keep ‘desperate improvisation’ so far within the bounds of civilized custom is remarkable in and of itself”
“There comes a time when self-confident optimism turns into flat reckless stupidity”

Happy Birthday Ric! You are with the Makers now. God bless you!
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in History, Ric Locke


Breathtaking views of West Virginia

Breathtaking views of West Virginia

West Virginia is best known for its coal mines, lack of natural lakes and harsh weather. What this state is less known for is absolutely breathtaking scenery.

The main character from Ric Locke‘s book Temporary Duty is originally from West Virginia. I’ve never been there myself, but looking at the pictures below I can well believe the place is beautiful.

These pictures were taken as part of crowdfunded astrography book SKYGLOW slated to be published in the Spring of 2016.

Original Gizmodo post



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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Nature, Ric Locke, Temporary Duty


SERVICE CALL, the sequel that’s still somewhere in this volume of space…

“Service Call”, the sequel to “Temporary Duty” was 2/3rd complete in July 2012. As it stands today it might never see the light of day…. or any light for that matter. Some copies have been distributed to Ric’s friends and potential publishers. What I know of the plot is that it was supposed to be set in the same Kree universe but with different characters, although Peters gets a chance to reappear. We all can hope the sequel was meant to answer some of the questions we all were asking about. Time will tell…

Not all is lost however, so keep your hopes up folks! We’re working hard to get the sequel going!

Ric Locke died on July 24th, 2012

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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Ric Locke, Temporary Duty


Temporary Duty review by

I found this review written in 2013 just couple of days ago. I think it’s worth the read. The entire article can be found here:

Temporary Duty Cover

Temporary Duty review by

“What happens when a pair of enlisted sailors are loaned to an alien vessel? Shenanigans, obviously. Temporary Duty is a unique look at first contact through the eyes of a low ranking member of the military – essentially your typical everyman.

The story picks up after a visit to Earth by aliens. Thankfully they haven’t come to conquer; they’ve come to trade. But what does humanity have to offer a space-faring species? Weapons of war, naturally. It turns out humanity is really good at kicking ass.”


Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Temporary Duty


July 24th, the day a writer died….

Ric Locke has joined the Makers exactly 3 years ago, July 24th, 2012. I never knew Ric personally, but he changed my life nonetheless. Rest in peace Ric, you will be in our memories forever! was set up as a result. If you’d like to contribute, or just feel like blogging, feel free to join our Pa’ol or contact the Admin!

Ric’s page at

Ric’s Blog



Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Ric Locke

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