Doug Roberts grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He spent 11 years in Las Cruces, New Mexico during his college years, alternatively working on a couple of degrees, rock climbing in the Organ Mountains just east of town, and working summers to put himself through school. Since then he has worked as a computer scientist at several national laboratories including, of course, Los Alamos. He eventually ended up living in Nambe, New Mexico.
These days, he plays his 1921 C-Melody saxophone several nights a week in Santa Fe, and rides a BMW GSA 1200 motorcycle to places like Alaska, the Yukon and other parts of Canada. He and his wife take care of the 15 parrots, 40 peacocks, and an ever-changing population of stray cats that call the 200 year old adobe house they live in home. Well, not the peacocks. They live outside. Except for one or two. But that's another story.
Second Cousins is a science fiction novel set in the present day. It is hard science fiction, which should not be too surprising, given that Frederich Pohl, Larry Niven, and Joe Haldeman are some of my favorite authors. This book is about 60,000 words in length and is a story about the discovery of another, advanced civilization.
24,000 years ago during the last ice age, what is now White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico was then a 1,600 square mile lake which geologists have named Lake Otero. Gradually the weather became drier and warmer as the ice age retreated, and the gypsum that had been dissolved in the lake deposited out as the lake dried up, leaving the modern-day pure white dunes of gypsum sand.
At the southern end of this range of dunes on what is now part of the White Sands Missile Range, the sands have drifted, exposing something that should not have been there.