R. K. Mann began her work life as an economist, eventually morphing into a computer consultant in NY. Later, her hobby screenplay became Vestron’s Backtrack (Catchfire), starring Jodie Foster and Dennis Hopper. She was Associate Producer of the comedy Round Numbers, starring Kate Mulgrew, Marty Ingles, and Samantha Eggar. She also co-wrote the novel, Catchfire, which was published in several languages.
A few years ago, R.K. Mann moved back to her native Florida. She is a lifelong sheller and a more recent kayaker.
A Patusian trader on an intergalactic mission awakens to discover that his space vessel is missing and his eyes and ears are gone. Only gaping holes remain where his nose and mouth had been. In place of his main senses he has inexplicably gained the power of telepathy, which he must harness as his only defense against the ferocious and highly evolved aliens, the drogan Kin, who immediately begin hunting him for food. Maranth, a stunningly beautiful young doctor, is briefed about the depravities of sex, violence, and intoxication before she leaves her cultured home planet, Veddi, to begin practicing medicine at an off-world mine. But when savage Afthari raiders attack the mine and enslave Maranth, she finds herself in a world frighteningly different from the perfect, structured society in which she was raised. Against all odds, the trader finds his way to the Afthari raider colony and uses his newfound telepathy to communicate with Maranth, the only kind soul he encounters there. Together, they embark on a daring journey to return home. Set in a tumultuous future, The Trader: Man With No Face is a thrilling space odyssey packed with page-turning action and romance that raises difficult questions about the nature of love, societal norms and identity.