The following two science-fiction novels are complete but as yet unpublished.

Native Son

When his best friend Dilia is abducted, slum-child Cort is thrown into conflict with the Starmen who control his planet. Armed only with his determination and his father’s bone knife, Cort will stop at nothing to rescue Dilia–even if he has to destroy the Starbase to do it.

Restless Son has it all: action and adventure; romantic elements; a cold-hearted villain; personable animals; and even an amiable alien.

Alien Son

When his ship leaves Aran, Mikel, an impetuous young scientist, stays behind, hoping to learn more about the planet of his father’s birth. Here he meets the lovely and mysterious Taera, the dream persona of time-traveling historian Aiana. Hiding her own feelings, Taera convinces Mikel to return to Earth in order to save Aran. But she does not reveal the role he will play in the events that shape Earth itself—a role that compromises his integrity and his love.

Time travel on both a large and a personal scale twists through Alien Son as Mikel and Aiana struggle to find a future in which they can realize both their destinies together.


The following two science-fiction novels are nearing completion.

An Appointed Time

Kell has been cloned from—someone, but whom?

He arrives on conflict-torn Eden, where he begins recalling fragments of a great hero’s memories.  Although his fragile sense of identity is threatened by Swifthammer’s more robust one, Kell assumes his predecessor’s mantle.

In a program of escalating provocation, Eden’s warlord oppressor brings Kell near to breaking.  Memories surface that are not grounded in either Kell’s or Swifthammer’s experiences, and Kell must choose between the two destinies he has been created for–or find another he can call his own. For only by combining the Black Lord’s hegemony with Swifthammer’s can Kell bring peace to Eden.

The Last Lord of Eden

Nominal warlord of the wealthy planet Eden, Kell wants a family of his own. With his adoption he has a chance of making this dream come true. But his uncle, head of that family, will stop at nothing to destroy Kell and claim the hegemony of Eden for himself and his sons. 

Kell is determine to free Eden of the conflict that generations of outside warlords have inflicted on it, but to do this he must first establish himself as the rightful warlord and then find a way to legitimize the planet’s representation as a full member of the interplanetary federation. As the only source of a mind-enhancing and wildly addictive drug used by the most influential leaders of government and business, Eden can preserve its fragile independent standing only if it can continue to produce sufficient quantities of this drug.

But when the powerful leader of the Senate’s drug-regulating Negotiations Management Committee joins forces with Kell’s uncle, Eden’s future and Kell’s are thrown into jeopardy. Ultimately, Kell is forced to choose between the family he longs for and the planet he loves.

With two subject-matter-experts, I am a coauthor of the following nonfiction book.

Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design

Published by the American Council on Education and available through this link at  ISBN: 0-275-98123-1.

Having worked for over sixty colleges and universities and visited hundreds more in careers as institutional planners and designers, the authors have found that in most cases, the physical campus mirrors the issues an institution faces. Mission and Place shows how institutions of higher education can provide leadership in addressing important strategic issues through campus design and planning and how at the same time they can create an enduring legacy. It presents a visionary mission-based framework that the trustees, presidents, and senior administrators of today’s colleges and universities, and their design and planning consultants, can use in overall campus planning and design decisions; and it focuses this vision with specific actions that can be undertaken at all levels of institutional governance and administration.

2 Responses to Books

  1. Dear Ms. Kenney,

    A Kenneth Lynch wrote me inquiring about building a boat from Lake Inle and he attached some photographs he may have gotten from you. I am a boatbuilder, writer and researcher and I have been studying traditional Japanese boatbuilding since 1996. I’ve long wanted to visit Lake Inle and been aware of the amazing culture of boats there. I was wondering if you could tell me the location of the boatbuilder you met? If you have any leads or suggestions I would appreciate them. There is a chance I might go to Myannmar next year.


    Douglas Brooks

    • admin says:

      Dear Mr. Brooks,
      Regrettably, I do not know the name of the village where we stopped to watch the boat builder. I see now that I should have taken more careful notes of such things, but I was too caught up in the whole experience at the time. I would urge you to go visit Lake Inle. Every aspect of our visit there was amazing, and I’m sure, given your expertise, you’d like to see how they build their beautiful boats. There are more pictures and descriptions of Lake Inle on my blog:

      We had a guide named Zaw Lyn who was quite knowledgeable about Burmese history and contemporary culture. I believe he may have worked for Thomas Cooke agency (not the agency we used, but I think this was subcontracted somehow), so perhaps you could arrange his help–or that of someone else with similar expertise–through them.

      Good luck in your quest! I hope you get to build that boat.

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