Frank Merceret is a retired atmospheric physicist who worked for NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division and the NASA Weather Office at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Between these two positions he was employed by the Office of the State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney. He now writes full time. His experiences as a scientist and lawyer inform his writing.
Currently, Frank is working on a series of three hard sci-fi novels collectively called The Alcubierre Metric Connection. The first in the series, CATSPAW, is complete and is expected to be published in the late summer of 2021. The second book, Wake Turbulence, is being revised after a round of developmental editing. He plans for publication in 2022. The third book is in the conceptual and research stage and is targeted for 2023.
He also writes poetry and short fiction, some of which has been published in college magazines or won awards in local writing contests. Two of his one-act plays have been performed on stage at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach by the Brevard Playrights’ Workshop.
Frank has published a substantial amount of non-fiction. His magazine and newspaper articles have covered science, the law, and his amateur radio hobby, as well as opinion and memoir pieces. He authored chapters in three books (one each, science, law, and ham radio). He co-edited a book-length NASA history of the development of rules designed to protect ascending spacecraft from being struck by lightning to which he also contributed content.
Frank is a skilled public speaker who earned the designation “Distinguished Toastmaster” from Toastmasters International. He is frequently asked to address local church and community groups on matters of climate change or criminal justice, or on special topics which he will prepare on request.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, attending functions at his church, playing the ukulele and autoharp, and operating his amateur radio station. His favorite sport is golf, but due to physical limitations his participation is mostly restricted to watching it on television – and writing gets priority over TV.