About Me

"The engineers of the future will be poets."
-Terence McKenna

Desmond Astaire is a best-selling speculative fiction author from Central Illinois, where he navigates the journey of life with his special needs family. In his other life, Astaire is a senior enlisted leader for a military public relations unit, supervising the training and operations of multimedia content creators. Prior to his current position, he worked in photojournalism for 10 years.

Astaire’s lifelong obsession with science fiction and fantasy was forged as a child in the halls of local public libraries and enabled by reading programs like Accelerated Reader and BOOK IT!. The revelation to write professionally was born after the discovery of Dean Wesley Smith’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology.

Astaire can be found in Peoria metro area coffee shops conducting weekly writing sessions and trying to live Denzel Washington’s adage that “Dreams without goals are just dreams, and they ultimately fuel disappointment.”

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