About the Author

Richard (Dick) Blide grew up in Rochester, New York, the second of four children. He graduated from the University of Rochester and obtained his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After two years in service, he took a residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Pulmonology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Thereafter, he joined the faculty of the same institution, in the Chest Service, where he practiced medicine, taught and did research for the following seven years.

Subsequently, he became Medical Director of the Will Rogers Hospital in Saranac Lake, NY for six years, followed by practicing Preventive Medicine at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX for seven years.

He then entered into a partnership to form Nutrimed, a computer company, which produced fitness and nutritional software. He then returned to practicing medicine and retired in 1999.

He and his wife, Patti, have a daughter and son.

His lifelong interest in writing did not come into fruition until retirement. His first book, Heartfelt: a Memoir of Political Intrigue, Passion and Perseverance, describes his challenging political efforts to help the local health care district in a small Colorado town achieve a first class health care system and build the first hospital in the area.

His latest book, Alien Threat, is an epic battle where Earth struggles to vanquish a more advanced, brutally vicious, planetary invader.

Richard presently lives in southern Oregon with his wife, Patti, where they enjoy hiking, swimming, gardening and the many cultural offerings of the area.