Unmissable real-life voyages to the bottom of the sea

Trieste II-DSV-1 Deep Submergence Vehicle
Tom Vetter and two fellow explorers fit in the tiny windowed sphere between the bathyscaphe’s front legs. Everything else was for controlling buoyancy.

My personal experiences with oceans have been in getting really bad sunburns at the beach a couple of times when I was a kid, and flying over the smaller one twice.

But starting from the age of seven, when, on a beach in North Carolina I picked up and examined a dead baby shark, a horseshoe crab, and a sand dollar that had been dragged in with a fisherman’s net, I have been fascinated by what’s in there. What’s underneath all that water.

I think it’s amazing that the majority of our planet is still a mystery, never seen by anyone, still full of things waiting to be discovered, still alien.

It’s another world with a different atmosphere, different physics, different dangers…

So when I discovered that a fellow writer—one of my students—had actually been all the way down to the bottom of the ocean—had piloted a deep submergence vessel along the abyssal floor, had developed techniques for exploring the ocean that are still in use today, and much more, I was fascinated.

trieste-II-divingIt is my honor and privilege to introduce you to my friend, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Vetter, US Navy (retired).

He is a genuine hero living an amazing life—and the dangerous, fascinating, hair-raising, and crazy things he has done so far, both in the line of duty and on his own, rival the stuff Jules Verne imagined.

Tom was a submariner and one of just a handful of men on the planet to become a hydronaut, an explorer in the other US Space program—traveling to deadly Inner Space, with atmospheric pressures that can crush steel flat in instants, to explore the sea floor, investigate what was down there, make new discoveries, and return to tell the tales.

And he tells them well.

His newest book is 30,000 Leagues Undersea: True Tales of A Submariner and Deep Submergence Pilot, and if you love adventure stories, alien worlds that really exist—complete with aliens, cool technology, and people who are willing to walk the razor’s edge of survival to push human knowledge to new heights—and how they came to be the people who can do these things—you’re going to love it.

Tom has done three readings from his adventures. To hear the first one today…

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5 responses to “Unmissable real-life voyages to the bottom of the sea”

  1. Margaret Avatar

    Is the digitoh (or whatever it is) part of the beta? Don’t want to sign up for something else that I don’t know. As a reader, I’d say a redirect like that without warning would raise flags.

  2. Texanne Avatar

    Responding to your email of this morning (4 April) about the demand for “inclusive language”–

    Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

    And Amen!

    Truth. It’s worth the fight.

  3. Texanne Avatar

    I’ve been eager to read Tom’s memoirs ever since he first showed up in the forums. Oceans? Ships/boats/sea monsters/sailors 🙂 count me in! I have the books and am looking forward to diving into them (see what I did there?) this weekend.

  4. Danzier Avatar

    I’m having trouble with the link. I get a sign-up screen, which works great, and I got to his site from there, but I can’t get the video. Is it supposed to come to my email later on or open to a video screen?

    1. Holly Avatar

      I’m sure he’s fixed the problem at this point. Have you rechecked the link?

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