“Few animals are as sacred and iconic to Puget Sound residents as orca, or in more dire straits.” David B. Williams, Homewaters
Free Willy taught the world what we in the PNW already knew: orcas are amazing and shouldn't be held captive. The Cove horrified us at the slaughter of dolphins and the capture of others for the marine circus/slave trade. Blackfish enraged us at Tilikum's treatment in captivity. And Tahlequah's 17 day tour of grief bearing her dead calf alerted the world to how intelligent and compassionate orcas are.
Beyond The Human Realm – winner of the 2021 National Indie Excellence Award for Animal Fiction -- brings all those incidents and concepts together and into focus.
Profits from sales will be donated to orca conservation. ISBN 978-1-64388-659-6. See https://genehelfman.pubsitepro.com/.
Fishes: The Animal Answer Guide
"With more than 100 photographs―including two full-color photo galleries―and the most up-to-date facts on the world's fishes from two premier experts, this fun, accessible, and informative book is the perfect bait for any curious naturalist, angler, or aquarist."(Smithsonian Science)
"A concise compendium of answers to a variety of questions about fishes."(Michelle Paddack Bulletin of Marine Science)
"A concise, reliable, and enjoyable resource, which both piques and satisfies curiousity about the physiology, ecology, behavior, and relationship to humans of this oldest of vertebrate groups."(Choice)
"The 216-page book contains answers to many common questions as well as some unusual and funky facts about fishes found throughout the world."(American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists)
"With more than 100 photographs-including two full-color photo galleries-and the most up-to-date facts on the world's fishes from two premier experts, this fun book is the perfect bait for any curious naturalist, angler, or aquarist."(Southeastern Naturalist)
"A highly accessible, inviting guide recommended for any general lending library where natural history is of interest to lay readers."(Midwest Book Review)
"The questions are asked in a simple straightforward manner and answered equally clearly. Nearly every page has an image with a stand-alone caption and we can imagine even the very young being captivated by this book."(Copeia)
"This book is fun, accessible, and informative. In the 30 years that I have been teaching ichthyology and fish ecology, I have been asked almost all of these questions. Here are all the answers in one comfortable package."
- (Dr. Larry G. Allen, Director, Southern California Marine Institute)