the starman team
Michael D. Cooper is the pseudonym for Michael (Mike) Dodd, David Baumann, and Jon Cooper, each of whom played a vital role in creating the Starman series. Although each member contributed in different ways, no story was presented to the public until all three team members were in full agreement.
David Baumann is a semi-retired Episcopal priest, who follows the high Anglican tradition in southern Illinois. He has also been a martial arts instructor and a free-lance writer. He did the actual writing. From story summaries several thousand words in length he crafted the final text adding details, secondary characters, and minor plot developments.
Jon Cooper is a computer programmer. Though all three team members contribute very smoothly to the development of each book, Jon is the primary plotter of the stories. Jon’s family traveled for business throughout his childhood and teen years. During that time he visited nineteen foreign countries and lived in three, including a stay of several months in a thousand-year-old former monastery on an island in the Saone River in France.
Mike Dodd is a social worker and zeppelin builder. He was the science advisor for the series, and made certain that the scientific information is accurate and plausible. His wedding ring is made out of a moon rock, and he owns an authenticated piece of Mars, for which he paid $100. From his knowledge of astronomy and the nature of the Solar System, he contributed a number of ideas that shaped the stories in unique and exciting ways.