Coming from a background as a civil engineer and world travels, Ernie Schmidt sat down about three-and-a-half years ago and started making notes.
The notes turned into a science fiction novel that explores human nature. "Good-bye Earth?" is Schmidt's first novel.
He has a book signing at the Payson Public Library from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12. Copies of the book will be available for $20 -- they are also available as a print-on-demand book through Internet outlets, such as Amazon.
"There is technical material, an interesting time line and romance," Schmidt said. "I feel readers of all ages will find it interesting."
The book's dust cover entices the reader with the following:
"Planet Earth is being threatened by annihilation ... Can Earth be saved? Can civilization survive? People try to make their last days on Earth as satisfying as possible.
"Two retired couples traveling in their motor homes encounter some exciting experiences and interesting stories along the way.
"An evil leader has two sidekicks who do what he demands. He does anything to accomplish his goals... even killing."
Schmidt said a friend, who writes screenplays, said his novel is really three books in one.
"I like a book that moves, and this does," Schmidt said. "It just came flowing out from my notes."
The book went through three drafts before he was ready to send it to Publish America, a print-on-demand company. He said if area residents cannot make it to the library for the book signing or to purchase a book, they can call him at (928) 474-8067.