Science fiction, ancient extraterrestrial subject for writers meeting

Americans have long been intrigued by the possibility of otherworldly visitors – past and present. Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Arthur Doweyko examines the evidence for these beliefs in his presentation, “Ancient Archaeology, Aliens, and Good Science Fiction,” at the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers’ Meeting, 10 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

Doweyko will provide examples of visitations by ancient extraterrestrials and the impact he says they had on our culture and how they provided enough material for science fiction writers. He will then explain how writers can use these topics for compelling plots in their stories.

Doweyko wears many hats. As a scientist, he invented new drug design software and shared the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison patent award for the discovery of the cancer drug Sprycel. Novels include “Algorithm” (2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA)) and “As Wings Unfurl” (Best Pre-Pub Sci-Fi 2014 RPLA); “Anthologies: My Shorts” (13 short stories, published in 2017, Bronze 2019 RPLA) and “Captain Arnold” (Second Runner-up 2021 Book of the Year, RPLA).

He has published over two dozen short stories in various venues, most of which have won awards. Additionally, he received the 2021 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Award.

The Ponte Vedra Writers Group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting aspiring and published writers in all genres.

The October 22 meeting is free and open to members and non-members. For more information on FWA, visit