Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space

Book 1: The Science Project

By Brenda Colbath


My eternal thanks go to the Weller family for allowing me to publish these stories.

This book came about because ideas for Christmas presents for our two young friends Ruby and Nolan were getting harder to find.  We have been friends with their family for many years and parked our Motor Home in their yard for several weeks one summer.  We had a blast playing with their kid’s, kind of re-live having our children with us again. 

One year out of desperation, I sat myself down at my computer and wrote a Fantasy Sci-Fi story; the Weller family became the leaders of a group of settlers picked to travel to a new planet discovered by the Consortium, and their many probes assured them the planet is uninhabited. 

Ruby, Nolan, Bonnie, and Shamus try, but can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Thanks to my Daughter, Dawnzella for editing and helping with covers, and allowing me to turn her into a Dragon.  A boy Dragon at that! 


This fictional story lets you peek inside the lives of one family of four that makes the decision not many families have ever had or ever will have to make.  They agreed to leave the comfort of their home, families, and Earth to journey to another planet many light years away. 

The whole family makes the journey together.  However, this story is mainly about two pre-teens adventures on New Earth.

Ruby and Nolan climb the hill by their home to check on the Solar Panels and find two of them mangled and broken beyond repair.  Checking, they discover a beautifully colored rock and decide it would be a great science project.  With a little difficulty, they slide it down the hill and hide it in their hideout wood box.

 When their rock starts growing, they realize it isn’t a rock: its an egg.  Nolan is hoping for a pony, even though he knows ponies do not hatch from eggs.  Ruby thought it might be a chicken, but she is a little concerned about its size.  What could go wrong with their science project?  After all, it is an egg, whatever is inside will be a baby? 

Chapter 1 The adventure begins

“Come on Ruby, hurry up.”  Nolan cried.

Frowning, she quickly turned from the sink; the front of her wet apron covered with soap bubbles which were falling to the floor.  “Keep your britches on, Nolan you know our chores have to be done before we can leave.”

Ruby was tall for her age, a little over 4 feet, with long wavy brown hair that fell nearly to her waist, big Blue eyes.  Her slim figure showed that she was on her way to becoming a beautiful woman, way too soon for her parents, especially for her Daddy Ty’s comfort.

 “Okay, okay, what do you what can I do to help?” He asked, a little-exasperated standing there trying not to look impatient, but, losing that battle. 

Nolan was not as tall as Ruby, but growing fast enough to overtake her in a year or less.  Standing with his hands on his hips; his blue eyes sparkling over an impish grin under a shock of curly light brown hair. 

“Why don’t you go and get our backpacks, swords, and sheaths?  I am nearly finished with the dishes and will pack a lunch for us so we won’t have to come home until dinner time”. 

He hurried to get everything Ruby asked for, as she finished the Breakfast dishes and prepared sandwiches, water, and treats.  Their parents Ty and Robin, were away helping a neighbor; they were the unofficial leaders of the New Seattle settlement. 

While Ruby and Nolan Weller are hurrying to get ready for their first adventure, how about we find out a little more about their beginning history on New Earth.

Published by Time Traveler of Life

Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.

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