Denis De Luchi, Author of “Fish Byne Yola: The Jew Who Saved Galileo”

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Historical fiction is something we've never covered at the monthly AOF meeting. It's time to branch out and explore that.

In the book, a Jewish man passing as Catholic is Galileo's lifelong friend and takes it upon himself to protect the scientist from rival colleagues, enemies in the clergy, and the gutter rats of urban Italy who are hired by the former two to discredit and even harm Galileo. Fishbeingla risks danger and denouncement as a Jew to keep Galileo whole, all the while concealing his efforts from his friend, so that the great man won't be distracted. The conflicts range from tavern debates to physical confrontations as various competitors and religious zealots take their turns at harming both Galileo and Fishbeingla. The outcome is known. This tale tells how it came about.

Denis De Luchi is a retired Air Force Officer, Vietnam vet, former bomber pilot, and former project officer in Research and Development at a well known company, where he worked in advanced missile guidance and satellite technology. After retirement, he became a physics professor at various colleges and universities in the Sacramento region. He is the author of a dozen novels, many short stories, and two books of poetry.

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