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Name:  Dennis Bartizal  

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Genre: Fiction Poetry Science_Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois, 1954

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I was born in Chicago and raised in Westchester, Illinois. I attended High Ridge School. I went to Proviso West High School. I earned a bachelor's degree studying Geology at Northern Illinois University. Afterwards, I attended the DeVry Institute of Technology to obtain an Associate's Degree in Information Technology.

After managing several restaurants along with selling shoes, I began my career in Computer Programming. I programed from mainframes to minis to networked PCs. I programmed for GTE and Spiegel and HSBC and Walgreens (among other places). I am now retired and live in Glendale Heights, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In grade school I became a fan of Franz Kafka. I wrote a weekly humor column for my high school newspaper, The Proviso Profile. During college I read my short stories at local coffee houses. Since retiring I've been reading my short stories again at local coffee houses. I have also joined the DuPage Writers Group which meets at the Carol Stream Library. We critique each others' works. We also publish a journal once a year of some of our stories and poems. I have also had tables at Science Fiction Conventions in their Artists Areas. I have also tables at various libraries. Local Authors Fests.

I have always felt an appreciation of nature. I had twenty-seven pet turtles when I was growing up. Mud turtles, box turtles, tortoises and a snapper. From ages six 'till sophomore in high school (not the turtles ages, my age). In all those years my turtles never died nor ran away. I've also kept an appreciation for the natural real world. That is why I studied Geology. I connected well with machines and mathematics. That is why I had a career in Computer Programming. That may be why I write science fiction. That may be why I write fantasy. I connect better with animals and machines than other human beings. That may be why I write satire.

Two of my books are on the shelves in local libraries: The Glen Ellyn Public Library and The Helen Plum Public Library. Those books are: Sticking Your Neck Out and What On Earth.

My books are available on Amazon at

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. I have not done speaking engagements yet so I am open to the specifics normally listed here.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A Chance Of Mars
ISBN: 1549977768. OCLC Number:

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Kafka Can Wait
ISBN: 1520941420. OCLC Number:

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Sticking Your Neck Out
ISBN: 1980457964. OCLC Number: 1052582422

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One man's life is at stake. A stranger takes the risk to save him. It is hard to imagine someone stranger. A group of people independently learn how to communicate with certain species of animals. These people also discover each other and bond. Their developing friendships also develop activities and procedures that will benefit all species. They start an interesting journey to enlightenment. This group's activities uncover ecological and psychological problems that endanger the whole world. Topics such as pollution, climate change, bigotry, and greed are confronted. People are urged to work together and they realize that personal differences benefit all of life. Their lives aren't the only ones in danger, they care for the world.--Amazon.

The Photon And The Dog
ISBN: B07MTSL9LS. OCLC Number: 909209326

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I am not an atom. I am not an electron. I may possess both of those. But just as the farmer possesses his acreage and the factory owner possesses his assembly line my carbons and silicons and salts recycle through my breath, through my absorption, through my sewage. Your atoms are mine and are Jupiter’s. I bet that dark matter cloud by Neptune laughs just as much at Curly slapping his face as I do. That is the connection, the bonding, the evolving we should enjoy. Your orbit does not matter, just coexist with those protons, planets, and friends.

Thrown In A New Dimension
ISBN: 1521726876. OCLC Number:

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What On Earth
ISBN: 1983255289. OCLC Number: 1052582430

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This guy talks about space. And he is pretty spacey, from his inert mind to where he thinks he's set no limits. Unfortunately you've got to work with this guy. And worse yet, you go bowling with him. He claims to have traveled faster than the sense of light. To you it seems senseless. Ahh, but is it really any worse than a normal day at work? And you just want to retire.--Amazon.