Kirk Hastings started writing a science fiction novel about a robot seeking his creator in 1970, when he was 18 years old.

He finished it almost 40 years later, and “The Infinity Man” was published this year by Baltimore’s PublishAmerica.

“I actually started the book as a short story set in the present. I kicked it around for a while, rewriting. It got longer. Five or six years ago I came up with a final version I was satisfied with,” said Hastings, 58, of Somers Point. “The setting is actually in the past now.”

Hastings has published three other books, all on historical subjects. His best known work is “Doo Wop Motels: Architectural Treasures of the Wildwoods,” a photo history book published in 2007 by Stackpole Books of Mechanicksburg, Pa., which specializes in works about New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The former graphic designer and typesetter has been the president of the Wildwood Crest Historical Society for 15 years. That’s the town in which he grew up. But he says he didn’t get make writing a priority until the past several years.

“I didn’t become a serious writer until my first historical novel (‘The Fury of Achilles’) was published in 2004,” he said. It was followed by the Wildwood motel book and “What is Truth? A Handbook for Separating Fact from Fiction in a Propaganda-Filled World” in 2009, which examines historical evidence for the Bible. All but the first are still in print. They can be ordered through local bookstores or online booksellers.

Hastings has lived in Somers Point for 22 years with wife Sally Hastings, who retired recently after 34 years of teaching in the Egg Harbor Township school system. She is the president of the Somers Point Historical Society, and the person who got him interested in history.

After “What is Truth?” came out, Hastings became the co-host of the “Evidence 4 Faith” radio program Sundays at 4 p.m. on WIBG 1020AM, in Ocean City. The show’s website (with podcasts of past shows) is at

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Short stories

Lisa Feret, of Brigantine, is a cooking teacher with three children — two of whom have already gone to college. She had to come up with some good recipes they could make in a microwave oven, since that was all they had available in their dorm rooms. The result is “No More Cold Pizza! Totally ‘Nuked’ Mom’s Meals You Can Make in Your College Dorm.”

“It took me about a year to develop and test them all,” she said of the 66 pages of recipes for breakfasts and desserts, snacks, sandwiches, side and main dishes, and sauces and dressings. There’s even a section on tailgating-party food. She had her 16-year-old son, Johnny Feret, a student at Holy Spirit High School, make them all so she knows they are kid-friendly.

“The only thing you can’t cook in a microwave is steak,” she said. “The burgers come out better than on the stove.”

To order a copy for $12, call 220-4986 or visit

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