June 4, 2014
It’s been almost nine months since my last update.
“Time if fun when you’re having flies.” – Kermit
There have been a lot of changes after I retired from gubmin service, last year.
Number One: I’ve survived remodeling hell and am now comfortably ensconced in the old family homestead.
Number Two: I’ve cut all ties with my previous publisher and am in the process of rewriting and re-editing a series of novels and short stories.
Number Three: Later this summer, I’m going to release a series of self-published works. As they become available, I’ll share blurbs, excerpts, and links.
With all that in mind, starting this week, I’m rebuilding this website. Some of the tutorials and previous postings will remain, but much of the outdated info will hit the bit bucket.
I’m really looking forward to a bright future!
July 27, 2013
This is it! The last day I’ll be able to work with my desktop for the next month or so.
I’m retiring and moving from the DC area to south Florida. That will mean more time to write, edit, take photos, and relax.
I’ll still be available via email, but I hate touch-screen typing on the smartphone, so response might be a bit slow.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
May 15, 2013
After looking at a handful of trailers, I’m looking forward to some new TV shows, later this year.
This is a new way of looking at the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It’s about an 18th Century soldier Crane who somehow winds up in the 21st Century under the watch of a small town police officer. Here’s the official trailer.
This is a cop show where a seriously ‘broken’ human cop is partnered with a ‘non-standard’ android. It does show some promise, if it doesn’t fall down the RoboCop path. Here’s the official trailer.
Given that FOX’s track record with fantasy and sci-fi shows over the years, I am worried about both of these.
Another new show I’ve high hopes for is a comedy.
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar have been cast as father and daughter in Crazy Ones.
This is a new sitcom being devloped for CBS.
The best part is that it will be produced by David E. Kelley! This is the same fellow that brought us Ally McBeal and Boston Legal. There doesn’t appear to be a trailer yet.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon is going to produce an Avengers spinoff that resurrects agent Coulson who was apparently killed in the Avengers movie. Here’s the full trailer.
Well? What do y’all think? Looking forward to anything new and exciting this fall?
February 9, 2013
November 10, 2012
The famous science fiction author, Vernor Vinge’ has been credited with originating the term singularity.
From Wikipedia, we have this, “…his 1993 essay “The Coming Technological Singularity”, in which he argues that the creation of superhuman artificial intelligence will mark the point at which “the human era will be ended,” such that no current models of reality are sufficient to predict beyond it.”
Both the term and related concepts have been further advanced with a series of books and lectures by Ray Kurzweil.
Although I believe this rapture of the nerds will occur, I don’t think it will be the all-encompassing revolution that these futurists predict. As my friends and fans know, I’m a history buff, and this allows one to take a wider view of things.
Just as today, there are those of you, reading this on some sort of screen that is driven with micro-electronics, at this same instant, at other places around the world, there are semi-literate people who’s very existence depends on herding animals. A deeper search can still reveal naked humans, armed with blowguns and arrows, living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle that would have been familiar to a Neanderthal.
Just as we have very intelligent and well-read people in the United States that are totally aware of the benefits of high-technology and yet choose a simpler lifestyle, I believe the future will not be a singularity, but rather, a multiplarity.
That is the universe I have depicted in the Multiplarity Trilogy. The first book sets the stage when humans finally break the tyranny of disease and death itself. As one would imagine, this sudden change in the way we view ourselves isn’t painless. But it does show a way around some of our current issues. Unfortunately, every solution comes with a brand-new set of problems.
The second book, Selenaphiles, deals with some of the basic problems of establishing an off-Earth colony. This became much more of a world-building exercise than I had originally planned. I’m a bit picky about the technological items in my stories. They all have to have some basis in current scientific research and prototypes. The inflatable structures of Bigelow Aerospace that I’ve described in both Omniphage and Selenaphiles, are in fact quite real and are undergoing orbital testing at this time.
Next week, we’ll take a look at some of the space travel hardware described in the Multiplarity Trilogy.
October 31, 2012
The forth book in a five book shifter series from Red Rose Publishing, Echopharte tells of the origins and evolution of the shifters.
The ancients revered them. The colonists feared them. Today, no one believes in them. Shifters have lived and worked among humans since before recorded history.
Echopharte tells of the first community and how both good and evil have continuously shaped our society, from ancient times up to the present day.