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Confusion with Names

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Names are more than a convenient reference to a person. Names have content, meaning. I just read a Facebook thread about a made-up character name that evoked an unbelievable potpourri of reactions and wondered what the name of an alien who came to Earth would do when it resonated with some cultural reference to (some […]

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Hunting in the Woods

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I’ve been spending a lot of time with my 8-year old grandson. He wanted to write a story and asked for help. We’ve written four short chapters of Hunting in the Woods involving him and his three young cousins. I read it to all the cousins at a recent family dinner. Beatrix, who’s 10, listened […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo

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This month (July 2018) I’m participating in Csmp NaNaWriMo for the first time. I’m interested in finishing off my novel WiP The Revolt on Mars. It should be an interesting experience.

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Mars Ain’t What It Used To Be

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In 1964 NASA retrieved pictures of Mars from Mariner 4, the first close-up images that revealed Mars to be (seemingly) a dry, dead world. The striking Mariner Valley (Valles Marineris) was one of its most important features. It started our understanding of Mars as we know it today. At the time I was working as […]

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Climate Remediation

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Earth’s climate is changing rapidly due to the increasing load of CO2 in the environment. While governments have addressed the problem, they have failed to stop its trajectory toward an unguessable future. InIX: Creation, the prequel to my World of IX series, a group of researchers genetically modify their own children to have extremely long […]

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An android with dementia?

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In my latest story Jay Myriad, an android, is suffering from irreversible memory loss which will destroy his current personality. He enters a memory care facility as its first emergent person client. There he meets Ray Carney, a human angry that an android has been admitted and takes up a bed a human might use. […]

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Far future

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I have a story set in a far future in which all record of humanity has been lost. A  collective intelligence compiling a history of the universe discovers that, although Sol should have had intelligent life, no record exists that shows it participated in galactic civilization. A collective committee journeys to Sol and finds a […]

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The future is on Mars

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Elon Musk is famously aiming for a private expedition to Mars a decade earlier than the most likely government-financed trip. Planetary Resources and other companies are working on asteroid mining technology. What impact will these activities have on the world in the future? Worlds of Sol explores this question.

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The Genie in the Bottle

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In the March/April issue of Analog C. Stuart Hardwick presents an analysis (Taming the Genie: How Fear of the Atom Threatens our Future) of the safety of nuclear power generation compared to that of other sources. He shows what every competent physicist knows: nuclear power, even  considering Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, has caused […]

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Incoming

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There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Wm. Shakespeare I’ve been seeing a lot of posts in my SF Facebook groups about various things in the solar system and beyond. Astronomers are beginning to learn so much about the solar system that we never knew. ‘Oumuamua […]