Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Nine years ago, I wrote a short story about people uploading their consciousness to computers and becoming a new species. At the time, I knew a guy who – out of boredom, or something – was teaching himself Latin. I asked him for help in naming this new species. What he came up with was Homo narratus, which he said meant “man recorded” since the Romans didn’t have a word for uploaded. Anyway, I’m working on a collection of short stories and I’m including that one. What I would like to know is does Homo narratus make sense, or is there an even better way to phrase it. I probably haven’t talked to that guy in like eight years, and it would be a weird way to reconnect to just ask how his Latin is. So if you know Latin, I’d really appreciate your comments.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
For the last few years, I’ve tried to have a free sale for my ebook of political stories, Political Pies, around the Fourth of July. But this year – because of everything – I figured I’d include a few of my other ebooks as well. So if you are so disgusted with real politics you don’t want to even read fictional politics, you have a few other choices. All of these will be free to download from Wednesday July 1st, through Sunday July 5th. So grab them before you get too drunk.
Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? My attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of my short stories with a political element into this anthology. The stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, my goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.
A Man of Few Words is a collection of fifty of my flash fiction stories. What would really happen if a “T-Rex on steroids” attacked a city? Why do science fiction writers make the best lovers? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? I explore these questions and more using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.
Over the last few years a lot of people have caught Mars fever. It seems a week doesn’t go by without a report of some new group wanting to send people to Mars, or some big name in the industry talking about why we have to go to Mars, or articles talking about the glorious future humanity will have on Mars. All of this worries me. In my opinion, a Mars base is currently not sustainable because there’s no way for it to make money. A few missions may fly doing extraordinary science, but if it’s then cancelled for cost the whole Mars Project may just be seen as an expensive stunt.
Fortunately, there are other places in the solar system besides Mars. While bases on the moon and amongst the asteroids won’t be as inspirational as one on Mars, they will have opportunities for businesses to make goods and services as well as profits, meaning less chance of them being outright cancelled. This will make life better on Earth and secure a firm foothold in space for humanity. The essays in “The Moon Before Mars: Why returning to the moon makes more sense than rushing off to Mars” allow me to describe my ideas on what can be accomplished on the moon and with the asteroids, and why Mars isn’t the destiny of humanity its cheerleaders make it out to be.
Who cleans up the mess when the time machine malfunctions?
Hopefully, in the not too distant future humans will return to the moon. We will build bases and colonies, make farms and factories, and live, love and learn. “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” contains five of my short stories that are all set upon the moon. They give the tiniest glimpse of the possibilities awaiting us there.