I’m excited to present the finished cover to my soon-to-be-released science fiction adventure novel House of the Galactic Elevator! My cover designer Mark Hardman did a fantastic job! Getting the cover to its finished state took a few steps. Mark and I had agreed to work together just before my first publisher’s going out of […]Read more "Cover Reveal: House of the Galactic Elevator"
Star Trek: The Original Series was an early attempt at a diverse cast that would speak to Earth and humanity reaching a peaceful resolution of its many problems before heading to the stars. With the show’s second season, creator Gene Roddenberry wanted a younger crew member for audiences to identify with, someone that acknowledged the […]Read more "How did a Russian get aboard the USS Enterprise?"
Anyone remember the game Assassin? There were several varieties under the names Killer, Gotcha, etc. It was played in the real world as a days- or weeks-long round of elimination tag involving toy dart guns or some other device. It had folks ambushing each other in their bedrooms, showers, and cars at all hours. Sometimes […]Read more "Pokemon, Augmented Reality, and the game Assassin"
Neal (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash) Stephenson’s father was an engineer and his mother a scientist, and he himself studied science at Boston University. Isaac Asimov (Foundation) has a PhD in Chemistry. Stanisław Lem (Solaris) was a medical doctor. Besides a Master’s Degree and other educational achievements, Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake) is an inventor of a […]Read more "What Makes a Solid Foundation for Writing Science Fiction?"
I realized when watching Syfy’s second season of 12 Monkeys that my favorite character is Katarina Jones, played by Barbara Sukowa . She rises above the rest of the capable cast by adding enough ham and chewing sufficient scenery for two characters, a contrast to the rest of the actors who play it straight. Plus, […]Read more "Who is your Favorite Mad Scientist?"