Why We Love Beta Readers

Finding a perfect stranger to read a hundred thousand words you have written is not an easy thing. A writer is asking for about ten hours of a reader’s time in addition to whatever feedback can be shared. I found my betas mostly via this blog and through a local community website. My upcoming science […]

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Lights Out! Fun with EMPs

You take a weapon that destroys technology and sends modern folks back to the pre-industrial age, and what do you have? The perfect plot device for exploring nineteenth and early twentieth-century problems with modern sensibilities and know-how. The EMP accomplishes all that and so much more. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has become a popular plot […]

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Past a Spinning Star – A Short Story

Past a Spinning Star was first published in 2003 at Anotherealm and won that year’s Editor Choice Award. I had a reader ask me about the movie “Passengers,” which was written in 2007 by John Spaihts. The film has several similarities, but enough differences. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.

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A Trifecta of Dark Matter

Dark Matter was everywhere in 2016: in the news, on television, and in several books. At the beginning of the year I read Lisa Randall’s Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe. This accessible look into the relationship between life on Earth and the large-scale parts of the universe that seem […]

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