The Problem with “The Three-Body Problem”

From a recent review of Cixin Liu’s Nebula Award-nominated and Hugo Award-winning “The Three-Body Problem” on Big Think: “Why We Should Really Stop Trying to Contact Aliens” by Robby Berman Cixin’s writing is beyond smart — it’s brilliant — and it’s science fiction of the best kind, with mind-boggling ideas and perceptions, and characters you care about. His concept of the dark forest, though presented … Continue reading The Problem with “The Three-Body Problem”

In which I blame teachers for things

In light of recent news, and after a brief exchange I had when I shared this picture yesterday, I’ve been thinking a lot about science and science education. I blame teachers for this mess. I used to teach science. I even taught Science, which is different than science, after one of my freshman biology students, a Christian and a creationist, asked to learn more about … Continue reading In which I blame teachers for things

Battlecry! (a gift for anyone who can see this)

I’m guessing hundreds, if not thousands, of people now read this blog (based on the combo of subscriptions and RSS hits). It’s really kind of amazing. While it looks like this blog has been active for a long time, in truth I ported it to WordPress from my website not terribly long ago — 18 months maybe? — which basically meant starting from zero. To celebrate, I’m … Continue reading Battlecry! (a gift for anyone who can see this)

Winter

“Winter” by Jason Felix I have two files labeled “Characters” and “Settings” where I dump a lot of the art I find. Flipping through those images later is great inspiration. Sometimes I take bit and pieces directly (and without shame — see Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”), but many times the images spark a tangential idea. For example, while I do’t expect this is … Continue reading Winter

Final cover set for the completed MINUS FACTION

My superpowered sci-fi thriller THE MINUS FACTION recently concluded with the release of the seventh and final novella, Outbreak. With the conclusion comes a new set of covers that do a better job of linking the books and making it clear that, while each episode introduces and resolves conflict, they are all part of the same single story. Plus, they just look awesome! Updates will start … Continue reading Final cover set for the completed MINUS FACTION

It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

Episode Seven: Outbreak, the final installment of my sci-fi thriller serial, is now available just about everywhere books are sold online. Amazon Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Google Play Kobo In Episode One . . . Beaten. Burned. Broken. Capt. John Regent returns a paraplegic after escaping months of captivity and torture — except no one knows who took him or what he disclosed. When … Continue reading It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

Sneak Preview of the mini-adventure that opens Episode Seven of THE MINUS FACTION

Six days ago . . .   The fight turned ugly within moments of its start. There was no trigger, no insult or questionable shot to the groin, but it was clear to everyone in the audience that the two men in the pit were filled with the rage to win and that one of them would have to be carried away. The bald man with the beard … Continue reading Sneak Preview of the mini-adventure that opens Episode Seven of THE MINUS FACTION

This Is The End! (Open Call for Beta Readers)

The sixth and final installment of my serial novel THE MINUS FACTION will soon be complete to beta draft. As such, I’m looking for readers willing to share top-line feedback on the manuscript — what worked and what didn’t with the plot, the pace, the characters, etc. No worries if you haven’t read the earlier episodes. I can send them electronically. Just please be serious … Continue reading This Is The End! (Open Call for Beta Readers)

Can You Name the Most Successful Science Fiction Series in History?

Perry Rhodan is the title of the most successful science fiction series ever written, having sold more than 2 billion weeklies since it’s introduction in September 1961. The series now approaches some 2,900 novella-sized installments in the old pulp magazine format. Despite such phenomenal success, it remains relatively unknown outside Germany, although not for lack of effort. As with most early sci-fi, the initial episodes … Continue reading Can You Name the Most Successful Science Fiction Series in History?