I’m a science fiction novelist. This means that I write novels about far out places, weird aliens, and sometimes place characters on things that hover or fly very fast. This also means that I have a duty to humanity that is sometimes far above the sex-laden romance novel or the horror splatter-fest. Science fiction novelists,Continue reading “Why Science Fiction Matters”
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New Podcast Up: Hard Science and Tough Trek Talk
In this special episode our special guest is scientist Michael Dean who has been a consultant for many of my novels. The topic of this podcast is the lack of science fact in fiction and how writers sometimes fudge the science in their novels to tell a story. This is, however, sometimes necessary. We discussContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Hard Science and Tough Trek Talk”
Come Apart: My New Novel
I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to share about my newest novel Come Apart, slated for a February release, and I suppose now is as good a time as any. I have always loved books, films and television programs that keep the reader or viewer guessing, surprising them with strange twists and turns, throws bucketsContinue reading “Come Apart: My New Novel”
Question for the Writer: Who Are You?
We will begin today’s post with a simple quote from the late great Kurt Cobain: Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. I have been writing something whether it be short stories, poems or now mostly novels for the better part of my life. I can remember asContinue reading “Question for the Writer: Who Are You?”
Good Writing Should Tell the Truth
One of my favorite writers is Wendell Berry, an essayist, poet, novelist, farmer, activist and environmentalist. He is a wise sage of our time, pointing out our society’s problems and struggles with uncanny accuracy. In a letter to an English teacher who wrote to him about the subject, Berry writes: The thought that I keep returning to isContinue reading “Good Writing Should Tell the Truth”
10 Science Fiction Novels Every Writer Should Read
My writer’s heart beats to the drum of a hyperdrive engine. I absolutely love science fiction. I have been heavily influenced by the great science fiction novelists whose worlds I have traveled while lying on the couch, riding on a bus or sitting in the back of the family car on vacation road trips. GreatContinue reading “10 Science Fiction Novels Every Writer Should Read”
Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?
In the crazy firestorm that is the major motion picture The Hunger Games we need to stop a moment and realize with a small whimper of sadness that all the good ideas may be used up. Don’t judge me. The Hunger Games has a nice narrative, flows well, tells a good story and is all-in-allContinue reading “Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?”