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Most Americans, year after year, continue to think that the country is on the wrong track. The older you are (i.e, the more experienced you are, and the more of history you've seen), the more likely you are to think everything is falling apart. And it's not just in America: worldwide, people tend to … [Read More...]
A few months ago there was another breakthrough in geriatrics. This time, scientists were actually able to reverse aging in mice. The very thought of reversing aging has been considered insane for most of the history of science. Getting old happens -- to animals, plants, buildings, planets, and … [Read More...]
There are only two kinds of plots in true science fiction: Science is a Hero, and Science is a Villain. In Science is a Hero, there is some problem or other -- an asteroid is going to hit the Earth, the Galactic Empire is falling, there's a Plague IN SPACE!! -- and the heroic characters … [Read More...]
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Mere America is an alternate history of a mirror-reversed America, in which the California redwoods march down the east coast, and the Pacific breakers pound Manhattan Island. From the original Viking incursion in British Columbia to the technocrats of the 20th-century Iroquois, from the victory of the Confederacy (built on slavery and gold) to President Martin Luther King of the Free States of America, "Mere America" follows the grand sweep of history through the lives of key characters such as Leif Erikson, Virginia Dare, Robert E. Lee, Bright Path (Jim Thorpe), and Ronald Reagan. Part One, "First Nations", concerns the first clashes between Europeans and the 'Namgis, the Cherokee, the Muwekma, and the Mohawk. Click here to visit my Amazon author page.
I’ve gathered together my best short fiction, along with an introduction on fiction writing, and postscripts describing how each story came to be written, and put them together into a single volume. Named after the final short story, Wild Enough and Free is an eclectic collection that contains science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and general weirdness. Click here to visit my Amazon author page.
The Atheneum: a secluded school on a hidden island in the midst of the North Sea. There they teach forbidden knowledge -- the secret history of mankind, control of matter and energy, transcendence of time, space, and all mortal limitations... Every year, a select few students are chosen to attend. Some graduate, and join a shadowy worldwide society. And some are never heard from again. Two new students have arrived this year. One is an orphan who accidentally cast an unspeakable curse on her cousin; and the other is a farm girl with a secret power. But they might be too dangerous to be allowed to live. Click here to visit my Amazon author page.