Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Recently I came across some old ads from the early-to-mid 21st Century. What a primitive era that was. Just take a look at these: We’ve come so far in so little time. What does the future hold? Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anymore, because all of our worrying is done for us. Alexa, what kind of cranial connector oil should I use? Continue reading Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Harm’s Way: dropping soon on Kindle Vella

When I first heard about Kindle Vella, Amazon’s new serialized fiction platform, I hit the ground running—It’s my kind of shit, honestly. Bite-sized pieces of fiction for people with short attention spans. I wrote Harm’s Way about a year ago, and while it was written as a novel, it was designed to be serialized, should the opportunity ever present itself. Well, here’s the opportunity, so … Continue reading Harm’s Way: dropping soon on Kindle Vella

The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

“What now, Proeliator?” Stohn fought back the urge to wince as he awaited an answer to the question he’d finally worked up the gumption to ask. Latro steepled his fingers on his desktop. Outside the window, cloudskimmers zigzagged to and fro across the night sky like bacteria in a Petri dish. He waited for a long time before finally speaking. “The conquest of Kadal,” he … Continue reading The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?

Remember the Next Generation episode where they thaw out three chryogenically frozen people from the twentieth century? It’s one of my favorite Star Trek episodes ever, due in no small part to the presence of this delightful character. What if he chose to stay on board instead of getting off at the starbase with the others? Continue reading What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?

Exitium is a weird book

Work on the initial draft of Exitium, the forthcoming final book in the trilogy begun with Effugium and Exsilum, has been completed. I’ve come to realize during these past few weeks that it’s a really weird book. I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m pleased. I like weird. That’s what I was going for. I like stuff that’s weird, makes sense, and is entertaining. That’s … Continue reading Exitium is a weird book

Conform or be cast out

When someone talks about “educating” people, what they often really mean is “convincing them to adopt my views as their own and further propagate them.” A highly effective means of forcing someone’s hand in order to achieve this is to silence all dissenting voices. Those who will not be silent are either demonized or viewed as crazy because of their failure to conform and subsequently … Continue reading Conform or be cast out