What the Future Used to Look Like

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Earlier this week, I tweeted a video of legendary science fiction writer (and genius) Arthur C. Clarke. In the video, Clarke describes with surprising accuracy what the future will look like from an information technology perspective. The tweet was part of my on-going #scienceforscifi campaign wherein I tweet topics that might be inspirational to science fiction writers. You can read more about #scienceforscifi here. In the same spirit, I wanted to share some videos that feature visions of the future as imagined by people of the past. I hope the futurists of our day will enjoy seeing what the future used to look …

My Review of “Souls of Astraeus” by Jeramy Goble

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I spent time with an old friend this weekend. That’s one of the nice things about living in our contemporary world, you can travel in time. The time machine is not very special, but it performs a neat trick.  Sorry for the metaphor, but there are few artful ways of saying the I wasted my Sunday watching the animated Star Trek series on Netflix. As a child, I remember when science fiction had an endless edge to it. Writers like Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, and countless others churned out novels and short stories that were markedly different …

What a Weekend!

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From Here to Nearly There Breaks the Top 20! I’m a big fan of Amazon’s KDP Select program. There are plenty of blogs that write about the pro’s and the con’s of KDP Select, so I won’t do that here. I will say that independent writers can make serious publicity in-roads by using the Select-only promotional tools. In particular, I like being able to make my book available for free on a time-limited basis. Why give your book away? It’s all about building awareness. Here’s the story. I released From Here to Nearly There in mid-August. At the time, I focused my efforts on building awareness …