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Surfer, Marine Biologist and Technologist = The ingredients of writing the perfect Sci-Fi

My Love For Europa

There is no hiding the fact that Europa is my favorite object in the solar system–heck! It was the supporting protagonist in my novella, From Europa With Love (see excerpt below). As a former Marine Biologist, fascinated with life surrounding Earth’s deep sea vents, I had always thought that Europa was our greatest chance at finding extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

So when I read the article on Space.com “Heat gave Jupiter’s icy moon Europa layers. That may be good news for the search for life, I can’t help but feel excited by the possibilities.

Excerpt : From Europa With Love

He was regretting coming back here, “All I had to do was ignore the goddamn distress signal and I would be sitting in my bay right now, feet up, staring out the window with a GODDAMN TUMBLER OF ARDBEG IN MY HAND!”

Predictably, there was no response from Otto.

“Are you capable of praying Otto?” Kulcin goaded, not expecting a cognitive response from a machine. “Because if you are, then start praying.” he said, angling the nose of the shuttle upward. Firing a quick succession of bursts from the remaining FN2 thruster, he brought the craft down hard where it rocked forward onto its nose and came to an abrupt halt. Kulcin held his breath, knowing that if he could count to three he might be safe: one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two… then a sharp crack resonated throughout the hull, and the nose plunged beneath the ice as the shuttle listed forward, the water rushing furiously against the cockpit windows.

Ashes to Ash (Sir Ian Holm) R.I.P.

Sir Ian Holm (right)

My desire to write Sci-Fi was cemented in 1979, after seeing ALIEN. I had read about the making of this movie months before in OMNI Magazine, The movie alien was a first of many: A true Alien devoid of emotion; a first lifelike android (Ash). I thought Ash’s character was the perfect antagonist, who hid in the shadows of the Xenomorph. When it was discovered Ash was an Android, it blew the audience away–you could hear our collective gasps.

It was Ash’s character that I truly believe, future antagonists of all movie genres took flight from.

You will be missed Sir Ian Holm, but never forgotten.

POST SOMETHING AMAZING

I started to think of what I would like for my birthday and the first thing that came to mind was–– How about something amazing going on in the world! I mean each and every day there are some amazing things happening in every corner, every industry, every trade and facet of our lives….. yet we are being brainwashed to think that only terrible things are happening… everywhere. Think about how those who are doing amazing things feel–I mean we just launched two Astronauts to the ISS from the US for the first time in a decade. Like that’s not AMAZING!

Change the dialogue of social media and don’t get sucked into the vortex of sensationalism or fake news––

KAO

I recently watched an episode of Electric Dreams (Sci-fi shorts based on stories by Philip Dick) titled, “Kill All Others.” This episode was about a man hanging dead from a billboard while people walked by as if this were the ordinary–just typical shock marketing. But after ‘The Candidate’, a politician (Vera Farmiga), makes a shocking statement encouraging violence to Others, I found myself feeling a bit anxious because of its relevance to today’s current events. Now a lot of you who will watch this might say, “This is Trump!, the DNC, The NYT, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, AntiFa, etc.

But take a deep breath…. It’s not about any of them….. It is about all of us….

This Scj-Fi short has something In common with my current work under wraps, I have a group of Earthlings on another planet referred to as The Others…. This episode has made me think about a few edits. Do I take it down the path of Philip Dick’s propensity to paranoia? Hmmm. I’m not sure I want to wander down too many of these paths because it fills my dreams with the same. And that did not turn out well for Philip Dick–God rest his tortured soul….

But this episode….. This episode was about us. About us being brainwashed by Media and Politics–keeping us focussed on the non-essential so those in charge can go on with their plans, battling each other out for power. You see… nothing has really changed since the days of Henry the VIIII, except today’s tactics are not as vicious. In the end there are those in the high castle and those that are not and those that are not never feel safe because they are so fearful of the amplified views being spread.

I was pulling for poor Philbert Noyce….. one of us………

The power required to read this post

There was an expression my father always used: “Nihil liberum est.” My dad was big on Latin, and it means, “Nothing Is Free.”  But if the attached video does not quite do the job and you need to understand what the cost of data might look like in a dark future, read the Sci-Fi trilogy by Peter Watts:  The Rifters Series.

The Rifters series (Starfish, Maelstrom, and βehemoth (which in itself was published in two parts: βehemoth: β-Max , βehemoth: Seppuku) became the catalyst to me becoming an author of Sci-Fi and getting the stories in my head down on digital paper.

The Rifters series underlines the cost of powering the internet, led by a powerful female protagonist, who, if Sci-Fi has a kick-ass water goddess, it is Lenie Clarke.   His character in this series inspired my latest work in progress, Silversides, with an equally strong female protagonist, Nori Matsui, an Exoplanet Marine Biologist.  

As an aside:  When I was living in NYC, searching the shelves of Sci-Fi in the NY Public Library, looking for my next read and stumbling across a paperback by Peter Wats called, Mealstrom, I later discovered it was the 2nd book of a series.  So after reading this page-turner, I went on-line to the NY Public Library system, tracked down books One and Three and had them delivered to my local branch.  Oddly, reading books One and Two out of order made no difference to me, so much so that I wrote to Peter Watts to tell him that.  However, his response to me was not what I expected–– he was a bit upset that I read book two first.   I had explained to him that I was a former Marine Biologist and that reading book One after book TWO was a real treat because book TWO takes place completely under water in the deep see vents of the Pacific.  Oh well…..  His work is brilliant.

 

 

 

A Picture Is Worth… Nothing….

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” was plagiarized and para-phrased after Henrik Johan Ibsen’s death in 1906.  Henrik was a playwright and director who once said; “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.” 

So it is fitting that I now say, the plagiarized and para-phrased version you know today has been hi-jacked.  I shouldn’t care, but this is so comically fractal it leaves me wondering about humanity.  What I am seeing on Social Media is disturbing, where a picture now takes well over a thousand words to correctly depict its intension… 

For example:  Here is a picture, I took, In Queens NY one day.  Yes, perfect timing… I just happened to be in the right place at the right time soaking in images on my phone when I came around a corner and saw a body sailing through the air…. HOLY CRAP! WHF!  Now…. If I let that image stand on its own and never showed you what happened  a 1/16th of a second before, well, you would be none the wiser.    

And this is my point.  This is the state of Social Media today.  

So before you post, repost, critique, or look for the result you are searching for…. Remember these images and question what might have happened a 1/16th of a second before or after.  Things are never what they appear.  Take the time and research what you repost.  Don’t just hit the green button—there is no reward…. Just shock…

The image of the falling man was taken at an outdoor fair, presented by the Museum Of Moving Images, Astoria, Queens, New York City.  If you have never been there—it is a must.

Reach over and just turn on that switch–you can do it….

Up to this point, we have been blinded by consumption because our global economy is based upon consumption. But the energy to maintain such a model is proving unsustainable. This virus underlines that zero growth is not the end — as this brilliant video presents it. Zero growth means that we are in equilibrium–it is a much better financial model because it follows how things in the natural world thrive The moment an organism begins to outpace this balance, it sets itself up for disaster; specialization in species is a clear path to extinction.

There is always casualty with change–it is built into the physical laws of the universe. So here we have a chance to make this change better than the thing before it.

Wouldn’t you rather live in a world like this? I do…

To my fellow Sci-Fi writers of Dystopia.... this video presents quite a beautiful twist to catastrophic events… doesn’t it? We have an opportunity to change the view…….

We are the heaven of yesterday

Why now? I mean why would the Pentagon release and confirm the authenticity of these videos–granted, these were leaked back in 2017. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with our Alexa, just recently, starting to refer to us by name…. Good morning David…. Thank you Meredith… I had been waiting for that moment, the day we start to accept the future form of humanity. Look in the mirror folks; we we are the heaven of yesterday. It is one of those evolutionary bumps, which needs to happen slowly, as though it had always been there and we just never noticed it.I wonder… when will biological viruses like COVID-19 pass the baton to to digital viruses like SVC_prog.TRIX20?Enjoy everyone…. Another day of living.