Mangrove Seedpods

Lately I have noticed the consistent march of mangrove seedpods in the water off the dock–more than normal. These king tides reach higher up into the mangroves, where the pods detach and begin to float vertically in the water, the tides shuttling them to far away places. A soaking of the pod softens the outside shell and it begins to peels away, allowing the seedpod to germinate. The vertical position is by design so when the tide drops the seeds settle upright in the soft muds along the banks, providing the ideal location to spread. I cannot help but think how closely these pods remind me of the seeds of Phragmites, releasing at once, wondering if these mangrove pods are also carrying the alien contagion.

November Seed

November Seed

 

Seeded from space or fiction?

Alien_Seed

The never-before seen image shows a microscopic metal globe spewing out biological material feared to be an infectious agent.

 

 

artflow_201510152121As a writer of near SciFi, it’s always a great feeling to have written a work and then see a related article sometime after publication. This is what I had in mind when writing, November Seed, except my alien seed a little sexier.

 

Alien Seeds

The release of From Europa With Love

I am pleased to announce the release of my new novelette:  From Europa With Love – Kindle version available for download on OffWordlers.com (Free) and Amazon (.99 cents)

Shuttle Captain Kulcin Black follows a distress signal back to Europa but there is no one there to pick up. On return, he discovers he is not alone.

When events in space go from bad ot worse. This is not a love story.

A new scifi from the author of, November Seed

 

 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

  • Author                   : Mary E. Pearson
  • Year                       : 2008
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MyReview:

This is another great read in the ethical SciFi category.  What constitutes “Being Human.”  Mary Pearson does a wonderful job at building character.  When it comes to painting, what makes one artist better than the others?  It is color–color that you know is unique to that artist.  The same can be said about Mary Pearson.  What I liked so much about this read was that I saw the characters, I felt what they were feeling.  This is a story about a young girl awakening from a coma, with little to no memory about her life, other than detailed facts about historical fact.  She was in an accident and was not suppose to survive, but as her memories and curiosity return, so does the realization about herself.

Silicon Jungle

  • Author                   : Shumeet Baluja
  • Year                       : 2011
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  • My Review           :

Silicon Jungle       :  With Google+ on the verge of release, this is a timely read to rethink how important your privacy is.  Shumeet Baluja  (Phd. @ Google) writes of a great Sci-Fi that is not so much Sci-Fi as it is foresight–Is Shumeet telling us something about Google’s plans of the future?   Can all this data-mining undermine our countries security?  A great storyline + great technology make for a quick read and one you will not want to put down.  This book gives the tech professional some great ideas for creating those web-based apps with MySQL underneath…. If for nothing else, a little more automation for your corporate office.  I really liked this book.

Singularity

  • Author              : Bill DeSmedt
  • Year                  : 2005
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My Review            :

Singularity.  I so love near Sci-Fi and it does not get better than this.  A great read and pretty accurate for the time frame written.   There was one part about a software hack that gave me quite a clever spin on something I needed to do in real-life, and that is exactly why I encourage my mentored students to read near Sci-Fi.  A few little tech factoid s out of place, but still a fantastic journey you will take from this.   The action is page turning, the character definition is terrific and  the underlying plot is quite clever and has you re-reading facts about the original event, people and references the authors bring up, making it even better of a read.  .  Brush up on your quantum physics and black hole knowledge.  This would make such a great movie for today.

The Resurrected Man

  • Author              : Sean williams
  • Year                  : 1998/2005
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My Review            :

I can’t help but think, ‘this is an important piece of work.’  We have all read about teleportation  and have seen plenty of Star-Trek episodes of teleportation in action, but not once were we ever exposed to how that actually might come into being and what telephony would be involved.  I completely overlooked this and took it for granted–being a Network Engineer, it was like one of those V8 commercials where I open-palm smacked myself on the forehead.

I loved this book.  I thought it was brilliant in plot, characters, tech, and suspense.  It gets a little Agatha Christie toward the end, but heck–that’s why it’s called fiction.  Still, I think this is an important read for any technologist and I rate this up there with Snow Crash, and Starfish.

SIMS

  • Author              : F. Paul Wilson
  • Year                  : 2003
  • Amazon            : click here

My Review            :

Wilson is a new read for me.  I like his style of writing which move effortlessly and quickly builds great images of his characters that stay vibrant through to the last page.  Since I love anything Sci-Fi, anthropology, primatology, scociobiology in one read–this was a great book for me.  The pace is a quick start, filled with espionage, genetically spliced creatures, a great cast and plot.  Stay with it in the middle where ethics are explored in the real world because the end is a page turner.