Wattpad has been such a great platform for me, as a writer, to test the waters (no pun intended) with short stories and plots to see how they are received. In fact, the success of both novellas, November Seed, and From Europa With Love started as a short story entries in a SciFi writing contests.
Wattpad is such a great place for readers to get early access to drafts of some great stories being written that move on to become great novels. It is such a great platform for writers to connect with readers , readers to connect with writers, writers to connect with other writers and readers to connect with other readers… there… I think I covered it all.
As 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.
In September of 2015, I was invited on WLFR.fm during Mark Grossman’s Eclectic Journey segment, talking about Stockton University (my alum) of my Sci-Fi, November Seed, and a little about the music and genre of Sci-Fi that inspires me to write. November Seed has been available for FREE on: Amazon, Offworlders.com, Wattpad and Smashwords and has been receiving glowing reviews for me to continue the saga (which I will). Below is a recording of that session
You can stream Mark’s Eclectic Journey every Wednesday (3:00 PM –> 6:00 PM) from the internet by going to wlfr.fm
If you are fortunate to live in South jersey, you can catch it on the radio at FM 91.7 on your dial.
I am very excited to announce that November Seed is now available on www.OffWorlders.com for FREE. Click on the image below.
I selected www.OffWorlders.comto make my novella, November Seed, available to Sci-Fi readers everywhere. I love this innovative and content rich site and what the folks at OffWorlders are doing here–putting authors in close contact with their readers. This is more than just a distribution point for authors. I see great things happening here at OffWorlders, so follow along where I, and other authors, will be posting some short sci-fi in the near future.
First, there are no spoilers here, so read on. I finally got around to watching some sci-fi flicks that were on my watch list.
The Frame: This could have been made into a series. I soaked up the characters, played by Tiffany Maulem & David Carranza and felt their every emotion. What a great twisted version of the Truman show. The music track to this film is by the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Jamin Winans.
Under the Skin: This is a Stanley Kubric Clockwork Orange with Aliens; a beautiful alien (Scarlett Johansson). Brilliant in minimal dialogue carried on the vertebrae of visual artistry. I Loved it.
Traveling Salesman: A thinking person’s sci-fi played by excellent actors: Danny Barkclay, Tyler Seiple, Eric Bloom, David John Cole & Marc Raymond. Discusses the P = NP equation. Slow moving, but conceptually riveting from the standpoint of contemplating the opening of Pandora’s Box. Might be hard to get through for most, but if you are writing a sci-fi about computer espionage, there are some essential theories here for you to get it right.
The Bothersome Man: An interesting, if not poignant view of heaven as a possible franchise—I never thought of it being that way, but why not.? We live and breathe in the franchises of our culture, so why can’t heaven be the same way? I’m not sure what to think about this one. If I were writing this, I would have taken a different path; however, something may have been lost in translation for me (Norwegian).
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 : 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. 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.
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.
Robert Sawyer is my current favorite writer. I love his writing style that flows easily, yet delivers such rich and technical information–I feel more like I am watching a movie than reading. Mindscan is such a good read and raises some very interesting ethical questions on living forever, age is obsolete, death & taxes–we will soon need to deal with. All that and a great sci-fi… what more can you ask for. This was like 2001 A Space Odyssey meets AI. I am hooked and going back to read a few more books….