Are we living in a Blade Runner World?

I was reading an article on BBC, “Are we living in Blade Runner World,”by David Barnett, about the 1982 flick directed by Ridley Scott, sparked by Philip K Dick’s 1968 novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” The article’s author goes on to explain that the depiction of LA (at the time of the movie) was not far off from today and draws some comparisons.

The article then drifts into why writers of science fiction write what they do; are they writing to predict the future? Find out. The article is a great read for anyone who has put off reading Sci-Fi because they think the stories are of weird aliens (which there are), with unpronounceable names and places (guilty as charged), where the dialogue is robotic in cadence, which is false… except for maybe a few newbie writers of Sci-Fi that self publishing has afforded– a terrific thing by the way.

The article shows great insight from Sci-Fi authors, Matthew Kressel and Mary Robinette Kowal, both who have created great works. Do authors of sci-fi write to predict the future? I’m sure many do, but based upon my own experience, I like to think we write depictions based upon current, hyper-social events; like smashing atoms and looking for the sub-particles we expect to see, and spin it from there.

 

FOREST 404

Biophony [bi oph ony] : A term coined by Dr. Bernie Krause, referring to the collective sound in Ecology of vocalizing species (sans humans). A good example would be the different species of insects, frogs, birds, monkeys, etc., in a rain forest, vocalizing at one time, but not talking over each other.

I was reading a post on LinkedIn by Elsa Sotiriadis, PhD (*BioFuturist*) about a BBC Podcast/Sounds/Experiment called, Forest 404, which is an eco-thriller starring Pearl Mackie with theme music by Bonobo.

I find the title quite clever, being that 404 refers to the HTTP error code: “Not Found” (therefore, Forest Not Found). The story takes place well into the future, where a young girl (Pan) has a vocation of sifting through sound bytes of the past (aka, the slow times) and must decide what to delete and what to keep (hint: they are rewarded for deleting and Pan is quite good at freeing up terabytes of space.).  She comes across a SoundScape of a rainforest; now extinct in the fast times, and becomes curious about the origin of these sounds. But curious is not what those in charge want.

To get started, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/forest (I recommend registering an account and logging in before you start listening).  It took me a bit to figure out what was going on and what to listen to in what order. I will save you this. Start with EP0.

  • All Episodes begin with Ep*
  • All accompanied talks begin with T*
  • All accompanied SoundScapes begin with S*

Each episode has an associated talk and SoundScape.  For example, Ep1 (episode 1) has an associated talk (T1) as well as an associated SoundScape (S1).  There are nine episodes in all. The episodes are the actual eco-thriller.  The talks are like a mini TED talks about the sounds explained through experts in their field (do not skip these), and finally, the SoundScapes are just that, the pure sounds of the episode (insight enhanced after the talks).

Each episode is about twenty minutes in length and the talks and SoundScapes range from four to eight minutes.  Take on one episode set per night (E, T & S), before bed, and I highly suggest the use of headphones, ear buds, etc. to get the full impact of how beautiful this truly is.

This entire production is an experiment to educate the listener and receive feedback to see if the needle has moved toward the understanding of Ecology (the slow times) and how good humanity (the fast times) is at interrupting the natural order of Ecology.  There is a survey you can take to add in your data set to this project. I would recommend you listen to at least two episodes and their associated talks and SoundScapes before taking the survey.

I have studied Ecology at length; it made up the bulk of my learning toward my degree in Marine Sciences and remains a major influencer in how I look at life around me. The rewards of the concepts, knowledge and observation have been the focus of my writings in Science Fiction.

I hope you take the time to experience this project, but it will require you to step away from the fast times.  This production is a beautiful blend of science, art, and the eco-responsibility of us all.

A Sci-Fi Limerick

I have been a contributor on wattpad for several years now.  This site has been invaluable to me as a writer of Sci-Fi, where I can test the waters with potential stories, treatments, character studies and just general fun.  Which brings me to this.  There was a recent competition to write a Sci-Fi Limerick… A first for me and a challenge I could not pass up.  They must have liked it as much as I did because they gave me a great lead in:

We have the “most greatest” honour to host, today, The exceptional @DavidNadas, the Limerick specialist of the group.  Let’s let him entertain us with wit and music.

 

There was an Alien from Venus,

Who came to Earth to greet us,

When he stepped off the ship,

We heard his pants rip,

And out rolled his un-Earthly…

Well… you know.

To see other poems and nursery rhymes click here:  Tevun Krus (#59)

“Cover” makes it into Wattpad’s #1 WattZine!

I was very pleased to see my Sci-Fi short (Cover) make it into Wattpad’s  #1 and longest running WattZine:  Tevun-Krus #49 – Best of 2K17

For the full list of Sci-Fi shorts, click here.

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.

Thanks Wattpad, Thanks Team Ooorah.  Thanks Tevun Krus,  and to all the readers out there. see you in TK:50!

 

 

 

 

 

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

Interview on WLFR 91.7 FM

In September of 2015, I was invited on WLFR.fm during Mark Grossman’s Eclectic Journey segment, talking about WLFR Radio 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.WLFR_Coverage

November Seed now available on Offworlders.com for FREE

OffWorlders_NovemberSeedjpgI am very excited to announce that November Seed is now available on www.OffWorlders.com  for FREE.  Click on the image below.

OffWorlders_siteI selected www.OffWorlders.com to 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.OffWorlders_Feature_David_Nadas

Some Sci-Fi movie reviews

Sci_Fi_ReviewsFirst, 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).

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

  • Author                   : Mary E. Pearson
  • Year                       : 2008
  •  Amazon                : click here
  • My Review           :

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.