Writing

Here you’ll find some of my thoughts on my writings or on writing in general.

  • “Captain Z-Ro” September 2, 2017
    You might be wondering what “Captain Z-Ro” is, so I’ll get that out of the way right now.  It’s probably the first time travel television ...
  • Robot reflections August 28, 2017
    Will robots learn to be compassionate and creative, or will they learn to kill?  Perhaps both, but I greatly prefer to be chased by an ...
  • Nice to see a 5-star review of “Science Fiction: Time Travel” August 4, 2017
    I was very pleased to find this 5 out of 5 stars Scribd review of my e-book anthology “Science Fiction: Time Travel“.
  • Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) August 4, 2017
    NASA is working on satellites that could deflect asteroids.  A test of DART on 65803 Didymos  is scheduled for 2024.
  • Reminiscent of “Futureworld” June 18, 2017
    Scientists are just at the beginning of reading images from minds — in this case, from monkey’s minds. In the movie “Futureworld” — sequel to the ...
  • Robots and humans on the job May 26, 2017
    Want to understand how employees relate to robots in an industrial environment?  Perhaps a study in South Korea would be appropriate.  South Korea has the ...
  • First human head transplant? May 5, 2017
    The Scientist reports that “Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero announced that the world’s first human head transplant…will take place in China sometime within the next 10 ...
  • Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) April 14, 2017
    Computerworld senior writer Sharon Gaudin recently suggested that companies are going to need a Chief Robotics Officer (CRO), responsible for the company’s robotics strategy. While I ...
  • Robots aren’t just winning at Go and Chess April 7, 2017
    In the New York Times recently writer Claire Cain Miller presents a thought-provoking summary of “Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs“. This ...
  • Bots discussing life March 24, 2017
    No, they’re not discussing the latest “Alien”-like movie called “LIFE”.  Google bots are discussing the meaning of life. Funny, because I wrote a sci-fi short story ...
  • Electronic tattoos to control smartphones March 24, 2017
    Temporary electronic tattoos (SkinMarks) can be used to control your smartphone. In sci-fi short story “The Time of Your Life” in my e-book “Science Fiction: Time Travel and ...
  • I’ve been to China March 17, 2017
    I enjoy many forms of creative expression, including writing, blogging, and game design.  No matter which I’m working on at the time, or thinking about, ...
  • My original “Star Trek” series top 20 list February 6, 2017
    I know there are many original “Star Trek” series top episodes lists, but I thought I would add my opinion to the mix.  Over the ...
  • AI rights for robots? January 13, 2017
    At what point do political scientists and others need to consider the future of robot or AI voting rights?  In the New Scientist, Zoltan Istvan takes ...
  • Do coding skills = foreign language skills? December 23, 2016
    On December 5, 2016, FloridaPolitics.com cited that “Florida lawmakers could once again consider whether computer coding classes should be counted as a foreign language credit.  ...
  • Genealogy with three or more parents December 16, 2016
    Today I read an article from MIT Technology Review about “The British government has given the green light for a technique that will let parents-to-be ...
  • Sci-fi and Golden Globes 2017 December 12, 2016
    I love to write science fiction, in part because I love to read and watch science fiction.  So I’m always excited to see sci-fi related ...
  • Face augmented reality December 9, 2016
    With augmented reality — think Pokémon Go or Microsoft HoloLens — possibly taking off in 2017-2018, I thought I’d spend a moment pondering the ramifications. First, ...
  • Genetic code privacy December 2, 2016
    Some of the political talk about technology rights in the past few years has been about encryption and phones.  There has also been a great ...
  • Deflecting earthquakes and tsunamis? December 2, 2016
    In my science fiction story, “Seismic Morality” in my anthology “Science Fiction: Tragedies“, I have described a future where an administrator struggles with how to handle ...
  • Ambient Computing November 4, 2016
    Desktop computing gave way to laptops — though some analysts have recently wondered if desktops are making a comeback with attractive options like Microsoft’s new ...
  • Ukraine versus “The Ukraine” October 28, 2016
    I enjoy writing, especially science fiction, but I don’t always know the answer to every grammatical question that comes up.  If you’ve ever wondered why ...
  • Landing on Mars is really difficult October 21, 2016
    The ExoMars lander recently re-confirmed what those of us on Earth already know.  Landing on Mars is really difficult. We don’t know yet whether the ExoMars ...
  • Robot arrest September 24, 2016
    No, I don’t mean a robot arresting someone.  Back in 2010 there was a report of a UAV being credited with making an arrest. A robot ...
  • Tatiana Maslany wins Emmy for “Orphan Black” (sci-fi) September 24, 2016
    I was very happy to see that actress Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy for her work on “Orphan Black”, a science fiction show on BBC ...
  • Sci-fi TV: Westworld, Timeless, “Star Trek: Discovery” September 14, 2016
    With the new television season approaching, I thought I would add a quick comment about some new sci-fi shows that interest me.  I don’t have ...
  • Do we time travel in our thoughts? August 25, 2016
    Like probably many of you, I’ve been on vacation recently.  I visited several places in the West that made me think about time travel. If you ...
  • Is predicting the next president like BattleBots? July 29, 2016
    In my last blog entry I suggested that BattleBots, a show that features robots battling in a ring, can be humorous — largely because we ...
  • Battlebots: Yeti versus Lucky July 17, 2016
    Researchers are working on all kinds of robots.  There are military robots, robots with emotions, robots that detect our emotions, domestic robots — like the ...
  • Appliv and mobile app discovery July 8, 2016
    NOTE: The Appliv featured-and-categorized apps internet site will discontinue service on August 31, 2017.  Below is the text of their review of “Family Tree Solitaire”, ...
  • July 6, 2016
    Until the end of July 2016, my e-books “A Comic on Phobos”, “Face Facts”, and “Movie Magic Squares” (a hypertext movie theme game) have a FREE coupon ...
  • NeuroQuantology and space exploration June 24, 2016
    NeuroQuantology is an interdisciplinary journal of neuroscience and quantum physics.  Physicist Roger Penrose’s theory about quantum consciousness is probably the largest reason for the existence of ...
  • Is “The Starry Night” next? June 13, 2016
    Borrowed Light Studios, below, uses VR to let us  virtually walk through the Van Gogh painting “The Night Café”.  This could become a popular use of ...
  • What did 1 microbe think of the other (10^12)-1? June 3, 2016
    New research on microbial diversity shows that there may be as many as 10^12 — a trillion — microbial species on Earth. In the last few years, ...
  • Science Fiction e-books update May 12, 2016
    Just a quick note to thank everyone again who has purchased one of my e-books. “Science Fiction: Time Travel” continues to be my top seller, and ...
  • Not all AI is having success April 1, 2016
    AlphaGo’s AI recently had a huge success in beating a world expert opponent in several games of Go.  The main programmer of AlphaGo is now researching ...
  • My trip to UC Irvine February 29, 2016
    UC Irvine in California is a great school (take a look at the terrific ratings). That’s why I’m both honored and humbled to receive the Hall of Fame ...
  • Interconnected brains December 18, 2015
    When I wrote “Agent Lenore” several years ago, I was thinking about the growing freelance marketplace for software engineers and others.  As a science fiction ...
  • Golden Globes insult science fiction writers December 11, 2015
    Yes, I think it is an insult to science fiction writers to nominate “The Martian” in the category of Best Musical or Comedy.  While some science ...
  • Modifying genetics epigenetically December 6, 2015
    Epigenetic changes can change gene expression, effectively acting like a genetics modification.  Scientists have had meetings recently to discuss the ethics, dangers, and future of ...
  • Good aliens or bad aliens? November 24, 2015
    “Childhood’s End”, based on one of Arthur C. Clarke’s best novels, is coming to the SYFY television network on December 14, 2015.  But are the visitors good aliens or ...
  • “Science Fiction: Genetics” November 18, 2015
    See Amazon.com for “Science Fiction: Genetics”.  This is my first genetics-related anthology of my stories.  I enjoy following advances in genetic and epigenetic research, so I’m ...
  • “Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2” by Richard S. Levine November 15, 2015
    Thank you to all my readers who have enjoyed “Science Fiction: Time Travel” or “Science Fiction: Robots & Cyborgs”!  I’ve been so pleased with the ...
  • New “Star Trek” television series coming? November 2, 2015
    According to Hollywood Reporter, CBS has a new “Star Trek” series in the works for release in 2017.  As a “Star Trek” fan, and science ...
  • Trip to India, Singapore, and Cambodia November 2, 2015
    I recently returned from an amazing journey to India, Singapore, and Cambodia.  Besides the fact that these are fascinating countries to visit, they are also ...
  • Genealogy – predicting what ancestors looked like September 24, 2015
    Buried in an article about “A genomic entrepreneur plans to sell genetic workups for as little as $250” is perhaps an even more striking claim ...
  • Time travel can be confusing September 10, 2015
    The time travel television series “Continuum” starts its final season — just 6 episodes — on the SYFY channel (Friday, September 11, 2015.  Those of ...
  • Solarpunk September 4, 2015
    There’s Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Decopunk, Atompunk, Biopunk, Nanopunk, and Dreampunk.  Do you even know what all of these are about?  I admit, that I couldn’t ...
  • Robot passports August 28, 2015
    MIT Technology Review recently reported on the need for “License Plates for Drones.”  The concept involves colored blinking lights which would help someone identify the drone ...
  • Is Lucy dead on Extant? August 21, 2015
    Lucy is a humanoid robot (Humanics) soldier on the television series Extant.  I found it interesting that the programmers/developers of her mind thought it would not be ...
  • Quantum Biology August 21, 2015
    The term Quantum Biology was coined over 60 years ago, but only recently has it gained momentum.  I believe quantum biology science has the potential to ...
  • The Maritimes and vicinity – Wow! August 14, 2015
    I just got back from a vacation in The Maritime provinces of Canada, as well as Quebec, Maine, and a few neighboring states.  I highly ...
  • With earthquakes, warning time makes a difference July 16, 2015
    Wired magazine recently published an article entitled “A New Earthquake Early Warning System For Mexico City.”  In theory, residents could have up to 60 to ...
  • Science is difficult July 1, 2015
    Recently, the famous little Philae comet lander re-made contact with satellite Rosetta.  After Philae landed and lost power, likely due to being in shade, it was ...
  • Is it possible that the future affects the past? June 19, 2015
    Second Nexus reports that recent physics experiments would seem to indicate that the future affects the past.  If so, that would be a form of ...
  • I backed LightSail on Kickstarter June 16, 2015
    The Planetary Society’s LightSail test was a success, so I’m excited about next year’s attempt to launch LightSail and sail it!  They’re Kickstarter project asked ...
  • The Future is Short – Volume 2 June 11, 2015
    My microstory “Winners Take All” is in print! “The Future is Short – Volume 2” is printed through Amazon’s Createspace service.  There are many other very ...
  • LightSail Test Success June 9, 2015
    The Planetary Society blog declared the LightSail test mission a success as of today, June 9, 2015.  Above you can see an image of the ...
  • LightSail deployed! June 7, 2015
    The Planetary Society’s Mission Control website exudes excitement as the LightSail test flight successfully deployed the sail.  It’s only a matter of time before the ...
  • Earth Impact Database May 29, 2015
    Speaking of Earth impacts — see my previous blog entry — The Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC) in Canada has a nice website on ...
  • Lightsail May 20, 2015
    The Planetary Society’s Lightsail-A test launched successfully today from Cape Canaveral.  As of this afternoon, it appears that they have heard back from the craft.  If all continues ...
  • Self-driving 18-Wheelers still need drivers May 8, 2015
    The Huffington Post blogs about the new self-driving 18 Wheeler trucks being tested by German manufacturer Daimler in Nevada.  But they will still require a driver, ...
  • How much is a Myr? May 2, 2015
    If you ever run across the term Myr, it may be because you are reading an article about astronomy.  One Myr is one million years. Michael ...
  • Did Kirk and Scott travel to 1841? April 29, 2015
    Did James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott from “Star Trek” travel back in time from to 1841? Did they know each other in 2263, a ...
  • Character description April 24, 2015
    Writer’s Digest recently blogged about “11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description.” It’s a nice summary of some of the techniques an author might use ...
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell coming to BBC America April 17, 2015
    I read the book, “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell“.  While I really liked the idea, and the plot as written has merit, I generally agree ...
  • NASA smiley faces April 10, 2015
    The Hubble Space Telescope found a smiley face in space.  I think that’s wonderful. Too often nowadays, space movies or stories depict space as a dangerous ...
  • Rope and ride a star March 19, 2015
    As many of you already know, Leonard Nimoy died recently.  He is probably best known for his role of Spock on “Star Trek”. I loved watching the ...
  • LightSail March 6, 2015
    The Planetary Society — I’m a member — has planned a LightSail mission.  It will essentially sail in space from the photons from the light of ...
  • Consciousness is a hard problem February 26, 2015
    Hard Consciousness may be the most difficult problem.  Oliver Burkeman,  for an article in The Guardian, writes about the efforts to solve the mystery and why it ...
  • Back-up computers, tablets, phone data…soon, back-up your brain? February 13, 2015
    BBC – Future has a thought-provoking — pun intended — piece on the concept of back-up brains.  The idea has been explored quite a bit ...
  • Accidentally dismissed Outlook reminder February 13, 2015
    I modified a reminder in Outlook, and as I was preparing to delete another reminder, the modified one popped up.  This caused me to accidentally ...
  • Mondegreen-phobia January 31, 2015
    I think I may have mondegreen-phobia.  In case you don’t know what a mondegreen is, according to Wikipedia a mondegreen is “a mishearing or misinterpretation of ...
  • Hubots January 23, 2015
    In 2012, a Swedish drama called “Äkta människor” (Real Humans) became a hit science fiction show about very human-like robots and the issues that come ...
  • Robots that create jobs? January 16, 2015
    In 2014, I blogged a bit about how robots and AI — long thought of as job-destroyers without numbers to back up that thinking — might actually ...
  • Asimov’s “Foundation” series on HBO? January 9, 2015
    TheWrap reported in November 2014 that Jonathan Nolan, writer of “Interstellar” and the short story that “Memento” was based on, is now working — or ...
  • “Twelve Monkeys” 2.0 January 9, 2015
    I enjoyed the 1995 movie “Twelve Monkeys” with Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe.  Actually, with each watching, it’s grown a bit more on me, because as ...
  • A face is not just a face January 5, 2015
    I was excited to see a number of articles last year on the subject of pattern recognition, particularly as it relates to human faces.  Face pattern recognition ...
  • Avatar ride January 5, 2015
    Although it wasn’t among the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen, I enjoyed the movie “Avatar” and the effects are amazing.  In 2017 we ...
  • Scifaiku: The Big Picture December 16, 2014
    This is a reprint from my scifaiku, “The Big Picture.”  In 2006 it appeared in Scifaikuest Special Edition.  It represents my attempt at dark humor.  ...
  • SYFY debuts Ascension on Dec. 15 December 5, 2014
    I’ve enjoyed previous Canadian-filmed science fiction television, such as “Continuum.”  So I look forward to another Canadian/American television series entitled “Ascension,” about an alternate present ...
  • Will “12 Monkeys” be a good tv series? November 14, 2014
    “Twelve Monkeys” was an interesting time travel movie that starred Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, ...
  • Philae lands on a comet November 12, 2014
    On NEWWorthy, I just blogged about the European Space Agency’s landing of Philae on a comet today (Nov. 12, 2014).  All I can say is ...
  • OSHbots and science fiction November 7, 2014
    I just blogged a new entry on NEWWorthy regarding Lowe’s OSHbots, robot assistants in their stores.  Since science fiction writers helped to come up with ...
  • T5 next summer October 27, 2014
    I posted an entry on my NEWWorthy blog regarding the movie “Terminator 5”.  But I don’t really know if it’s NEWWorthy or OLDWorthy, because I ...
  • I support our national parks October 3, 2014
    I support the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) goals for support by our next and future U.S. Congress.  I have visited many national parks as a child and as ...
  • Introverts on Mars August 1, 2014
    The Atlantic recently published an article entitled, “Extroverts Don’t Belong on Mars.”  So introverts do?  If so, then some software engineers might fit the bill.  As the ...
  • Cli-fi popularity on the rise July 18, 2014
    What’s cli-fi?  It’s fiction, often science fiction, that’s climate related.  The first cli-fi I remember reading was Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear”.  It wasn’t one ...
  • Poe and Robots, two of my favorite things June 27, 2014
    Edgar Allan Poe, one of my favorite authors, wrote “The Man That Was Used Up” circa 1840.  While it is not exactly a robot story, it ...
  • Eternal hope for the driverless car? June 6, 2014
    Are we all so in love with the idea of a car that will drive for us, that we underestimate how long it’s going to ...
  • Death in The Fog May 30, 2014
    The Fog, also known as The Internet of Things, will eventually contain untold numbers of sensors and devices that work continuously or at intervals over ...
  • Another spooky action at a distance May 30, 2014
    Almost everyone has heard of Einstein’s description of quantum entanglement as spooky action at a distance.  Now, we have a new kind of spooky action ...
  • How to keep up on games research and development May 29, 2014
    I recently commented in a Game Developers group on LinkedIn about how to keep up on games research and development.  The response to my remarks ...
  • Links to “Edge of Tomorrow” May 28, 2014
    I was repairing broken links on my website today and in the process ran into a recent review of the movie “Edge of Tomorrow” that ...
  • Disc golf inspiration May 26, 2014
    I’ve always enjoyed a good hike in the park, and more recently discovered the sport of disc golf.  I had played and enjoyed Frisbee golf ...
  • Metamaterials and FTL May 23, 2014
    It has been suggested that metamaterials can possibly be used to build a warp drive.  Now Z.Y. Wang, a researcher at SBSC in China, explains ...
  • Fun with math May 16, 2014
    I usually do the Ole Miss Math “problem of the week” and “algebra” problems when they run the online contest, but lately the site seems ...
  • More on art and science April 27, 2014
    This is a follow-on blog entry to my recent one about the relationships between art and science. Several websites claim that artist M.C. Escher said, “For me ...
  • Art, Science, Music, Math, Dance April 18, 2014
    What do these fields have in common?  I enjoyed writing in college about the relationships between Science, Math, and the creative arts, and I was ...
  • Are the waters of Enceladus and Europa refreshing? April 11, 2014
    NASA has been interested in sending robotic missions to Europa for years.  Now, the Cassini spacecraft has found new evidence of an underground ocean on Enceladus, a ...
  • Antiplag April 11, 2014
    AntiPlag is some interesting writing-related research coming out of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.  I follow achievements in writing and mathematics, so this ...
  • Science fiction meets medicine and genealogy April 4, 2014
    Mocavo recently blogged about “s Genealogy a Thing of the Past?”  This is the stuff of science fiction. I don’t remember the name of the story, ...
  • Face facts March 28, 2014
    A few years ago I wrote a short story entitled “Face Facts” that was published in “Crime and Suspense” magazine and is now available as ...
  • My ebooks are now on Scribd too March 24, 2014
    Smashwords started distributing ebooks on Scribd recently, so my “Science Fiction: Time Travel” and other ebooks can now be read on Scribd if you have a ...
  • Electronic tattoo March 21, 2014
    Computerworld recently published a story about Google and others having recently popularized the idea of an electrionic tattoo.  Below is a video presented by the ...
  • Design advice from sports? March 21, 2014
    Greg Norman, professional golfer, has some pretty interesting advice to share about his training.  He says the best advice he ever got was to “Learn how ...
  • Calming a hurricane March 14, 2014
    Dvice.com recently discussed Stanford professor Mark Jacobson’s computer model that looks at how offshore wind turbines might affect a hurricane.  Though 70,000 turbines offshore is a tall ...
  • Testing haiku February 28, 2014
    uTest, the world’s largest provider of in-the-wild testing for mobile, web and desktop, is holding a haiku writing contest for member testers.  I won’t publish ...
  • Creative failure February 28, 2014
    On LinkedIn, I recently responded to a post that asked “How do you cope with failing as a writer.”  My answer below applies to any ...
  • When taking a break from my creative efforts, I enjoy disc golf February 28, 2014
    I have several science fiction story ideas from last year that I plan to work on soon.  I’ve also had a few game design ideas lately ...
  • Skeuomorphic February 17, 2014
    According to the MIT Technology Review article “What Noise Does The Electric Car Make?”, Skeuomorphic is the technical term for incorporating old, familiar ideas into ...
  • Barbie’s dreamhouse February 17, 2014
    Since I am a Mattel employee alumni, having worked on game in the Mattel Electronics division, I will always remember fondly the company orientation day ...
  • Ken Melville, author of “It Came From the Desert”, passed away February 13, 2014
    In 1988, I developed programmer and authoring tools for “It Came From the Desert”, a Cinemaware classic video game based on giant ants. Ken Melville, ...
  • Reading your emotions February 7, 2014
    The Verge recently featured an article about emotionally intelligent software.  While it is easy to see how phones and computers might be able to better help ...
  • Energy teleportation and “Forbidden Planet” February 7, 2014
    MIT Technology Review recently blogged about “Energy Teleportation Overcomes Distance Limit.”  This would seem to be a very promising lead into further experiments and possibly ...
  • How do science fiction writers think? February 7, 2014
    I recently blogged about on “How Game Designers Think“.  But what about science fiction (SF) writers? Some SF writers might think that a story about “Drilling surprise ...
  • Do the “Gamesters of Triskelion” comment on blogs? January 31, 2014
    “The Gamesters of Triskelion” is an old “Star Trek” episode that features three brains that chatter quite a bit considering they don’t have bodies. I enjoy ...
  • How do game designers think? January 31, 2014
    Okay, if you’re wondering what makes a game designer’s mind whirl, here’s one example.  I saw this article at theatlantic.com on “Why is Pennsylvania So ...
  • A thank you to my readers! January 16, 2014
    I had my best e-book sales year ever in 2013.  I would like to start 2014 by thanking everyone who tried out my science fiction e-books. THANK ...
  • Creative inspiration January 16, 2014
    This creative use of EEG technology by Lisa Park inspires science fiction story ideas.
  • What makes science fiction fun? January 16, 2014
    This University of Fukui  research called “Tethered Flying Robot for Information Gathering System” refers to a kite flying robot.  This is the kind of stuff that ...
  • Questions about self-driving cars January 9, 2014
    Govtech.com asks “6 Questions States Need to Ask About Self-Driving Cars“.  Any of these issues would probably make for an interesting science fiction story.  Below, ...
  • Intellivisionaries #3: Microsurgeon game discussion and interview November 23, 2013
    The Intellivisionaries podcast, episode 3, was posted on November 22, 2013.  They discuss my award winning classic video game, “Microsurgeon”, at length and include a ...
  • Blood count bordering on science fiction November 21, 2013
    Science fiction has in recent times taken a look at technologies and cultures where people know approximately or exactly when they were going to die.  ...
  • Locomotion of microscopic robots November 21, 2013
    Tad Hogg of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in Palo Alto, California, has an interesting paper on the “Locomotion of Microscopic Robots in Viscous Fluids.” Science ...
  • Surrounded by robots? November 15, 2013
    Computerworld published an article recently about future military having 10 robots per soldier.  Some may see a future US military force with 10 robots per ...
  • Unlike Siri, Florence is for healthcare November 15, 2013
    Speech Tech Magazine reports that in 2014 Nuance is introducing Florence, a virtual assistant for healthcare clinicians. As we see more robotic surgeries and more virtual or ...
  • Microbial mediators November 12, 2013
    The Scientist reports that researchers were able to show that “symbiotic bacteria can help hyenas communicate with one another.” As a science fiction writer I have to ...
  • In the category of “what makes us who we are”? November 7, 2013
    The Scientist today reported on “Gut Microbes May Impact AutoImmunity“.  Researchers are finding that certain gut bacteria may be associated with certain kinds of arthritis, in ...
  • “Twelve Tomorrows 2013” science fiction anthology October 31, 2013
    MIT Technology Review just announced their “Twelve Tomorrows 2013” science fiction anthology.  Please note that I have not read this edition yet.  The 2011-2012 anthology ...
  • Astroturfing – digital disguise October 29, 2013
    After reading comments at the end of online articles or social media postings, I have often wondered whether some or many of the comments were from real people.   Astroturfing ...
  • Intellivisionaries, a podcast October 24, 2013
    I recently was interviewed by Intellivisionaries — a group of Intellivision devotees — for their podcast #3.  They have a Facebook page too.  They just posted ...
  • SkyCall, a fun robotic guide October 24, 2013
    Why am I blogging about SkyCall?  It’s a drone and software developed at MIT to guide people around campus, and I think it captures the fun ...
  • Baxter – World’s first magician’s robot assistant October 23, 2013
    Thinking about the future of games and entertainment, it is interesting to note that Baxter is being programmed and trained to be the world’s first ...
  • Water supply October 2, 2013
    Nature recently published an article about the dwindling water supply for farming in California’s Central Valley. My Mark Twain inspired short story “Above the Mississippi” (Golden Visions Magazine, ...
  • Guiding Light to the Stars September 27, 2013
    This space photo taken in New Zealand by an Australian is the kind of imagery that inspires me to keep writing science fiction.  Below is a ...
  • More Florida newspapers to be digitized September 25, 2013
    Gainesville.com reports that the University of Florida will spend the next two years selecting and digitizing about 100,000 Florida and Puerto Rican newspaper pages published between ...
  • Curiosity hasn’t found methane on Mars September 23, 2013
    First, it was believed that orbiting sensors found evidence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.  Then, some speculative articles were written suggesting that the methane ...
  • Voyager 1 goes beyond our solar system September 23, 2013
    Just looking at this NASA chart that shows how far Voyager 1 has gone makes one wonder what it will take to someday travel to ...
  • Some jobs of the future September 17, 2013
    I like this SlideShare deck (below) entitled “20 Jobs of the Future”.  In particular, the idea of a Curiosity Tutor intrigues me.  It’s not that ...
  • What went on under the paint? September 17, 2013
    National Geographic online reports on “Picasso Under the Paint“.  Below or also at the National Gallery of Art you can see what was discovered under ...
  • SF Movie: Europa Report September 11, 2013
    “Europa Report” has mixed reviews online, but the look and style of this movie interests me.  It appears to be a rare hard SF movie, ...
  • Are people “right-brained” or “left-brained”? September 5, 2013
    Science Daily reports that while there are clearly mental operations like language that take place in the left or right side of the brain, researchers at the ...
  • Human brain to brain interface September 3, 2013
    According to CNet, at the University of Washington scientists were able to send a brain signal from one participant to another via the internet.  This ...
  • My latest short story, “The Library of Pain” August 29, 2013
    My latest SF story, “The Library of Pain” about a man who suffers from an addiction to pain, is now out in Quantum Realities ...
  • Brain to Brain communication over the Internet August 29, 2013
    Computerworld reports on new research that explores brain to brain communication over the Internet.  This capability could lead to help for disabled individuals or enhanced ...
  • Google Doodle kitty helps with quantum mechanics August 14, 2013
    Nobel prize winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger was born August 12, 1887, so CNet recently reported on a Google Doodle created to celebrate Schrodinger’s birthday. In my science ...
  • Why I write short stories August 9, 2013
    Writer’s Digest blogger Chuck Sambuchino recently posted “5 Reasons Novelists Should Write & Publish Short Stories”.  I particularly like reason #1, where he states “if ...
  • MAVEN spacecraft August 7, 2013
    According to Florida Today, MAVEN — short for “Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution.” — is the first spacecraft devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. I enjoy ...
  • Curious about “A Comic on Phobos”? August 6, 2013
    According to CNet, the Mars Curiosity rover sang Happy Birthday on Mars.  If you enjoy the idea of a robot having a good time while ...
  • The new Doctor August 6, 2013
    Peter Capaldi has been announced as the Twelfth Doctor in the popular science fiction television series “Doctor Who”.
  • Genealogy and Genome July 31, 2013
    Curious about what Genealogy conferences are coming up through 2013?  FamilySearch has a list.  Note that the first ever IAJGS Conference LIVE! will use the ...
  • Planet orbiting a Brown Dwarf discovered July 29, 2013
    MIT Technology Review blog reports “First Planet Discovered Orbiting a Brown Dwarf”.  As further research tries to determine the approximate Goldilocks zone to support life on a ...
  • False memories July 26, 2013
    According to The Scientist, researchers have figured out how to give mice false memories.  Are we on the way to the kind of memory implanting ...
  • Thoughts of Titan July 26, 2013
    I share Eric Mack’s fascination with and enthusiasm for the Saturn moon Titan.  With its exotic atmosphere, mysterious mountains, and methane lakes, there are still ...
  • Cars that talk to each other? July 25, 2013
    Computerworld reported on “Feds want cars to talk to each other“.  The technology could save thousands of lives a year. In my science fiction short story ...
  • arXiv: Some new research in Mathematics July 23, 2013
    A few times a year I like to examine current research on mathematical topics.  I can’t say I understand all that I read, but I ...
  • Tech workers and affordable nice homes July 22, 2013
    Computerworld blogged recently about “Where can tech workers afford the nicest homes?”  The article does the math and shows a nice graphic that compares income ...
  • Debugging multithreaded applications July 22, 2013
    Dr. Dobbs, a software technology magazine I have followed for many years, reported on “Debugging multithreaded applications in Windows”.  It’s great that Visual Studio offers ...
  • Comics and technology — “A Comic on Phobos” July 11, 2013
    I had to giggle a little when I saw today’s Computerworld article about comic speaker Don McMillan.  He has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering ...
  • Hubs in Mild Cognitive Impairment July 8, 2013
    Researchers investigate how “…hubs of functional brain networks are modified as a result of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)“, which sometimes precedes the onset of Alzheimer’s disease What ...
  • Astronaut in space controls robot on Earth July 7, 2013
    Computerworld reports that for the first time a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station controlled a robot on the ground.  My published short story ...
  • Quantum remote control July 2, 2013
    MIT Technology Review blog reports that researchers have discovered the secret of quantum remote control.  That’s pretty neat if they are able to prove that ...
  • About the movie “Safety Not Guaranteed” July 1, 2013
    I enjoyed the movie “Safety Not Guaranteed”.  It has that kind of light, easy to digest but thought-provoking nature that many of my time travel ...
  • The Learning Channel’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” 2013 July 1, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine’s Genealogy Insider blogger Diane Haddad reports that The Learning Channel has announced the celebrities who will appear on “Who Do You Think ...
  • Science Fiction: The Arts June 27, 2013
    The Art of Science 2013 Online Gallery includes a wonderful 3rd place finisher, “Web of art and science”.  The Lewis Center for the Arts and and ...
  • Time-lapse train trip or time travel? June 27, 2013
    Below is a creative — surreal — time-lapse train trip through Tokyo’s artificial island, Odaiba, by a Japanese photographer.  For me — when I can ...
  • BatchGeo for geocoding and mapping June 26, 2013
    I have been wanting to create a map of where my ancestors lived at various time periods, but I wasn’t sure what tool(s) to use.  ...
  • Kiva robots and jobs June 17, 2013
    Kiva robots are the warehouse automatons for Amazon.  Other companies have started using these handy floor-workers as well. They have replaced some jobs at warehouses, because ...
  • My latest to-be-published SF story, “The Library of Pain” June 10, 2013
    My latest SF story “The Library of Pain” will appear in Quantum Realities, July 2013.  “The Library of Pain” examines epigenetics, changes in gene expression ...
  • Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination May 31, 2013
    According to UCSD (The University of California, San Diego), in conjunction with the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation they “are launching a major center to better understand, enhance ...
  • Hyperloop? May 31, 2013
    Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has been touting a new form of transportation he calls a Hyperloop.  He says it’s a ...
  • Edutainment May 30, 2013
    I recently responded to a games developer posting regarding the word edutainment.  The word has been used since at least the 1940’s to refer to ...
  • SF tv shows: “Continuum” and “Orphan Black” May 29, 2013
    I don’t often make tv show recommendations, but I’ve really enjoyed these two science fiction television shows this past year. “Continuum” on the SYFY channel seems ...
  • “Science Fiction: Time Travel” competes May 29, 2013
    I couldn’t resist touting on my Facebook author page the recent success of my SF anthology, “Science Fiction: Time Travel”.  For a short time it was ...
  • “Riddick” 2013 – “Pitch Black” May 29, 2013
    I’m not really a horror fan, but I love the look of the movie “Pitch Black”.  The elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and action are ...
  • If Earth had rings – CNet May 23, 2013
    Planetary rings figure into my award nominated short story “A Comic on Phobos”. I love the look of this article on CNet this week.  “If Earth ...
  • “Science Fiction: Time Travel” at #3 May 22, 2013
    My “Science Fiction: Time Travel” SF e-book reached #3 for a little while on the Amazon United Kingdom SF e-book anthology list.  Thank you to all my ...
  • Are robots taking our jobs? May 21, 2013
    Kevin Drum writes “Welcome, Robot Overlords.  Please Don’t Fire us?” At least for now, you might be giggling at the thought of robots taking our jobs.  ...
  • The Robot Middle Class? May 17, 2013
    An MIT Technology Review blog comments on “Race Against the Machine”, a book about robots and how they might change our thinking about employment (or ...
  • Robot careers May 13, 2013
    Are robots entitled to a career?  Computerworld today published an article called “10 Careers Robots Are Taking From You.” My story “Like Mother, Like Son” in ...
  • About writing short stories May 10, 2013
    I love writing short stories.  I think one reason is because it reminds me of designing video games.  You have limited words and imagery  — like bytes and textures ...
  • IBM’s “A Boy and His Atom” May 3, 2013
    As an engineer, I think that IBM Researcher’s “very small” movie, “A Boy and His Atom,” is an amazing accomplishment.  Would scientists in the early ...
  • Near-future IT May 1, 2013
    What’s coming to the office next?  Computerworld has an interesting article about the “Consumerization of IT.”  Unisys has done three annual reports on this topic, the ...
  • “Science Fiction: Time Travel” makes list on Amazon U.S. April 25, 2013
    This week, my “Science Fiction: Time Travel” anthology made the top 100 SF anthologies list for Kindle books on Amazon.com.
  • Van Gogh, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and “Starry Night” April 22, 2013
    According to Wikipedia, American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said “Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has ...
  • Robot jobs April 17, 2013
    MIT Technology Review blogger Tom Simonite asks, “will robots create new jobs when they take over existing ones?”  Makes me wonder if in the future ...
  • Robots and the law April 12, 2013
    There’s an interesting MIT Technology Review blog entitled “Does a Tele-Robot Operator Need a Visa and W-2?”  That’s a good question. I’ve been reading about telerobotics for a ...
  • “Science Fiction: Time Travel” has new review April 10, 2013
    My “Science Fiction: Time Travel” e-book now has two reviews on Amazon United Kingdom.   It was recently in the top 10 there for science ...
  • Can dreams be read like in the movie Futureworld? April 5, 2013
    According to BBC News, Dr Mark Stokes, a cognitive neuroscientist from the University of Oxford, said “a single dream-reading system would not work for everyone…you ...
  • Family narrative April 1, 2013
    I recently read this New York Times article (“The Stories That Bind Us”) about the power of family narrative in a child’s life.  Genealogy research is a ...
  • Writing Quality – Does Money Matter? March 26, 2013
    I write speculative fiction because I love to make up stories and then share them with readers.  As a game designer and software engineer, I also enjoy ...
  • First 14 minutes of SyFy’s new series “Defiance” March 25, 2013
    I’m a science fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist posting a link to the first 14 minutes of SyFy’s new series, “Defiance”.  I sure hope “Defiance” ...
  • TripAdvisor – Travel writing March 14, 2013
     I am a TripAdvisor “Top Contributor”.  I enter my TripAdvisor reviews using an alias, like many TripAdvisor members, and I try to be as honest in ...
  • Inspiration: Pan-STARRS comet March 12, 2013
    On March 10, 2013 I took this amateur photo of comet Pan-STARRS over the Gulf of Mexico.  It was a beautiful sight.  I was reminded ...
  • “You Can Choose Your Parents” to be published in “Wondrous Web Worlds: Volume 10” March 12, 2013
    My short story “You Can Choose Your Parents” appeared in the March 2012 issue of “The Fifth Di…”  It was selected as ‘best in issue’ ...
  • List of indie author advertising services (some free, some not) March 11, 2013
    The “Legends of Windemere” blog lists “Book Advertising Sites“.  I have not tried all of these, but I will probably look at a few of ...
  • Electronic Sensors Printed Directly on the Skin March 11, 2013
    My SF short story, “The Time of Your Life” (Ray Gun Revival magazine), described an electronic tatoo printed on a character’s arm.  Now, MIT Technology ...
  • Nice list of Indie author organizations websites March 6, 2013
    “Where Writers Win” posted a nice list of Indie author organization websites.
  • RemoteDoc March 5, 2013
    I wrote a SF short story – “RemoteDoc” (Samsdotpublishing The Martian Wave) – some years ago about a possible future for remote surgery and surgeons.  ...
  • Couple going to Mars? March 1, 2013
    I have written several stories about trips to Mars, including my award nominated “A Comic on Phobos”.  One big reason I’ve written about Mars, is because ...
  • The Value of Mentions at the Oscars February 25, 2013
    Unfortunately, my recently published e-book of movie-related puzzles, “Movie Magic Squares: Volume 1,” didn’t get mentioned at the Oscars.  However, CNET reports on the value of getting ...
  • A thought about telepresence robots February 15, 2013
    Telepresence robots are part of this century’s wave of the next big think in technology.  Some businesses and individuals are very excited by the possibility to consult ...
  • Star Trek inspired scientists to create mobile phones. Is a real medical tricorder next? February 15, 2013
    Qualcomm is sponsoring a Tricorder XPRIZE.  We’ll we see one in our lifetime? A few years ago I wrote a SF story about future medical technology and ...
  • Tips on presentations February 12, 2013
    Computerworld had a nice article on giving killer presentations: “Think like a writer”.    
  • When did the first SF magazine appear? February 12, 2013
    Here is one opinion on the subject which touts an 1894 Russian publication as the first true SF magazine.  
  • Could some medical jobs be outsourced to computers next? February 6, 2013
    The Scientist reports on Health Booth 2020, a SMART card operated ATM-style kiosk that could eventually automatically take a blood sample and provide a diagnosis ...
  • Word Cloud (also known as a tag cloud) February 1, 2013
    WordCloud for Word 2013 is a tool which can help a web designer or writer optimize for search engines.  At the very least, it can give you ...
  • 2013: Mark Coker’s predictions for publishing January 10, 2013
    Where does Smashwords’ Mark Coker think book publishing is going in 2013?  
  • Will “A Comic on Phobos” happen? January 4, 2013
    This report today (“Robot Hedgehogs on a Martian Moon“) in Technology Review reminds me a bit of my award nominated short story, “A Comic on ...
  • Predictions for ebooks and digital publishing in 2013 January 3, 2013
    Enhanced ebooks, more DRM-free ebooks, and consolidations predicted for 2013.    
  • One line quick-pitch for “Science Fiction: Time Travel” December 10, 2012
    My 1 line quick-pitch for my Time Travel ebook is on the 10pitches blog for December 2012.
  • A Penny for your Thoughts November 13, 2012
    “A Penny For Your Thoughts” is in the print edition of “Beyond Centauri” (issue #36, April 2012).  As of May 2014, I was no longer ...

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