Radio Silence … Sort Of …

Hey folks –

The reason you aren’t hearing more from me right now is because I’m working hard on an amazing opportunity. I can’t say more than that right now but please understand that if this works, it’s going to be the biggest thing you’ve ever heard me say here on the website. That’s why I’ve been somewhat quiet on the page as of late – haven’t forgotten you – working to make the dream live.  I’ll post more when I can.

Best wishes,

Dan

 

The Zen of Tech

Ah, the zen of doing it yourself …

T0gOgrXTaking a break from working on a kitchen remodel to let a banged finger recover. It gave me time to pen this post. I had to do some last-minute fixes to the website to solve a few PHP issues and in the process, I ended up ripping out a bunch of old WordPress plugins and finding newer, simpler alternatives.

No matter how rich or famous I get (somewhat rich and not very famous, I hope) I will probably continue to maintain this website by myself. I install and run the WordPress instance that runs this website personally, and it’s taught me a lot about how to behave as a person.  Continue reading

Flotilla: Low-Fi Science Fiction

One of the most interesting challenges of Flotilla has been not only to write the story but to also accurately describe what the story is. At first I called it ‘dystopian’ and ‘post-apocalyptic.’ But now it’s more accurate to say that Flotilla is a genre-bending low-fi sci-fi thriller. Here’s why:

Low-fi science fiction has always been with us. From movies like ‘Dark Star’ and ‘Alien’ in the Seventies to movies like ‘Primer’ and ‘Moon’ in our era. Low-fi science fiction has always been a fascinating exercise in human discovery, because it always focuses more on the people that the future is happening to, rather than the tech toys and the superheroes. Continue reading

Sci-fi #ForTheGirls2016 – Some Fun Shorts You Can Discover

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How Did I Get 14 Science Fiction Stories About Women in One Book?

Amy Sterling Casil is a friend and she’s compiled some excellent sci-fi shorts into one single space and explores topics from a perspective I couldn’t authentically discuss. Sci-fi is about us discovering our purpose and that purpose can vary from person to person.

I believe that sci-fi belongs to everyone, so I’m proud to tell you about this author’s work. I also don’t want you to fall into a storyhole after you finish Flotilla, so consider this a bridge to the next book.  Enjoy!

Death to the Weird

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life,” Robert Frost was known to say, “it goes on.” That has certainly true in my case. The past 30 days have been some of the most stressful of my life and yet, no matter how I feel, life is moving along.

It’s my job to move along with it.

We lost two iconic artists this week, but neither of them seem like the type to expect the world to stop breathing just for them. David Bowie and Alan Rickman were creative people, actively working and producing new things for us to marvel at until the very end. Their memories would be sullied if we were not to continue pushing the great wheel of human imagination and progress forward just because they were not along for the ride. Continue reading

Your Weekend Dose of Awesome

Hey … this website isn’t just about me. It’s also about the other amazing sci-fi stories being told, and here’s one of them:

Sleeper Protocol

If you like sci-fi that wrestles with real questions the way that Flotilla does, then you’ll dig Kevin Ikenberry’s new entry, which takes you on a high-speed journey across the world to help Kieran Roark discover who he was, and more importantly, who he is.

Once you’re done with Flotilla, don’t fall into a storyhole – go discover some of the amazing new scifi out there!