In Loving Memory – Leonard Simon Nimoy (1931-2015)

That Hurts - RIP Leonard Simon Nimoy (1931-2015)

Like many of you, I am in shock and mourning for the passing of a titan.  Mr. Leonard Nimoy wasn’t just an actor – he was a great man and he both taught us and touched us in many ways.  Science fiction has the ability to challenge us to aspire to be better people.  People like Nimoy embodied those principles in his own way – you never heard a bad word spoken about the guy.  I know that sounds basic but in this day and age of tell-all, bombshells dropped and secrets revealed, you only heard about him because of the way he made life better for those around him.  You can only pull off a trick like that if that’s who you really were in real life.  That’s a man.  That is a legacy.

I have no more profound words than these.  I will leave them here without comment.

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A Terminal Cancer Patient Will Make You Rethink Your Life

Apologies for the click-bait title but I just saw this post over on Reddit and I had to talk about it.  It’s one thing to say that you’re motivated because you want to get your life together, or you want to be a better person for your loved ones.  It’s entirely different to say that you should be motivated because your life is ending soon and you want to make every precious second of it mean something.

A Terminal Cancer Patient Will Make You Rethink Your LifeI am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

 

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

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Iron Mountain: The Real Technology in Our Sci-Fi

Iron Mountain: The Real Technology in Our Sci-FiWhy does it matter that real technology is in a story?  Simple – it’s called science fiction for a reason.  If it didn’t have some element of reality, of real stuff that could happen, it’d just be fiction.  Science fiction, though, is getting more and more blurred about what is real or not, so when you talk about actual science in your sci-fi, they call that ‘hard sci-fi.’

With me so far?  Good.  As mentioned before, Iron Mountain is a hard sci-fi series.  That means we talk about real science and technology among the action and adventure.  So let me take a minute to tell you a little more about the real technology of Iron Mountain!  In Chapter 2, I talk about the LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) and it is a technology that the military has been working on for a few years now.  When I first read about it, I was fascinated by the tech and I decided to find a way to get it into Iron Mountain. Continue reading

Here’s Your Chance to Play in the Jim Westfield Universe

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Quick update:  I’m starting work on a major book release happening later this year and I just had a really cool idea: What if we created a website for the Pacific Fisheries business in Flotilla?  It’s going to be a chance for us to flesh out the Jim Westfield universe in a really fun, creative way – similar to the crowdsourced SCP Foundation, which is really cool if you haven’t seen it yet.  I’ve invited the Flotilla Army to participate but you’re welcome to join, too! Continue reading