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It would be much appreciated if you would write a review for Goodreads as well as Amazon and B&N.
Meanwhile I’m working on other books and thinking about a follow up story to A Biot’s Odyssey. It involves the Biots and the robots they encounter in Odyssey searching for a reclusive 7th species in the Milky Way. At the same time, they want to develop a way to inculcate artificial life with the kind of empathy for organic species that will overcome the fears of Artificial Intelligence shared by humans, bSecunds and Dublos. It involves understanding why Beings don’t possess this fear and in fact always encouraged the Biots.
Beyond that, my Ultimate Wizard story is out for consideration by a publisher and I’m working on final edits of By Intelligent Design about a deadly pandemic that appears to be engineered to wipe out most of humanity while altering the few survivors.
After that there’s Consciousness Rising, which is a rough draft form from the 1994 NaNoWriMo and The Circle, my only fantasy story.
Most of my reading in the past year has been non-fiction, which has generated plenty of ideas for my science fiction stories. Among the books I’d recommend are Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and the sequel, Homo Deus, by Yuvul Noah Harari and Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff. Lots of ideas to chew over in Harari’s work while Markoff detracts from his insightful ideas into the fears of artificial intelligence with too much insider information of the architects of the computer and information revolution.
Meanwhile my freelance journalism has been hectic all fall and winter so far. My main customers are trade publications; Ontario Farmer, Manitoba Co-operator, Canadian Sailings and IHS Fairplay. I’ve also started to contribute a story or two a week to Nationalnewswatch.com.
Sunday November 20th – starts at 1:30 PM – Books on Beechwood, corner of Beechwood and MacKay.
All welcome. There are numerous eateries and coffee shops in the area.
The book is set 30 years after Humanity’s Saving Grace, my first book, and
follows Genghis, one of the Biots (biological robots), on its journey to
realizing that the Biots have become an independent species and partners with
the Beings and humans. Genghis and his small band of fellow Biots discover who
else lives in the Milky Way.
A Biot’s Odyssey, a sequel to Humanity’s Saving Grace, is set 30 years after Earth’ first contact with the Beings, another species living in the Milky Way. The main characters in the new story are the biological robots developed by the Beings. The Biots are coming to terms with their development into an independent species through the evolution of their predictable programing into individual personality traits similar to those of humans and Beings.
The Biot Genghis is serving on a transport starship when it encounters a mysterious derelict space craft. He succeeds in boarding it and after he’s joined by four more Biots, the craft powers up and takes off with them. As they explore the craft they discover nine shutdown robots. It travels to a rundown space station where a few functional robots greet them. Unknown to them, the Beings send much of their fleet of Galaxyships after the runaway craft.
The robots were built by a species called the Secunds whose civilization on seven planets has been nearly wiped out in attacks the survivors blame on their rivals the Dublos. Genghis, Kelsey, the first Biot to command a Fleet Galaxyship, and Woodsy, a maverick robot, discover the Dublo worlds were attacked at the same time as the Secunds and set out to find the aggressor.
If you’re looking to give your brain a good workout, I heartily recommended Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. The author does a superb job of bringing together the history of humanity from the early days of Hominids and demonstrating how and why we ended up where we’re at today and where we might be headed. It makes the reader want to investigate all the topics Harari raises in more details.
Its big picture approach stands out in contrast to the far too often narrow minded analysis of humanity’s problems and accomplishments we see in the news media. I gave it 5 stars in my review of Goodreads. com out of respect for its thoroughness and readability even though I don’t agree with a few of his conclusions. And there’s nothing brief about the book. There are parts I look forward to rereading (when I get my copy of the book back) because I would like to reflect further on his arguments. I found reading a couple of chapters at a time and then thinking about the content before reading more was the best way to approach the book.
A tribute to the late Edgar Mitchell, the sixth American astronaut to walk on the moon whose accomplishments were overshadowed by his belief in UFOs and ESP. Of his time on the moon, Mitchell famously said, “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch. ‘”
Misque Press is including my story Woods beyond the Walls in its next issue of Hero and Heroine, an anthology of paranormal, fantasy and science fiction stories. It’s about a boy celebrating his 13th birthday who discovers his ability to perform some tricks is just the beginning of his gaining powerful magical abilities that will make him feared by many. Someday the story will be the opening of Consciousness Rising, still a novel in draft form.
What’s neat about this issue is fellow Ottawa writer Martin Bueno has a story in it as does Larry Pinaire, an American, and Heidi Kneale who lives in Australia. I know them electronically from on-line writer’s groups. A link to the issue will be posted when available.