Literature

  • The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter is an incredible piece of hard case crime work. The book is actually three different stories that are connected through a larger overarching story. The twist on the three different stories is that they each take place in a different decade and are penned in the style of a different iconic hard crime/pulp fiction author.   The first novel occurs during the 1930s and is written in the style of Georges Simenon. It is set in a small town in France near a large national prison. Although the town is essentially a prison town, it is known for being relatively peaceful with a low crime rate until a series of mysterious murders take […]

    The Twenty-Year Death – Book Review

    The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter is an incredible piece of hard case crime work. The book is actually three different stories that are connected through a larger overarching story. The twist on the three different stories is that they each take place in a different decade and are penned in the style of a different iconic hard crime/pulp fiction author.   The first novel occurs during the 1930s and is written in the style of Georges Simenon. It is set in a small town in France near a large national prison. Although the town is essentially a prison town, it is known for being relatively peaceful with a low crime rate until a series of mysterious murders take […]

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  • The first time that I saw the movie Goodfellas, I was amazed by the story that was being told. I was even more amazed when I heard that Goodfellas was inspired by the true story of Henry Hill’s life.   Henry Hill passed away on June 12, 2012. Upon hearing that news, my interest in this American gangster was reinvigorated. This led me to read the book Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi.   I absolutely loved this book. It tells the story of Henry Hill’s life from the moment he stepped foot in the organized-crime cab stand at the tender age of 11 years old to the day when he was caught by the feds and had no choice but […]

    Wise Guy – Book Review

    The first time that I saw the movie Goodfellas, I was amazed by the story that was being told. I was even more amazed when I heard that Goodfellas was inspired by the true story of Henry Hill’s life.   Henry Hill passed away on June 12, 2012. Upon hearing that news, my interest in this American gangster was reinvigorated. This led me to read the book Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi.   I absolutely loved this book. It tells the story of Henry Hill’s life from the moment he stepped foot in the organized-crime cab stand at the tender age of 11 years old to the day when he was caught by the feds and had no choice but […]

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  • Although I like to think of myself as a history nerd, I generally avoid non-fiction books unless they are about World War II or famous, influential people (if I’m not interested in the subject, a non-fiction book can be quite boring). However, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls promotes itself as a true-life novel and it does not disappoint since this book read as a fast paced novel and I found it difficult to put down. One line sums up this book for me:  “I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County, and it wasn’t half bad to be in a place where no one had a problem with a woman having a moniker […]

    Half Broke Horses – Book Review

    Although I like to think of myself as a history nerd, I generally avoid non-fiction books unless they are about World War II or famous, influential people (if I’m not interested in the subject, a non-fiction book can be quite boring). However, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls promotes itself as a true-life novel and it does not disappoint since this book read as a fast paced novel and I found it difficult to put down. One line sums up this book for me:  “I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County, and it wasn’t half bad to be in a place where no one had a problem with a woman having a moniker […]

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  • If there’s one thing I can say to William Todd Rose it’s well done. Well done mate, well done. Reading The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is a rush, there’s no other way to describe it. Set in two time lines, the story follows the consciousness of Bosley Coughlin, a druggy able to cross the plains of existence and see, not only into the past, but into the future through what he calls the Eye of Aeons. On one of these trips into the future he encounters Ocean, a young girl trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic city where zombies roam the streets and people had waged war for something as simple as food. Merely a passenger in her […]

    The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People – A Book Review

    If there’s one thing I can say to William Todd Rose it’s well done. Well done mate, well done. Reading The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is a rush, there’s no other way to describe it. Set in two time lines, the story follows the consciousness of Bosley Coughlin, a druggy able to cross the plains of existence and see, not only into the past, but into the future through what he calls the Eye of Aeons. On one of these trips into the future he encounters Ocean, a young girl trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic city where zombies roam the streets and people had waged war for something as simple as food. Merely a passenger in her […]

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  • Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

    Devil Bat Diary: The Journal of Johnny Layton – A Book Review

    Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

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  • In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, A Book Series Review

    In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

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  • Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

    A Glimpse at author David Kowalski.

    Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

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  • I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

    The Company of the Dead – A Book Review

    I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

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  •   ebook Source: Net Galley Release Date: March 13, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/starters/ Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.  He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the […]

    YA Book Review– Starters by Lissa Price

      ebook Source: Net Galley Release Date: March 13, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/starters/ Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.  He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the […]

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  • I’ve been a big Stephen King fan since I read Pet Cemetery at the young age of 13, and it’s been a long time since I could say I LOVED one of Mr. King’s books. I think the last one was the final Dark Tower book. I’m so happy to be able to say that now! I LOVED this book! The Master of Horror has written a beautiful, touching novel that’s not at all like his usual work. Let me be clear…This is NOT a horror story. This is a love story, through and through, and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. Without spoilers, 11/22/63 is about a man who finds a ‘rabbit hole’ that transports him back […]

    11/22/63 – A Review

    I’ve been a big Stephen King fan since I read Pet Cemetery at the young age of 13, and it’s been a long time since I could say I LOVED one of Mr. King’s books. I think the last one was the final Dark Tower book. I’m so happy to be able to say that now! I LOVED this book! The Master of Horror has written a beautiful, touching novel that’s not at all like his usual work. Let me be clear…This is NOT a horror story. This is a love story, through and through, and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. Without spoilers, 11/22/63 is about a man who finds a ‘rabbit hole’ that transports him back […]

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  • You know when you finish a book and it’s so good…so perfect…that you just sit there in awe and stare at it? That was me when I finished Ready Player One. Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in the very near future–the year 2044. The planet has become an ugly place. Most people live in trailer stacks (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like), the fossil fuels have been almost completely used up and global warming has become a reality. Luckily, there is an oasis…Called OASIS. The internet has become everything we’ve dreamed it will be. OASIS is total virtual reality, where you interact with people and the world completely inside a huge, immersive game. The creator […]

    Book Review, Ready Player One

    You know when you finish a book and it’s so good…so perfect…that you just sit there in awe and stare at it? That was me when I finished Ready Player One. Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in the very near future–the year 2044. The planet has become an ugly place. Most people live in trailer stacks (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like), the fossil fuels have been almost completely used up and global warming has become a reality. Luckily, there is an oasis…Called OASIS. The internet has become everything we’ve dreamed it will be. OASIS is total virtual reality, where you interact with people and the world completely inside a huge, immersive game. The creator […]

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  • “With tongue-in-cheek humor, the creator of the award-winning Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress takes on the self-help section, proving that the benefits of the Dungeons & Dragons® game goes far beyond simple entertainment.” During PAX Prime 2011 NERD TREK met with Wizards of the Coast to discuss their new line of Neverwinter products.  After the interview we spoke briefly with Shelly Mazzanoble, author of “Confessions of a Part Time Sorceress”.  Although her first book was intended for a female audience, I had read it in hopes of passing it on to my wife.  (Everyone wants their wife to play D&D right?)  When I found out she had a new book entitled “Everything I need to know I learned from Dungeons […]

    Everything I need to know I learned from Dungeons & Dragons

    “With tongue-in-cheek humor, the creator of the award-winning Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress takes on the self-help section, proving that the benefits of the Dungeons & Dragons® game goes far beyond simple entertainment.” During PAX Prime 2011 NERD TREK met with Wizards of the Coast to discuss their new line of Neverwinter products.  After the interview we spoke briefly with Shelly Mazzanoble, author of “Confessions of a Part Time Sorceress”.  Although her first book was intended for a female audience, I had read it in hopes of passing it on to my wife.  (Everyone wants their wife to play D&D right?)  When I found out she had a new book entitled “Everything I need to know I learned from Dungeons […]

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  • Agent Johnson frantically reached for the built-in computer panel along the side of the park bench.  Just over his shoulder he could see the group of twelve men in pursuit; another set of six men spread in a circle that must have been at least a hundred meter radius from his position.  Johnson already knew what they were doing, most likely setting up a perimeter to keep observers away so they could capture the agent.  The twelve men were now making a mad dash toward him while trying to home in on his location with their micro-fix weapons (a tool that utilizes ultra-dense vibrations to ‘fix’ an object).  He knew that a second or two more and then we would […]

    The Code of Recall

    Agent Johnson frantically reached for the built-in computer panel along the side of the park bench.  Just over his shoulder he could see the group of twelve men in pursuit; another set of six men spread in a circle that must have been at least a hundred meter radius from his position.  Johnson already knew what they were doing, most likely setting up a perimeter to keep observers away so they could capture the agent.  The twelve men were now making a mad dash toward him while trying to home in on his location with their micro-fix weapons (a tool that utilizes ultra-dense vibrations to ‘fix’ an object).  He knew that a second or two more and then we would […]

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  • When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

    A Strange World

    When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

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  • ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

    October Wind

    ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

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  • FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

    Hired Help

    FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

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  • The future of mankind is similar to countless past generations in the universe.  The similarity between this age of existence and ages past is this:  humankind believes our modern culture will live forever.  Even the mighty Aztec nation, an ancient civilization who grew powerful throughout Mexico within just 200 years who believed their way of life would continue forever, was socially dissolved in 1521 AD shortly after the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez defeated Montezuma through acts of betrayal.  Even proud civilizations standing atop a tower can be blown senseless by the winds of change.  Needless to say, I am certain countless civilizations could have gained legions of knowledge had they continued in their efforts to preserve the past (note Library […]

    STERNAT AD POSTERUS: The Futurist Manifesto

    The future of mankind is similar to countless past generations in the universe.  The similarity between this age of existence and ages past is this:  humankind believes our modern culture will live forever.  Even the mighty Aztec nation, an ancient civilization who grew powerful throughout Mexico within just 200 years who believed their way of life would continue forever, was socially dissolved in 1521 AD shortly after the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez defeated Montezuma through acts of betrayal.  Even proud civilizations standing atop a tower can be blown senseless by the winds of change.  Needless to say, I am certain countless civilizations could have gained legions of knowledge had they continued in their efforts to preserve the past (note Library […]

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  • Perhaps Earth is but an afterthought for terrestrial travelers on the move from one galaxy to the next?  Much like we pay no mind to ants on our daily journeys, why would we stop to admire anthills?  The wind may blow their world away like sand blown through a desert.  This will happen millions of times, almost too many times to count or care.  Until the ants seek to better themselves through seeing beyond their single generation then they will perish like autumn leaves, always destined to die. We, the intergalactic ants, may beg and cry “Why have we not been visited by aliens from the sky?”  Yet, perhaps we may have been visited a million times over but they […]

    Earth, An Afterthought

    Perhaps Earth is but an afterthought for terrestrial travelers on the move from one galaxy to the next?  Much like we pay no mind to ants on our daily journeys, why would we stop to admire anthills?  The wind may blow their world away like sand blown through a desert.  This will happen millions of times, almost too many times to count or care.  Until the ants seek to better themselves through seeing beyond their single generation then they will perish like autumn leaves, always destined to die. We, the intergalactic ants, may beg and cry “Why have we not been visited by aliens from the sky?”  Yet, perhaps we may have been visited a million times over but they […]

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  • I keep a stack of books and magazines on the nightstand next to my bed.  I intend to finish them all but invariably end up skimming some, crawling through others, and finishing only the best. I decided that it was time I share my reading list with all of you.  If you’re interested in the same things I am (RPGs, fantasy, sci-fi, tech, politics, history, etc.) then I think most of my recommendations won’t fall on deaf ears.  If you love to read, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s start with my absolute favorite this month, a book that was meant to be only a reference or brief read but is turning into something much more than that. The […]

    My Reading List

    I keep a stack of books and magazines on the nightstand next to my bed.  I intend to finish them all but invariably end up skimming some, crawling through others, and finishing only the best. I decided that it was time I share my reading list with all of you.  If you’re interested in the same things I am (RPGs, fantasy, sci-fi, tech, politics, history, etc.) then I think most of my recommendations won’t fall on deaf ears.  If you love to read, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s start with my absolute favorite this month, a book that was meant to be only a reference or brief read but is turning into something much more than that. The […]

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  • A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

    Pivotal Blocks: An Early Reflection on Transhumanism

    A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

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  • One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

    Wormholes: The Only Way to Travel

    One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

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  • A short story describing how humans may become artifacts on display in the future. A Note Confiscated from Amid Arturius: Gravitational Physicist, Inventor of Gravitational Fusion Reactor; Born: 2113, Death: 2358 ….. Without leading my providers to suspect otherwise, over the course of 5 years I am slowly learning their language. I have heard mention of the names Socrates, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Carl Sagan, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, and Mohammad through eavesdropping on those who feed me and provide me various materials; I think those historical figures may be nearby beyond this library. If only I could meet them in person! Through listening to the providers’ conversations, as they rarely speak, I believe this setting to be some sort of […]

    Just Another Day at the Museum

    A short story describing how humans may become artifacts on display in the future. A Note Confiscated from Amid Arturius: Gravitational Physicist, Inventor of Gravitational Fusion Reactor; Born: 2113, Death: 2358 ….. Without leading my providers to suspect otherwise, over the course of 5 years I am slowly learning their language. I have heard mention of the names Socrates, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Carl Sagan, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, and Mohammad through eavesdropping on those who feed me and provide me various materials; I think those historical figures may be nearby beyond this library. If only I could meet them in person! Through listening to the providers’ conversations, as they rarely speak, I believe this setting to be some sort of […]

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  • From Man to Machine- A brief essay on how humans are transforming into machines. Many people of the early 21st century fear mankind may create a form of super-computer that ties itself into a nexus, a network that will be enabled to “go global” and stamp out the inefficient human race.  While I do agree that humans are inefficient compared to robots- from a physical and mathematical perspective – I highly doubt this is how machines will become the forefront of the future.  I do think machines will eventually “take over”, but not the way most people of today believe.  Instead, technological change will be so gradual that it will happen before human eyes with little to no notice.  One […]

    From Man to Machine

    From Man to Machine- A brief essay on how humans are transforming into machines. Many people of the early 21st century fear mankind may create a form of super-computer that ties itself into a nexus, a network that will be enabled to “go global” and stamp out the inefficient human race.  While I do agree that humans are inefficient compared to robots- from a physical and mathematical perspective – I highly doubt this is how machines will become the forefront of the future.  I do think machines will eventually “take over”, but not the way most people of today believe.  Instead, technological change will be so gradual that it will happen before human eyes with little to no notice.  One […]

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  • In the southeastern reaches of the Iron Sands Desert, a wasteland of greyish brown reaches beyond the ability of any mortal to see. Vast, mountainous dunes of greyish sand roil and shift with the unbroken wind here in the interior desert where only the hardiest of mortals and titanspawn dare tread, such as the daring band of adventurers that happens to be escorting a three wagon caravan on its way to a village further north nestled between the Bonewind Hills and the northeastern reaches of the Titansforge Mountains. The guide of the caravan happened to also be the most important item of the inventory, an elven Sorcerer Priestess of Lethene named Arcaneaux on her way to visit one of the tribes […]

    The Blade of Chelaque, Chapter 1: Words of Freedom

    In the southeastern reaches of the Iron Sands Desert, a wasteland of greyish brown reaches beyond the ability of any mortal to see. Vast, mountainous dunes of greyish sand roil and shift with the unbroken wind here in the interior desert where only the hardiest of mortals and titanspawn dare tread, such as the daring band of adventurers that happens to be escorting a three wagon caravan on its way to a village further north nestled between the Bonewind Hills and the northeastern reaches of the Titansforge Mountains. The guide of the caravan happened to also be the most important item of the inventory, an elven Sorcerer Priestess of Lethene named Arcaneaux on her way to visit one of the tribes […]

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  • Down on the southern coast of Termana stands a lonely grey tower with a pier. A monolith against the drab brown and blue horizon as seen from the sea, but to the sea farer a likely welcome sight with its torches blazing at night, but by day a scant break in the horizon. This tower belongs to a little known wizard named Malagarn. The few who are aware of his name know him to powerful and eccentric, a conjurer of dire repute. To even fewer, he is good business, like the guards he keeps in his company. All know not to steal, for his memory is like a steel trap. One item out of place, and off comes the hand […]

    Demon in the Tower

    Down on the southern coast of Termana stands a lonely grey tower with a pier. A monolith against the drab brown and blue horizon as seen from the sea, but to the sea farer a likely welcome sight with its torches blazing at night, but by day a scant break in the horizon. This tower belongs to a little known wizard named Malagarn. The few who are aware of his name know him to powerful and eccentric, a conjurer of dire repute. To even fewer, he is good business, like the guards he keeps in his company. All know not to steal, for his memory is like a steel trap. One item out of place, and off comes the hand […]

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  • Chapter 11 “Let us see if we art truly underground. Mine eyes have been deceived before.” Queless muttered as he drew his Drow longsword, knowing that it would glow magically in the darkness. When the sword was pulled from his sheath he noticed that it did not glow. “Curious.” Queless pulled the Velvet Champion’s whistle out of his pocket, put it to his mouth and blew. It was silent for a moment and then a strange light could be seen moving ever closer from the deeper depths of the cavern. As Queless watched the light grew brighter and brighter until it was upon him! A giant glowing orb with a huge eye in the center and a gaping maw full […]

    Fellowship of Lightning #11

    Chapter 11 “Let us see if we art truly underground. Mine eyes have been deceived before.” Queless muttered as he drew his Drow longsword, knowing that it would glow magically in the darkness. When the sword was pulled from his sheath he noticed that it did not glow. “Curious.” Queless pulled the Velvet Champion’s whistle out of his pocket, put it to his mouth and blew. It was silent for a moment and then a strange light could be seen moving ever closer from the deeper depths of the cavern. As Queless watched the light grew brighter and brighter until it was upon him! A giant glowing orb with a huge eye in the center and a gaping maw full […]

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  • Chapter 10 Queless asked Morin for the magical whistle given to them by the Velvet Champion. Morin smiled and handed it to him. “Morin, I am off to deliver messages to our old friends. Perhaps we can gain their assistance. I will first go visit the lovely Loli Savage and her brother Karis. Afterwards I’ll try to find master Greenhill. I’ll return after a few other stops.” “Good luck my friend, please be careful. I will pray to Moradin Soulforger for your safe passage in the city. If you have any problems please close your eyes and ask Moradin to send your location to me. If I continue to pray and meditate my mind should remain clear.” It was dusk […]

    Fellowship of Lightning #10

    Chapter 10 Queless asked Morin for the magical whistle given to them by the Velvet Champion. Morin smiled and handed it to him. “Morin, I am off to deliver messages to our old friends. Perhaps we can gain their assistance. I will first go visit the lovely Loli Savage and her brother Karis. Afterwards I’ll try to find master Greenhill. I’ll return after a few other stops.” “Good luck my friend, please be careful. I will pray to Moradin Soulforger for your safe passage in the city. If you have any problems please close your eyes and ask Moradin to send your location to me. If I continue to pray and meditate my mind should remain clear.” It was dusk […]

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