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America’s Got Talent always brings together some fantastic and unexpectedly wonderful acts, along with some total horrors.  This year there are at least two acts that deserve to win right now.  The first combines dance, computers and laser light shows into incredibly unique performances.  The second is eleven year old singing sensation Anna Graceman, who

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Novel Excerpt: The Scorpion Game

Tuesday, 30, August , 2011 by

This is an excerpt from my first novel, THE SCORPION GAME.  Read the first chapter below!  You can also download the PDF version here. In 2458, on a continent sized starship with its own atmosphere and an entire civilization churning inside, the poor live in rotting organic cities and the rich live in massive orbital

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My girl and I collect art toys.  She collects a lot more than I do, but she’s got me hooked on it and every so often a series of toys comes out that I just have to have too.  There is a whole subculture dedicated to buying these toys, which a usually made from vinyl. 

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Death Note Review

Tuesday, 30, August , 2011 by

If you’ve never heard of Death Note, you don’t watch much Anime.  If you’re a writer, you missed out on some of the most taught and vibrant story telling in the last decade.  In a short time, Anime has come from giant robots and ultra-violence to a place where it must be considered as art

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Deviant Art Extravaganza

Tuesday, 30, August , 2011 by

Sometimes late at night I like to browse through Deviant Art and find random pieces for inspiration.  I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Graphics designers I knew back in New York City were addicted to this site 10 years ago.  It’s never stopped being relevant and attracting some of the most well known and

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The Art of Jacob Charles Dietz

Sunday, 28, August , 2011 by

I found this artist the other day when I was scouring the web for people who might make good illustrators for my worlds.  He’s got a distinctly cyber-punky feel, with a heavy anime and Blade Runner influence.  I’ve reached out to him to see if he is interested.  My world has some of the same

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Strange New Worlds

Sunday, 28, August , 2011 by

Whenever I read science fiction, I’ve often felt that writers weren’t stretching themselves enough.  Take planetary systems for example.  Sure people build planets with multiple suns and the like, but most of them are worlds that look just like ours.  At most they take a few features of our planet and cover an entire planet

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  I am not a big fan of statistics and math.  I know that may sound crazy, coming from a sci-fi writer, but I’ve always had a very intuitive sense of technology.  As a sys-admin, the answers often came to me out of nowhere, bubbling up from my unconscious.  I couldn’t show my work, but

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Surface Detail represents Banks’ best work since The Player of Games.  It’s the latest novel in his long running Culture series.  Every Banks books is full of big ideas, brutal violence and exotic adventures.  The best of the series also enjoy a large cast of characters and complex plots.  When it works, it’s amazing, heady

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I’ve followed the Arab Spring with a mixture of fear and hope.  I’ve followed it since the faltered Green Revolution in Iran.  I’ve followed it when Wikipedia and the mass media had no name for it and just called it the Arab Uprisings. It mirrors my Future History of the World timeline quite closely.  In

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The Presence Process

Monday, 22, August , 2011 by

I’ve read a lot of spiritual books, but none like the Presence Process by Michael Brown.  The bookshelves are stuffed with self-help books that claim to offer you everything from money, to power, to fame.  This is not one of them. All these false methods lead to the same place inevitably, which is right back

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Wolverine and the X-Men

Monday, 22, August , 2011 by

Wolverine and the X-Men may be the best American animation ever done.  Then again, I’ve got a soft spot for this storyline.  My first issue of the X-Men, picked up in a magazine shop when I was a kid, just happened to start with the Marauders and the Mutant Massacre.  I remember Marauders, the rise

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