Archive for November, 2012

SPACE; THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER

THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP
GO CURIOSITY

If you are interested in space science at all you are definitely aware of the landing of Curiosity on Mars. For the landing of this rover the artist’s concept appeared like something that might be the cover of a pulp science fiction publication.

AND IT WORKED.

With the platform, with thrusters firing, hovered over the Martian landscape and lowered Curiosity to a soft landing. Imagine that happening in your back yard, a craft coming from another planet.

As I assume you know by now, I write science fiction. My mind immediately engaged in the ‘what if mode.’ As a writer, it is your obligation to also be a reader. I am currently reading a novel, accelerando, by Charles Stross. It is a fantastic read and I encourage all science fiction readers to read it. The author deals with the advancement of post humans and The Singularity. The concepts in this novel are fantastic and I will talk about them in the future.

I also have another book, The Singularity Is Near, by Ray Kurzweil. This is a work of nonfiction and deals with the mating of computer technology and mankind. This is another book which I will discuss in the future.

But now to my ‘what if’ moment. I can imagine Mars covered with cells below the surface, ether one cell deep or millions deep, it doesn’t matter. What if Mars is one massive intelligence? If you read the books I have mentioned, you will gain a concept of post humans and The Singularity.

My readers, I hope this opens an appreciation of science and a desire to read science fiction.

November 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

A GREAT READ ABOUT HURRICANES

Isaac’s
Storm
by
Erik Larson

While the horror of Hurricane Sandy is still in our minds, I had a brother-in-law lose his home; I want to suggest an interesting read about a hurricane that was far more destructive. It may have not caused as much property damage, but the loss of life was unbelievable.

The subject of this book is a hurricane that occurred on September 8, 1900 and still remains the most deadly natural disaster experienced by this country.

Isaac Cline was the weatherman working in Galveston, Texas for the U.S. Weather Bureau, a relatively new organization. On the island of Cuba, members of the same organization were stationed, along with local weathermen. They knew a storm was coming from reports by ships in the Atlantic. The Cubans said the storm would enter the Gulf of Mexico. The Americans said that no hurricane had ever entered the Gulf, to their knowledge; the storm would make a 90º turn on journey up the eastern United States. Cline received no warning, and by the time he suspected a storm was about to impact Galveston, it was too late. The book states that over 6000 people lost their lives to this storm. A recent article in our local paper reviewing past hurricanes puts the death toll at between 8000 and12000.

For those who are interested with what life was like before we had technology to predict weather that we have now, I suggest you read this book.

November 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

UPDATE CHESTER COUNTY BOOK & MUSIC COMPANY

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE.

On November 23, from 6PM to 9PM I will once again join a host of local writers in support of our local bookstore, Chester County Book & Music Company located at 975 Paoli Pike within the West Goshen Shopping Center. They now exist month to month and most in the community hope they will continue to exist in a different location.
They were kind enough to allow me to have a book signing in their store last year and are very interested in supporting their local authors.

Here is a list of the authors that will attend:
Jim Breslin
Jessica Dimuzio
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Beth Kephart
Elizabeth Letts
Jonathan McGoran
Karen E. Quinones Miller
Jan Mulligan
Kathye Fetsko Petrie
Chris Shaughness
Lisa Scottoline
Francesca Serritella
Walt Trizna
Kelly Simmons
K.M. Walton

Please come by and show your support.
We cannot afford to lose this bookstore.

November 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment


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