You Are A Story Machine

coot cover 2 thumbThere are many that would like to write a good story. The problem is that they will try and invent one—and that just isn’t going to work. Well, not for most anyway—including me.

You can’t will yourself to write a story—you will need shear doggedness to write one, but that doggedness won’t get you started.

You need a story idea. Not only that, its needs to be something that gets so under your skin that you just don’t want to write it—you need to write it. Continue reading

Aliens Land On White House Lawn

tvor cover thumbStep 1: Land on White House Lawn. Step 2: Take me to your leader.

And if it isn’t that it’s lizards in people suits.

It seems our notions of First Contact invariably involve a negative outcome for the Earth, with Carl Sagan’s Contact being one of the worthy exceptions. But I can’t help thinking that if it does come, first contact could very well be left of field, something I enjoyed exploring in The Veil.

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The Data Flow Economy

coot cover 2 thumbI like it when the future catches up with you.

In 2000 I read a science fiction novel by Greg Bear called Slant, and my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because it was a story that was spookily aligned to a new venture that I and others had instigated just six months before—and Slant was first published in 1997.

The wow moment came about because I could suddenly see where it could all go – Greg Bear was already painting the end game of what I took to be the start of something new. Continue reading

I Am Me

tvor cover thumbOnce established a conscience entity cannot cease to be – because its own existence is a self fulfilling prophecy that if ended would result in a paradox.

It is because it is and to cease would require it to be aware of it no longer being.

This being the case on a purely metaphysical level alone and without needing to muddy the waters with concepts such as the Afterlife or the Divine.