Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Story of Climate Change, Part 1: Energy, Inefficiency, and Thermodynamic Systems

Climate change is a natural cycle, but it is being exacerbated by human activity. This is an in-depth look into what climate change really is, and how the current inefficiency of human industry is catalyzing the process at a dangerous rate.

Friday, May 12, 2017

"That's Why the Aliens Won't Talk to Us"

There’s an old sarcastic joke everyone seems to make: “Aliens haven’t contacted Earth because they just see us tearing each other apart with politics, war, and religion.”

I say sarcastic, but even among the science community, it seems almost meant to be philosophical, to say that we here on Earth are the worst of the worst in the entire universe, and to me, that’s an extremely stupid assumption to make.

I can only believe that elsewhere in the universe, other intelligent species have developed their own cultures and politics, and have had their own wars and genocides. They have their own economies, their own science and space programs, their own injustices and historical figures.

Earth is not special. Earth is not the worst of the worst. When we joke about the aliens not contacting us because they see us killing each other, that’s to say death and destruction are solely Earthly phenomena, that all these other alien species turn their noses up at us in disgust, or look down on us with pity.

No. I think out there among the cosmos, there are other civilizations fraught with exactly the same types of issues we face on our world. I think “human nature” isn’t limited to humans at all, but could be the “nature of intelligence”; that is, all intelligent societies there may be across the universe are riddled with flaws and blessed with strengths.

There will always be a being who wishes for power over others. But so too will there always be a being who wishes for others to have power. Out there, wherever in the universe other civilizations exist, I confidently believe there are lifeforms fighting anti-intellectualism in their own alien societies. Beings who are developing their own technologies to travel across the stars and embark on adventures of their own. Beings who gaze in awe up at the stars and wonder if there are other civilizations after being told again and again their planet, is the center of the universe, their species, the supreme. I hope we find each other, because I know when we do, it will be the best of each of us, those who built the biggest dreams and had the greatest visions.

If we ever do encounter other intelligent lifeforms, I don’t think either of us will start a war, or run away in disgust. I believe from that day forward, we will share one goal:

To never lose each other.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Experience Daliona Gift Shop!

The gift shop for my books and the Experience Daliona website is now live!

Spread your love science (and science-fiction!) with t-shirts and other merchandise designed specifically for the Embassy Universe. Check out this video to see some of the t-shirts, then visit The Expierence Daliona Gift Shop to purchase your favorite!

As with my books, 50% of all profits are donated to WildAid, which puts 100% of all donations toward environmental, climate, and wildlife programs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cover Reveal of PERIHELID

It's here.

At 16 months in the making, Perihelid now has a cover!

The tone. The silence. The vast void. This cover captures the essence of Perihelid just as it's meant to be experienced.

Watch this video, and see it for yourself.

Perihelid, Book 3 of 7 in the Recovery Series, will be published on October 17, 2017.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Take it from Me: Writing is Slow

Writing is, by no means at all, whatsoever, in any way, a quick and easy process. Whether it's a poem, short story, novella, or full-on novel, you're not gonna sit down and bang out a perfectly polished publication-prepared product.

Nope. Not gonna happen.

Here's a video showcasing the broader aspects of my writing life. Aside from the first draft of Embassy, I take writing slow (the first draft of Embassy was a special exception). I've been writing novels for 13 years and this is how it's gone for every single book I've written.

So sit back and learn the true time required--in scales of months and years--to produce a perfectly polished publication-prepared product (and even then, it's never perfect).