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02/25/2011

Last time I put a call out for a vote, NaNoWriMo 2010 was around the corner. THE HURRICANE (A coming-of-digital-age story) won the votes, and that’s what I wrote. Well, now it’s wrapped up and I’m looking for votes on what to write next. The options: 1. INVARIABLE – A work of fiction about a… more

02/17/2011

So, that’s the bones of the story. This is what one of my rough drafts looks like. Of course, this is a tenth the size of a book-length rough draft, but the concept is the same. The goal is to get the story down. A successful rough draft is one in which the plot is… more

02/17/2011

The interface room buzzed with giddy elation as Adam logged out. It hardly left room for his sadness as professors and researchers and guests exchanged notes. Adam tugged his temple pads off the wires, then slowly peeled them from his head. He sat there, looking at them for a moment, then wiped the crust from… more

02/17/2011

The deletion notice hung over the planet Filster. Large white numbers on a red background flicked over, counting down. There were just over two hours left, real time. Knowing it was sometime around ten o’clock, Adam figured the official time of deletion had been slated for midnight. End of the day. End of all days… more

02/16/2011

The interface room was packed. Adam had rarely seen it so full during a night shift. Usually they would find a lone professor or technician in the room, working late. Adam preferred it like that, preferred it more when he had the place to himself. He worried his facial twitches or some uttered word would… more

02/16/2011

Adam patted his pockets as he left his apartment, making sure he had his keys. It was winter; the days were short. A blanket of black hung over the campus. A blanket of white covered the ground. He shut the apartment door too hard, rattling the windows. Of late, all doors closed hard for Griffey,… more

02/16/2011

Adam arrived late to find his morning class already full. He shut the door behind him—too loudly, everything too loudly of late—and strolled along the phalanx of his seated freshmen. The kids sat like powered down robots, gazing ahead. This forever perplexed Adam, ever since he started teaching. The cliché from films was a more… more

02/11/2011

He only had two hours before he had to be at class, but the simulator would make it feel like six. Compressing time was a necessity if one was to live two lives at once. Adam used his faculty pass to swipe his way to the labs, then picked one of the jacks in the… more

02/11/2011

This is my first semester back in the classroom. It’s been over ten years since I’ve taken a class. Since it’s part of the benefits package with my job, I thought I’d take advantage. I chose, for my inaugural course, American Science Fiction. The class is awesome. A guy I sorta know from buying books… more

12/16/2010

One of the major themes explored in the Bern Saga is the question of personal identity. Each of the major characters are orphaned. They are removed from their native homes. The idea of them floating in space, of being “lost” while simultaneously existing in a vacuum, is meant to highlight this. What kind of person… more