Leave the lights on when you go

[Inspired by an article in the Guardian about Voyager 1 and 2] Krishna Patel-Ettah could have blinked and missed the whole thing. He was trying to restore his filters on the company data feed following the latest power outage at the data center. After an hour and little progress, he was just about to give […]

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Sea of Dreams contest

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case 450 words. As you might have guessed from the various posts on the site, I am interested in the visual arts. In particular, I have been trying to visualize the world of Sea of Dreams. The book cover is one part of this visual […]

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The time traveller’s dilemma

[A story inspired by two photos: one of my father’s and one of mine] The problem with time travel, like with life, is that you don’t remember everything that happens to you. You come and go across time, but somehow you forget where or when you’ve been. Like finding a receipt for a shop you’ve […]

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AI alien intelligence and Sea of Dreams

Kevin Kelly recently wrote an article in Wired, “The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World.” One of the themes he explores the the fact that AIs are increasingly “like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off.” He goes on to […]

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Life on Mars… and beyond

The question of how we would respond to the possible discovery of alien life is one of the themes of Sea of Dreams. In fact, it was the initial impetus for writing the book. I started it because I wanted to explore how it was that we would understand something that had some of the […]

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Summoning the demon

Recently, Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and CEO of Space-X, distilled his concerns about artificial intelligence as an existential threat in this quote, With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control […]

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The Mitchell Theorem

[This story is a riff on “The Clock That Went Backward” by Edward Page Mitchell] During my early teens, I was sent, for a week each summer, along with my step-mother’s son Henry, to stay with our Aunt Eva on Mount Desert Island. Every June, after the school year was over, my dad would drive […]

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So they still show the sunrise?

[This brief story was inspired by the photo. It takes place after the events of Sea of Dreams.] “So they still show the sunrise?” The old woman glanced at the window on the screen Wong Anming was watching as she finished dressing. Wong turned with a start. “I hope I didn’t wake you.” Mother Huang […]

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Influences- WS Burroughs

In the late 80’s, my friend Stephan Ielpi, from the band False Prophets, introduced me to Alan Ginsberg. From that meeting, I immersed myself in Beat literature. As a result, in 1987, I purchased a copy of William S. Burroughs’ new novel Western Lands. This novel changed the way I thought about writing. It had […]

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Alien artificial intelligence

Although it has been a theme of science fiction since at least the 50’s, this year brings two films: Her and Transcendence along with the TV show Persons of Interest, with an artificial intelligence as a main character. (There are probably more out there. These were the first ones that came to mind.) In real […]

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