Three Great Books I Read Over the Holiday
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Three Great Books I Read Over the Holiday

Three great reads from my current favorite free book purveyor, NetGalley: Adrift–an over-qualified dive master knows something’s wrong with the underwater death of a client. The problem is getting anyone to listen. The Pick, the Spade, and the Crow–Senior Investigating Officer Jo Stuart begins a new job with Britain’s National Crime Agency and immediately becomes embroiled in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Interrupt

Interrupt by Jeff Carlson My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews Received for review from Amazon Vine I am an armchair paleoanthropologist, so any novel that even hints at early man gets my attention. What a rich time in human history, when nature ruled and man–without the ferocious mammalian tools of claws, ripping teeth, … Continue reading

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Book Review: LA Mental

Neil McMahon’s latest novel, LA Mental (Harper 2011), blurs the line between thriller and sci-fi with a fast-paced storyline, an everyman sort of main character, and amoral bad guys who right up to the last sentence, appear to be unstoppable. When you’ve finished, the plot will haunt you, so realistic is its potential, and every once in a while a newspaper story will make you ask if fiction has become reality. Continue reading

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Science as Storyteller

We live in an age of rapidly intensifying communication — from blogging to Facebook, to now Twitter. Information is much more difficult to convey than emotion or humor, yet it is the core of the science world, meaning (scientists) face the greatest challenge to gaining and holding people’s attention. Concision is no longer an option. It’s now pretty much of an obligation to your audience. Continue reading

Born in a Treacherous Time / To Hunt a Sub / Twenty-four Days / writing

Scientific Fiction

That’s different from science fiction. In Scientific Fiction, we include the mystical miraculous elements of science in a story with a plot, characters, drama, crises, resolutions–all of the elements of fiction to make it more interesting. Sometimes it seems like science fiction, but that’s only because often, fact is stranger than fiction. My book includes … Continue reading