Saturday, 12 October 2019

Back from Fez!

I just got back from a ten-day writing retreat in Fez, Morocco. Like my many trips to Tangier, this was to work on a novel set in that city. It's the third of the Interzone Mystery series, and this time Shorty and Melanie have to track down a fugitive who's hiding in the medina of Fez. Shorty has a mission for the Party he's trying to do on the side, and it doesn't help that his old nemesis Chason is hot on his trail. Flight to Fez is a whole lot of fun to write. You can keep track of my progress on the sidebar to the right.

Fez is a fascinating town. It was the seat of many dynasties of Sultans and is filled with historic mosques and madrasas. i stayed in a house in one of the quiet backstreets, trying to get my writing done during the heat of the day so I could go sightseeing in the mornings and evenings.

Attached are some pictures. I'll have a full article on my trip in the next issue of my newsletter, coming out later this month.

My street.
Courtyard of a medieval madrasa.
Neighborhood donkey.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

On the Radio Again!

I did a two-hour spot on the Midnight in the Desert radio show. This time I was talking about legends of the Wild West and spy shortwave radio stations. I love doing these radio spots. The host, David Schrader, is a real pro and makes it easy, and since all the listeners are invisible, I don't get stage fright!

Click here to listen to the show.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Recording of my Radio Show

As I mentioned previously, I was interviewed on Midnight in the Desert. The folks at the radio station were kind enough to send me a dropbox link to the show. It's an hour of me talking about the history of the Flat Earth theory.  No, I'm not a Flat Earther, I just spend a lot of time researching weird beliefs. We also somehow got on a tangent about Ethiopian werehyenas. If you give it a listen, I'd love some feedback. They've booked me for a two-hour slot in September. You can hear the show here.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

A New Collaboration Out Now!

I've hinted before on this blog that I was doing a collaborative project. Well, now it's out! I teamed up with bestselling science fiction author David Ryker to write a space opera with a lot of political intrigue, friendly and hostile aliens, and a colony ship that's going to have to go through hell to save the last remnants of the human race. A blurb is below:

The Earth is dying.
Her people have fled.
And Mitch Ayers is having a real bad day.
Fifty years ago, our home was dying. We identified worlds that might be able to support human life. We built Ark Ships: huge colonization vessels carrying thousands of crew. And we set out, not knowing if we could make it to the other side of the blackness, or whether there would be anything there if we did.
Mitch wasn't supposed to have to care about any of this. He was supposed to be happily dreaming in stasis for another twenty years. That's until he wakes up on the Ark Ship Nansen, three light years off course, staring right up at the barrel of a gun. All around him, he hears the screams of the dying. Terrorists are wiping out the Nansen's crew while they sleep, and he's the only one who can do a damn thing about it.
But ain't that always the way.
Mitch knows the Nansen's crew might be the only humans left in the universe. The problem is, he quickly learns that humans aren't alone in the stars. Aliens aren't just out there, they're everywhere. And the first one he meets tries to sink its teeth into his neck...
Mitch is a long way from home, and it's not just the aliens he's up against. It's the traitors within his own crew.
Now humanity's fate rests on his shoulders. So he'll have to think fast...

David and I are hard at work finishing up the trilogy and books two and three will be out later this year.

Right now it's available at an new -release price of 99 cents. It's available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

I'm being interviewed on the Midnight in the Desert Radio Show

Writing can take you to some strange places, and tonight it's taking me on the air to talk about the origins and development of the Flat Earth theory. It's a call in show, so if you've always wanted to hear me berated by irate Flat Earthers, now's your chance. I'll be on the air LIVE on Midnight in the Desert with Dave Schrader, 9pm – 12am Pacific Time (12am – 3am EST). To listen click here:

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Fourth in the Toxic World Series is Out Now!

The fourth book in my Toxic World post-apocalyptic series is out now. It's called Emergency Transmission and takes up where We Had Flags left off. Yu-jin is back, and we get to learn more about some of the other characters who have been in previous books but haven't had their chance to shine. A blurb is below:

Trust is the only thing that can save the world.
The problem is, everyone has their own agenda.
When an offshore platform starts emitting toxic fumes that threaten to destroy the last outposts of civilization, the residents of New City have to team up with a foreign freighter to fix it. But a lingering mistrust remains, and neither side has the resources to stop the leak.
That is, until help comes from the least reliable source.
Can old enemies finally set aside their differences for the greater good?

Emergency Transmission is available on Amazon US and all the other Amazons.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

It's the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Here Are Ten Reasons the Conspiracy Theorists are Stupid

We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. Sadly, there are some people who think we never went to the Moon. While I have a healthy mistrust of government, I find this conspiracy theory silly to say the least. Governments lie on a regular basis, especially the U.S. government, but that doesn't mean they lie all the time. Here are ten reasons that this conspiracy theory, peddled by people who want to make a quick buck off of public credulity, is total bullshit.

1. The testimony of thousands of people involved in the project.

2. The fact that none of them in the past 50 years have blown the lid on the "conspiracy", despite the potential to get millions for their story.

3. The hundreds of professional and amateur astronomers worldwide who saw the reflected light of the Apollo spacecraft through their telescopes, and the countless people they showed this wonder to.

4. The fact that the Soviet Union, despite its extensive spy network and a very big motive, never called the U.S. on the "lie."

5. The fact that no other nation hostile to the U.S. has done this in 50 years.

6. The hundreds of pounds of Moon rocks divided up and sent to researchers in dozens of countries, including Russia. Moon rocks are unlike any rocks found here on Earth. Where did the conspirators get them?

7. The fact that actually going to the Moon is not a great technological feat for an already space-faring nation, merely an economic challenge, and we're talking about the richest country in the world here.

8. A NASA satellite has photographed the Moon landing site from space. Of course they're part of the conspiracy, but are Japan and India?

9. The weak arguments in support of the "hoax" has been debunked in several venues. Here's one of the best.

10. Given all the above reasons, it would be easier just to go to the Moon!

Photo of Charles Conrad Jr., Apollo 12 Commander, courtesy of NASA. This photo is not faked. People really can achieve amazing things when they try hard enough.
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