The Reality Thief is available!
My first novel in the Deplosion series, The Reality Thief, will be published April 7, 2017. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now. The book will be released as both an e-book and in 8″ X 5.25″ soft cover print. If you’ve enjoyed the philosophical and scientific pieces I’ve posted over the last year, you’ll love how they get incorporated into a fast-paced, supra-natural, hard sci-fi technothriller of epic scope. Check out the book and order here.
Book two, The Reality Incursion, is in the hands of my beta readers and is already receiving fantastic reviews. It will be available for preorder on May 7 and will be released June 7, 2017. Book three, The Reality Rebellions, is three-quarters drafted and will be available Fall 2017. Watch for all of them.
Those who have followed this blog for a while may have notice a lack of activity over the past few months. Here’s why:
2016 was a notable year for the many celebrity deaths we experienced around the world. David Bowie, Glen Frey, Marvin Minsky, Umberto Eco, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, Prince, Guy Clark, Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe, Alvin Toffler, Leonard Cohen, Fidel Castro, John Glenn, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds were all taken from us this year. There were many others, too, names that many would probably recognize. Maybe that’s just a reflection of the post-WWII baby boom and demographics. Maybe it’s a reflection of the self-indulgent generation of the 50s and 60s that makes us see so many familiar names and faces among the dead.
I’m not a celebrity. I have been a computer programmer and a scientist; neither career is exactly prime material for celebrity status. Now I’m working on my third career as an author. Whether or not I have any success in this endeavor will depend on how much you like what I write. So, no. I’m not a celebrity.
Yet 2016 came for me too. Late night December 13, 2016, to be exact. I had a massive heart attack that I’d been building toward for a number of years. It seems, despite eating well and exercising regularly, I have a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol. The arteries to my heart had become almost completely clogged. The oddest thing was that, even in the painful throes of a coronary event, my ECG looked perfectly normal and the normal panel of molecular markers they use to detect damage showed nothing. Fortunately, the doctors correctly diagnosed my problem and got me to ICU.
The lousy arteries necessitated a triple-bypass surgery less than a week later. I think I had the best cardiac surgeon in South America and the subsequent care at the hospital in Cuenca was of excellent quality. The entire experience wasn’t easy; my condition was touch-and-go for almost two weeks. But, thanks to an incredible wife, a support network of amazing friends in Cuenca, gifted surgeons, dedicated physicians and nurses, I made it. The best Christmas present I have ever received was the gift of life, a stronger heart, and the knowledge that I am loved in my community as well as my immediate family.
Three months later, I am healthier than I have been in years. I can walk faster and longer than before and have returned to my Tai Chi practice. If you’ve followed these pages, you know I have no belief in spirits or an afterlife. My experience of dying as I lost consciousness during the attack was one of absence. Everything that makes me, me, was gone; turned off like a lamp. Or more analogously, like a desktop computer that is unplugged. The only thing I remember is rebooting, coming back to consciousness to the sounds of my wife and the EMTs.
If anything, the experience has reinforced in me the futility of living this life to win some reward or avoid some punishment in the next one. This life is the one life we have and we must live it as best we can. For me, right now, that means working hard on finishing the Deplosion series. I think it contains some important things that need to be said and heard. And I hope those things are said in the context of an exciting story.
Presentation at the second annual
Cuenca International Writers Conference
Another exciting thing that happened this month was the Cuenca International Writers Conference, at which I presented a session on “Building Credible and Compelling Worlds” (click here to see slides and sample excerpts). This is the first non-scientific conference I’ve ever presented at and I’m thrilled to be able to give back to the writing community. This year’s conference is sold out but bookmark the page; the 2018 conference will be bigger than ever.
It was great to meet popular mystery writer, keynote speaker, George Wier and discover we shared a great love of modern, classic science fiction (and a science-driven curiosity about the world).
I also met New York Times Bestselling author, Andra Watkins, who was last year’s keynote speaker. She is a wonderful motivational speaker and presenter, and I look forward to reading her books in the near future.
And, of course, we got to share a little time with our good friend, Scarlett Braden, author of suspenseful romances set in Cuenca, Ecuador as well as in the States.
Do you think all great presenters/authors speak with both hands?
That’s all for now. I’ll be back to more of my regular content in a few days. I hope you’ll order a copy of The Reality Thief. And don’t forget to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads when you’re done.
Until next time,