Terrific Sequel TELOMERIC Available Now

I usually wait till I’ve finished a book before recommending it. But TELOMERIC is a sequel which I’ve been wanting ever since reading the terrific debut novel AEROVOYANT by P. L. Tavormina.

The blurb for TELOMERIC mentions alien technology, leading me to hope that a third book will be available that will take place on a larger stage than the planet Turaset. This could be its solar system, maybe a Mars or Venus analog. And perhaps even a forth book that travels into interstellar space.

Whatever, I eagerly look forward to reading TELOMERIC and whatever comes next.

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ATENA’S BUSINESSES – New Story Now Available

Now available is a sequel to ATENA’S JOURNEY: ATENA’S BUSINESSES.

Atena Ocampo has acclimated well in the miraculous Offworld Garden City. Rich when she arrived, she knew she needed more income than the trove of coins she’d brought with her.

She starts two businesses. One is planned to bloom into a media empire, helped by her two closest friends and numerous others. The other is a security firm which protects Garden City businesses, some of which have branches in all the surrounding areas.

One comes back with the news that two mules loaded with goods have been hijacked on their inbound journey. She and three helpers set out to find and recover the merchandise. What they get are much more than what they expected.

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ATENA’S JOURNEY – New Story Now Available

There is now available a new story in the Confederation Tales series.

Atena Ocampo is a quadroon living on the west coast of Afran on the Great Southern Continent of a primitive planet in the Human Interstellar Confederation. She hears tales of a great flying city that floated down out of the sky on the west coast of the Great Northern Continent.

At first she disbelieved the accounts but gradually decides they are true, or a reflection of the truth. A deadly warrior and an experienced business woman, Atena has become bored where she lives. She decides to travel to the city to see what marvels and opportunities exist there.

She knows the journey will be long and sometimes dangerous but sets out anyway. Arriving at the marvel she finds that she now has a different kind of journey to pursue: becoming a citizen of the wonderful city.

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GREAT FANTASY SERIES by Emily Croy Barker

I just finished the second book of a trilogy by debut author Emily Croy Barker. I highly recommend the books. Book 3 is being written.

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MOVIE SCRIPT The Star Woman

I think my book The Star Woman would make a great limited-run series on Netflix or the like. The ten chapters of the book could be shown as ten episodes.

Who would play Karen Danburn, the heroine of my book? I wrote it as my version of Supergirl, AKA Kara Danvers. In the comics and the TV show she is portrayed as a blond White girl. I showed her this way on the cover of my book. But I’d love it to be Rihanna who impressed me in the movie Battleship.

As an experiment I adapted the first chapter of The Star Woman. Want to read it? Go to THIS page.

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GENE EDITING and the Future

Gene editing is an old topic in science fiction. In the last decade science has almost caught up with fiction. The next few years will see many more advances. They are likely to be rapid now that the technology for gene editing has become well understood. Want to be prepared for them?

There are two kinds of edits. One affects only individuals, called SOMATIC editing. Vaccines are examples. Another example would be a shot or a pill or an inhaler to change our genes so that our skin color changes. Or our eye color. Or make us more muscular. Or taller.

The second kind of gene edit affects not only us but any children we might have. This is called GERMLINE editing. An example is a treatment which eradicates our genes for some dangerous disease or trait, such as schizophrenia or hemophilia. (Or a treatment to change our skin or eye color or muscles or height.)

As the examples show gene editing can have effects that are good or trivial or bad, as when a treatment is created to cripple or kill. A White supremacist might want to craft a virus to eradicate all Blacks (or a Black might want to eradicate all Whites).

Thus we have six possible uses of gene editing. SOMATIC (good, trivial, bad) and GERMLINE (good, trivial, bad).

What will happen? History shows that all six uses will happen, no matter how hard governments, smaller organizations, or individuals try to control them. The situation is compounded because gene editing is already little more difficult or expensive than hacking computer code. There are millions of computer hackers. Soon there will be millions of gene hackers.

Which will make, for better or worse, for LOTS of science fiction stories.

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More FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Rasputin, performed by the German all-Black vocal group Boney M.

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ILIZA SHLESINGER hilarious comedy specials

I recently came across a genius comedienne, smart, creative, and most of all HILARIOUSLY funny. She is Iliza Shlesinger.

She has been working steadily since 2007. She is best known for five comedy specials. Here they are, from earliest to latest. I eagerly look forward to what she does next.

Click image to preview & add to your Watchlist/MyList.
The first two are on Amazon Video, the next three are on Netflix.

     

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FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

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Michael Jackson inspired BILLY JEAN dancing

Whatever Michael Jackson did in his personal life, in his public life he gave joy to many millions of people all over the world. Here is a dance mashup of performances by both expert and amateur dancers to the tune “Billy Jean.”

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