Author Archives: Laer Carroll

About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.

Latest Vorkosiverse story from LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD

Anything new from grand master Lois McMaster Bujold is a cause for celebration. I hastened to download her latest story in her Vorkosigan Universe series. THEN I celebrated. Click the image to read an excerpt and to buy the story. … Continue reading

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MURDERBOT 2 now available – terrific

The follow up to Martha Wells‘ novella “All Systems Red” is now available. It is as compellingly readable as its predecessor. It is complete in its own right, but part of a longer story arc which will span two more … Continue reading

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Eric Flint’s RING OF FIRE press

I’m a big fan of the 1632 Universe created by Eric Flint. I’ve read all the novels in the series, and they inspired me to write my own alternate-history series: The Shapechanger Tales. Recently I discovered that Flint created the … Continue reading

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LAER’S POLITICS – complex, not red or blue

In these highly political times I’ve decided to openly declare my politics. They are complex, because the universe is complex. They are NOT binary: black or white (or red or blue). Or liberal or conservative. I am liberal AND conservative. … Continue reading

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Terrific book: THE BOY WHO COULDN’T MISS

I really enjoyed Laurence Dahners’ The Girl They Couldn’t See, about a teenage girl with a sort-of-super power who takes on a criminal gang. Now she gets help from her brother, who never misses whether with a football or a … Continue reading

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PROOF – marvelous movie about a female math genius

It’s rare that I highlight an old movie on this site. I usually focus on what’s soon to come out, or did so recently, and which you might not have discovered. But I recently rediscovered a fabulous older movie: Proof, … Continue reading

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Two terrific YOUTUBE DANCE CHANNELS

I spend two or three hours a week on YouTube looking up interesting and fun videos. I often download the ones that are fun to re-watch (usually dance videos) and put them on a DVD. This way I can more … Continue reading

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KELLY SHADOW WALKER pictures & story beginning

I had an idea this morning after reading a thread in the Absolute Write writers’ website. AW, if you don’t know, is a terrific collection of over a hundred different forums for just about every kind of writing imaginable. My … Continue reading

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THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL – series name is perfectly true

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is funny, touching, sad, and happy in turns, and sometimes in the same instant. Inspired by the rise of female comics like Joan Rivers and Totie Fields in the late 50s and the 60s, it has … Continue reading

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ALMA DEUTSCHER – famous musical prodigy

Alma Deutscher learned to play the piano at 2, the violin at 3. She started to compose at 4, wrote her first piano sonata at 6. What’s extraordinary is not her playing and singing skill, though great. It’s her compositions … Continue reading

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