The Capella Codex

April 8th, 2022

My latest book is up on Amazon. It’s a sci-fi detective noir story set in a futuristic corporatist dystopia.

Entropy’s Heralds

July 1st, 2021

The last book in my Pilgrim’s Path trilogy is up on Amazon.

Book 2 Up On Amazon

August 27th, 2020

You can purchase book 2 here:

Working on Book 3 now. Hope to have it out early next year.

A Desert Of Vast Eternities

August 19th, 2020

The second book in my Pilgrim’s Path trilogy is finished and being formatted. I expect it to be up on Amazon within a week. Perhaps sooner but no guarantees. I’m running a sale right now on Amazon for Send Us Your Armies (Book 1) for 0.99. If you missed it you can grab it now. It’s definitely needed to understand and enjoy book 2.

Here is the cover for Book 2. If you pick up either please be sure to leave a review or rating.

On the cutting room floor

May 14th, 2020

I came across this video today of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter commentating on the legendary 10 or so minute deleted prologue scene to Escape From New York. It’s well worth your time and their banter is really fun to listen to.

Carpenter makes a good point that this entire scene was dropped because it not only confused the audience but more importantly, it takes some of the mystery off of Snake Pliskin’s dark anti-hero aura. It humanizes him too much as well. Watch the clip and you will see why.

I have dropped design elements from my games in the past but mostly because they were too complex or too expensive to get right. So far I haven’t really dropped that many story elements from the Pilgrim’s Path series. The one big one wasn’t really dropped as much as it morphed from one thing into another. Originally I was going to have a major subplot ending with a Yueh-like betrayel (Dune) but I decided to remove that because I wanted some characters go in different directions.

I also realized that the conflict I had set up between The Council and The Hegemon was not really conducive to such types of espionage and backstabbing. The nodes of the Council are difficult to penetrate since all commerce, traffic and interaction gets cut off. The Council raids through some unprotected slip points and resonance points but mostly in treacherous places like The Shards. Maintaining an intelligence network and doing their infiltration and subversion works with targets that are unprepared or naive (Timathur and Privil’s Landing) but not against those who recognize the danger.

Anyway, the video is really interesting as is the commentary. 1981 Carpenter looking at 1997 New York is fascinating in its own right. The Atlanta subway station would still make a pretty good location for filming any police state totalitarian nightmare future.


May 8th, 2020

The best little semi secret place to enjoy games discussion.

I found this game talk gin joint dive way back before 2000 and stopped lurking in 2003. It’s like a combination of the Cheer’s bar and the Star Wars cantina in Mos Eisley. Tom Chick pretty much runs the place but he doesn’t really tend the bar. He’s off in a dark corner holding a shadow court of reviews, podcasts and streams with a witty and sarcastic style backed up by some serious intellectual heft. He’s the thinking gamer’s reviewer. At least that’s how I have always seen it.

Anyway, I note this because a patron (It wasn’t me but thanks to whoever it was) of QT3 requested a re-review type look at my second game Solium Infernum which dates back to 2010 I think. Lots of water under the bridge so it’s hard to remember. You can read it here:

Tom gives it two stars which if you are familiar with the Chick Scale, not to be confused with the Chick Parabola, you know that is a solid grade.

Hidden Histories, Secret Wars, Shadow Class Conflicts

April 19th, 2020

I’ve been doing some deep research on a sci fi series of books that I want to write after I finish The Pilgrims Path trilogy. I am almost done with Book II and just reached the 105k word mark. The plot threads just need to be stitched together and then the hard work starts of going over and over it.

But back to deep research. I am setting this new series 1,500 or so years in the future and the fate of AI and humanity plays a big part in the back story. I have been watching a bunch of videos on this and related subjects and I have a deep and abiding interest in systems theory and related topics. I stumbled on this recent video and it’s an eye opener. There are a lot of references that you will need to look up. Some you won’t. My focus has been on “Institutions” and the role that they will play in our future.

Always ask who they are, what they want to say, what they want you to believe, do they believe what they are saying, what to they want to gain, what do they have to lose?

It’s a very interesting interview on so many levels.

A little boiler plate disclaimer here: The views are not necessarily my own nor do they represent my institution, and I don’t have an institution.

Everyday Can’t Be Christmas

March 24th, 2020

I don’t think I really understood the lesson of this Elmo movie until now.

Greatest Mind on the Planet

March 16th, 2020

If they had a vote right now, I would give it to Roger Penrose. In my mind, it’s not even a close contest. This video came out recently that reminded me why I enjoy anything Roger Penrose has to say.

If you are not familiar with his idea of CCC – Conformal Cyclic Cosmology then do yourself a favor and read up about it. For me it was a mind blowing concept that satisfied my conviction that everything just repeats itself over and over again in a near infinite number of patterns. Here is a link to a paper on CCC.

There is also a youtube channel that has a wonderful series of well done videos on the idea including interviews with a lot of famous cosmologists and physicists. The series is called “Before The Big Bang.” Here is a play list. Go to the first episode to start from the very beginning. It’s well worth the time.

Thinking Cosmologically

March 14th, 2020

Like a lot of us, I’ve always been fascinated by the some of the big questions like why something rather than nothing? Or Where does space end? Or When did time begin?

Growing up you read about the big bang. Maybe you heard something about inflation. You probably heard something about quantum mechanics and exotic subatomic particles and maybe something crazy called string theory.

This mini passion started out way back when I was getting my B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I had really not liked the two physics courses that I had to take. They were both calculus based. The first one was basically Newtonian; so blocks and friction and velocity vectors and all that jazz. The second was circuits and basic electro-magnetism. I took a more indepth course later on that and I wish I had appreciated it more. I actually worked with Maxwell’s field equations but never really understood their beauty. It was only much later with the help of a Youtube channel that I stood in awe.

There was a requirement for a modern physics class that I put off until my senior year. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable of my 5 years. I took an extra year to get a double degree with the other being in German and Russian, but that is another story.

The Lorentz transformations are amazing things. I wish I could tell you that I fully comprehended the math at the time but so much of the pedagogy was and is today what you call “Pump and Dump.” But the topics included what was known at the time in the mid 80s and it was mind blowing. Since then we have basically discovered what Ygritte kept telling Jon Snow. “We know nothing.” Dark Energy and Dark Matter were still on the horizon. We have different values for expansion depending on how you measure it that are very troubling. There are hints that reality is not what we think it is although “spooky interaction at a distance” should have been a good warning.

It used to be that I would read a book to investigate all these strange and exciting things. Now I just use Youtube. All this is to say that the bits and pieces that I have acquired over the last five and a half or so decades has made me an expert enough to be dangerous. I hope that doesn’t show too much in the Trilogy that I am writing because the backstory is a fantasy trope that tries to cloak itself in some of the current ideas in modern cosmology. One of the most unsettling ones is Eternal Inflation or the multiverse/bubble universes concept. I’d like to think that the Etherflow (Aern) might be some rare instance of this where all the variables and constants are fined tuned to create its nodescape.

This blog post was prompted because I just watched an episode of Closer To the Truth that I have been enjoying for a long time. If you are into cosmology and deep thoughts about the hows and whys of existence then you should check it out. You don’t need any math but a good background in the big ideas is helpful.