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If you enjoy a thrilling adventure with complex characters and surprising plot twists, this book is for you. Both scifi veterans and those new to the genre are giving “NanoMorphosis” high ratings. Now’s the time to pick up a copy.


The Source of an Idea

So how did you come up with that?

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This is a common question creative people get asked. I’m taking a writer’s perspective here, but I believe this question applies to all creative efforts.  People simply like to hear how other people come up with ideas, and the answers are as varied as the creators themselves and the whatever it is they’ve created. Inspiration can come from sources ranging from a fleeting observation to a lifetime of hard-earned experience.

Since my own creative juices focus on science fiction, keeping abreast of new discoveries is a high priority. Science related magazines and articles provide me with a reliable source of inspiration.

I find it fascinating to read about research underway that might change how we perceive and interact with the world around us. Sadly, I can only absorb a limited amount so keeping up with everything coming out of the scientific community is an impossible challenge. The rate of incoming new information seems to be accelerating at ever increasing rate, so I have to pick and choose carefully from a cornucopia of scientific pursuits and focus on the ones that interest me most.

There was a time when people hoped the physical world could be explained with a set number of rules wrapped in a nice neat little package, but time and experience has proven otherwise. One question just leads to another and another and …. well, you get my point. The unending openness of scientific inquiry can be disconcerting.  Safety seems to lie in what is known, while danger in what is not.

I agree, a nice neat package would be comforting, (which explains the appeal of a religion that  provides set answers based on unquestioning faith), but the price of accepting a wrapped package without examining the contents, means closing one’s mind and ending the pursuit of knowledge.

Personally, it’s the uncertainty that keeps me awake and alive, ready to get up each morning to see what we might learn next, and what gets me thinking about how those discoveries might change the human experience in the future. And that’s when I start to write.

A lethal climate. A manmade plague. Hostile aliens. How will mankind survive? Find out in “NanoMorphosis”

Like surprises? Like future tech? Like complex characters caught in tricky situations? This novel was inspired by nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and a love for all speculative fiction from space opera to the Phantom of the Opera. Sound like an oxymoron? Not when they all come together in “NanoMorphosis”.
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Dystopia – Just a term for the things we worry might happen someday

Dystopian novels like “Brave New World”, “1984”, “Fahrenheit 451”  and “The Handmaid’s Tale” made a big impression on me. Guess they must have because I wrote one of my own: “The Cost of Living: A Life for a Life”. I took the opposite situation from the low birthrates in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and set up a world so overcrowded, there is no room for children to be born unless someone dies in exchange. I’m giving the book away free for a limited time. You can check it out here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D3YY45Q Whatever you do, don’t get pregnant.

Avatars replace people for promotion

Here’s an interesting take on what future advertising may look like…

Steven Lyle Jordan

Lil' Miquela, a CGI avatar on Instragram, striking a fashionable pose.An article in Wired caught my eye the other day, starting with a PR-based feud between two people who don’t exist.

The article described online “influencers,” which happen to be CGI creations: Lil’ Miquela and Bermuda, avatars with their own Instragram pages, who are usually seen posing in fashionable clothing or maybe posing with celebrities or other icons.  Although (supposedly) these avatars haven’t begun making money as paid models yet, the article suggests that it may be just around the corner.

Personally, I hadn’t realized that this was going on (I’m not an Instagram user, so this was well outside of my radar).  But it makes perfect sense, especially from the article’s point of view: Create a digital model, accept money from an advertiser to model their clothing, sit in their cars, appear in their hotels and hot-spots, whatever, that a live model can do; but have total control over…

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NanoMorphosis is Launched!

“At the intersection of love and ambition, one man must face his fears and re-evaluate what it means to be human.”

My science fiction novel is now available for purchase on Amazon. The e-book is there now. I’m still working on the print version, but that should be up soon as well.  This is a complex novel which has been through the editing wringer. The end result is polished and hopefully error free. I hate typos, missing words, misplaced spacing, and so forth, and worked very hard to eliminate them.  I’m happy with the book now and hope it finds an audience.  If you’d like to take a look, here is the link:

“NanoMorphosis” by Marla L. Anderson