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An open letter to Chibuihem Amalaha

Dear Chibuihem,

 

I'm sure this has not been the best week for you. I have no idea whether or not you'll actually read this, but I'm writing it because it just felt like the right thing to do.

 

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Creative restlessness, compromise, and the purpose of life

If you've known me for any length of time, you know that I have had many careers, and even iterations on careers within careers. I was a neuroscientist for a while (from grad school in 1981 through around 1994 when I switched to doing public health research) and an academic for a while (1989-1999 at Hampshire College). I did full-time technology work, primarily web development for nonprofit organizations, from 1999 to when I went to seminary in 2005. I returned to web development in 2007 after it was clear that ministry was not going to be a career path.

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The Alien Invasion Trope

Ever since 1938, when the Orson Welles' produced radio drama of The War of the Worlds scared the bejeebus out of everyone, by far the most dominant narrative involving aliens from outer space has been one of violent invasion of Earth.

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Guest Blog Entry: On South African Speculative Fiction (August 2013)

I'm happy to have another guest blog entry, this time about South African Science Fiction, from Nick Wood.

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Guest Post: Fiction Excerpt by Valjeanne Jeffers

It is my pleasure to host an excerpt by Valjeanne Jeffers.

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From Fear to Compassion

 We had the expectation, or perhaps, at least the hope, that justice would be done, that our justice system would recognize that the killing of an unarmed teenage boy by a man with a gun was wrong. We hoped that perhaps, the system would understand, and consider why someone like George Zimmerman might kill someone like Trayvon Martin. It's finally time to admit that our justice system is broken because it is based on the fears we are unwilling to acknowledge or accept.

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Theology and Science Fiction

I am a theology geek. I was always a theology geek, but going to seminary brought it out more in me. I love thinking about the many ways in which human beings of any tradition make sense of the world, of the seen and the not seen. And I always bring that perspective into what I write.

 

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Why Crowdfund this book?

There are a number of ways that organizations in the nonprofit technology field fund writing projects. Some are internal to an organization, others are funded by grants from foundations, and some are funded by vendor sponsorships.

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Next up: Becoming Queen

My next upcoming novel is called Becoming Queen. I'm doing final edits and formatting. Release Date: May 15, eBook only. Here's the blurb: 

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Book Excerpt #2: Very Drafty Piece of the Introduction

I promised a few excerpts during the indiegogo campaign, and here is another one - a part of the Introduction.

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