From Star Trek to Reality

Star Trek

When did you first see a Star Trek episode or movie? For me it was the second movie I ever saw in a theater, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I was about seven years old and the only other movie I had seen in a theater was, An American Tail. As soon as I saw it,  I was hooked, and a new Trekkie was born. The idea of a starship, engines pushed to the max, flinging itself in a tight orbit around the sun to exceed the speed of light and thereby travel back in time, made sense to me, even though the plot rode on a crazy idea that whales would determine the survival of earth. I loved the movie, and from that time hence, I have seen almost every episode, in almost every series of Star Trek. What amazes me is the attention to detail and the science behind the fiction. I crave the thoughts and ideas of traveling the stars and “…explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” That phrase has been a part, a piece of my life since the first time I heard it. Continue reading

Asteroid Mining is a Real Possibility

I recently read an article about asteroid mining and had the thought: “I hope they don’t get that working before my novel is done”.  I know the ideas for space mining are not new, but since it plays such an integral part of my sci-fi story, I feel a bit of a kinship to them.

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It’s official, I’m a nerd…

It’s official, I am a nerd. My wife said it!

Ok, so now that I think about it, it is probably true. You see, I fixate on random facts and ideas, that to me are interesting, but to everyone else…well, you can see it in the way they roll their eyes. Alright, take novels, how many times do you find yourself finding inconsistencies with the magic system in a fantasy, or remember a tidbit of information that was never used properly, or realize that the science in the sci-fi novel was way too un-believable? This is me, this is my life. I am not a critic, yet I seem to criticize novels, movies, games, etc… I still love them!

Next, we get to my topics of interest. I want to try everything. I love music, books, electronics, computers – i.e. the net, video games, paper and dice games (hush to all you haters), high adventure activities, fishing, swimming, climbing, boating, traveling (well the visit to other places actually, not so much the travel itself) and so on… I like just about anything to do with the sciences. I am frugal by nature and would rather try to build something than buy it (doesn’t always work out). I come up with business ideas on a weekly or monthly basis, and then I do some research and find the cost of operation (permits, licenses etc.) typically outweigh the profits; that or the cost of start-up is more than I have made my entire life times ten.

I haven’t even touched on my bucket list, I don’t think I can write it without spending two months in the process. Suffice it to say, publishing a fictional series is near the top of my list, followed closely by composing a symphony, starting a successful company in manufacturing, and building a space craft. I just scream nerd, eh?

So there you have it, a brief look into me, a nerd. 😉