Monday, December 3, 2012

Ringworld Three?

I'm currently reading Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. It has a similar theme to Ringworld - Interstellar travellers come across superior alien technology. Every bit as good as Ringworld too. A must read!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I admire Kim Stanley Robinson's work. I admit his attention to detail drives me mad at times! But his ability to imagine the future of what our world may be is second to none. 2312 is a novel all hard scifi fans should read.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

ANZAC Memorial

I spent a few hours at the memorial in Melbourne. Using its words - not just an account for loss, but a celebration of courage, endurance, duty, love of country, mateship, good humour, survival, a sense of self worth and a decency in the face of dreadful odds. Powerful words and a moving memorial. Lest we forget.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coffee at The Goat in Elsternwick

Back in Melbourne for a quick stopover. Working with my writing mentor to get my latest novel to the 'publishable' stage. I am enjoying the city of Melbourne more and more, with every visit. The share home is a delight and Melbourne is filled with libraries, parks, cafes and a myriad of creative explorations.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Science Fact

The BBC series with the same name became a phenomenon, and rightly so. This companion book is filled with the same ingredients that made the TV series so popular - in-depth, exciting information, wonderful graphics and a lyrical, almost poetic language that is used to describe some of the most fantastic discoveries of mankind. I am finding this a useful resource as I update one of my manuscripts. I'm re-working Cubeball. I'm extending the 'world build' to other planets and moons in our solar system. 

New Farm

I caught a ferry to New Farm and enjoyed breakfast at the New Farm Deli. The cafe remains an institution in the inner Brisbane suburb. It's as good a place as any to kickstart my blog again. My last regular entries were made in England in 2011. I arrived back in Brisbane in August 2011 and had a six month writing stint in Melbourne in the first half of 2012. I have spent the last year reading a lot more science fiction, as well as editing my last manuscript. I was lucky enough to find a mentor while living there and hope to finally publish one of my manuscripts in the next year.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Currently reading Sawyer's WWW Watch. Sawyer does a great job of packing in philosophical and political issues that made me think. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Caitlin is still reeling at the realization that Webmind is real.  Some of the political issues addressed are racism, animal rights, GLBT rights, the privacy act, national security, international politics, and human rights. Some of the deeper issues touched on are the differences between artificial intelligence and emerging consciousness, autism, blindness, suicide, and the question behind how emerging consciousness can override natural selection and evolution. It's a thought provoking read but clearly written in a way that is easy to understand. The idea of consciousness modifying behaviors dictated by evolution was an underlying theme.