Cosby, Trump, and Brock Turner: Why We Doubt the Victims of Sexual Crimes

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Social Issues | One Comment

This has been a big year for awareness about sexual assault and sexism. The Stanford rape case with Brock Turner made a huge impact on women and men everywhere by painting a vivid picture of the realities of rape and how we as a society allow it to continue. And Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” […]

Daughters of Anarchy Chapter Names, Season 1

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Author's Notes, Daughters of Anarchy | No Comments

[Spoiler Alert]: You need to have read DOA 1 to avoid spoilers. Organizing a novel into chapters requires making important choices. You can do short or longer, name each chapter or merely assign it a number, have each chapter include the point of view of one character at a time, etc. There are benefits and drawbacks to […]

KDP Select versus Going Wide: Which is Right for You?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Advice for Authors | No Comments

As an indie author, you have multiple book sites at which you can sell your books. Some of these include: Amazon iBooks Barnes and Noble Kobo Aggregators such as Draft2Digital and Smashwords Given that these establishments have similar rules and royalty schemes (for the most part), putting your books up for sale at any or […]

Understanding Genetics: SNPs

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Science | No Comments

In a recent article, entitled “What Does it Mean to Have “The Gene” for Something? Not What You Think…“, I explained basic genetic variation. In summary, I talked about the fact that no one actually has “the gene for” some trait or disease, but instead they have the allele or variant necessary for that trait […]

Film Discussion: The Matrix

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Film & TV, Science Fiction | No Comments

The Matrix is one of my favorite science fiction films of all time. I saw it for the first time NOT when it came out in the theater, but when it came out on DVD. I have a flashbulb memory of watching it in the afternoon before heading out for an event, and couldn’t believe […]

Film Discussion: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Film & TV | No Comments

Spoiler Alert: I’m going to spoil the film here. Which probably doesn’t matter, because pretty much everyone has seen this classic… Well, on Star Date 9/13/16, this rogue scientist finally–FINALLY–saw the film that many Star Trek fans say is the best of the Star Trek films: The Wrath of Khan. The Denver Film Society has […]

What is Anarchy?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Science Fiction | No Comments

Anyone who knows me or who’s read my science fiction knows that my areas of expertise include psychology, genetics, and biology. Political science and economics, not so much. I recently published the first book in a new series entitled Daughters of Anarchy (DOA). The series — science fiction with a good dose of thriller/noir — […]

Science Fiction and Fact: What are Neurotransmitters?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Science, Science Fiction | 3 Comments

The first time I can recall hearing neurotransmitters mentioned in science fiction was from Dr. Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Beverly Crusher was no ordinary ship’s doctor — the woman had a pretty strong understanding of the life sciences, including neuroscience, genetics, and more. In my Daughters of Anarchy series, there are occasional […]

Book Marketing Podcasts for Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Advice for Authors | No Comments

It took me a while to discover the awesomeness of podcasts. I don’t commute, and always prefer reading information to hearing it or, worse, watching it. Just a personal preference. However, I’ve been lucky enough to learn that podcasts are a great way to deliver information that would be downright tedious (and time consuming) to […]

The Martian: Science vs. Fiction

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Film & TV, Science, Science Fiction | No Comments

I saw The Martian last night at the Denver Science Museum‘s IMAX theater, as part of the Denver Film Society’s annual sci-fi film fest. It was good to see the film again, especially on a giant screen, and especially when a Mars expert joined us to discuss the film. Unlike many of the films we watch […]

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