Todd A. Drashner was born and raised in the semi-wilds of Alaska. He first became interested in science fiction at age 9 when he picked up a copy of Clarke’s Childhood’s End in a bored moment and has been hooked ever since. Todd generally prefers “hard” science fiction that is still not afraid to think big. He encountered Drexler’s book Engines of Creation in college, along with the ideas of trans and post-humanism and Vernor Vinge’s Singularity concept. When he grows up he wants to be a Power.
Todd’s current interests include reading, working out, music, and thinking about the future. Discovering the Orion’s Arm project still counts as one of the happier moments in his life to date. He currently lives in the Tidewater region of Virginia where he works as an Instructional Designer for a major corporation.
on March 02, 2017 :
I just discovered the Orion's Arm Project so maybe this is supposed to rely on that future history for the plot to make any sense since the story, by itself, does not.. However, while familiarity with Heinlein's or Asmov's future history certainly added to the enjoyment of their stories, the stories themselves were complete and self-contained.
While the author is very good at painting word pictures of unusual scenarios, due to the Orion's Arm Project home page, I expected some adherence (or at least lip service), to plausible science. What I got was way too much handwavium and gee-whiz tech marvels - the tech equivalent of the BEM fiction of the 1930s - tolerated only because of the quality of the elicited images.
What really kills the story is the ending - or lack thereof. It just stops. The "story" seems like a long introduction that just ends.
(review of free book)