Fredric L. Rice


Aging hippie, avid backpacker, hiker, bicycle rider, surfer, I have lived on and off the fringes of society for decades, at times dropping out of civilized society for years at a time. Now that I'm older with responsibilities I no longer live among the displaced, the homeless, and among those hiding from others however in my writings I hope to describe something of what life has been like for me up until now.

Currently I am a software engineer getting paid very good wages working on maintaining and repairing transportation infrastructure within the United States, putting my self-taught skills to work doing something positive for society in an effort to give back something of what I took when I was living on the streets, stealing food, being a public hazard. In this respects I am highly respected and well thought of among the nation's elite software engineering professionals, and have the approval and admiration of the outdoors community where I also volunteer my time and effort for the benefit of future generations -- assuming there are any.

Where to find Fredric L. Rice online


The Untimely Suicide of Sebastian Goat -- A Cowboy Story
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sebastian was a highly spirited goat living with other animals on his New Mexico ranch. Over the years the goat had managed to violently assault pretty much all of the cowboys and other animals that worked and lived on the ranch until the day Sebastian finally fell down on to a ledge he couldn't escape from.
French Fries In The American Southwest
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,740. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Fiction » Adventure » General
In the aftermath of the drugged-out 1960s, two American teenagers drift about the American Southwest looking for trouble, soaking themselves in the heat of the Mojave Desert while rubbing up against the dregs of the dying hippie biker culture, managing to avoid getting killed, or worse. Each adventure begins with improbable amount of french fries and unhealthy amounts of salt.
It's Not My Fault
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 11,980. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(4.00 from 1 review)
Walking through the woods at night can be dangerous, more so when you find yourself slipping through the thin places between worlds and encounter a mysterious pool of glowing ground and trees which you probably should have walked around. I didn't. I walked right on through that pool of light and got infected some how. The deaths that followed weren't my fault, really.
Vanishing Point: How to disappear in America without a trace
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 29,120. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Behavioral management
Disappearing in America among overwhelming surveillance and law enforcement technology is difficult, whether fleeing a violent domestic situation, fleeing from law enforcement, or just wishing to drop out and rebuild one's life under a new identity, disappearing is difficult. This book offers hints, suggestions, and opinions on how to vanish from society in America and how to rebuild a new life.

Smashwords book reviews by Fredric L. Rice

  • Solar Power: Economic Disaster on April 10, 2014
    (no rating)
    The author failed to include the expense of hydro and nuclear in his essay, expenses that are passed on to the citizens of the countries where corporate criminals commit racketeering to be permitted to build their nuclear plants, assured that the cost of cleaning up after the corporate criminals have long since fled is passed on to the citizens of the countries where such plants are built. It is a common problem around the world: Oligarchy fascists (in the Italian sense of the word) is rampant, a hand full of criminals reap billions of dollars, then when it's time to clean up their corporate eco-terrorism crimes against us, citizens are left having to pay the bills, none of which is mentioned in this author's right wing, uninformed, anti-science missive.
  • Earth To Eternity on April 18, 2014

    I very much enjoyed this book! In the genre of occult anti-science writing this is a very good work, and everyone who is interested in observing the decline of academic standards and the rise of abject occult delusion in the United States should obtain this book and give it a read. The author starts out assuming that only atheists are intelligent enough to understand the core basics of science and, indeed, the book as a whole is an ironic assault on the intelligence of theists couched in the rhetoric of "being uneducated, dimwitted, and stupid is godly" and thus something to strive for, a goal to achieve for the betterment of oneself. This is a common theme among anti-science cultists however the author has gone to considerable effort to ensure that the "dumb is better" ideal drips from every page, while reading the book one never forgets the over-riding statement being underscored: Accepting science, reality, education, information, knowledge, and improving one's understanding of the real world and the Universe in which we inhabit is all "of Satan" and, as such, the intelligent among us are either "deluded by Satan" or some how Satan's pawns -- with further irony stemming from the fact that most theists accept the artifacts of scientific fact and that Creationist cultists such as the author are in the vast, astonishingly small minority. What I liked the most about the book was the supposition that Christianity is some how different from all the other religions which have come before and after Christianity, the supposition that the endless parade of gods and goddesses before, during, and after Christianity are some how different from the author's own gods and goddesses. The belief that the author's gods some how rise above the swamp of the available Pantheon is well-described in the book, well underscored, and profoundly delusional. The book could have been made better had it been crammed packed with spelling errors and disjointed sentence structures which is increasingly common among cult savages who deny science, an artifact of the wide availability of spelling checkers embedded in word processing software which the author presumably made good use of. Personally I find amusingly-spelled words, random capitalization, and verbal-salad sentences to improve the genre of kook spew, so it was with some level of disappointment that I found the author had spent time correcting the usual artifacts of low intelligence and poor schooling. One highlight of the book is the author proclaiming that atheists who don't have gods and goddesses nevertheless believe that said gods and goddesses exist; the author amusingly proclaims that atheists "denies the existence" of his Christian pantheon of deities, so the author expresses his lack of understanding of what atheism is. The author describes his lack of understanding of the basics: Big-Bang cosmology, quantum fluctuations (which the author appears to know nothing about,) atheism, how "information" is "created," basic biology, basic physics, and the author of course has no idea what evolution is, what evolution is not, and what the various theories of evolution are. As is common among Creationist cultists, the author thinks that evolution some how does not happen even as the author confuses the fact of evolution with the various closely-related theories which describes the directly-observed phenomena of evolution. The author assumes that only atheists accept the fact of evolution and proclaims Christianity to some how be "incompatible" with the fact of evolution -- as if all the hundreds of millions of Christians in the world who accept the fact of evolution are some how not Christians. The author goes on to "explain" what "atheists" claim are the origins of life -- the author has no idea that the theories which describe the origins of life are not the same as the theories which describe the observed fact of evolution, a common mistake among Creationists of all religions which have fringe followers that refuse to accept scientific facts. Of course no Creationist kook spew should be penned without paying homage to the lunatic belief that evolution of species has something to do with random combinations of atoms, molecules, and chemicals. The author amusingly talks about putting "protein bases in to a big bag" and randomly extracting them in to a coordinated, working genome, expressing the author's abject lack of understanding even the basics of biology. There isn't much more to say about the usual parade of stupidity laid out grandly in the book. It runs the gauntlet of fossils which the author has no understanding of, the geologic record which the author is clueless about, Charles Darwin which the author seems to think "made it all up," and of course proclaims that Gould has "admitted" that evolution is a lie "designed to deny" that the Christian gods exist. The book promises to provide evidence for the author's gods and goddesses however it fails profoundly in all respects for all the usual reasons why cultists are incapable of coming up with evidence for their delusions, whether they be deity constructs, vampires, werewolves, pixies, fairies, or trickle-down effects. Still, in the genre of cult missives, this is a good effort, one that should be in the Kindles of every academic and lay person who appreciates Creationist lunacy.

    The author is obviously not a medical doctor and obviously not trained in even the minimal amount of science. The book's "prelude" is a lengthy kook spew with endless Newage (rhymes with Sewage) rhetoric that appeals to the dumbest among us, and the author even gets the number of months for normal human baby gestation wrong. It's abject lunacy, stupidity. I mean the author has no idea how television and radio antenna are different from biological insect antenna. Absolutely lunacy. The author even gets the origins of the Earth wrong... The prelude was bad, the first sentence of the first chapter was no better. I stopped reading this stupid anti-science nonsense.
  • On Your Left on Nov. 13, 2014

    A right wing extremist expresses his hatred for healthy people who exercise and thinks it's funny to talk about murdering American citizens.
  • Climate Change and Peak-Oil on Jan. 28, 2015

    The author presumes to pretend that global warming is controversial, that there is "anti-evidence" somewhere. People who lack education in climate sciences should refrain from writing books about subjects they know nothing. A degree in physics does not grant someone legitimacy when discussing planetology, climate science, or any other brand of science.
  • Hell Testimonies on Feb. 14, 2015

    I started to read some of this however set it down and deleted it from my Paperwhite. It is not only poorly written but it's filled with freakishly bizarre occult conspiracy notions that makes it impossible to read leave alone take seriously. The author does not seem to understand the origins of the Hell mythology nor the origins of the various books and fragments of books which comprise the contemporary versions of the Classical Christanic Mythologies, so the book here is filled with mistaken notions about history, science, and mythology. What might possible save this book from being pointless and impossible to read is that human behaviorist psychologists might find useful insights in to the mind of occult believers. Academically the dysfunctional mind of the author -- and other occultists like him -- is laid bare in this book, however it's so poorly written that even psychology students looking for a thesis would not give this their time and effort.
  • The Second Bat Guano War on Nov. 02, 2017

    I read this twice over the past couple of years, it is surprisingly very well written. Smashwords is a sea of crap, in that sea this novel was very much worth reading -- which was a surprise. :)
  • SODIUM Harbinger on Jan. 21, 2018
    (no rating)
    The author needs to pick a tense and stick with it. Mixing present tense and past tense makes people delete such things after the second time they run across it.
  • Edison's Very Rudimentary Explanation of Quantum Mechanics: Where Science and Spirituality Begin to Meet on Jan. 21, 2018

    Another religious nut who does not understand even the basics of science or of physics. Another "quantum woohoo" who Googled some things and thought there is evidence for the cultist's god constructs finally.
  • God's Glorious Symphony on Jan. 21, 2018

    Author "forgot" to include any evidence for these god constructs of hers.
  • Solar Power: Economic Disaster on Jan. 21, 2018

    Looks like the author did not bother to do any actual research before opening his yap and spewing anti-science lunacy. Reads like a Koch Brothers anti-American, anti-science cult kook spew.
  • In the Beginning . . . then What? - Evolution and Creation (Johan Peters) on Jan. 21, 2018

    It should be noted that scientific facts are not decided in court rooms, there is zero debate about the fact of the evolution of species.