Victor D. Lopez

Biography

Victor D. López is a tenured Professor of Legal Studies at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar. His professional affiliations include membership in the New York State Bar Association, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NEALSB), and he serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a past president of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2011-2012) and has served as the organization's vice-president (2009-2010) and program chair of the 2011 NEALSB Academic Conference.

Professor López published several textbooks in the areas of business law and the legal environment of business that have been used in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. since 1993. His past publishers include Irwin/Mirror Press, McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall, and in 2010-2011 he published two revised and expanded business law/legal environment textbooks with his new publisher, Textbooks Media, that are available in inexpensive print and electronic versions. The third edition of his Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business was published in July 2016 (2017 Copyright--available at http://www.textbookmedia.com/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=4396 ). He has presented articles at conferences and published scholarly articles in refereed journals in recent years in a range of subjects that include immigration law, bankruptcy law, unauthorized practice of law, state and federal efforts to regulate the high cost of college textbooks, and ethics among others. (For a list of current publications you can visit http://victordlopez.com/index.html.)

Since 1990, he has served as a Professor of Business for 12 years at SUNY Delhi and more recently as the dean of the business division at Broome Community College for four years immediately prior to joining the Hofstra University faculty. He has also served as a professor and dean at other higher education institutions since 1987.

Professor López has published law-related textbooks for Irwin/Mirror Press, McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall and Textbook Media Publishing. Since 2011 he has also published short story collections, a book of poetry and a general reference book on intellectual property in paperback and eBook versions through CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Alas, it is lost along with much of my early work done on typewriters with no backups. I will rewrite it some day as it still speaks to me and, like many of my later stories, it delved into the interplay between the conscious and subconscious mind, life lessons and redemption. My second short story, Eternal Quest, survives in my latest short story collection, Mindscapes, and is still a favorite that is little changed from the one written by a young old man of 19 who had already learned some of the most vital lessons about the things that matter that he would ever learn. My philosophy, too, has changed little over the intervening decades.
What is your writing process?
For both my fiction and non-fiction I tend to compose at the keyboard. I do no outlining and seldom work on plot lines ahead of time. Also, my first draft is usually also my final draft with only minor changes. During the day, I almost always have a cup of coffee on hand as I write. At night, it may be tea, diet Coke or Pepsi or a glass of wine. Less often, when writing late into the morning, especially after a particularly good or bad day, the glass of wine may be replaced by a snifter of brandy or an Absolut vodka martini with olives. (No more than 2 drinks a day on average as a rule, though.) I like to work in significant blocks of time without interruption other than fetching coffee or pestering my wife during very brief breaks until she yells at me and I slink back to work.
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In Focus
Hofstra University interview

Research
Hofstra University interview #2

Intellectual Property Law
Simple book trailer with sample chapters read by the author.

Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems
A reading of sample sonnets from the author's first book of poems.

Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories
Simple book trailer with a reading of the shortest short story in the collection by the author.

Books

Amor Vincit Omnia (Original English Version)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
We use the word "love" as though we were intimately acquainted with its definition. But who among us can clearly define what constitutes true love with its most powerful, transformative ability for those lucky enough to encounter it? This short story focuses with humor on a theme of vital importance in both fiction and in life: the transcendental power of true love wherever/however we find it.
El Enigma de la Esfinge: Resuelto y Justicia: Dos Relatos de Ciencia Ficción
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: Spanish. Published: July 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Esta publicación es una recopilación de dos cuentos de ciencia ficción. En el segundo cuento, "Justicia", un hombre está siendo juzgado por la última ofensa capital restante en el mundo. "El Enigma de La Esfinge: Resuelto", los egiptólogos más famosos del mundo finalmente revelan los secretos de La Esfinge en un evento en vivo con inesperadas consecuencias.
Amor Vincit Omnia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,250. Language: Spanish. Published: June 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
¿Quien entre nosotros puede definir claramente lo que es un amor perfecto o el fulminante efecto transformativo que puede otorgarle a quien lo encuentra? Este cuento enfoca con humor en un tema tan serio en la ficción como en la realidad: en poder transcendental del amor que literalmente puede cambiar nuestro mundo en un instante y para siempre.
Libro de Sueños: Cuentos de Ciencia Ficción y Ficción Especulativa
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 27,580. Language: Spanish. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Los cuentos en esta colección traducidos al español por el autor investigan la interrelación entre los sueños y la realidad, la naturaleza de la realidad en sí misma, y el peligro que conlleva la búsqueda decidida del cumplimiento de deseos con sus inesperadas consecuencias.
Madre Terrestre
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: Spanish. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Un visitante misterioso de otro mundo despierta a una mujer joven y ambiciosa para proponerle una oferta intrigante: Si ella está dispuesta a servir como madre sustituta de un embrión por un período de gestación acelerado le brindará el regalo de la telepatía y salud por el resto de su vida. Si ella acepta, ¿se harán todos sus sueños finalmente realidad, o vivirá para lamentar su elección?
Los Sernegme (o por que Godot no puede venir . . .)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: Spanish. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
En un mundo que adora el poder y eleva a los seres humanos sobre pedestales erigidos a partir de los insustanciales bloques de construcción del ego, la arrogancia y el autoengaño, no es de extrañar que busquemos el significado y la iluminación en todos los lugares equivocados. Pero, ¿y si incluso el alma más desgraciada entre nosotros fuera un dios en un universo singular al que los seres sensible
¿A Qué Precio Vivir el Sueño?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
¿Si estuviera dentro de tu poder cambiar el pasado subjetivo mediante el uso de la tecnología a cambio de la vida, lo harias? ¿Sería un precio demasiado alto cambiar la desesperación por la posibilidad de la esperanza? ¿Es un acto supremo de arrogancia o heroísmo dar la espalda a la vida y a la realidad para tener una segunda oportunidad de ser feliz?
Dormir... Acaso Soñar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: Spanish. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Hay un hilo común en muchos de mis cuentos e incluso en mi poesía sobre la naturaleza de la realidad y la relación entre el sueño, la vigilia y la mente consciente y subconsciente. Profundiza en una posible explicación de lo que se esconde en los oscuros recesos de nuestros cerebros para los cuales la ciencia aún tiene que descubrir un uso claro.
Búsqueda Eterna
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: Spanish. Published: June 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Un erudito dotado dedica su vida a la búsqueda del conocimiento, dándole la espalda a la vida, el amor, la familia y los amigos en una búsqueda obsesiva de encontrar la verdad definitiva. Mientras sus dos mejores amigos se mantienen en vigilia, ¿alcanzará su meta antes de que su cuerpo y su mente se agoten, y si lo hace, puedrá vivir con el conocimiento que obtiene?
Copyright Law: A Practical Guide
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off!) Words: 21,680. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Intellectual property
This is a general reference on copyright law for authors, artists, musicians, librarians, entrepreneurs and others interested in learning about copyright law. It is based on an edited, expanded version of the copyright chapters in my Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets.
Two Speculative Fiction Short Stories: Justice and The Riddle of the Sphinx: Solved
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
This publication contains two science fiction/speculative fiction short stories. The first, "Justice", involves a trial for the last remaining capital crime in a unified near-future Earth. The second, "The Riddle of the Sphinx: Solved" reveals the true nature of the Great Sphinx and the powerful secret hidden beneath its right paw eons ago by its unearthly builders.
Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
Price: $8.99 $6.74 USD. (25% off!) Words: 69,910. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Intellectual property, Nonfiction » Law » Intellectual property
This book is intended as both a primer on intellectual property law and as a general reference for authors, artists, musicians, librarians, entrepreneurs and others interested in learning about intellectual property law and the processes for obtaining copyrights, trademarks and patents in the U.S. and through international agreements. Appendices and links to online resources are also provided.
Mars: Genesis 2.0 (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
An asteroid much larger than the one that killed off the dinosaurs is headed our way and will strike Earth in two years. The most technologically advanced countries launch massive efforts for an expanded space station and moon bases to save some vestiges of humanity from total extinction. The U.S. opts for a riskier but potentially more viable mission to Mars as a long shot for reseeding humanity.
End of Days (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story poses a novel theory of cosmology involving the role of black holes in the creation and extinction of a limitless number of multiverses including our own. It explores scientific arrogance and the ability of determined terrorists to exploit it, using two suitcase nukes and a commercial plane in a field experiment that will begin an irreversible countdown to the end of days.
The Day the Dolphins Vanished (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When a dedicated marine biologist/linguist makes the breakthrough in the near future that allows true communication to take place between humans and dolphins, what might our aquatic cousins learn about us and teach us about ourselves, and what consequences might result from an exchange of knowledge?
Earth Mother (Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
If a visitor from another world were to offer you the gift of telepathy and immunity from all disease for the rest of your life for a small service, would you be quick to accept, or would you look a gift horse in the mouth?
Mergs (Or Why Godot Can't Come) (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a world that worships power and raises human beings onto pedestals erected from the insubstantial building blocks of ego, hubris, and self-delusion, it is no wonder that we look for meaning and enlightenment in all the wrong places. But what if even the most wretched soul amongst us were a god in a singular universe whom sentient beings worship and completely depend upon for their survival?
What Price to Live the Dream? (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If it were within your power to change your subjective past through the use of technology, what price would you pay to revisit a crossroad in your life when you had made a terrible, life altering mistake? Would you give up an unfulfilled life haunted by the ghosts of roads not taken for the chance at happiness in an alternate reality?
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story delves into one possible chilling explanation for what lurks in the dark recesses of the human brain for which science has yet to discover a clear use. One man has discovered the truth, and it will kill him.
Mindscapes:Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off!) Words: 42,860. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book contains 10 science fiction and speculative fiction short stories on themes ranging from the innermost dimensions of the mind to the outer reaches of the universe focusing from diverse perspectives on the meaning of life, the superlative strength and wrenching weakness of the human spirit, the power of love and the duality of human nature anchored in both the divine and the profane.
Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection of poems presents a unique perspective on enduring themes--love, existentialism, the darker side of life in an urban environment, loneliness, quiet heroism and the transcendent power of poetry to rebuild weary souls and teach lessons we may not want to learn.
Book of Dreams: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 25,640. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
This collection of five science fiction and speculative fiction short stories probes the interrelationship between dreams and reality, the nature of reality itself, and the dangers attendant to the single-minded pursuit of wish fulfillment with its attendant unexpected and unwanted consequences. NOTE: The author's Mindscapes collection includes all of the stories in this book and five new ones.
Eternal Quest (short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On its surface, this speculative fiction short story (7,800 words) deals with one man's obsessive quest for knowledge and the devastating price he must pay for the knowledge he ultimately acquires. Beneath the surface, this story is about deep friendships complicated by unrequited love, split loyalties, the interplay of id, ego and superego, and existentialist lessons learned too late in life.

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