I am interested in the future, and how we get there. Much of the writing that involves technology is either alarmist (variations on the Frankenstein theme) or fantastical (most of science fiction, with a few notable exceptions). To me the interesting bit is the near future where we can at least understand what is happening. What are the forces at work? Is the yawning gap between the 1% and the rest of us inevitable? As a young person I read almost all of Isaac Asimov's books and they set me on the path I have followed. I was a communications research engineer in Australia and Japan. Later I became a University professor. I am a touring cyclist and like nothing better than spending my days pedalling, and my nights stretched out in a tent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It means everything. My books would not be out there without it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That rare moment when you read something back, and you think 'that's not bad'.
Emotional engineering, pre-awareness. It goes by many names. Steady and incremental massaging of minds. Preparing human neural structures for the message to come. More powerful than advertising, more persuasive than any propaganda. When you sight that product you are already primed for the communication to come. What have we become ?
Quickly it aligned itself with his shoulders. The worm drive expanded the diameter of the wire, making sure there was plenty of margin to pass over his head. No hesitation now, it dropped and the terrible chatter began. An insistent “clack clack clack” as the metal teeth pulled the wire. The worm drive doing its terrible work.
George was dwarfed by the wall sized display with surveillance and analysis from all over Melbourne. A self driving car, a murder so sophisticated that even with all this it might have escaped notice. An employee of a Chinese security company. Surprisingly uncooperative. What did it have to do with the return of Mia, a mysterious hacker? It certainly was a city with murderous secrets.
The world is divided between the green new economies and the old fossil fuel economies. The green economies move against Australia quickly and decisively. With millions of refugees heading north, a small group tries to turn the situation. Andrew and Phil are recruited by Kylie. The two futures face each other. It is a showdown with the whole future of the planet at stake.