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THE GARDENER OF MAN (Artilect War Book Two): First Chapter Preview

I suppose that what happened to us could be told in the story of Frankenstein. Do you remember that story? It’s not one of mine. Victor Frankenstein was a young man, who, like many others of his time and ours, witnessed those he loved sicken and die. His grief over the tenuousness of human life was devastating, as it was to us, and his mind turned toward alchemy and immortality with the intent to ease the sorrow of the human condition. And like the scientists in our time, Victor discovered the secret of life. ~ Cindra, Letter to Omega  CHAPTER Read More

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The Homicidal Robot: Tropes in Science Fiction and Fantasy #2

Man creates AI; AI slaughters man. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those AI (whether a humanoid robot or not) who attain a “human” sentience, and as a result, MUST KILL ALL THE HUMANS. The Homicidal Robot Trope has been a part of popular science fiction for decades and continues to gather momentum due to ongoing technological advances in AI. EXAMPLES IN LITERATURE *Some of the links below are affiliate links. What does this mean? Numerous books in science fiction explore this trope, but some of the more notable include: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Harlan Read More

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COSMIC MERINGUES

Just as I was wondering what to do with the remaining gallons of Wilton black food coloring I have, Destiny 2 was released and it hit me: cosmic meringues. I make meringues a lot. In fact, they’re my go-to party dessert because everyone loves them and they look lot harder to make than they are, especially if you throw in a bit of food coloring. The only downside to these meringues is that if you eat more than one, you’ll end up looking like a sullen goth with terrible dental hygiene. Eyes up, Guardian! Note: I used Wilton Black, Christmas Read More

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I (Love You) Robot: Tropes in Science Fiction & Fantasy #1

I’m fascinated by tropes in storytelling, and so I’ve decided to write a series of posts examining different tropes within Science Fiction and Fantasy. What is a trope? For the purpose of this blog series, a trope is a concept, whether a character type, setting, or plot element, that is easily recognized by the reader. Because a trope is instantly familiar to the audience, it works as an expositional shortcut for the author. Every genre has its tropes, from the brooding teenage heroes in YA fiction to the naughty billionaire bad-boys in romance. Now, I write in Speculative Fiction, specifically, Read More