Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Hear After comes from an idea I got 40 years ago.

The reason I am interested in Edison and his radio with which he wanted to talk to the dead is that I spent a couple decades working as a radio announcer.

In 1975, I visited the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers FL. It was 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens and the Edison Ford Museum. That day the guide mentioned that Edison's was trying to invent a phone with which one could talk to the dead. He had started the project in 1920.

Back then, Americans were still reeling from the horrific casualties of World War I. Meanwhile, spiritualism, Ouija boards, and the slew of new technological inventions from men like Thomas Edison were capturing the national zeitgeist. All these converged when Edison told American Magazine that he was working on a device known as a “spirit phone” — in other words, a phone that would let the living communicate with the dead.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Six films which predicted stuff we have now.

It should come as no surprise that science fiction writers have often provided prescient glimpses of future technologies. 

With the advent of motion pictures, science fiction writers’ ideas about what the future might look like could also be visually brought to life on screen. 

Here are six science fiction movies that provided amazingly accurate glimpses of future technologies:

1. Movie: Metropolis (1927) 
Technology: Android
Director Fritz Lang’s seminal science fiction film does feature one of the earliest movie portrayals of a robot that is made to look like a human. 
In the film, a mad scientist named Rotwang transforms a robot into a doppelgänger of another character named Maria, in order to crush a worker’s revolt.
While today’s androids may not approach the same level of human likeness as Rotwang’s creation, there are plenty of fairly realistic humanoid robots that will take you deep into the uncanny valley.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Self-publish your book for free.

One thing that saddens me is when I read a post on Facebook saying, "Self-publishing is so expensive. Can writers ask for donations?"

IT IS NOT TRUE. I have written and published two books in the past six months at NO COST WHATSOEVER. (Actually, I spent ten bucks for the book that takes you through everything.)

Here's how you do it. The only cost will be buying a book that takes you through everything you need to know. It's $9.95 in paperback or $4.79 in Kindle.    

It's CreateSpace & Kindle Self- Publishing Masterclass.


I recommend buying it in PAPERBACK since there is lots of info you will want to HIGHLIGHT.  But even Kindle is better than not buying it at all.

Rick Smith knows what he is talking about and he takes you step by step through EVERYTHING you need to know to self-publish your book.

Publish your book in paperback through CreateSpace, first.

Then publish your book in ebook through Kindle Direct Publishing next.

There is NO COST but for Rick's Smith's book.

Domino's delivers pizza with a hi-tech driverless unit

In my book, HEAR AFTER, which is set in 2020 in Reno, Nevada, my protagonist, Ryan Wilson, and his friend Amy, order pizza from Domino's and it is delivered by pizza a delivery robot with hi-tech, driverless units.

(Few people know that Domino’s rolled out its Domino's Robotic Unit in Reno and Sparks.)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I started in radio in 1964.

The reason I am interested in Edison and his radio is that I spent a couple decades working as a radio announcer.

I wanted to be a radio announcer because reading books about radio made me fall in love with a profession where I could be heard, but not seen. Did I mention I was also a fat kid in high school? 

In my sophomore year at Wooster High School, I was selected as an announcer at our school closed-circuit radio station, WHSV, “Your Wooster High Student Voice.” I was made chief announcer my junior year and general manager as a senior.

2016 Office

2016 Office