Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five things that will change by 2020.

We asked technology pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world. 

Here are their predictions for our near-term future.

1. The ‘humanized’ internet
"It seems inevitable that even more personalization will be an important component of the internet. However, more than simply connecting humans with devices, the next stage in connectivity will include “humanized” interfaces that constantly evolve to understand the user’s patterns and needs and, in a sense, self-optimize. 
This includes the functions and features on our devices, as well as the selection and curation of information we receive. I expect this injection of personalization will bring changes as our level of connectivity continues to grow."
Sirgoo Lee, 
co-CEO of Kakao

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Paul Giamatti to star as Nick in Hear After

Lori and I are delighted that excellent actor Paul Giamatti will play Nick Kenny, an ex-CIA agent and friend of Maggie Marshall, our protagonist, in Hear After.

Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man (2005), The Illusionist (2006), and San Andreas (2015).

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Maggie Marshall, a professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, who has known Nick since her days at the University of Maryland.

Maggie Gyllenhaal landed a starring role across from James Spader in the dark comedy Secretary, a film that won a special prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. The film also earned Maggie her first major award recognition, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. More recently, Gyllenhaal co-starred in the blockbuster Batman sequel, The Dark Knight.

Maggie Gyllenhaal protagonist in Hear After

One of the best thing about the non-outline concept in writing novels is that your character tell you when you are wrong and how to be right.

When Lori and I began Hear After, we thought the protagonist was a guy named Ryan Wilson, played by Edward Norton, and that an older man, played by Jeff Goldblum and a girl played by Mila Kunis were secondary characters.

We were 20,000 words into the book when Lori and I spent a few days in Los Angeles and we talked the plot over. Lori told me to listen to the characters.

That's when we realized that the female character was really our protagonist. The whole way through the book to that point she had been smarter, more outspoken and active.

Our alleged protagonist was passive, uninteresting and dull.

The older guy had almost nothing to do.

So, we changed the whole cast on July 6th.

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Maggie Marshall, our new protagonist.

The Hear After from an idea 40 years ago.

The reason Lori and I are 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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HEAR AFTER: A unique idea, never explored in fiction before.

Lori and I like our work-in-progress, HEAR AFTER, which will be released in paperback in 2017 and on movie screens in 2019 It's set in May of 2020 in Reno NV.

A good novel is about the research. Every good writer does some research. We like fiction to be real-world when it comes to expertise and science. Our readers are immersed in the tech experience in order for it to be a realistic future. But we treat a lot of the detail in an almost offhand way because our protagonist is used to her “puter” being a "total projected screen like Minority Report.”

We don’t worry about not enough detail when we write technology, because, between us, Lori and I have written 14 books and we know better than to write too much description.

Lary Crews & Lori Crews

Lary Crews & Lori Crews