Archive for July, 2011

Life imitates Art in Undercurrents: Future Tech Predictions in Science Fiction

July 3, 2011

Over the years, the books of the Orphanage/Jason Wander series and the Orphan’s Legacy series that followed them have predicted some things with surprising accuracy, although plenty of people saw them coming.  But lots of those predictions came true decades before I, or lots of others, thought they would.

Sci-Fi channel called Orphan’s Destiny “positvely prophetic” when the book, depicting abysmal government response to disasters, appeared contemporaneous with the Hurricane Katrina debacle.

America was going to elect an African-American President, but not for another thirty years or so.

When Orphanage’s manuscript was sold back in the dark ages of early 2002, I thought that a miniature “personal assistant” carried on the wrist or in a pocket from which one could email, access the Internet, and be tracked by GPS so well that privacy concerns would arise, was decades away.  Say hello to my smartphone.  Hybrid cars?  ditto.  The demise of paper books?  Yep.

As for the predicted continued atrophy of manned spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit, however, I’ll stick to my guns.

The premise that some kind of victory in the amorphous war on terror would lead to reduced defense spending may be upon us, if recent headlines in the wake of Osama’s demise prove true.

So it should come as no surprise that Undercurrents , which officially hits the shelves July 5, 2011 features a free fall parachute jump from the edge of space, just as this article runs:

Alien invasion, not so much, but we still have a few decades to go.



FAQs about my FREE short story, Mole Hunt

July 1, 2011

Mole Hunt is my new short story published in June, 2011.

FAQs about Mole Hunt:

What is it?  Mole Hunt is a short story that takes place in the “universe” created in the five book Orphanage series and two (so far) book Orphan’s Legacy series.

How do I buy it?  You don’t.  It’s free.  Go to and there it is, beginning on the home page and available to read in its entirety.  After it’s headline run on the homepage, Mole Hunt will continue to be available in the Baen Free Library online.  Eventually, it, and other such short stories by Baen authors may be assembled into a tree-killer physical anthology.  That, however, won’t be free.

Chronologically, where does Mole Hunt fit?  Mole Hunt takes place just after the end of Undercurrents, the just-released second book in the Orphan’s Legacy series, and thus just after the end of the seventh overall “Orphan” book.

Eeeww.  I have to read seven books or I won’t understand this story?  Nope.  It’s a stand-alone story.  If I didn’t just tell you, you’d never need to know anything went before Mole Hunt.  On the other hand, if you have read the prior parts of the series, you will recognize and enjoy revisiting plenty that you will find in Mole Hunt.

The intro says the story is Shakespeare.  That doesn’t sound like the Jason Wander – Jazen Parker Orphan books.  If you get the Shakespeare connection, cool.  If you don’t, you’ll never miss it.



July 1, 2011

The four winning entries have been selected in the review contest, which ended June 30, 2011, to win autographed books.  Look for a list of the winners with links to their reviews here, once all winners have been notified.