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Surfing the Frenzy

Friday, September 30th, 2016

meThis crazy election keeps trying to suck me into the fevered tumult. Hey, I get it. People care deeply. On both sides. And yes, I am going to vote.

But, please, I have so much else on my plate. STOP sending me all these “urgent” voter surveys that always ask for money! For two reasons.

ONE, I have already informed the party leaders who I will vote for. (so stop acting like you don’t know or think I’ll change my mind. I won’t.)

And TWO, sorry, you are not going to make me believe that Civilization will fall if I don’t send my five dollars in. No matter who is elected, the world will continue to turn, grass will continue to grow, and the swallows will return to Capistrano.

Election years remind me of the cicadas. Several times i have been “blessed” to witness the emergence of these insects from their underground development. In Pikesville, Maryland, particularly, the sheer volume of chitin crawling and flying around at such times is grotesque, to say the least.

And I feel similarly about the way my fellow Americans suddenly emerge from their political slumber and discover they Care Greatly about politics all of a sudden. Like the cicadas, the politically passionates swarm into view as if there is not enough to deal with every day.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in Democracy. I believe in Freedom. You have the right to express yourselves…as long as I have the right to go somewhere that I don’t have to listen to it all the time.

I just have to shake my head when strangers attack strangers, family members try to outshout each other, and newscasters decide that the candidates are the only news worth covering. NEWS FLASH: I know who is running and I have made my choice. Tell me more about SpaceX or the newest research on graphene or quantum dot solar cells.

And buy my books!  (Sorry, just had to throw that in.)

– MRK

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Why I Do It

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

meMany of you ask why I do it. Why do I write science fiction?

I ask myself the same question. Maybe with a different emphasis: why do I write science fiction? I mean, I read it. I watch television shows and movies based on it, like many other people. But why do I write it?

The cynical answer would be that I do it for the money. But if that were my main motivation, then there are other genres that would be more efficient at generating income. Whether you call it Scifi, SF, or speculative fiction, science fiction is a relative small piece of the fiction pie, money-wise. Far more money is made writing romance fiction and thrillers. Maybe this is because good science fiction, almost by definition, needs to have some good science in it, and most people seem to prefer books that won’t make them think about much science. Or maybe because violent conflict and love are things we are obsessed with and want to read about. Most good scifi includes such things.

Do I do it for the fame, then? Shakes his head. Name ten famous scifi authors. Hint: I’m not one of them yet.

The answer I keep coming up with when I ask myself that question is, because I have been inspired by it and I want to pass on that inspiration to others. I think the first SF novel I read was Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein. I read it in sixth or seventh grade, and the idea of owning a space suit captured my imagination so strongly that my Halloween costume that year (back when most were hand-made and not bought) was a couple of cardboard boxes with holes cut out for my arms and legs and some plastic for a face plate. It didn’t look much like a NASA space suit, so I told everyone I was supposed to be a robot. But in my heart I was an astronaut.

A lot of us like to read historical fiction, and it can be fascinating stuff, especially for romance, because we will always have a nostalgia for “the good old days” that is unaffected by our knowledge that those good old days included human slavery, widespread disease and illiteracy and nearly constant war. But reading about kings and princesses cannot really inspire us to emulate them, because it’s sort of difficult these days to become a king or a princess. We can identify with the handsome prince or the beautiful-but-strong princess, but when we are finished we put the book down and go on with our lives.

Science fiction is different. It looks forwards, not backwards, in history. And there will be a need for more astronauts, so it’s not crazy to want to become one. Well maybe it is for me, because I’m way too old to get into the space program. But you get my point. SF doesn’t encourage us to dream about what we could have done in the past. It inspires us to dream about what we might be able to do in the future.

I’d like to be a part of that.

– MRK

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But Not Forgotten

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Andrew(In memory of my brother
Andrew LaDue Kennedy
3/28/1960 - 4/21/2015)
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I thank you all that gather here today
to celebrate a precious human life
He was the youngest of us all –
our band of brothers; and he left his mark
in all of us who shared his time on Earth

A man beloved by all, who hated none
of modest means, his heart was rich with friends.
A man of music with a generous heart
that was my brother Andrew, now at peace.
The selfishness with which I grieve his loss
was not a failing that he shared –
He freely gave of what he had
and shared the music of his voice and hands

And those of you who shared more time with him
than my own life begrudged, can say at last
this gentle soul we knew, as boy and man,
now gone but not forgotten, will remain
a precious gift that Time cannot erase
that we shall cherish with our inner sight
until we meet again inside the Light.

—MRK

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Spreading the word

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

stats at 8:30Here’s a snapshot of my bubble view stats on Bublish.com as of 8:30PM EST 2/21/2015.

I’ve bublished a couple of new book bubbles tonight just before blogging so the numbers may go up a bit before tomorrow, I hope.

Bublish creates links back to your book “bubbles” so that you can edit and broadcast online in twitter, facebook etc. Here’s an example tweet:

She waited until the worst of it passed. via

When recipients click on the links they are counted and you can log in to see the latest.

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The cool thing about  social media is that re-radiation of the information by retweeters etc helps spread the message faster. Some kind people retweeted me recently and you can see the effect on my Bubble views in the Twitter column.

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I only started at Bublish a few days ago so I am still getting used to the interface and exploring how to use it best.  But I’ll get the hang of it yet. –MRK

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Early Present

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

my booksAnd here they are. Years of my life compressed into about 1630 pages of printed and soft-bound words.

This is one of those selfish moments for any struggling author, the not-so-private joy of seeing one’s effort take on a tangible and hefty form.

A moving moment that passes but will be remembered…

And then the work continues.

There is so much more to do.

— MRK

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Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

thanksToday, I give thanks.  There is so very much to be thankful for this year.

For one thing, I am still alive. There was a time, a few years ago, when I was convinced I would not live this long.

For another, I have met new friends, and exchanged experiences and insights with them. Most notably Greg Madama in NY, who will always remember this year as the year he built and heard his first hypercube loudspeaker.
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booksBut there is more! This is the year I finally decided not to be held back by my need for an agent, and published 4 books on Amazon. The Gamers and Gods trilogy is complete and available in eBook versions, and trade paperbacks by clicking here. The first book of my new Metaspace Chronicles series, called Pathspace, is also there, also available in kindle and trade paperback versions.  I’ve even had my first sales, although the royalties aren’t a lot yet because I decided to make the eBook versions only 99 cents until today.

hypercubesEven more to be thankful for. Greg started a discussion thread on a forum at diyaudio.com that received hundreds of posts and so far has received over 7000 views, and so thanks to Greg and the Internet the info on hypercube speakers is even more available to the humans of Earth. I posted myself there, showing pictures of prototypes and giving details on how to cut pieces to make the shape, and sharing some of my experiences with it over the years.

Here is a picture of one of Greg’s clear polycarbonate speakers before final assembly.

Yes, there is a lot for me to be thankful for this year.  Still alive, with new friends, getting the word out about hypercube speakers, and finally publishing. And the best is yet to come.

– MRK

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