The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin is a remarkable work of literature. I almost never choose favorites, but I can say without a doubt that this is one of my all-time favorite novels.
The basic premise is fairly simple. The Tau Ceti star system is home to two twin planets, Urras and Anarres. Urras is a verdant, hospitable world that has been inhabited by humanoid life for millennia. Anarres, on the other hand, is a sparsely populated desert world that was settled two hundred years ago by revolutionary anarchists. Aside from a single freighter that periodically makes the trip, the two worlds — archist Urras and anarchist Anarres — are completely isolated from each other. The story starts with the first person traveling from Anarres to Urras since the revolution that lead to the settlement of Anarres. Read more ›
My wife Grace and I have some huge news! Or depending on your perspective, some tiny news. Grace is pregnant! We’re going to have a baby!
Our little one is due to arrive in April. We’re happy about this news and are doing what we can to prepare. Grace is dealing with morning sickness, and we have a tight budget, so please keep us in your thoughts and/or prayers. Especially Grace since she’s the one doing the hard work!
We’re happy about this news and really look forward to welcoming this new life into the world!
Trying to beat the summer heat? Why not find a spot in the shade and read some cool cli-fi?
I’m pleased to announce that I’m having a summer sale on climate fiction (cli-fi). My two novels, Change and Goodbye Miami, are on sale on Amazon for just 99 cents from August 19 through August 26. My short story collection, Strange Beginnings, is also available for free on Amazon from August 18 through August 22.
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My second novel, Goodbye Miami, features a dramatic rise in sea level between now and the year 2030. This was mostly just a literary device — a simple way to explore the consequences of sea level rise in the near future rather than telling a story in some distant future where AI is self-aware, warp drive is real, and the Cubs have won the World Series.
I was obviously concerned about real-life sea level rise. That’s why I chose to write a climate fiction (cli-fi) novel. But I didn’t actually assume that the city of Miami would be swallowed up by the sea in less than two decades.
Now, I’m starting to wonder. Read more ›