Most Recently (2016): I have developed a script for a Firefly season 2 pilot to develop my screenwriting skills.  Although I have never had much time for fan-fiction myself, I had a vivid dream after watching the series again, similar to those that inspired my “Keep off the Grass” stories below, that gave me what I think are some very neat ways to tie up some loose ends from the series. Set 10 years after the Serenity movie, it purposely errs on the side of changing the status quo considerably from the series/movie.  I publish it here for free with the greatest of respect to Joss Whedon.




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My 2013 ebook, Keep off the Grass is a collection of vivid short horror stories based on my nightmares: 


Excerpt from “Thick Skin” (2013)


“The idea of being homeless would have embarrassed me once. 'Horrified' and 'shocked' covers the feeling just as well: they all describe the disgust just looking at me now would have inspired. That was then: a lifetime ago. Now, together with the few people I still trust, we sleep under a fig tree in what used to be a park. The rubbish dump it has become threatens to swallow our fig tree and the others, but we keep the refuse from encroaching, and for that they thrive.

Being homeless is our status symbol now; scavenger our title. We each have our treasures and the spots where we keep them safe, and for most of us our prize possession is a backpack with the essentials. The camaraderie that comes from not being able to afford to live in a building is because of what you have to do to get one.

Those that were truly desperate instead of just homeless would eventually give in and go to work at the factory. They never lasted long. They would come back after that first day with a sad smile on their face in their navy blue work uniform, and move into their house where they would have the first hot shower in months, perhaps years, then go to sleep on a mattress with linen. Sometimes they would even stop by our warren and try to convince us it was worth it, but you knew they didn't believe it themselves. A few of the younger scavengers had been orphaned for the sake of four walls and a roof. None of us were having any of it.

Over the next two months or so that uniform would gradually bleach to white and their skin would assume the consistency of cheap plastic. You'd sometimes see them tapping their wrists as they were walking to work for the day, listening to the *crispness* of the sound and trying to convince themselves they still had another few days before the day they didn't come home. That day was inevitable though. The few of us who didn't shun them for leaving would gradually see well-known faces morph into plastic simulacrums, men and women both. It was as hard as it was baffling to watch the familiar and beloved turn into shiny caricatures of the friends we once had.

But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was what they did to the people who actually tried to tell us what went on at the factory...”


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My 2012 ebook, A Social Algorithm, focusses on science philosophy, aiming to capture my worldview as completely as I can.  It discusses a wide range of topics, including Creativity, Intuition, Motivation, Evolution, Relationships, Religion, Politics, the importance of viewing art in context, and finishes off with my musings on space exploration.  I tried to get away from the overly intellectual nature of much philosophy, focussing on what insights I have found particularly relevant in my life.


Excerpt from A Social Algorithm (ebook, 2012)


“Being creative is not about trying to replicate a model, any model.  It is about finding a new pattern with new characteristics, perhaps made from the same component things, but making them interact together in a fundamentally new way.  Importantly, there must still be some kind of driving force or motivation behind the characteristics of the new pattern, or else it has no reason for being.  The creative person is effectively working backwards: the inspiration is a set of characteristics which the new pattern must have, but the process is open to mixing and matching of grooves repurposed from other patterns.”

           

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