Archive for March, 2013

Free copy of Daughter Cell

March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

A warm welcome to all my new followers on this blog. Since some of you are new, it is time to re-state my standing offer: if you post a review of The Chosen on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or GoodReads, I will send you a free autographed copy of Daughter Cell when it comes out this fall. If you have read The Chosen, then you know what a great time you had with it, and you know you’re going to want to read the sequel. So tell the world, and get the sequel, for free! Spread the word about this awesome offer!

Categories: Writing

Daughter Cell to be Released September 1, 2013

March 21, 2013 1 comment

“Daughter Cell” has been sold and is set for release on September 1, 2013. This is the sequel to “The Chosen,” and the second book of the Isis Rising Trilogy. It is a medical thriller with the usual supernatural flair that hallmarks the Sanantha Mauwad mysteries. Whereas “The Chosen” was about revenge and redemption, “Daughter Cell” is about loss and forgiveness. “Isis Rising” will be about truth and justice.

Categories: Writing

Short Story “Cross Roads” up at Drink Tank

March 17, 2013 Leave a comment
The effervescent and ever controversial Christopher J Garcia has published my short science fiction story Cross Roads in the latest issue of his Hugo Award winning fanzine Drink Tank. Based on actual events, Bay Area folks may recognize the Pleasant Hill BART Station locale. I hope you enjoy it!

Categories: Writing

Further Evidence of Intermediate Form Theory

March 13, 2013 Leave a comment

A couple of years ago I posted an essay here called “An Intermediate Form Looks Forward to His Replacement.” Please feel free to scroll down and read it if you haven’t. In that article I postulated that mankind’s evolution may have slowed or stopped on a macro-physical level, but that our social abilities are still very much evolving. I connected a brain chemistry change that has been pegged to roughly 6,000 years ago to our starting to live in cities and write down histories. I admit the connection is hardly unimpeachable, but it is one whopper of a coincidence. Also, a change like that gives us hope that we will be able to change again as our social world continues to contract and become more complex.

Now it appears cross-disciplinary science has once again connected the dots and given us a new understanding of facts we have known but could not explain. Neaderthal skulls have a bump in the back that Cromagnons do not. Unless their brains were structured completely differently than all other primates, the bump would accommodate a larger visual cortex. Neanderthal skulls also have a more sloped forehead, which would mean a smaller frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is where all the sensory cues get processed into what we call a social sense, which includes a conscience, the ability to self regulate behavior like patience, and to form long lasting opinions like loyalty. This is why they used to detach the frontal lobes from the rest of the brain when someone went criminally insane.

So now we have a new theory that Neanderthals had great eyesight and their brains were wired around this sensory modality, and they had little ability to deal with other humans socially. This fits nicely with evidence that Neanderthals didn’t travel far from home and had a very small trading radius of only 30 miles, compared with their contemporary modern humans who had up to a 200 mile trading radius.

Along comes the Ice Age 35,000 year ago, Neanderthals fail to network for resources, and they perish. Some crossbred with humans, but they are the only ones to survive.

Isn’t this part of the same path as our becoming city-dwellers 6,000 years ago? How much longer before we move to another stage where we can cope better with pan-global social interactions? Throw another log on the fire, Mr. Darwin.

Categories: Religion

Request for help

March 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Amazon changes its policies almost as often as Facebook, and unfortunately authors rely on Amazon’s presentation of their work. In the last few months Amazon has eliminated the topic “tags” that used to allow for genre and subject searches…. They also eliminated the “like” vote button. Now they have stopped allowing reviews to be posted by anyone except folks who bought the book from Amazon. So if you bought The Chosen from another book seller, you can’t post a review on Amazon even if you wanted to.

On the other hand, they have not changed (yet) their policy for folks finding reviews “helpful.” You must have an Amazon account (bought anything from them online ever), but you do not need to buy a particular book from Amazon in order to mark an already-posted review as “helpful.” Amazon directs browsing shoppers to books that have traffic – any traffic – not only lots of reviews, but also “useful” flags for reviews.

So I am asking you, the fans, to help me out. Please go to The Chosen’s page on Amazon, scroll down to the reviews, and flag any and all that you agree with as “useful.” You will need to sign in with your Amazon log in for it to take. But the Amazon site will not require you to have purchased the book from them for your vote to count.

Now that they have removed topic “tags” and “likes” and and made it harder for folks to post reviews, please help steer traffic to my book by flagging the reviews I do have as “useful.”

Thank you for your continued support.

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