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Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling & … Lewis Perdue?

Just call it “The Da Vinci Cup Of Gold Legacy.” Weird thing, ordinary thriller writer like me getting all wrapped up with two of the biggest grossing authors of all time. CYBER-DETECTING THE “AUTHORIAL FINGERPRINT” But there it was, all plain to see in the media and all over the internet: As reported by the […]

Writers: Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up … EVER!

Debut novel rejected 47 times makes Booker Prize longlist “AN author whose book was rejected 47 times before it was finally published is among three Irish writers to make the longlist of the world’s most important literary prize, the Man Booker Prize. “Donal Ryan’s debut novel, ‘The Spinning Heart’, completed more than two years ago, […]

Book Machines Might Save Book Stores

Books A Million is the first chain to install on-demand physical book machines. These will be Espresso Book Machines from On Demand Books BAM customers have access to seven million titles, many from major publishers including  Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster. Customers can also print self-published works or any user-generated content pick […]

Evolve! Survive! Read!

Enjoying  thrillers and romances, watching Brad Pitt slay zombies and Superman falling for Lois Lane are all cultural aspects of human evolution that are rooted in Darwinian survival of the species, according to a new study from Concordia University: Cultural products have evolutionary roots. Marketing professor Gad Saad says evolution has hard-wired humans to be […]

Intel/Westinghouse Science Search Found Me After 47 Years

Back in 1966, I was a national finalist in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and won several prizes for my solar flux rocket engine and proton accelerator at the International Science Fair in Dallas. That was 46 years ago. Fast forward to late May and Intel has assumed the mantel of looking around the globe […]

Memorial Day Tribute For An American Hero Who Shaped My Life

  AIR FORCE LT.COL A. L. “BUDDY” BARNER. (WGFP) ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE (click for images) Five years ago tomorrow, we buried an American hero who shaped my life. Lt. Col. A.L. “Buddy” Barner (World’s Greatest Fighter Pilot-Click for more) was a fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam, a test pilot between wars who […]

The Spy Who Came In To The Gold

Joe Montana could sit down and tell me, show me everything he knows. And I’d never be a Montana-league quarterback. I’m a lot better writer than I am a quarterback, and I’ve studied everything about John leCarre’, read everything, analyzed, examined and studied myself to death. And, while my writing may have benefited from that, […]

Israel Boycott Hypocritical, Supports Terrorism, Oppression

The news that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is supporting the boycott against Israel shows that he — like a lot of other academics and political elites — is very intelligent but lacking in common sense and a solid grasp of reality. The leaders of both Palestine entities support terrorism, suppress freedom of speech and religion, deny […]

What The Argo Movie Got Wrong About Shredded Documents

I hate to say that I taught a bunch of Iranian thugs how to reconstitute the shredded documents they found after looting the American Embassy in Tehran. But I did. It wasn’t a bunch of little carpet weavers as one story goes, or child labor as Argo played it. Nope. Turns out to be my […]

Fake MacBook Power Supply Self-Destructs

My computer is my writing tool. So, when Microsoft finally scored an own-goal with Windows 8, I solved my  problem late last year by buying a MacBook. This after nothing but DOS, then Windows machines since 1984. I take the MacBook everywhere, so I needed a second power brick to travel. The charger at the […]