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I have updated the cover art for the science fiction series, Broken. The Broken Saga was concieved as a trilogy. However, a few readers expressed a desire to see more in the exploits of David Castillo, the central character of the novels, and his symbiont, the AI chipset known as SARACEN. Work has begun on a fourth book of the series, tentively titled, Broken: Necrosis. I have continued to explore the world of fractals. The new cover art was created using Mandelbulb3D, a 3D fractal generator. If you are interested in my efforts in digital art, and photography, you can review some of my artwork on Deviant Art, an on-line artist community. Many of the fractals are available for a free download, if you are a member of the community.


      

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David Castillo was human once. Circumstances beyond his control changed that. Alerted to the possibility that a new human/AI interface project is underway at IQRobotics, David decides to investigate. It is a calculated risk, one his symbiont, SARACEN, cautions against, but it may be necessary to prevent anyone from discovering they exist. AI development within the company provides a budget for the HAIIT (Human Artificial Intelligence Implant Technology) project. However, it leads to the production of a walking, thinking, and killing machine. While David attempts the short circuit the development, a competitor of Prokov’s is plotting to steal the emerging technology. Corporate espionage, anarchist saboteurs, and hired mercenaries complicate David’s plans. Even more challenging, he and SARACEN encounter a foe that is faster and stronger and capable of making decisions 10,000 times faster than any human.

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  • Library Revised

    May 20 2024

    Book 4 of the Broken Saga is under review. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in July 2024.The library page now has a link to a new page on the website featuring a preview of the coming novel.

    Visit the library and browse the books. I hope you find something to pique your interest. The cover art for the Broken Saga comes from computer generated images. The fractal generator Mandelbulb3D was used to create the picture. Fractals are a form of non-Euclidean geometry and the resulting images can be fascinating. Try the artwork link on the about page. You may find some interesting background wallpapers for your desktop.

  • Broken Necrosis

    May 6 2024

    Book 4 of the Broken Saga has been completed. The manuscript is under review and a proof copy has been created. There may be revisions but the novel is still on schedule to be published later this year, perhaps as soon as July. I hope the readers that requested the saga of David Castillo and SARACEN will be pleased with the new story. Necrosis introduces new characters including a new nemesis for David. If you haven't read the previous novels, Necrosis will still be a captivating read, exploring the notion of AI becoming sentient and whether or not AI might be the salvation or the downfall of humankind. Be sure to check out Broken: Genesis, Broken: Symbiosis, and Broken: Morphosis, if you haven't read the earlier novels in the saga.

    Visit the library and browse the books. I hope you find something to pique your interest. The cover art for the Broken Saga comes from computer generated images. The fractal generator Mandelbulb3D was used to create the picture. Fractals are a form of non-Euclidean geometry and the resulting images can be fascinating. Try the artwork link on the about page. You may find some interesting background wallpapers for your desktop.

  • Decatur Library

    Apr 24 2024

    Thanks to the Friends of the Library, there was a cordial crowd at the book signing featuring the novel, Bones of the Earth. Many of the attendees were curious about fossils and asked questions about the period of palenontology in the U.S. history referred to as the Bone Wars. Having a small collection of fossils on display sparked more questions. The presentation was accompanied by a display of fossil shark teeth from the Miocene Epoch (Neogene Period) and the Late Cretaceous Period. The audience enthusiastic and questions ranged from fossil hunting in the Old West to dinosaurs.

  • Book Signing

    Apr 7 2024

    Bones of the Earth is now available for Kindle readers or paperback from Amazon. The novel is also available for Nook readers from Barnes & Noble Press. Be sure to check out the book page for a glimpse at the story. I have been invited to give a presentation to the Friends of the Library, at the Meigs-Decatur Library Saturday, April 13. The event will feature Bones of the Earth. If you are curious about the artwork for the cover, the background is an image of a fossil ammonite from Jurassic Age shale. The foot bones belong to an Apatosaurus, a giant sauropod from the Jurassic. Don't miss the book signing event at the Meigs-Decatur Library on Saturday, April 13, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. I hope to see you there!

  • Author Fest

    Apr 6 2024

    Saturday, April 6 From 10 AM - 2 PM at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library, 310 Cappes Street in Dalton, GA hosted an event where people got to meet and talk with local authors. Panel discussions were held for those interested! The Art of Story Telling featured Mandy L. Cantrell, Kelley Frank, Lorlai Watson, and Adny Carley. The Thrills and Chills panel featured Seth Tucker, Marlena Frank, C.L. Ledford, and Becky Wooley. A Screen Play How To panel included Gary Miller, Dan Jolley (who shared a table with me), and Kenyon Henry.

  • Author Fest

    Mar 1 2024

    Saturday, April 6 From 10 AM - 2 PM at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library, 310 Cappes Street in Dalton, GA there is an event where people can meet and greet local authors. There will also be panel discussions! The Art of Story Telling will feature Mandy L. Cantrell, Kelley Frank, Lorlai Watson, and Adny Carley. The Thrills and Chills panel will feature Seth Tucker, Marlena Frank, C.L. Ledford, and Becky Wooley. A Screen Play How To panel will include Gary Miller, Dan Jolley, and Kenyon Henry.

  • Bones of the Earth

    Mar 2 2024

    Bones of the Earth, my latest Western project, is complete. The research about the competition between O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope makes fascinating reading. The year 1877 saw the tragic conflicts between the Northern Plains tribes and the U.S. Cavalry. It was a year of war between Chief Joseph and General Howard, between Crazy Horse and Nelson Miles, and the Bone War between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. It also saw the U.S. Army go without pay for most of the year!

  • Book Signing

    Mar 1 2024

    Bones of the Earth is now available for Kindle readers or paperback from Amazon. The novel is also available for Nook readers from Barnes & Noble Press. Be sure to check out the book page for a glimpse at the story. I have been invited to give a presentation to the Friends of the Library, at the Meigs-Decatur Library in April. The event will feature Bones of the Earth. If you are curious about the artwork for the cover, the background is an image of a fossil ammonite from Jurassic Age shale. The foot bones belong to an Apatosaurus, a giant sauropod from the Jurassic.

  • Book Signing

    Feb 15 2024

    Bones of the Earth is now available for Kindle readers or paperback from Amazon. The novel is also available for Nook readers from Barnes & Noble Press. Be sure to check out the book page for a glimpse at the story. I have been invited to give a presentation to the Friends of the Library, at the Meigs-Decatur Library in April. The event will feature Bones of the Earth. If you are curious about the artwork for the cover, the background is an image of a fossil ammonite from Jurassic Age shale. The foot bones belong to an Apatosaurus, a giant sauropod from the Jurassic.

  • New Cover Art

    Feb 4 2024

    New cover art created for the thriller, Night of the Beast. I had used a fractal generated using the Java-based fractal generator, JWildfire. I liked the look, but some reviewers said it was too dark. I had a photo I had taken on a stroll through the neighborhood shortly after dark. I liked the image of the trees that resulted without using a flash. I used Photoshop to turn the image into a book cover for the novel. Click on the button below to take a look at the new cover art.

  • New Science Fiction

    Feb 2 2024

    Necrosis, noun: the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply. – Oxford English Dictionary. Book 4 is in progress, marking a return to the realm of science fiction, Broken: Necrosis continues the saga of David Castillo. David embarks on a strange journey to face a foe unlike any he has encountered before. AI, robotics, and an almost human android present David and SARACEN with a set of circumstances that have both entities questioning their role in a clash between two techology companies that are bitter rivals. If you haven't read the series, read Broken: Genesis, Symbiosis, and Morphosis for the tale of David Castillo and his symbiont, SARACEN.

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