The ulterior motive

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buy_my_booksI enjoy writing about and discussing existing and potential science and technology, and the amazing possibilities for our future.  It’s fun discussing science fiction movies and TV shows, and debating what we’d like to see in SF entertainment.

But I must confess that I do have an ulterior motive for discussing these things on my blog, posting links to it on Facebook and Twitter and mentioning it on sites like Tor and IO9: It’s because I want people who believe I know something about science, futurism and science fiction to come here and discover that I’ve written my own science fiction and futurist novels.  And I want those people, having discovered my books, to buy them. Continue reading

Desperately seeking futurist SF writers

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Steven Lyle JordanBeing an independent self-published author, I’ve always sought to find other independent authors to enjoy… supporting the fraternity, as it were.  But from the very beginning, I’ve had a problem: I can’t find indie authors, like myself, writing the kind of SF novels that I write and enjoy.  There must be some; I can’t be the only futurist SF writer, or the last futurist writer who’s still independent or self-published.  Where are all my futurist SF writing homeys? Continue reading

The secrets of indie success: There is no spoon.

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Neo and a disciple of the Oracle (from The Matrix, Warner Brothers)

Neo and a disciple of the Oracle (from The Matrix, Warner Brothers)

 

L.A. is a great big freeway.
Put a hundred down and buy a car.
In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star.
Weeks turn into years, how quick they pass.
And all the stars that never were
are parking cars and pumping gas.

A thread on the MobileRead site has engaged a number of independent authors for three months and sixteen pages exploring The Secrets of Indie Success… only to find out that there really aren’t any. Continue reading