These are from my former website, for the eventual reader who may wish to delve back to the early days of my web presence…
Hello there dear reader of the future – Today is my last day in DC for a month as I trapse off to Denver to do some GOTV work. I am quite spectacularly excited – and, yes, 4 years later, still fired up and ready to go.
Also, just wish to note that I indeed survived and thrived during the labor day weekend 3 day novel contest, and here’s the image badge to prove it. Will definitely be doing that again!
apropos my long ago post when Game of Thrones came out on HBO, lamenting the loss of my seemingly personal geek preserve for such characters such as Tyrion Lannister and Barristan, (yep, my favorites)… watching Glee with the munchkin – and just heard a character make a game of thrones reference about the popular kids figuring out the glee club kids are not in fact cool – winter is coming… hillariously disturbing
Indeed, lads and ladies of the future who may one day peruse these pages…
The Author is yet another jaunt around Sol older. 33! for what that’s worth… and happy – so happy and blessed to be alive and in love and well fed and with meaningful daytime work, and still bloody damn well hammering words into the interweebs.
This Labor Day I plan to go somewhat insane, twisted and depraved. I will participate in the annual three day novel contest http://www.3daynovel.com/ . Hope lives and loves on.
So the first thing I did when I shook his hand was to commend him on NASA’s commitment to its people – their record and concern over health and safety is an inspiration to other federal agencies and the private sector. Then I asked him about planet killing asteroids – and why it is so hard for NASA to convince folks we need to do a better job of investing in plans to defend the planet if needed. Truth of the matter is, we all know that with a long enough lead time there are plenty of ideas – gravity tractors, laser bursts, kinetic impactors… but if we had a very short window to handle an extinction level event of this type we would be in some serious problems. It would require a monumental global effort, the best and the brightest minds, billions of dollars, international coordination and a wave of global courage and solidarity that we have not known since the moon landing – and perhaps even then we could fail and the light of humanity be extinguished… I feel inspired and confident that if such a challenge was to arise, this man would be able to rise to it – there was something about him that makes me think we would all be in good hands. He was so very cool. Humble, open and kind.
It was with mixed feelings that I watched the shuttle Discovery soar over DC this morning on its requiem flight to final resting grounds at the Air and Space Museum facility near Dulles.
On the one hand, I felt saddened by the end of an era, the passing of a grand tradition in American public life, rooting for those mighty steeds as they thundered to the sky – those open bay doors, upside down, with the blue Earth like a mirrored heaven above, and a fragile human cocooned in white with and red white and blue patches – the delivery of our greatest space explorers (the Megellan, Ulysses and Galileo Probes, and the Hubble Telescope) into the embrace of vacuum – the stubby-nosed touchdowns of those ponderous machines that flew against all odds.
On the other hand, in the face of a slowly abating global recession, tight budgets and an intransigent Congress, I support the Administration’s reprioritization of the Space Program: for too long we have lingered in Low Earth Orbit, while the true priorities are reaching the inner system planets, including mars; colonizing the solar system so that humanity can at last free itself from the danger of extinction through a single planetary catastrophe, and emerge from the womb of Earth; and ultimately, the stars, so that we can fulfil our glorious destiny, bringing our love and life to the cold darkness, and engaging with the minds and societies that no doubt flourish in that vast cosmic canopy that envelopes us.
Moreover, the next best hope for the development of human space infrastructure is private space industry, which must still be fostered in these early years. Combine those three realities, tight budgets, ultimate priorities, and the promise of private space monetization, and the Administration’s policy is remarkably spot-on target. That it means the death of a revered american treasure, this shuttle program, is a necessary sacrifice – and indeed I can celebrate that sacrifice, for the Shuttle Program has truly fulfilled its purpose. We could ask no more of it than what has been delivered.
And so, to you you, brave Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis, lost Columbia and Challenger, and to all who served and perished heroically in the Space Program, godspeed and thank you, on behalf of humanity.
Onwards now, to the stars.
So in an earlier version of Categorical Imperative, in the early scene where the Rockymountain Republic’s Outer System Fleet is doing training maneouvers, I had the mock- vacuum fortress they were mounting a training attack against have SVL’s – Surface to Vacuum Lasers. Only I just realized the bloody moon of Triton the vacuum fortress is on…duh… has no atmosphere, which makes SVL’s the wrong term – granted if you designed lasers to shoot against orbital attackers on a world with atmosphere (i.e. Earth) and then these became part of the military jargon, it would make sense for such weapons mounted on airless moons to still be called SVL’s, but is that the kind of thing you can really expect the reader to think through and acknowledge, or will it implicitly piss the pedantic military sci fi geek off, and ruin the narrative flow? I think so. As such. I changed it to just say bloody “lasers”.
PS: got me thinking what “laser” stands for. I didn’t know this until an uber-geeked friend told me. Light Amplification throught he Stimulation of the Emission of Radiation. There you have it.
Yes, this WILL transform the way I clothe myself and decorate crap around the apartment. plus bags…oh so many bags I will one day design and print.
New Year’s Resolutions this year include finally publishing an e book of sci fi shorts, one of fantasy shorts, Autumn of the Covenant and Before the Sun Drinks the Sea. To be accomplished in the next few months.
So I’m wolfing down Blind Descent’s amazing writing and reporting by James Tabor – we get to follow the protean Bill Stone in his lifelong quest for the world’s deepest cave – inveting new tech in his basement and losing friends, loves and teammates along the way. Utterly riveting reading for anyone that loves real life adventure and exploration. Also lead me back to a prtty cool TED lecture by Stone http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/bill_stone_explores_the_earth_and_space.html that ranges from megacave exploration to a proposal for an industrial mission to Shackleton crater on the moon and real-world tech for exploring the oceans of Europa. One thing you have to say about Stone – he doesn’t fuck around. Step up to the future, ladies and gentlemen.
Lastly, a note of solidarity with the folks in Libya dealing with the last mad throes of a lunatic.
Reading Gorgeous East by Robert Girardi – lush prose, interesting locale, french foreign legion and slow descent into madness. I like.
Meanwhile, the wave of revolution in the Mid-East has rushed over Egypt and Mubarak has finally caved. It will be interesting and illuminating to see what happens next – with the army in control now, a raving mass of pro-democracy protesters have welcomed a new dictatorship- but for how long? How long does it really take for democracy to flourish? Protests in Algeria today, who can say when this wave will crest.
New nation born in South Sudan, I can imagine the halls of UNDP echoing the sounds of scrambling, veterans of East Timor and Afghanistan being convened in taskforces. How does one build a government from scratch? Believe it or not, yes there are best practices for that kind of thing.
All in all, amazing times as the second decade of the new millenium opens.
Just picked up “The Lost Books of the Odyssey” by Zachary
Mason. A highly inventive series of shorts that show alternate and weird sides of the homeric account. Kind of reads like Italo Calvino’s invisible cities. Highly recommend for any classics lovers or anyone who likes a puzzle in the form of myth.
Okay so those of you that have taken a quick look through the site and pointed out the myriad issues are bloody saints. Thanks for the key catches. I’ve also realized that the navigation may not be as intuitive as I thought, (or else a bunch of you are some lazy fools) so I’ve spelled it out on the home page. Anyway, getting ready to post to the facebook mob and then start promoting in various ways, so thanks for the help!
I’m going to make an effort to generally stay away from politics in this blog – focus on fiction and art, so no comment on all that’s going on in D.C. But I will say, way to go Tunisian protesters! And kudos to Evo for dropping the loony plan plan to jack those fuel prices… two more examples that the will of the people can still be heard. Awesome show on This American Life today about kids being thrown into politics.
I’m writing this from the courtyard of the Portrait Gallery in DC, and I highly recommend the Alexis Rockman exhibit: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2010/rockman/
So, finally, after years of suffering, procrastination, and self-delusion, after months of painstaking edits and weeks of dealing with basic formatting bugs (of which there are still many), I have finished posting the first round of content to this website.
For any of you that know me, you will know that this fiction work is basically what I live for – it consumes my weekends and nights, it rules my dreams and my hopes. I work by day, and am blessed right now with an amazing opportunity to give back and contribute to a cause I deeply believe in, but deep down, this work is where my heart is. You will appreciate, therefore how unspeakably hard it is to put it all out there for the world wide web to do as it will. Nevertheless, this is a key step in my development as a writer, and I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to swing by eaospina.com and check this out. Please, be unsparing in your feedback and comments- only your honest criticism or praise will help me grow.
I want to take a moment here to thank in particular a few folks that have made a huge difference on the path of my life and helped me get to the point where I can at last put up this website. Mike Gazes, who has always been in my corner, no matter what, who let me crash with him and his wife and their cats one hard summer and who continues to inspire and bring love and light to my life. Congrats on Kurt Isaac and the new job, Mike! Mom and Dad, and Pa, whose love has been the bedrock of my life, there can be no words of thanks to capture my debt to you. Niko Lusiani, who challenged me to be my best self practically from the first day we met, whose example I deeply admire, and who listened to many readings of my works in progress and always encouraged me to follow my dream. Kamal Dhingra, whose amazing artwork has made a huge impact on this site. To the SIPA crowd, to the Stuy crew, to the NYU you know who, thanks for the freindship and keep up the fight for truth and light! To my former loves, thanks for teaching me so much and best wishes for your journeys! To my friends and colleagues, whose support and kindness mean the world to me… Many thanks and blessings!
So, here is the first blog post, filled with love and hope for a bright future. Here begins a new era in the development of my art and work. Welcome, all readers, I hope you find something here that was worth a moment of your time in this crazy life.