I wasn't quite four months old when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. At four years old, I was watching original Star Trek (second run); at eight, Star Wars came out and consumed my childhood. Fifth grade brought The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and by sixth grade, I was enamored with Asimov.
Is there any doubt that I would end up a science fiction writer?
Science fiction gives us new perspectives and opens our minds to so many possibilities. Nothing is strange when everything is alien. Ultimately, looking at the universe through a sci-fi telescope is an exercise in turning the microscope on humanity and its fascinating characters. Even a story told by aliens or robots will show us ourselves in stark detail. All you have to do is open your mind to see.
And then there's the fact that science fiction can be just plain fun. Aliens, robots, far-flung worlds – I love them all. It's a place where your imagination can run wild and story ideas happen when you write that craziness down. Sure, you have to shape it, and work it into a story, but that initial lump of idea-clay can be full of wild what-if's and wacky presumptions. Science fiction can take so many forms - it's not hard to find one, or a dozen, to love.
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Early in 2016 I had the opportunity to edit my first anthology, The City of the Future, for SciFutures, where I'm the Senior Writer. Since then, I've also edited anthologies for NATO and the US Marines, with each taking a different approach to the future of warfare.
I find that I enjoy editing on many levels, so I am now offering editing services. As you might have gleaned, my specialties are in the speculative fiction realm, though I am happy to look at most genres, as well as do copy editing for websites and business applications. I am also available for anthology editing.
My professional publications include Daily Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. My work has also appeared on Move Forward, the Daimler AG website that examines the future of transportation.
In significant, audition-only workshops, I have attended Taos Toolbox: a Master Class in Science Fiction Writing as well as OSC's Boot Camp. I've been a Finalist in the Writers of the Future contest, as well as being short-listed for the James White Award. I 'm a member of the Codex Writers Group and a member of SFWA.
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I found my way to being a futurist through using my skills as a science fiction writer, but while being a futurist and writing science fiction are two sides of the same coin, they are far from the same thing.
Most of my work as a futurist falls in the corporate realm. At SciFutures, I'm the storyteller that helps big, well-established companies find a path that will keep them at the front edge of this quickly changing technological world rather than being left behind. I help them see the possibilities of where technology can take them and how people will use and relate to technology in the near future.
And that's the big difference – the near future. As a futurist, I'm mostly looking within the next ten to fifty years. Sometimes it's challenging to convince a Fortune 500 CEO that if they wait until the change is obvious and everyone's doing it, they're already far too late. Old, slow-moving strategies won't work in this fast, new world.
My favorite part about the near future is that I have great hope for technology's positive effects. I believe we're going to solve a lot of humanity's problems with science and progressive thinking. We're right there, on the precipice of greatness. It's time to embrace our steps forward.
Read a free futurist story here.