Monday, August 2, 2021

Visiting Superman and looking forward to Archcon!

 Now have 3 stories in the air: 1. SF Book still in slush, 2. Two short fantasy stories in two slush piles.

Still crafting the Space Farming book...280+ pages...really just clean up and adding imagery and tables.

Just got back from Superman Celebration (see this link also) in Metropolis IL, smaller than normal (our 4th celebration, 2015, 2016, 2017, and now 2021) but fun nonetheless. For those into the caped crowd, I strongly recommend hitting Metropolis IL even if just passing through, and if you are there next year second weekend in June, GO TO THE CELEBRATION!!! We have taken my nieces and nephews and everyone has a fun time at this cross between a comic convention and a county fair. Artists and Authors area, autographs with celebs, speakers, games with prizes, and a special set of activities for kids and even super-dogs. 

Year-round see the Supermuseum, visitor center, and not least of which, the giant Superman statue, and Lois Lane statue. 

Archcon in Collinsville IL is also a go this year, and I will be watching our NSS/St. Louis Space Frontier table, and presenting (and on panels) for space future stuff, including space poop, etc.

Take time to dream big!


Thursday, June 24, 2021

My Presentations at NSS ISDC 2021 FREE

 If you are interesting in seeing a set of space presentations by astronauts, space experts, and other space enthusiasts like your truly, 

the National Space Society International Space Development Conference (NSS ISDC) 2021 is FREE and On-line :

Schedule is here:

My two presos (yes, pre-recorded) are at 10:50 AM PDT and 1:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Enjoy the Day!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

More Presos! St. Louis Gateway to Space (VIRTUAL!)

 Will be presenting on space (human) wastes and recycling, what I call the Poop to Plate problem, for future space bases and settlement 12 Dec at St. Louis Gateway to Space:

It is Virtual and a Free conference!


Friday, October 2, 2020

Look for my Presos on Space Settlement 08 Oct and 17 Nov 2020

 On a panel (virtual) for world space week:

Thu, October 8, 2020

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

talking space tourism and the latest round of launchers :0)

Later,  17 Nov , at ASCEND 2020 (virtual) I am running a panel on Space Agriculture and have a presentation on 'Excrement' in Space:

Session Assignment: TECHPRES-23, Crew Nutrition and Food I

Presentation: The Messy Details of Going from Excrement to Entrée

Short title : "Poop to Plate"

Session Date/Time: November 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern Time

Assigned Session: PANEL-25, Crew Nutrition and Food II
Scheduled: November 17, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time 

Outline/Agenda of Session Activities:

The current state of space farming focuses on microgravity and small scale non cycling results. What key technologies and research are needed, and what has been done to date, to enable long term settlement food production, waste cycling, and details. This session will focus on the overlooked details glossed over in studies, efforts, and books to date. 

Session Goal(s)/Outcome(s): Work in space agriculture to date has focused on hydroponics, and some photobioreactors, what else is needed, and how do these get connected together in the real world on a place like the moon, to make a fully functional recycling capability that provides meals real people want to eat, and what machinery and details are missing? Where should effort focus in the near term in space agriculture to allow long term habitation in space?

Still working the space farm textbook, and a fantasy book , and waiting in the slush for my Sci-Fi novel....

tight lines and calm seas,


Thursday, July 30, 2020

ISSDC 2020 and still crunching the Space Farm book

ISSDC 2020 and still crunching the Space Farm book!

Between doing up presos for AIAA ASCEND 2020 ( on space poop), and judging the 2020 International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC 2020, see, still crunching away on my Space Farm textbook, which will be very rich in drawings and tables so anyone can read it, geek or no.

Also still have a sci-fi book in slush, fingers crossed!

Trillions of happy, smiling babies await!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stuck in slush

Stuck in slush

Dropped my latest (as in been writing it for two decades+, had it copy-editied, now altered the first chapter, moving the original first chapter to the middle of the book, so that the main character is better developed right off)  sci-fi book in the Baen book slush pile, might get a hit (low probability?) in a year.  It is around 110,000 words.  Actually met Jim at an NSS conference, maybe that will help (likely not).
Also sent a short story  (2500 words) on dragons to try to sell it for an anthology. Again, a maybe, but I did sell a story already once, so maybe fantasy is a thing I should do. Working on a full fantasy novel, maybe done in a year.
Finally still pounding away on my Space Farm (text?) book. Most of the text is in, but now begins the drudgery of drawing all the tables and diagrams which will magnify the size of the book. Targeting around 300 pages +/-. For a general audience, but there is a section with math for those who want it.

Stay Safe,
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Monday, February 24, 2020

Still Shopping for publishers....

Looking to reorder my latest sci-fi novel and resubmit...still looking for publishers for it.

Also working on my Space Farm Book.  Trying to get the draft done before NSS ISDC 2020 (I am doing two talks, one on poop in space) and AIAA ASCEND 2020 (dropping in abstracts this week). For those who don't know, I am up for the NSS National Board, on the board of St. Louis Space Frontier,  and on the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee.

In my copious free time, also writing up a fresh new fantasy novel.  8K words in, 92K or so to go....maybe by 2021. Targeting young adult audience, though should be an interesting read for grown-ups as well. Lots of adventures, journeys, and mysteries.  Universe creation takes series work, and drawing up maps, rules, and notes is a big part that shows up indirectly in the text of course.

If you are a real TRADITIONAL MODEL publisher (I can self publish myself, been there, done that) I am always open to ideas, for these books or any of the ones to date.

Agents maybe...


p.s. was fun to talk space farms to the younger set at the Engineering Fest, SciFest, St. Louis Science Center 22 Feb. Thank you to those who helped, and those who came to see us! Hopefully many of the kids become space engineers!