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News updated on June 5, 2008

JPH Talks Online

Two talks of mine from recent times are now available online in PDF format, complete with slides.

"Flexible Thinking and Cosmic Electricity", sponsored by the USAF Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, Florida, August 16, 2007.

"Cosmic Electricity". Revised talk on Electric Universe theory. PDF document along with Power Point file of high-resolution slides.

New Releases

New Releases updated on January 5, 2010

The Settled Science
December 26, 2009

Article published online at the Lew Rockwell Column. Being far more concentrated than any conventional source, nuclear energy represents the next logical step forward in the evolution of energy control and provides the only sensible way to power the 21st century. The so-called alternatives do not.

Nuclear No-Contest
September 19, 2009

Article published online at the Lew Rockwell Column. Being far more concentrated than any conventional source, nuclear energy represents the next logical step forward in the evolution of energy control and provides the only sensible way to power the 21st century. The so-called alternatives do not.

The Warmer, the Merrier
November 22, 2008
Article online at the Lew Rockwell Column. Climate change is natural, human contributions are negligible, and even if they had measurable effects, the results would be beneficial.

Electricity Powers the Universe
July 30, 2008

Article published online at the Lew Rockwell Column. The role of electricity as a far more powerful force than gravity in forming and shaping the cosmos.

Updated March 27, 2008
Short story focusing on the dreaded Vinge/Kurzweil "Singularity". A convicted killer accepts a deal to be the first guinea-pig for a mind-downloading experiment. The researchers feel this is a reasonable deal for the compensation of a reprieve from Death Row. But the subject has other plans. Included in an anthology entitled Transhuman, compiled by Mark Van Name and Toni Weisskopf. Baen Books, February, 2008.

Moon Flower
Baen Books, April, 2008
Why have two contact missions from Earth to the newly discovered world Cyrene disintegrated, with the bulk of their personnel vanishing, while the few who remain make no sense? The investigator sent to find out finds himself pursuing a political fugitive who has gone there to join a scientist from one of the earlier missions, whom the Terran authorities managing the intended "development" of Cyrene very much want back. The answer involves the difference between living and nonliving things, John Cramer's "Transactional Interpretation" of Quantum Mechanics, and a peculiar alien flower.

Japanese Editions
Anguished Dawn Tokyo Sogensha, August, 2007

The Two Worlds
Reissue of the third and fourth "Giants" novels (Giants' Star and Entoverse) packaged in one volume as a companion set to The Two Moons. Baen Books paperback, September, 2007.

"Murphy's War"

Updated October 16, 2007
Short story featured in the online magazine Jim Baen's Universe, August 2007 issue. The world's illustrious leaders have a bad day and try to start the Big One. But nothing gets launched when nobody can get the computers to work.

Added March 17, 2009
Print edition now available, included in Baen Books Anthology


Pending updated on July 29, 2009

The Genesis Machine, Spanish Edition
Added November 1, 2008
Via Manga publishers. Further details and release date to follow.

Inherit the Stars, Korean edition
Added July 8, 2008
Woongjin Think Big Co. Ltd., Seoul. Further details and release date to follow.

Japanese Editions
Added September 16, 2007
The following releases have been scheduled by Tokyo Sogensha

Kicking the Sacred Cow Spring, 2008
Martian Knightlife Summer, 2008
Mind Matters Fall, 2007
Mission to Minerva, end 2008
The Legend That Was Earth, release date TBA

Voyage from Yesteryear in Spain
Added November 1, 2006
Agreement concluded for a Spanish language edition with Roca Editorial de Libros in Barcelona. Details to follow.

"Giants" Series Movie & TV Option
Updated December 19, 2007
Many readers have inquired over the years about the possibility of a movie adaptation for Inherit the Stars and the "Giants" series in general. We've now concluded a deal with MGM for movie and TV series rights for the full set. This doesn't guarantee that the option will be taken up and implemented--but you've got to start somewhere. Option renewed June 2009.

Current Projects

Current Projects updated on October 13, 2009

Mind Matters e-Edition
Added February 15, 2009

The book on Artificial Intelligence that I produced some years ago appeared in the middle of takeover events at the publisher, with the result that the mass-market paperback that many were waiting for never appeared. A number of educational people interested in using it for class material have asked if we've considered offering an electronic version. Well, we have, and we're working on it currently. No estimate of a completion date yet, but naturally there will be updates as further news is forthcoming.

Unearthing the Hoover Dam
Updated August 26, 2009

The winter of 2008-9 in the world west of the Shannon was cold and exceptionally wet (global warming will do that, according to the believers--along with anything else that decides to happen or not happen), which meant that a lot of outside work had backed up, awaiting more favorable climes. An aspect of the local geology that revealed itself during that time was areas of intended lawn that were prone to becoming soggy and invaded by moss, indicating a need for the installation of ground drainage before the finer aesthetics could sensibly be attended to. This I resolutely resolved to tackle as soon as the first graces of spring should show themselves (a joke in itself in a country that can have four seasons a day throughout the year).

The work involves digging a system of branching trenches floored with gravel, upon which are laid perforated pipes packed to the sides and above with more gravel and topped off with a few inches of sandy topsoil. To the astonishment of the mailman and stalwarts of Stamfords bar down in the village, I announced that I would tackle it by hand with pick, mattock, and shovel, since letting machinery loose around the farm would have set everything back four years to the time we moved in, when the cowshed adjoining the cottage was demolished and the hillside at the rear cut back to leave us living in the middle of a scene vaguely resembling the Somme battlefield of World War 1. What, I asked them, has happened to the Irish spirit of honest, sweat-of-the-brow work and indefatigable perseverance that gave us the English canals and railways, New York's bridges and tunnels, Union Pacific transcontinental, and coal mines from Northumberland to Pennsylvania? Call in Joe Kelly with his "digger" (US, backhoe)? Not a bit of it. A week at the most to do all that would be required on the two areas in question, above and below the house. A welcome, invigorating interval of fresh air and excercise after a winter of mostly sedentary cabin-bound working on the book.

The first thing I found I'd underestimated was the total length of trenching needed to do the job. Working the ground at closer quarters uncovered further patches of waterlogging that the system really needed to cover if the job was to be done properly, which meant further orders of pipe from the supplier and an extended program of digging--I'd put it conservatively at around a hundred miles. On top of which was the matter I'd come up against before but relegated to minor significance on my scale of remembering things (we live and we learn . . . and then, we forget), which was the blue-gray western Irish clay known as "dab". It's like trying to shovel glue when it's wet, while dried out it turns into concrete. Leitrim County is made of it. Hercules would consider his other labors a rest-break from grappling with it. Maybe that was why the Irish navvies built all those canals and railroads somewhere else. It didn't help matters that I was also producing the filling for the drainage trenches as I went along, by pulverizing the construction debis left from the demolished cow shed that had originally adjoined the cottagewith a 12lb sledge hammer. Why pay one man to haul it away and another to deliver loads of gravel when I could make my own?

And then there were the rocks. The contractors who cut back the hillside at the rear of the property had solved the problem of what to do with the landfill thereby created by spreading it out over the slope below and in front, producing the lunarscaped appearance referred to above. This being an Irish mountainside, the earthmoving had included a lot of rocks, many of which began emerging as the ground settled, with bad implications for the future well-being of things like lawnmowers--notably the ride-around model that we had recently acquired. So the obvious thing to do was extend the operation to removing any rocks that I came across while I was at it. There turned out to be more of them than had been evident at first sight. The protruding parts showed a tendency that soon became almost predictable of turning out to be the tips of formidably large icebergs--in some cases too large to lift or lever out, even with a six-foot solid iron pry bar, which necessitated breaking them into smaller pieces with the sledge. The caverns left after extracting these monoliths had another tendency that also became predictable of uncovering a surrounding constellation of other rocks barely below the surface that it would be better to deal now, while the tools were there and time had been allocated, rather than leaving them and having to repeat the whole business after more settling later. Okay, then,let's give it a couple of weeks, say.

The cow shed had included a concrete tank to collect runoff from the roof to provide water for the yard. I'd always assumed the pieces had been hauled away somewhere, since little was in evidence by the time I took up occupancy. (I had been living in the flat over the pizza parlor in Sligo while the work was going on.) The discovery of things being otherwise came when the trenches had finally all been filled in, and just two barely visible fragments of of masonry were left to get rid of, and then everything would be finished. Cutting some space around them with the mattock revealed their form as corners--no doubt of cinder blocks used in construction, many of which I had unearthed by this time, which would be nothing compared to some of the Gibraltaresque demolitions that had gone before. The easy straight before home, I told myself confidently.

Dream on. The corners turned out to mark not a couple of isolated cinder blocks, but the beginnings of what was left of the the missing water tank. Huge chunks of broken concrete, strung together by tangles of three-quarter-inch rebar reinforcement, scrunched and pounded together before being buried, in some places lying in slabs three deep. Small wonder that the ground above had remained obstinately boggy despite being on a slope. All drainage below was blocked by what wasin effect an underground dam formed from barriers of concrete welded together by impenetrable Leitrim dab. Add another week of digging, heavy sledging, and wheelbarrowing, plus the addition of hacksaw to the kit of tools to cut up the rebar. On the fortunate side, Sheryl was in the States while the last episode was playing out, and so never got to see the worst part of the lunaforming of her lawn. Anything green grows fast in Ireland, and nature had effected some impressive first steps toward recovery by the time she returned.

Also on the plus side, I found that I'd lost 50lb in the process and can do 45 pushups again. Not bad at all for 68, I'd say. Now I can take things easy by getting back to work for a while. The next major project will be to compact and consolidate a ramp formed from more cow shed debris that leads down from the yard before the cottage to the sloped lawn below, and extend it into a loop connecting around to the driveway. I think I'll talk to Joe Kelly about it when I next run into him in Stamfords.

Short-story collection
Added October 13, 2009

Collection of short fiction to be published by Hadley Rille Books, KS. This should be a sizable volume of 100,000 words or so, comprising half new works and half selections from previously published. Release date not yet decided.

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