About Blake Heitzman

Blake grew up just south of Las “Cruces, New Mexico, where he spent his spare time in his World War Two surplus jeep exploring the desert. Sometimes he just sat and listened to old timers tales of Geronimo, Pancho Villa, and Billy the Kid, but it’s their tales of spirit beings and aliens that still send chills over his skin. “I never saw one nor did they harm me,” he says. “However, there were times in the middle of nowhere I would feel another presence, tingling on my skin or the hair on my neck or a clench in the gut. I would move out fast. It helped to be in the jeep, but if I was on foot, I moved quickly and respectfully and didn’t look back.” Still he was there every weekend. Today he weaves his love and respect for the desert, along with bits of what he’s heard and seen, into his stories. A licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California with Masters Degrees in Energy Conversion and Urban Planning as well as experience as a college math instructor, Blake includes a dash of science and technology in his writing. Although it’s considered a sin, he may cause a non-science type to consult a dictionary from time to time. He says, “Reading my stories should be fun, and part of the fun is learning new things.” For some they’re new and for others they’re old, but Blake includes a list of interesting topics in his writing. From ancient aliens to the Kaballah he tends to come at it from a new angle. He is currently writing the science fiction series, The Shaman Gene, which gives a view of the world that is much different from what we have been taught to believe. Blake says, “Most sci-fi writers create alternative worlds—I take our world and twist.” And he adds, “My characters are fictitious, but the underlying principles of the stories are correct." A sample anthology, "2012: ETA", has been released for free at Smashwords, and for a small fee at Amazon. We plan to release the first novel, "A Far Traveler", this year, a 2012 comemorative, so to speak. Two more novels in the series—Panther Watches and Seekers of the Scroll are in draft. Blake is interested in feedback on the format of "2012: ETA", an essay or two followed by the related sci-fi story. You can read more and comment at Blake’s website: www.shamangene.com/BLOG Blake is a member of California Writers Club.

Alien Encounters–The Science Channel


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This is a real quick blurb, drawn from memory without review of program episodes. Please join in and correct me, argue with me, and otherwise express your opinions. Alien Encounters is a docudrama on the Science Channel, with emphasis on … Continue reading

Ask Mother


Ask Mother is a short story spinoff on Hugh Howey’s Half Way Home. I flipped Howey’s story on its head, making the hero into bumbling fool and making the key villain, an AI, into something we’re not sure about. The heroes became a pair of lesbians. It’s a kick with sound effects. Or read it quickly and easily at Wattpad. Both are free.

Ask Mother is a fan fiction based on Hugh Howey's science fiction story,  Half Way Home.

Ask Mother is a fan fiction based on Hugh Howey’s science fiction story, Half Way Home.

To understand Ask Mother, you need to know some things from Half Way Home. If you haven’t read it Hugh’s story here are the facts you need:
1. The humans were sent as zygotes to colonize another planet
2. Colony is an AI that raised them and taught them in incubators until they were 15. Then something radical happened and Colony tried to destroy them all. At the last minute it saved 50 of them. They were supposed to be incubated and taught until they were 30 yrs old, hence the title of his story, Half Way Home.
3. Vinnie are giant caterpillar-like animals that the people eat.
4. The canopy is a forest with trees over a 1000 meters high, it seems to stretch everywhere, but we know it doesn’t reach the mountains.
5. Bomb fruit, which I rename as root bombs, is fruit that falls out of the canopy. The people also eat the fruit bombs.
6. Hickson became their leader and under Colony’s instruction, established a totalitarian regime and killed several of the people for not following orders.
7. Porter led a revolt and overthrew Hickson and Colony. Porter is gay.
8. Myra was Hickson’s girl friend, but appeared to be a weak clinging dependent who didn’t have much say in his reign of terror.
Byline for Ask Mother: With crops failing and something lurking in the canopy, the disenfranchised rogue, Myra, and her lover, the wily Leila, disobey the village leadership and turn to an old adversary for help.

Journey to New Earth


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New Earth is my name for a planet called Kepler 186f. It’s a mere 500 light years from us, and while not quite a twin to our orb, it’s close. It’s 10% bigger than Earth, and its star is smaller … Continue reading