Oak Island Season Two

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Oak Island has started the second season and America Unearthed is rumbling into its third this weekend. America Unearthed got more interesting in the second season by involving others with expertise and opposing views. Also we got to see new technical gadgetry used in the analysis process. I’ll be out of the country for the Alamo show, and it will be old hat by the time I get back, so I’ll write about it then anyway.
Oak Island kicked off with an analysis of the copper coin found in the swamp. I guess others were concerned that it may have been planted. It turns out to have the characteristics of a coin which had been buried in a marsh for years. They didn’t say which marsh, and I didn’t catch how many years, but the Lagina brothers were happy, therefore so am I. One might argue that a coin with the right characteristics could have been found in a coin collection and then planted. At some point, you need to let go of your cynicism.
Who is spending their money to dig this stuff up? They should care, not me.
So next they bring out the giant metal detecting loop and get a big hit, indicating a substantial slug of non-ferrous metal. Wow, let’s dig. Let’s see what the hell is down there. Oops, the province requires a bunch of permits every time you turn a spade, and they want a good portion of anything good that is found. Marty is tired of the mosquitoes so, let’s stop digging where we have a good indication there is something and go back to the money pit, where we aren’t sure anything is.
Make sense? No, but I think that was a little bit of drama to keep us hooked until the end of the season when they return to the marsh and find the something.
Meanwhile, a Clovis point was discovered in the surf off New Jersey. It doesn’t mean that the Clovis people came from Europe. After its discovery in New Mexico, the Clovis has been found over much of North America. However, I’d rather find a Clovis than an old Spanish copper coin.
Oh, yeah, and now there is another show where two brothers dig for giants. I suppose it’s called “Finding Bigfoot, Dead.” I’ll let someone who watches a lot of TV tell you about it, as if you need to be told that it’s a bit goofy.
As a final note, I have been notified that my “books,” most of which are really my short stories, are for sale at various sites. I have not authorized the selling of my short stories, so please don’t buy them. Instead download them for free at Smashwords.com and their associate book vendor sites.

Bigfoot Hairs Found!

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I saw this article yesterday. Oxford scientist, Bryan Sykes, collected DNA from two Himalayan yeti samples and both show that it is real and different from common fauna. It is, in fact, something thought to be extinct for 40,000 years. … Continue reading

BookTrack Utube Video Featuring The Reserve

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The Reserve Utube Video from BookTrackMy science fiction/horror short story, The Reserve, has been sound tracked at BookTrack. Check out the Utube video here.

The Reserve, a short scifi horror story with a soundtrack at BookTrack

The Reserve, a short scifi horror story with a soundtrack at BookTrack

Currently to see the whole story on Booktrack you will have to download Google Chrome and browse the BookTrack website with it.

American Unearthed: U.S. Stonehenge

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I’m not surprised there is an American Stonehenge. There are Paleolithic astronomic structures all over Europe and down into the Middle East. Some, such as Newgrange, are as impressive as Stonehenge. Many are less massive, but are as intricate as … Continue reading

A Far Traveler: The Story of Earth’s First Alien

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A Far Traveler, 2013 Global Ebook Silver Metal Award Winner

A Far Traveler, 2013 Global Ebook Silver Metal Award Winner

An ancient alien’s story of our past-
The search for his remains-
A race to save our world.

World-renowned tycoon Horace Haines acquires an ancient astronaut’s holographic record. Its story is incredible: Hunted by human psychics, the castaway alien seeks refuge with a Bedouin shaman. The account ends without revealing the extraterrestrial’s fate, so Horace hires vagabond engineer, Matt Krause, to find out what happened.
Things go awry from the start for Matt and his brainy girlfriend, Stephanie Noble. A murder implicates Stephanie. Strangers haul Horace away during a corporate coup and henchmen corner Matt and Stephanie in a deserted office.
From an underground labyrinth in Nevada to a Sufi stronghold North Africa, Matt and Stephanie must traverse a perilous maze in their quest to learn the truth about Earth’s first alien.

2013 Global Ebook Silver Medal in Science Fiction

2013 Global Ebook Silver Medal Winner in Science Fiction


A Far Traveler, at approximately 158,000 words, is the first of four western flavored sci-fi novels in the Shaman Gene series, the tale of Earth’s rise to join galactic society. It is the 2013 Global Ebook Silver Award Winner in Science Fiction.

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I used a zillion tags, because I couldn’t really nail down A Far Traveler with a single handle. It is science fiction for sure, with elements of the following subgenres:
Hard sci-fi– I’m a professional engineer and an ex-college math instructor. My sci-fi is solid, but not overwhelmingly hard.
Soft sci-fi– Some sociological stuff: ancient and extraterrestrial cultures.
Western sci-fi– Many of the characters are modern day cowboys and Indians. The Indians come on strong in the second and third books.
Alternative history– Big time! Sub-plots in three novels in the following order: Biblical, Renaissance, Crusades.
Anthropological– Classical Egypt
Superhuman– Yes but with a twist, the descent from superhuman status.
Feminist– Can you get more feminist than an Amazon? She’s introduced in the first book, but she shines in the next three. Until then, you’ll have to be happy with Stephanie, who is a mathematician extraordinaire.
Speculative fiction– Pretty much defined by the above categories. Add in some earth spirits, psychic powers, shamans, magic, etc.