Steven Lyle Jordan

Author of original science fiction novels and commentary on science, sci-fi entertainment and futurist matters. 
5 novelsNovels are available in ebook formats at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
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Celebrity sells

James PattersonI was just introduced to an independent writer, Chris Stevenson, whose blog is dedicated to increasing the odds of indie writers to get ahead.  The first post I read, A Retrospect of Name Authors, describes the trend he’s noticed in publishing: That authors and celebrities with significant name recognition are landing the big publishing contracts and getting the big bucks… often before they’ve produced actual books. He singled out some examples in multiple genres, as well, and the kinds of deals they’re getting off name recognition alone.  And there are plenty more examples like them: TV and movie stars, politicians, musicians, etc, who use their fame to promote books that, in many cases, they had ghost-written for them.  (Yes, look up.) Continue reading

Chasing the Light: New cover

Introducing: The 2015 cover for my novel Chasing the Light, by Farah Evers Design:

Chasing the Light is a romantic adventure that takes place amidst the very serious backdrop of a future where corporate and political corruption, over energy, has turned America into a ticking time bomb.

As with my other novels, Chasing the Light takes pains to be as realistic and believable as possible—this could very well be America’s energy situation in the near future.  The technology that may save us, as depicted in the novel, is also very real and not too far away.  The other technologies, such as the self-driving vehicles, ID systems and personal electronic devices, are also right around the corner (or, in some cases since this book was originally written, pretty much here).

The American energy situation may be the backdrop to the action, but it is the main character’s quest to find the girl he loves, start a business and carve out a life for themselves that is its focus. Chasing the Light shows the reader how far people will go for love, and why it’s worth every bit of the effort.

Chasing the Light, newly edited and proofed to go with the new cover, is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Wait… who’s corrupt now?

Michael Kozlowski, the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader, recently posted an op-ed* on his site titled Self-Publishing is Completely Corrupt.  The title, of course, says it all: He tells all aspiring writers yearning to get into the business that the only way to do it is to go through a professional publisher, because all independent and self-publishers are hopeless shills pushing crap products onto the unsuspecting masses.  He paints trade publishing as the only credible way to publish, pointing to the awards and accolades available through their system.

In response to his editorial, I’d like to start by showing you two things:

Selfish cover art    50 Shades of Grey cover art

Okay, now let’s discuss. Continue reading

Oh, fer cryin’ out loud… how do you keep screwing this up?!?

Fantastic Four 2015 movieWell, Hollywood has treated us once again to a movie about the Fantastic Four.  And once again, it has bombed.  And I mean bombedHiroshima-level bombed.  In a time when superhero movies are almost impervious to box-office failure—when special effects can give us realistic-looking monsters, other-worldly cities of the gods and flying aircraft carriers—when even obscure characters like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy can print box-office tickets at will—the FF drop like a lead balloon dumped down one of the Mole Man’s subterranean tunnels.

And my mind has just rolled out through my ear canal and flopped onto the desk.  (Actually, I bet Reed Richards could do that.)  Because I simply can’t comprehend how anyone could manage to ruin this idea.  Multiple times.  As if no one in the movie industry has the vaguest clue as to what they have here.

And I keep saying: Oh, fer cryin’ out loud… how do you keep screwing this up?!?

Then I figure it out. Continue reading

Transhumanism? Or just humans?

transcendent humanityAndrew Smith posted in February an article about Transhumanism that I just came across.  And I think that it basically sums up the issues I have with the idea of transhumanism… right down to the name.

Andrew points out that the basic premise of transhumanism is that humans will eventually create such incredible technology that we will literally merge with it and, as futurist Ray Kurzweil put it, “transcend biology”… thus bringing about the “Singularity,” the instant when we… who knows, become One with the cosmos or something.

There’s a lot of vagueness here, and for good reason: No one knows what would happen if we somehow evolved to another level of existence.  But as Andrew points out, much of these speculations are missing one key factor: The essential nature of humans. Continue reading

Is the Universe fake? Prove it.

simulated universe

It’s a theory that seemingly won’t die: The idea that the universe we know is not real, but in fact some kind of Matrix-like simulated environment in which we exist solely as programs, acting out some user’s will and awaiting the moment when someone decides to switch it all off.  Some fascinating movies have been made on the subject (like The Thirteenth Floor, above, to my mind a more interesting and deeper movie than The Matrix) and Tron.

It’s a lovely intellectual/philosophical exercise.  But that’s all it is.  And until someone provides some fresh meat to this theory, I refuse to even entertain the notion. Continue reading

Must-see SF TV: Humans

HumansHumans is a British remake of a Swedish TV show, Real Humans, about a world like our own, except that human-looking “synths” work for us, drive us around, babysit and occasionally have sex with us.  But in this world—here’s the inevitable hook—someone has secretly created synths with consciousness, and while authorities search for them, fearful of what they might do, they hide among us, fearful of what we might do.

At this time of year, Humans is the only point of light in an otherwise dim TV season (and I say that, knowing fully about Syfy’s present TV lineup… le yawnLe sigh.).  One thing I generally say about British television in general, and most of their science fiction in particular, is that they have a more polished production and actors than almost all American TV and SF.  Humans‘ cast is great to watch, strong and believable, and nothing feels staged, manufactured or concocted out of a special effects department. Continue reading

Happy birthday to an American icon

Bugs BunnyThis week marked the 75th anniversary of the appearance of Bugs Bunny, the most famous of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies stable of characters.  Having grown up watching bugs on television (not quite old enough to have seen him in theaters before the featured movies), I have nothing but fond memories of the “waskally wabbit” and his charmed life (surely that rabbit’s foot gave him plenty of luck).  But it amazes me sometimes that others—my wife included—don’t get what makes him so special, so revered and so memorable… in short, what has made him a bona-fide American icon recognized and loved around the world.

So take a load off and I’ll ‘splain everything, doc. Continue reading