Like many people, I’ve always had a romantic attachment to Mars. As a young boy watching Cosmos, I felt the same feelings of awe and wonder that Carl Sagan described when he first read the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Even though Mars was revealed to be a cold, barren wasteland by Viking and subsequent landers, it still felt like a magical world, a place that could one day be called home.
My next novel, Silicon Minds of Mars, is set in 2072, in a future where humans have established four domed colonies on the Red Planet. A young man, Mike Lee, is whisked away on a fast space ship to Mars. Joining him are four other people who believe themselves to be reality show contestants. Their journey soon takes a deadly turn, but even this harrowing trip doesn’t prepare Mike for the reality of being on a new world.
Mars itself is struggling, divided into two sides by a political conflict that centers around the future of humans and artificial intelligences. The fledgling colonies, kept functioning only by a cooperation between biological and computerized brains, are shaken by terrorist attacks. Who is trying to destroy the delicate balance of power on Mars? And why?
Silicon Minds of Mars is a story of love, betrayal, danger, and political intrigue. It’s an examination of what it means to be human, and how attached we are to our own technology. The political issues of the day on Mars are different than those we face now on Earth. But they will seem familiar, because at their core they are about fundamental human issues: who should be given power, and how much power should they have?
The cover image is an homage to Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars. Only there are no princesses here, but there are silicon minds in robotic bodies, and our hero is being carried to safety by one of them. Mars is a dangerous place, but it pales compared to the danger posed by ourselves.
I plan to release Silicon Minds of Mars in December 2019. Leading up to the launch, I’ll be giving away four micro-stories set in the same universe as the novel. To get these exclusive stories, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter.
You eagle-eyed observers out there will have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much on my blog lately. To some degree this is the nature of blogs themselves— unless they are an actual business, there are going to be natural gaps when the author’s interest waxes and wanes. Many people think that the age of blogs is over. If nobody cares about anything except Twitter and Instagram anyway, what’s the point?
Well, I’ve never been one to follow the crowd.
In the past this blog has been a place for me to post anything and everything that interests me, from Starcraft to LEGO to movie reviews about legendary figures in personal computing. That’s not going to change, but I’m going to focus more on my fiction writing from now on.
I’ll be posting at least once a week, so there will be a regular cadence of updates. Once a month, on the 15th, I’ll continue to send out my writing newsletter via email. If you sign up for this, you’ll get exclusive free micro-stories set in the same universe as my science fiction.
Speaking of my science fiction, I’m excited to reveal the title of my next novel, coming out later this year! It’s a hard sci-fi novel set on Mars in the year 2072, and it features artificial intelligences, sexy robots, a bizarre love triangle, and a fight for the future of all humanity. It’s called Silicon Minds of Mars, and I’ll announce it officially next week.
I've finally moved the server for jeremyreimer.com to a more modern AWS instance. The original was set up in 2013 and ran on a t1.micro, which is no longer supported. The new instance is a t3.nano, which has even less memory than the micro instances but is faster than the old t1.
Why use such a small server? It's not for the cost savings. Instead, it's a good way to test my newLISP on Rockets web framework to see how it performs with tight hardware constraints. In the future, I might upgrade to a more expansive server.
You might also notice a new banner up top. After many years, my avatar has left Earth orbit and is now circling Mars. And why not? My upcoming novel is set on Mars. More about this very soon!
I’ve thought about doing this for years, but I’m finally taking the plunge.
My monthly newsletter is going to be a place where I can communicate directly to my readers and to other fellow authors. I’ll be talking about the writing, editing, and marketing process, as well as including sneak peeks of my upcoming works.
Come join the fun!
Why, right here, of course.
The dates show that I haven’t posted on my blog since October 2016, and here we are in October 2018. Well, what has happened since then?
In the rest of the world, rather a lot. Much of it pretty terrible.
But in my own personal world, there haven’t been too many changes. I’ve started and abandoned tons of new projects, but I haven’t told the world about them.
Right now I’m working on a redesign of both newlisponrockets.com and jeremyreimer.com, and a brand new site that I plan to launch to promote my next novel (my fifth, if anyone is counting!)
I’ll keep you up to date on my progress for these new sites. And I promise, the next update won’t be two years later. :)
Apologies for the late podcast update! In this episode we talk about artificial intelligence, both specific and general.
Will this lead to Skynet? WHO KNOWS! But if it does, I’d like to welcome our new robot overlords!
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We’re back at the wedge-shaped Starbucks to talk about my upcoming article on the Video Toaster, the history of computer marketshare, talk about some interesting books, and generally bask in the Vancouver sunshine.
- Total Share
- From Altair to iPad
- Personal MBA
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We’re merging the video and audio versions, so the number scheme is going back to the old numbering.
And no, we weren’t hit with a nuclear explosion! The background is super bright and we are super dark because of... reasons. Mostly because we are still learning about lighting. But we still have some stuff to talk about.
Links from the show:
* Duke Fightmaster
* Powerball Lottery
* Wealth inequality
* Billion here, a billion there
* Show of the week - The Expanse
* Book of the week - Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard
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Happy New Year! Here's another exciting VIDEO episode of Knotty Geeks!
In this episode, we explore the INSIDE of a Starbucks, as we discuss Microsoft's peculiar position with Windows 10. Starting with a story of how Windows 10 ruined one woman's Christmas, we go back to look at why Microsoft made such drastic changes with Windows 8 in the first place, and how that affected the company's decisions going forward.
Yes, the vlogging we talked about in such wistful, hopeful terms in the last podcast has actually come to pass! It’s a Christmas miracle!
Join Terry and I in a very special Video Episode #0 of Knotty Geeks!
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I'm a writer and occasional programmer. I write science fiction stories and novels.
I also write technology articles for Ars Technica.
I'm the creator of newLISP on Rockets, a web development framework and blog application.