I‘m a retired engineer/researcher with 10 patents collecting dust in the corner. I now while away the hours watching rain patter against the windows, contemplating the insidious power of pizza, and scribbling random pieces of geek and science fiction.
Over the years I’ve read all genres of science fiction, across all eras … from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to Alastair Reynolds’ latest novel, to Stephen Hawking’s books/essays. I’ve played countless computer/video games in that same time, from pong to the original Doom, to the recently released Starfield. I’ve watched nearly every science fiction story ever put to film, from Metropolis, to Dune (2021) … to everything in between. I love the genre dearly, and I have since I was about ten years old.
I know it’s regarded with growing disfavor, but most of the images here are generated using artificial intelligence, using prompts from Infinispace stories and/or vignettes … or pulled from my imagination. Why? Well, because I can’t afford custom art to match my writing and I’m not a visual artist myself! The images aren’t meant to be a replacement for the words, only to help ‘flavor’ the words. Creating atmospheric and interesting images, that possess just the right style, from an A.I. is a bit like herding cats, requiring patience and the right coaxing. It’s creating images from words. Please don’t contact me asking how to use or access these A.I. tools, there are lots of resources out there covering those topics!!
I reside in the Pacific Northwest … land of rain, moss, and long winter nights.
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