It's pride month! Of course, as the G in QUILTBAG+ I should be aware of such things, but I've been so busy, I
missed it completely.
Next to being the G in QUILTBAG+, I'm also a buddhist. Or at least, I try to be. Not because of the ceremonies, I
think those are besides the point, but because Buddhism puts great focus on introspection and learning by
observing one's mind. I meditate daily, looking at my thoughts, feelings and the sensations in my body. More often
than not, my mind runs away with all kinds of hypothetical scenario's, memories, judgements. I observe those and
let them be, learning from them as I sit in silence without reacting.
Anyway, back to pride, or Māna in Sanskrit (which is the language many Buddhist teachings were written in). To
quote Wikipedia, Māna is "defined as an inflated mind that makes whatever is suitable, such as wealth or learning,
to be the foundation of pride. It creates the basis for disrespecting others and for the occurrence of
suffering." It is one of the "five poisons" (along with ignorance, attachment, aversion and envy) that stands in
the way of enlightenment.
Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate pride month, and it's good that we have it! There is still so much hatred and
bigotry for being who you are born as (even more so in recent times, thanks to social media and Putin-sponsored
right-wing politicians), with religious wackos treating it like a treatable disease and what have you. And that's
just in the more 'civilised' countries. Go to eastern Europe or the Caribbean, to name a few, and you have to hide
your true nature for fear of being murdered.
So yay for pride month! Every month should be pride month! We're here and we're not going away. But am I proud to
be gay? No, I just am. I don't feel better than others because of it. Yet, if not pride month, what should we call
it? Awareness month? Ugh, that sounds so lame. We're here and we're not going away month? Quite a mouthful.
Celebration month then? Yeah. That sounds nice. I'll go with that.
Happy celebration month!
And if you're tired of celebrating, why not give one of the book tips below a chance, or relax with the music tip
even lower down?
Oh, and one more thing: all
the individual stories in the Isolated Futures series are currently available individually on Amazon and the other
platforms, but I plan to take them down soon (with the exception of the first one, Forced to be Free)
in favour of the omnibus that has
all six in one volume. If you want to get one of the stories without buying the bundle that has
all six (not sure why you would, but hey, it takes all sorts ;) ) get it now while you still can!
Crazy Foolish Robots
Discovering Your Neighbor
What does an entire planet of robots want with one human?
A humorous science fiction story
Ruby Palmer finds herself on an entire planet surrounded by the things she hates the most: robots.
Besides taking everything she says way too literally, the robots have problems of their own. A myriad of
technical glitches are, on the cosmological scale, quickly destroying them. Ruby has the programming
knowledge and skills that matter to them, but can she overcome her fears and find it within herself to
help? Her survival, along with the survival of all of humanity and robot kind, depends on it.
This is Book 1 of The Robot Galaxy Series.
the free sample!
A simple exploration of an unknown planet. What could go wrong?
Prequel to The Neighbor You Don't Know Series
Baldwin Tavares is called up by the Admiral Pitch to join in their expedition to the planet Allende
1-b, also known as Neighbor. Baldwin and his team were requested for their very specific skill set, as
they are the best in their individual fields. Eager to be part of something bigger than himself,
Baldwin, aka Win, convinces his team to go on the expedition. They aim to find some remnants left behind
of the once inhabited planet Neighbor in the hopes of studying and preserving whatever knowledge about
them that they find.
Win begins to realize the expedition to Allende 1-B is not entirely scientific. He suspects the Pacific
Ocean World Mining Organization, or POMO, have sunk deep into the pockets of the ship’s commanding
officers, with the hopes of mining Allende 1-B for its rich mineral reserves as soon as they arrive. As
such he immediately starts investigating the ship to confirm his suspicions. When Win finds out he was
right, he races to convince the crew against any mining expeditions before it’s too late. However,
little does he know something even more pressing will require his attention before he even gets the
chance to tell anyone.
it for free!
Now that summer has finally arrived in the northern latitudes of southern Sweden, it's time for some lofty
beats and easy tunes. It's time for a classic.
Moon Safari by French electronic music duo AIR fits the bill perfectly. With a plethora of Moog synthesizers, a
Korg MS-20 and a whole range of organs (even the Mellotron makes an appearance) there sure is a lot of
electronics, but the duo doesn't eschew acoustical instrumentation. There's the occassional acoustic guitar and
there's a string quartet in some of the tracks too.
The music is full of lovely organ solo's and laid back beats. With a heatwave assaulting much of Europe (40°C
in France, surely that's beyond comfort, isn't it?) this is just what we need!
Isolated Futures Omnibus
If you’re a fan of thought-provoking sci-fi cyberpunk technothrillers like The Passengers
and Black Mirror, then Koen Martens’ sci-fi anthology is your perfect next read!
Story 1 - Forced to be Free: Sam, a young hacker with anger management issues, has joined a
defense initiative against the advancing Russian army set to occupy Europe. When he discovers his boss
is working undercover for the enemy, he must thwart his boss and prevent the destruction of the EU’s
drone defense network before it’s too late.
Story 2 - Murder, Plain and Simple: Dr. Jennifer Mendoza is a ship physician on the
interstellar luxury cruiser Christopher. When a prominent and wealthy passenger is murdered, she is
called to investigate the crime. Can she identify the killer before more people lose their lives?
Story 3 - Cima Peak: Juan, a naive adolescent growing up in a post-apocalyptic world, embarks
on a dangerous excursion that strands him and his friend far from his home. Can they make it back to
their base before it’s too late to save the city from incoming slavers?
Story 4 - Negative Reinforcement: Limei is an independent app developer on an isolated space
station. She is utterly dependent on and enamored with her personal AI assistant. When she learns The
Algorithm is planning to destroy human life on her ship, she must find a way to take it down before her
Story 5 - Eddy: Digital forensics expert Lagan has been wrongly convicted of murder, but no one
is willing to believe that he witnessed his own doppelgänger commit the crime. When he learns that the
doppelgänger was one of many beings created to replace humans with AI-run clones, he must prove his
innocence and take down the scheme before more people’s lives are ruined.
Story 6 - DingDong by Zhumee: When Martin’s new Zhumee smart doorbell accidentally causes his
neighbor’s wrongful arrest, he must set out on a quest to prove her innocence. Little does he know,
Zhumee has far more control over the justice system than anyone imagined. Can he race against the clock
to take down this corrupt system?
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