AI

One ben­e­fit of AI will be that the damn machine will actu­al­ly under­stand what you are try­ing to do. The draw­back is that it may not care!     Pho­to by George Mori­na: on pexels.com

Sins of the Son — a vignette by Torn MacAlester

A vignette by Torn MacAlester: Sins of the Son My sto­ries are arranged in a time­line of events.  See it here. It is the first sto­ry from the after­math of the Yel­low­stone erup­tion.  These are relat­ed events that take place in the same time­line as my nov­el, Thun­der Moon Tus­sle, it is avail­able on ama­zon in… Con­tin­ue read­ing Sins of the Son — a vignette by Torn MacAlester

The Farthest Star

@chucksastrophotography Far­thest star ever seen. #stars #learnon­tik­tok #uni­verse #cos­mos #nasa #hub­ble­spacete­le­scope ♬ orig­i­nal sound — Chuck Ayoub It is fan­tas­tic that the far­thest star detect­ed is so far away: 12.9 bil­lion light years.  As a result, it is not the first star born in the Uni­verse but it does pre­date the Sun by 7.9 bil­lion… Con­tin­ue read­ing The Far­thest Star

Apollo 14

Pho­to by Bri­an McGowan on Unsplash     Did you know that Apol­lo 14 land­ed at the planned land­ing site for Apol­lo 13? The place is called the Fra Mau­ro High­lands. The Apol­lo 14 lan­der, Antares, land­ed at Fra Mau­ro near the Cone crater. Part of the mis­sion required an EVA to the rim of… Con­tin­ue read­ing Apol­lo 14

Thunder Moon Tussle received a Five Star Review

Recent­ly, Thun­der Moon Tus­sle received a five star review. Thanks to every­one who has tak­en the time to read my nov­el.  I appre­ci­ate all of you.  I have a spe­cial thanks to Russ J., who pro­vid­ed me a nice review on goodreads.com.  He called it  “a well-craft­ed sci­ence fic­tion tale,” and “well writ­ten, real­is­tic, and… Con­tin­ue read­ing Thun­der Moon Tus­sle received a Five Star Review

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 Torn MacAlester Fire­bird Book Award Win­ner 133 AUTHORS JOIN THE FIREBIRD BOOK AWARD CIRCLE OF WINNERS Octo­ber 2021 – Speak Up Talk Radio announced the win­ners of 2021’s third quar­ter FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS con­test.  One of the win­ning entries was from Mon­tana author Torn MacAlester whose book titled Thun­der Moon Tus­sle won in the Sci­ence Fic­tion cat­e­go­ry. Authors… Con­tin­ue read­ing Unti­tled

Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester

My nov­el Thun­der Moon Tus­sle is avail­able in kin­dle unlim­it­ed, kin­dle, and paper­back on amazon.com.   Nils Carmike, a fall­en from grace astro­naut turned smug­gler, forges a new life on the lunar fron­tier. Harassed by the strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful and demand­ing Deputy Miller, he is faced with fines and con­flict, result­ing in a tumul­tuous rela­tion­ship and… Con­tin­ue read­ing Thun­der Moon Tus­sle by Torn MacAlester

Yellowstone and Timeline of Events

The key back­ground event of the sto­ry­line that includes Thun­der Moon Tus­sle is the erup­tion of the Yel­low­stone super-vol­cano.  This erup­tion forms the basis for the cal­en­dar where the year of the erup­tion is des­ig­nat­ed Y+0. The Yel­low­stone erup­tion plays into some of the moti­va­tion or emo­tion­al state of the char­ac­ters.  It serves as a… Con­tin­ue read­ing Yel­low­stone and Time­line of Events

Science and Technology in Morgan’s Road

Being a sci­en­tist and engi­neer, I enjoy adding as real­is­tic ele­ments as pos­si­ble to my sto­ries.  For exam­ple, I wrote this arti­cle to dis­cuss the sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy that I ref­er­enced in writ­ing the sto­ry Mor­gan’s Road. Sci­ence of Mor­gan’s Road. There are cer­tain­ly some spoil­ers in that arti­cle. If you haven’t read Mor­gan’s Road,… Con­tin­ue read­ing Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy in Morgan’s Road

Thunder Moon Tussle and Morgan’s Road

  Among oth­er things, Nils Carmike is a sto­ry teller.  This is some­thing his friend Mil­ton finds ridicu­lous. This pro­vides the back­drop for Thun­der Moon Tus­sle by Torn MacAlester https://twitter.com/authors_ol/status/1433862373446725633?s=20 Take a look at one of Nil­s’s favorite sto­ries: Mor­gan’s Road by Torn MacAlester. Then read the sto­ry that Nils did­n’t tell:  Thun­der Moon Tus­sle… Con­tin­ue read­ing Thun­der Moon Tus­sle and Morgan’s Road

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