Free Short Story, My Gift To You For Now And Forever

Free Short Story, My Gift To You For Now And Forever

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Now, you can read my short story Replica anytime, anywhere, absolutely free.  Head over to Smashwords and download your free copy in .epub, .mobi, .pdf, .doc, .rtf, and more.

Synopsis:
In the year 2054, Army Sergeant Logan Martel hunts for an insurgent plotting a horrific attack on the West. It is in this world of high-tech equipment and prolific robotics that Logan finds himself set adrift, searching for what’s left of his own humanity. Will he find what he’s looking for? Or will he become merely a replica of his former self?

If you like what you read I encourage you to write a review on any of your favorite retailer’s websites or give it a quick rating on goodreads.

Note: Amazon is still selling Replica for $0.99 but I expect them to price match soon.  Don’t let this stop you from rating it though!

House-Sized Asteroid to Pass Near Earth

House-Sized Asteroid to Pass Near Earth

We hear about this all the time: an asteroid will pass ‘close’ to Earth but will pose no significant threat.  Their definition of ‘close’ being closer to the Earth than the moon.  The asteroid that will pass us this afternoon will pass around 25,000 miles from Earth, which is very close to our satellites in geosynchronous orbit, which are about 22,300 miles from Earth.  It’s about the size of the asteroid that exploded over Russia last year and caused a lot of damage and a huge shockwave.  Why am I pontificating over this?  It’s important to note that meteorites hit us every day, it’s just most are tiny.  The only ones we hear about are the ones that could do any real amount of damage to us here on Earth.  Any ‘real’ damage.  Hmm…

In my latest novel, Symbiote, I have a theory about a hidden danger of those numerous smaller meteorites that we’re not that worried about.  Is it possible we’re in more danger than we think?  Most alarmists on the subject are talking about the ‘world-enders.’  In Symbiote, I delve into what can happen with a barrage of smaller events.  Here’s the synopsis:
http://www.amazon.com/Symbiote-Trevor-Schmidt-ebook/dp/B00NDB1LTW/ref=la_B005B02R1O_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410133865&sr=1-4
“When a normally meek Bay Area insurance agent suddenly turns into a
voracious, homicidal maniac with an uncontrollable appetite, doctors
quickly determine that the cause must be a brain parasite that can only
be extra-terrestrial. Now, San Francisco Police Detectives Karen Hall
and Yuri Markov are on a mission to end this wave of violence before
more citizens become infected. But at every turn their investigation
seems to be hindered by shadowy federal agents with a hidden agenda.
Can they stop this reign of terror before one of them becomes the next
Symbiote?”

Also, be sure to read my short story, Replica, for FREE from 9/7/2014 through 9/11/2014.

Bioethics in Replica: A Short Story

Bioethics in Replica: A Short Story

My newest short story, entitled “Replica,” battles the question of how much technology should be integrated into the human body.  Logan Martel is an Army Sergeant who learns firsthand what it means to lose one’s humanity.  Without spoiling anything, he is used as a vessel to show the reader how little humanity thinks about the ethics of robotic integration and technological dependence.

I challenge you to read my short story and post back here your thoughts on the ethics of cybernetic implants and the use of technology going forward.  Where will it stop?  Will we become one with the machine?  The military applications of genetic and robotic modifications to modern humans is extensive, but is it going too far?  What are your thoughts?