It's that time of the year I get super-excited about - it's wormhole time. Thanks to Stephen Tremp, I get to release my inner geek. Before I start, I have a special anniversary to share with you today.
This time a year ago my first book, Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre, was launched. What a year it's been. The response to Passing Time was overwhelmingly positive. I've been touched by just how many people, some I knew and some I did not, loved my tales and emailed me to say so or left reviews to let me know how much they enjoyed it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has read, reviewed, and supported me during my first adventure into indie publishing.
Now back to my inner geek.
To celebrate the release of Escalation, Stephen Tremp is co-hosting the Second Annual National Wormhole Blogfest with Alex J Cavanaugh and L. Diane Wolf. This year's theme is to write about one thing where science advances mankind, and one thing where the science will go to far and set mankind back.
I'm choosing one advance for both, the Internet.
The Internet is one of the greatest technological advances of the 20th Century. An information highway that connects people and institutions from all over the world. With the tapping of a few keys you can be looking up anything from making your favourite cocktail to that strange ailment you been afflicted with, or converse with people of all ages, walks of life, and from all parts of the world. Never have we as a society been so connected.
But there is a price to pay. Stalking, trolling, bullying, con-artists, pedophilia, to name just a few. They are not the only dangers. As we live our lives increasingly online or attached to our social media apps, we are in danger of loosing the real-life connections with the people who surround us. Ever been annoyed when someone repeatedly looked at their mobile phone while you were supposed to be watching a film together? Ever found out something serious about a member of your family via Facebook?
While I love the Internet and all the benefits it brings, I think we need to guard against it taking over our lives so completely we run the risk of losing what keeps our society cohesive and functioning.
What are your feelings about the Internet? Do you think that the advances out way the risks, or vice versa?
That's it for today. Congratulations to Stephen on his release. He'll be guesting here this Friday as part of his Escalation Blog Tour, when he'll be discussing Women of Science and Science Fiction. Don't forget to call back.