A new crime app was just launched in Baltimore that provides users with up-to-the-minute information on crime and other emergency situations right to their phones so they have the opportunity to run away and get to safety. When this app was highlighted on the news, they noted that another feature is that witnesses can post … Continue reading Scattergram is Watching
When I was building the domed city of Aquataine, one of the first things I researched was, “How will these people breathe underwater?” It doesn’t matter whether you are onboard a space station, or in a submarine, or in a city underwater, there are three things you have to do—make oxygen to replace what all … Continue reading Breathing Underwater
It’s sort of difficult to figure out what tech is going to be like in a hundred years. Texas Instruments rolled out the first transistor radio in 1954, and then a handheld calculator in 1967. For some odd reason, I remember my dad buying a calculator, probably in the early seventies, and as I recall … Continue reading Future Tech
If you lived in a dome underwater, how would you travel to other cities? In the early twenty-first century, the principle means of long-distance travel is airliners. Even a hundred years from now, it will still be a popular way to reach cities in the inland parts of country. Not long ago, people used surface … Continue reading Traveling to Underwater Cities
Sort of. Wrist Comm episode of Doctor Who, 1977 In my forthcoming book UNDERCURRENT, a lot of my characters use WristComms. I figure that, even a hundred years from now, we’re still going to need some kind of phone (plus whatever apps and stuff we need), and we won’t want to carry it around. So, … Continue reading A History of the WristComm
Gun Stock Milling Machine Man, would I love to try! Ancestry.com posted a video (which is labeled as Episode 1 and hopefully will lead to a new TV series) shows a researcher who tries her hand at being a tailor like her ancestors. She works with a tailor shop to make a custom blazer for … Continue reading Could I do my ancestors’ jobs?
It's a question I've heard a couple of times, because Phelan's Uncle Gene is reading the news on his Lector in the third sentence of UNDERCURRENT."Apparently, I’m the last of our team to arrive. Uncle Gene notices too. He looks up from reading the morning news, the glow from his Lector tablet highlighting his furrowed … Continue reading What’s a Lector?