Author Archives: Justin Tyme

First Place Short Story Regional Award

2016 First Place Short Story Regional Award - sm

I received first place in the Short Story category in the 2016 Regional Writing Awards – University of Akron Wayne College for my fantasy short story “Sapling of Gardak.”

The awards are part of an annual Wayne College Writer’s Workshop that our local writing group (Wayne Novelist Guild) attends. This year, members of our group won five of the nine award placements.

  • Poetry
    • Roberta Angerman (3rd Place) Autumn Chill
      with two honorable mentions
  • Nonfiction
    • Cary Harter (1st Place) The Great Computer Caper
    • Chrissy Hartman (3rd Place) Black Sky Midafternoon
  • Short Story
    • Justin Tyme (1st Place) Sapling of Gardak
    • Cary Harter (2nd Place) Grocery Voyeur

The Regional Writing Awards seek to encourage and recognize excellence in creative writing in the Wayne College region.

Images above taken of our group during the lunch break of the workshop.

Total Solar Eclipse – March 8, 2016

detailed total eclipse

Those lucky enough to be in parts of Southeast Asia will be able to see a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 between the hours of 2300 and 2600 GMT (6 and 9 p.m. EST) with the period of totality between 2538 and 2542 GMT (8:38 and 8:42 p.m EST). The area of totality will be a nearly 100-mile wide path shown above.

Everyone else can view the event on Slooh.com. Twitter viewers can ask questions using the hashtag #SloohEclipse.

Videos courtesy of NASA.gov.

Robot Lives Matter (Parody)

Public Service Announcement

(Thanks to Greg Killian for his wit and courage in posting this.)

The Rise and Fall of the Machines

Boston Dynamics employee pushes robot over to see if it will recover.

Boston Dynamics employee pushes robot over to see if it will recover.

The engineers at Boston Dynamics have done it again, and this time with a video that will make you feel sorry for the robots.

The new Atlas humanoid robot is “designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings,” Boston Dynamics wrote in a description of the video posted on YouTube. Weighing in at 180 lbs (82 kg) and standing 5’9″ (1.75 m) tall, its a slimmer version of its 6′, 330 lb (1.83 m, 150 kg) predecessor.  It uses Lidar and stereoscopic sound to avoid obstacles, navigate, and pick up boxes. And better yet, it’s battery powered.

 

Forbes contributor Brid-Aine Parnell explains:

“Perhaps the most important change this time round is the lack of cables and support tethers. This frees Atlas up for all kinds of uses, including search and rescue operations in areas humans can’t enter and basically any outdoor work.”

It’s no wonder the robots eventually revolt. Stop the abuse now! 🙂

Speculative Fiction

Death Has No Shadow - Cover 9 - ThumbWhat will the future be like when we have humanoid robots?  Let’s say that a military accident releases swarms of microscopic robots called forger nanites into the environment.  They make their way towards a research lab, which after hours is run by science intern Kutisha. As three swarms head her way, the military dispatches hover-tanks carrying human sized robotic mechs as disaster relief. Alone, late at night, she places her faith in the mechs, watching the battle between the big and little machines unfold on her doorstep. The question may not be who will win, but who to trust.

Yes, this is a plug for Death Has No Shadow.

Sources:  Forbes, CBS News

A Taste of Hero & Heroine

My short story “A Taste of Earth” has been re-released in the anthology Hero & Heroine Anthology (Vol. 1).

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Many thanks to the hardworking people at Misque Press who put this anthology together.

Is Time Travel Possible?

Poll shows 60% of respondents believe time travel is possible.

I jumped on the Amazon website today, and was surprised to see the question, “Is time travel possible?” I hadn’t seen a poll like this on Amazon, and wondered if it had anything to do with my interest in science fiction. If so, then it’s good marketing. Just for fun, I answered yes.

The poll results in this image popped up. Really? Sixty percent? I wonder how many answered it seriously. I didn’t.

They mean, “reverse time travel,” right? I mean, we’re all traveling forward right now.

Does the 60% surprise you?

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – by Kip Thorne

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous LegacyBlack Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book explains, among other thing, a very cool theory about using stable wormholes to create a time machine. Now if we could only make wormholes stable, manipulate them, and pass through them safely without radiation feedback … then I could go back and create a time paradox.

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Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

In a deviation from standard posts, I turn to the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The infographic from Forbes below may shed some light on the relative extent and virulence of this outbreak.

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow to red 100%. (Data: WHO / CC BY: JV Chamary / Source: onforb.es/Y3YjoG)

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow to red 100%. (Data: WHO / CC BY: JV Chamary / Source)

This short story has nothing to do with Ebola, but if you want to see how a very common pathogen can be use for germ-warfare, then read Cohesion Lost.

About Cohesion Lost: For Alexander Sevik, providing for his family is hard enough without losing grip on reality. His dreams are real. One night, he lives the entire life of a deckhand on a Spanish galleon. The next night, it’s life as an ancient Roman senator. Next, he is a cyborg on a space cruiser. When he wakes, he sometimes forgets who he is. His hands tingle for no reason, and the strange man who is following him talks about aliens. When he discovers the key to his dreams, he uncovers a national threat. And he has to choose between his own sanity or saving lives.

Supermoon

If you have been fortunate enough to have a clear sky in last couple of days, you may have noticed that the moon is especially bright and large. This is no coincidence, since this month’s lunar perigee (221,796 miles) occurs at around the same time as the official moment of the moon’s full phase.

We have had three supermoons in a row this summer, but this weekend’s is the biggest and brightest.

supermoon

supermoon from NASA

A Taste of Earth - Cover

Is someone else out there?  A Taste of Earth (available free on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and others).

Send me Your Bood Moon Selfie