|An RFID chip|
That editorial brought in readers' letters, on some of which Stan invited me to comment. I did, but a letters-to-the-editor column can hardly accommodate in-depth discussion. And so I offered Stan a science fact article. My first. "Beyond this Point Be RFIDs" ran in Analog in 2007.
(I'd researched RFIDs for TDotR, of course, but writing the article led me to do more digging. As a bonus, the musings stirred up by that the second round of research led to a second story, "The Night of the RFIDs.")
And by such circuitous means, I took my first step down the slippery slope of also writing science and technology nonfiction. Bringing me at last -- while segueing to a commercial announcement -- to this post's subject ...
Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought collects six essays that first appeared in Analog. The essays deal with:
- RFIDs and the associated threats to privacy
- Asteroid deflection
- Language, communications, and science fiction
- The why, where, and (perhaps the) how of faster-than-light technology
- Nanotech, and the next thirty or so years
- The coming post-shuttle era of commercialized spaceflight
But science marches on, so these are more than the original Analog essays. I've updated and expanded them all. Even the article that first ran in Analog's January 2012 issue.
The book also includes more than a dozen short stories -- first published in Analog, Artemis, Asimov's, Jim Baen's Universe, and Darker Matter -- on related themes.
Curious? Then check out Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought on my website or at Amazon (print and Kindle).