New Scientist, 20 April 2006 issue contained Amanda Gefter’s piece ‘Exploring Stephen Hawking’s Flexiverse’. Quoting from that “The real lesson of these so-called singularity theorems is that the origin of the universe is a quantum event,”. My article, ‘Why we are here’, started there.
I’m Roy Gray, and I wrote The Joy of Technology, you can see the cover above. In a technical sense, it’s rude and explicit—but, being science fiction (SF) there’s insufficient flesh-to-flesh contact to worry anyone.
There’s nothing new or different about a short story turned e-book or E book collections of short stories be they rather rude, somewhat explicit or otherwise. The Joy of Technology Ebook is all of those plus more.
Originally a short story The Joy of Technology was published as a ‘chapbook’ by Pendragon Press in 2011. Now I’ve converted it into an e book and added the ‘DVD extras’ though, of course, there is no DVD with any downloadable e book – including this one.
Is it fiction or non-fiction? Is it a short story collection or a novel containing short stories? Is it all of those or none of those? Yes I think it is.
An important aspect of ‘creative writing’ is most of it never gets published and, while the proportions of published to unpublished may have changed with the advent of e books, blogs and social networks, I suspect that remains true. For every author who can make a success of their ‘shopping list’ there are hundreds who languish unknown, unread and unpublished.
I sit somewhere in that range, too close to the unknown pole for comfort, but at least someone found some of my work of value.
The Joy of Technology was one of my few successes and now it’s a self published ebook. This blog is one of my ways of telling you about that e book version.
One further warning to ensure that readers are not misled about the nature of the story.
It was not written with any intention to offend anyone but the sexually explicit portions and language may have that effect. If you are likely to be offended by this type of material it would be wise to avoid going further.
I will try to keep this site completely inoffensive but remember offense is in the eye of the beholder. I have tried to ensure the free samples of the ebook do not contain any particularly ‘adult’ material.
I will be sorry if anyone buys Joy and then feels that the currency, time and/or effort they spent obtaining it was wasted. I would, of course, be even sorrier should any of those who then go on to read it feel the same. Either way one consolation may be that the single story The Joy of Technology that headlines the ebook is reasonably short and represents a larger proportion of author’s time than it does the reader’s.
The ‘DVD Extras’ also contain scenes, scenarios and language that may be objectionable to some readers. Again, if this is likely to offend you, do not download.