Interview with Dr. Andrew Maynard, AOMD Podcast Episode 001

Dr. Natasha Bajema kicks off the podcast with a fascinating discussion with Dr. Andrew Maynard. He is a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the mastermind behind the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and blogs at 2020science.org and most recently the author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies.

My Goals in 2020: The Start of A New Decade

Saying goodbye to a decade… Each year since I first started writing in 2016, I’ve reviewed my accomplishments for the past year and set new goals for the year (and maybe this time if I’m feeling really spunky, for a whole decade? Nah…). I’ve often heard it said that we tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a year, but underestimate what we can achieve in ten years. I can’t wait to see what i’ve done when I reach my ten year writing anniversary in 2026. Whereas I’ve only recently started writing fiction, I’ve accomplished plenty over the past Read more…

Day 79: Sneak Preview of Rescind Order

You wanted a sneak preview? First, a few words by way of introduction. And I promise, only a few. Definitely not 50K. Well, I didn’t “win” Nanowrimo month. In case you didn’t know, every November, hundreds of thousands of fiction authors commit to the goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. And not just any month. The month of November… which happens to feature fun with friends and family over Thanksgiving. I actually managed to pull this off twice before. Not this time. This year, I wrote 38,000 words on my latest novel, Rescind Order. I’m pretty proud of that word Read more…

Day 66: Wild Creatures are like Good Novel Characters

In Texas, we spend a great deal of time managing and living among wild creatures. SPOILER: they’re sometimes dangerous (ohh, danger), and they’re always bigger than anything I’ve seen elsewhere. Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas. At least that’s been my experience thus far. I’ve recently decided that wild creatures are like good characters in a novel. They make for great stories. WARNING: this post might contain disturbing material about dead creatures (specifically ones that i’ve killed).   Palmetto Bugs My fun with the wild creatures of Texas began when I received the proper “Welcome to Rockport, Texas” on my Read more…

Day 16: What Has Been Seen Cannot be Unseen

More than two weeks ago now, I announced my crazy intention of producing a musical stage play on nuclear weapons and artificial intelligence called American Doomsday. You can’t see me right now, but I’m laughing and shaking nervously. And asking myself, “wait, what?” In the meantime, I’ve started the novel that will serve as the basis for the stage play. I’ve been reflecting a great deal on what it means to write a story that is 1) compelling enough to attract a broad audience; 2) sufficiently faithful to the complex and technical topics of nuclear deterrence, the nuclear triad, false alarms, perception, Read more…

Day 1: An Idea is Born

I’ve often heard the phrase, timing is everything. After spending several decades on this planet, I’m inclined to agree. As a fiction writer and content creator, I get new ideas every day and can get excited about any number of them. Sadly, I don’t have the time, energy, or resources to execute them all. But I often wish I could see where all my ideas might lead–to explore whether or not they might work or have the effects I anticipate. But it’s not enough to have a good idea. Even successful execution of a good idea by the right person is not Read more…

My Hero (Ch. 42) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 042

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-42.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:08 — 24.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 42. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 26, 2019.  I’m sad to say that this is my final episode of the Bionic Bug podcast. This is somewhat bittersweet because I’ve grown fond of sharing my thoughts with you. If you’ve been listening from the beginning, thank you so much for joining me Read more…

Beware the Jabberwocky: The AI Monsters Are Coming

I wrote this essay as part of A Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Periodic Publication entitled AI, China, Russia, and the Global Order: Technological, Political, Global, and Creative Perspectives edited by Nicholas D. Wright and Mariah C. Yager. For the full paper, visit the NSI website. Introduction In my recent reflections about the exponential growth in artificial intelligence and the potential implications for humanity and the global order, a pulse fired across the synapses in my brain. Seemingly out of nowhere, I began humming a familiar tune set to Lewis Carroll’s famous poem entitled Jabberwocky.  “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that Read more…

Setting Goals for 2019

Sitting at my computer this evening, I’m feeling a bit sheepish. I may have already gotten off on the wrong foot as an Indie author in 2019. For one, I’ve not kept pace with my planned writing/editing quotas this month–it’s been such a slog. I’ve also been procrastinating on setting my goals for 2019 for nearly a month. And if I don’t set them now, it just won’t be as meaningful. I tend to procrastinate a task when I haven’t quite figured something out or really don’t want to do something. I might also be overwhelmed by the tasks I Read more…

Anagram (Ch. 41) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 041

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-41.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:48 — 20.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 41. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 20, 2019.  Two episodes in one week? Yes, it’s true. This is my second to last episode of Bionic Bug. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll tune into my new podcast called Authors of Mass Destruction, which will be launching in March. Let’s Read more…