Infection (Ch. 27) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 027

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bionic-Bug-Episode-27.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 14:33 — 12.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 27. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on October 21, 2018. I’m excited to deliver a bonus episode this week. There’s been so many interesting tech headlines lately, I couldn’t resist sharing more. Especially since recent headlines have featured technologies I use in my fiction novels. I’m thrilled to announce that Project Read more…

The Library Book (Ch. 26) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 026

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bionic-Bug-Episode-26.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:02 — 16.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 26. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on October 20, 2018. First off, a quick personal update. Last week, I was unable to record a podcast episode because I was in Austin for a writer mastermind event. I’m still processing everything I learned talking to fellow writers about my fiction and author Read more…

The Bionic Bug (Ch. 6) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 006

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-episdoe-6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:39 — 23.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 6. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. Before we get started, a quick reminder. The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Professional and personal updates: I just got back from traveling to Destin, Read more…

The Drone Show (Ch. 3) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 003

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:51 — 23.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreWelcome to episode number 3 of the Bionic Bug podcast. Before we get started, a quick reminder. The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. First off, I have a personal update. This past week, I hosted my first-ever book launch party and book signing for Bionic Bug at Wicked Bloom, a cool Read more…

A Modern Writer’s Journey

In October 2015, I began seriously writing my first novel The Nuclear Conspiracy, Part 1 of 3 in the Power Series (I just came up with that…Apparently, trilogies need names, too). I already have a full-time job so I write in my spare time, which is as you can imagine, quite limited. Nonetheless, I’m proud to say that I have written over 89,000 words in less than a year and am gearing up to write the last 40,000 this fall. I’m happy with my progress, but I would be a lot further along if I didn’t have to do so many other things just Read more…

Power of Three

Many of us have heard the saying “bad things come in threes” or its preferred counterpart about good things. For some reason, we like to think in threes. There are countless three-worded phrases like mind, body and soul and slogans like Snap, Crackle, Pop. Stoplights have three colors-red, yellow and green. The Declaration of Independence declares three inalienable rights-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The United States government created by the Constitution consists of three branches-executive, legislative and judicial. When you really start paying attention, you find the number three all over the place across pop culture, literature, sports, religion Read more…

3D Printing: Enabler of Mass Destruction?

By Natasha E. Bajema, Ph.D. Imagine you are spending an evening at your favorite steakhouse in the year 2035. When you place an order for a steak, the waiter asks politely: “And how would you like your steak printed?” You might think you’ve found yourself in an episode of the 1960s space-age animated sitcom The Jetsons. But this is where the kitchen of the future may be heading courtesy of additive manufacturing. Over the past couple years, a little known company called Modern Meadow has been quietly developing techniques for “printing” living tissue such as leather and meat rather than Read more…

Everyone Loves a Good Villain

When I was working at the Pentagon several years ago, I found out that a number of people were referring to me as Dr. Evil and not in jest. At the time, I was working for the Assistant Secretary of Defense who oversees the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a behemoth defense agency with over 2,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. It was my job to oversee several projects of interest to him and make sure they were running on time, not over spending and doing what they were intended to accomplish. That meant that I regularly Read more…

It’s Called a “Laser”

In the 1997 action-comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Dr. Evil is trying to come up with an evil plan to blackmail the world. In his second attempt at a viable plan, he explains to his minions that he had developed a weather-changing machine in the 1960s, which was in essence a sophisticated heat beam he called a “laser”. He hand signs quotation marks to call out the term “laser” indicating that the technology was not well known at the time, and no one really should know what a “laser” is. Dr. Evil has just been de-thawed after being cryogenically Read more…

My Muse

It’s been said many times (I’m not sure by whom), writers write what they know. I am a national security expert writing a fiction political thriller about national security issues and of course, weapons of mass destruction (WMD)–cue scary music. My novel takes place primarily in the Pentagon and at Fort Lesley J. McNair, and my protagonist Dr. Morgan Shaw is a professor starting her new job at that National War College at the National Defense University (NDU). I’ve worked in the Pentagon for two years and currently work at NDU. For more than seven years, I have been working for NDU. Read more…