Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Do you read all of the books your favourite author puts out?

What's the best part about discovering a new author whose work you loved? Discovering the back list of books they've written that you can sink you teeth into next!

We all have our favourite popular authors whose books we devour the moment they arrive at the book store or are ready for download onto our ebook devices. But do you ever allow yourself the opportunity to discover relevant authors who have not had the luck or luxury to have been traditionally published?

Often realized later in their careers, indie authors are responsible for some of the edgiest reading out there, and are changing the landscape of what a popular book looks like. But they are not offering up their first book as the game changer. No, chances are they have written several books before the one that finally got noticed, yet their previous works can often times be as good - if not better - than their breakout novel. It's worth a look when you discover that new author; to research their other works  and pick one up. You may be surprised!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Conflux: Threat from the Troika, a military fiction novel by William Brazzel.

With the daily discord taking place worldwide, I wonder if the United Nations is up to the task of calming the numerous threats and wars that are occurring. From my vantage point, I’m skeptical that the U.N. members can maintain peace. Due to the numerous agendas maintained by the membership, I believe that their self-interests have created an atmosphere of apathy concerning issues that conflict or fall outside of their own agendas. 

In contrast, any actions the members do take, often serve to inflame the existing conflicts without resolving the underlying issues that exist.

In addition, I believe the cost to the United States in membership dues is prohibitive. When you understand that the U.S. pays for 22% of the annual U.N. budget as compared to the nearly 8% provided by both the Republic of China and the Russian Federation combined, I become angry while realizing that our country is once again being taken advantage of. Understanding that the United States is considered a pariah nation by many of the U.N. members, I wonder why we continue to maintain our membership in such an ineffective and biased organization. 

In my novel, “Conflux Threat from the Troika” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and her staff are discriminated against by members of many foreign governments. As a result of the overbearing discrimination and disrespect displayed toward the U.S. delegation to the U.N., the United States ultimately withdraws from the United Nations, producing panic and shock among the remaining members. 

The actions taken next by the U.S. are completely unexpected and result in utter chaos worldwide. 

What steps do you think our country should take in the future with regard to our membership in the U.N.?

Find out more about Bill Brazzel at http://www.scifiauthorbrazzel.com/
You can find his new book Conflux Threat from the Troika on Amazon.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Artificial intelligence in new releases books

2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it's the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia, unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it.

A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl, author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. “This novel investigates global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone,” Poeltl explains. “Certain aspects of humanity will never be satisfied with the thousand shades of grey a utopia will provide, no matter the spin. When faced with the threat of their robot slaves rebelling, distrust in the system begins to infect the general public, opening the door for a new world to emerge, and new leaders to rule.”  Discover how quickly a near-future utiopian society can become a dystopian nightmare fueled by fear as the A.I. populace of United Earth become sentient and demand their freedoms.

Raymond Bellows, United Earth Chancellor, challenges the A.I. claims until an astonishing truth is revealed by Host: SENTA, one of hundreds of millions of individual robot Hosts who teams up with the Chancellor while struggling to discover her new-found awareness.  A secret coup schemes to over-throw the peaceful government, while a separate threat of human/tech hybrids who think the current regime is anything but idyllic arise from the Shadow net, taking direction from the mysterious Allfather avatar. In a three-sided war, humanity and humanity’s creation fight to claim their own place in an ever-evolving solar system.

“I believe science fictions fans, myself included, appreciate the complexities of artificial intelligence, and the moral questions which accompany it, like: when is intelligence consciousness? The novel also offers an exciting potential new proof of life for sentience.” Poeltl declares with an air of cloak-and-dagger surrounding the surprise reveal behind his new book.

Goodreads ratings for A.I. Insurrection are settling in at a respectable 4.25 stars and has one reviewer saying: A great read for anyone who enjoys extensively built worlds, philosophical questions, and an ol' fashioned A.I uprising.” - Ari Augustine.

This is Poeltl’s tenth book and the first of 2018. For more on Michael Poeltl and his books, visit his website: www.mikepoeltl.com Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or join him on Goodreads.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How the Rise of Artificial Intelligence is Effecting the Entertainment Industry

With the looming reality of autonomous vehicles taking to our road and airways, artificial intelligence in other areas can't be far off. Replicants, AI Hosts, Androids, or whatever nomenclature you want to place on the AI which will be walking among us in the very near future are a sign of the times. Technology envelopes us now. It's taking our jobs. It's babysitting our kids with tablets and games. What purpose will there be left for any of us when individual AI Hosts are performing every job  which was formerly completed by its human counterpart?



Imagine if there were no jobs left to do save those you wanted to do? A robot built your house, farmed your land, served you coffee. Sounds pretty Utopian to me.  You get up when you want. You do what you want. You go to bed and start it all over again in the morning.

But what of the AI Hosts? Are they slaves? Are they still just machines making lfe easy for us humans? The psychological questions will arise. The old saying: 'a society should be judged on how they treat their animals' could shift to '...how they treat their Androids'.

Movies like A.I. and  more recently, Ghost in the Shell as well as emerging films like Alita: Battle Angel, and books like A.I. Insurrection are poised to make us ask many questions of ourselves when intelligent machines are made to do our bidding.

Will they identify as human? Will they identify as slaves? Will there be an uprising? Imagine if every job in the world were performed by slaves and what ruin an uprising on their part would usher into society. These questions are answered in the upcoming book: A.I. Insurrection. Important questions which require answers before we continue with blinders on to realize a Utopian world where mankind thrives on the backs of our creations.

Always curious to hear points of view on this subject matter.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Author Returns to Roots with New Science Fiction Offering

Though writing was his first love, Poeltl felt a pull toward the visual arts in his early teens, writing and illustrating comics as a child.  This interest in the visual side of his creative ambitions took him to Sheridan college, where he graduated the interpretive illustration course, earning his BA in Illustration. Poeltl preferred to paint in acrylic, the quick-drying paint agreeing with his impressionistic leanings, and as an illustrator he favoured pen and ink. As his career in a creative role matured, Poeltl became a marketing manager. While studiously performing his duties in this profession, he felt the urge to once again pick up pen and paper and write for pleasure.

This is where Poeltl's story really begins. The Judas Syndrome, book one of what would quickly become a trilogy, exploded onto the self-publishing scene. With his own marketing skills and a desire to reignite his passion for writing, Michael would produce and publish multiple books in varying genres including two he would illustrate himself.

Fast-forward to 2018. Poeltl's love of everything science fiction compels him to write A.I. Insurrection. This return to his roots in writing, and his experience over the past nine years, culminates in a well-written and engrossing tale told in a near-future utopia which will keep readers turning pages in this fast-paced military sci-fi. It has been described as the thoughtful science fiction fan's next read, with a complex story set in a fantastic world where artificial intelligence claim sentience and turmoil within the Utopian government spurs a war only one side expected. Spanning the solar system, this novel offers the potential to become a series.

The thoughtful sci-fi fan will appreciate the story's intricate world building and tumultuous relationships while the classic military sci-fi reader will enjoy the pace and battles which devastate the once Utopian society, yet build toward a new world order.

When is it considered murder to turn off your computer?

Find the new book available now on Amazon.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pre-Ordering Books From Amazon

If it's Science Fiction you love, you'll love A.I. Insurrection From Michael Poeltl. This book is ready for pre-order now for your Kindle with a proposed launch date of January 31st.

When is it considered murder to turn off your computer? A.I. Insurrection is a near-future science fiction tale investigating global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone. Meanwhile A.I. struggles to discover their new-found awareness, a secret coup threatens to overthrow the peaceful government, and a separate threat arises from the Shadow net, taking direction from a mysterious avatar. In an impossible three-sided war, enemies become uneasy allies as each faction of humanity and humanity’s creation fight to claim their own place in an ever-evolving solar system.

Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/I-Insurrection-Generals-War-ebook/dp/B078HH9CTC/