Introducing The Martian Dispatches!

Introducing The Martian Dispatches!

At long last, this special project (which I’ve been busy with for many months) has been released. Which means I can finally talk about it! But first, a little preamble…

About a year ago, I joined Mars City Design®, a non-profit innovation and design platform dedicated to merging architecture, design, and the creative industry with the commercial space sector (aka. NewSpace). Since their inception in 2016, they’ve hosted an annual design competition where architects and designers from around the world submit ideas for how humans could live sustainably on Mars someday.

Every year has a different theme, which in recent years has included Urban Design and Architecture, AI Robotics and Engineering, Transportation, Sports, and for the 2020 competition, Urban Farming. Their founder and CEO, Vera Mulyani is basically a rock star in the architecture, art, and commercial space industries. As a scicomm (science communicator), we know many of the same people and run in the same circles.

Eventually, we made introductions during a virtual conference hosted by Explore Mars (of which she in a Director and I a member) and I learned what she and her organization did. My interest was piqued, and I asked if I could do a write-up on them for Universe Today. Vera was suitably impressed and asked me to join MCD as a media communicator shortly thereafter. That’s when the collaboration began!

Mars City Design®

A year later, Vera and I co-wrote a series of podcasts together! Each episode is basically an account of what it’s like to live on Mars in the future, as told by a fictional character. It’s called The Martian Dispatches, and the first volume (3 episodes) is now available on Amazon.com! Each story features elements of MCD’s design competitions and explores a different aspect of what it’s like to live on Mars 100 years after human settlers first set foot on the surface.

Here’s the intro for the series:

“Have you ever imagined what future life will be like on Mars… three or four generations from today?

That’s right. Your great grand kids may actually be born on Mars! While you may never get to meet them, you certainly can imagine what their phenomenal lives will be like. And we can help. 

Because at Mars City Design®, that’s what we do.

Imagining possibilities. Constantly.  But we’re also working to make them a reality; A future where humans can live and thrive on Mars!

To provide a glimpse of this future, we proudly present The Martian Dispatches – a podcast series that imagines this future works, told by actual Martians. Through these tales of life on the Red Planet, which soon will be published on the Space Channel, we hope to share with you our uplifting, beyond non-dystopian vision of the future!

You may also guess, which celebrities or space pioneers, are behind these voices. One hint: our Premier played the voice for Jenny the robot, on Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak world tour.”

And here’s a teaser trailer. The segment comes from the episode Mangala Hotsprings, and is narrated by famed Canadian recording artist Esthero.

Science Fiction, Babylon Style!

Science Fiction, Babylon Style!

There are times when ideas come along that just feel inspired. Then there are times when you think, “this is something I really should do because it sounds awesome in concept.” Those are the kind of ideas that you know readers will appreciate, provided you can do them justice! Otherwise, they’ll just sit on the shelf (or your Documents folder) and gather dust. The following list of ideas sort of straddle these two categories.

They came to me while researching ancient Mesopotamian myths that remain a part of our culture today. In fact, many of the myths that are considered to be foundational to western culture trace their roots to the “land between two rivers” (between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers). Here are the ideas I was mulling over after reading up on some ancient myths.

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My First (Real) Five Year Plan

My First (Real) Five Year Plan

The Five Year Plan… chances are, we’ve all heard someone talk about how they have one and hoped that they would be able to achieve all their listed goals by the end of it. While I’m sure most people can’t be bothered to listen to anyone lay out their life plans with anything other than the barest of feigned interest, it does feel like this is something we should all consider.

Somehow, having a plan in place that includes an ultimate goal, concrete steps on how to get there, and a timeline for each step – that just seems like the kind of thing serious people and high-end achievers do, doesn’t it? So I got to thinking a while back that I should start setting goals and a schedule for making them happen, though this would be subject to adjustment along the way.

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The Fermi Series Will Be Released as a Book!

The Fermi Series Will Be Released as a Book!

A few months ago, my boss at Universe Today encouraged me to take on a new writing project. For months now, I’ve been writing a series about the Fermi Paradox. For those who are not familiar, this paradox takes its name from Enrico Fermi, the Italian-American physicist who was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb and the first nuclear reactor.

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The Cronian Incident, by Matthew Williams @storybywill @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #TheCronianIncident #Scifi

The Cronian Incident, by Matthew Williams @storybywill @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #TheCronianIncident #Scifi

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TheCronianIncident

To celebrate the upcoming release of the final installment of The Formist series, we’re going back to where it all started in The Cronian Incident!

Read on for details, excerpt, and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

The Cronian Incident FINAL 150dpiThe Cronian Incident ( The Formist #1)

Publication Date: September 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Jeremiah Ward was just another convict, a disgraced investigator who once worked the Martian beat, now serving his sentence in a mining colony on Mercury. When a member of a powerful faction goes missing on Titan, Ward is given an opportunity he cannot pass up. In exchange for investigating the disappearance of this figure, he gets a clean slate and a second chance.

But, the deeper Ward digs the more secrets he finds. Instead of investigating a missing person’s case he becomes embroiled in a centuries-old conspiracy and Ward comes to realize his…

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Blog Tour: The Cronian Incident by Matthew S. Williams @storybywill @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Scifi

Blog Tour: The Cronian Incident by Matthew S. Williams @storybywill @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Scifi

The Formist Series is getting a BLOG TOUR! Check out the dates and fire some “questions for the author” to the participating blogs (if you feel like it)

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To celebrate the upcoming release of the final installment of The Formist series, we’re going back to where it all started in The Cronian Incident

Read on for details, excerpt, and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

The Cronian Incident FINAL 150dpiThe Cronian Incident ( The Formist #1)

Publication Date: September 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Jeremiah Ward was just another convict, a disgraced investigator who once worked the Martian beat, now serving his sentence in a mining colony on Mercury. When a member of a powerful faction goes missing on Titan, Ward is given an opportunity he cannot pass up. In exchange for investigating the disappearance of this figure, he gets a clean slate and a second chance.

But, the deeper Ward digs the more secrets he finds. Instead of investigating a missing person’s case he becomes embroiled in a centuries-old conspiracy and Ward comes to realize his one…

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Casting for the Formist Mini-Series!

Okay, there’s no mini-series in the works (yet!) But I’ve been thinking, if my first three books (the Formist Series) are ever adapted into a mini-series, there are some people I had in mind for the main roles. And it’s fun to imagine real-life actors bringing life to the characters you created. At a certain point, you want to see if there are any actors/actresses who look as you imagine them and can capture their personality and spirit.

First up, here’s who I see filling all the lead roles:

Jeremiah Ward

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The Frost Line Fracture – the Finale to the Formist Series – Has Been Released!

The Frost Line Fracture – the Finale to the Formist Series – Has Been Released!

In 2015, I began working on an idea I hoped would some genuine legs. Inspired by my day job (writing about astronomy and space exploration), I finally had a hard SF concept in mind after many years of trying to hone my craft and find my voice. I could tell that this was an idea that could go somewhere, mainly because of how nervous and obsessive I was about getting it right.

And now, five years later, the trilogy that this led to is finally complete!

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Some Good News Before 2020 Ends

Some Good News Before 2020 Ends

The year 2020 has been rather interesting, in a totally messed up kind of way! In fact, it’s already in the running for “worst year ever,” a title previously held by 2016. At the same time though, there have been some developments this year that I’m thankful for. And today, I thought I’d share what some of those were.

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Some Thoughts on the 2020 Election and the Future – Part the Last

Some Thoughts on the 2020 Election and the Future – Part the Last

Congratulations, you’ve read Part the First and Second you’re in the final lap! If I were to offer any excuses for the length of this tirade, it would be that the last four years have been a horror show and this is my catharsis. I recommend everyone do it, frankly! In any case, here’s the last of it:

After his first disastrous year, Trump continued to give living meaning to the term “dumpster fire.” Like a train wreck, you were appalled but what you saw, yet you couldn’t look away! As if that weren’t bad enough, the smell was so disgusting you wanted to vomit repeatedly. Somehow, you just hoped it would burn itself out.

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