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Andy Giesler

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When I was little, I fell in love with science fiction. (Andre Norton and Isaac Asimov: thank you, wherever you are.) In high school, I fell in love with fantasy. (J.R.R. Tolkien: thank you; even though you were a human, I hope you're in Valinor.)

In college, majoring in computer science made me love science fiction even more, and majoring in philosophy made me love reading a curious assortment of things.

Besides reading, I'm a writer. (The non-bookwhacking kind.) As you probably know, I have to talk about my author persona in third person. Sorry. I don't make the rules.

In fourth grade, Andy Giesler fell in love with writing. His debut novel, Attack of the Dinosaurs, was seventeen pages long: the heart-pounding tale of Alaskan scientists usin
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When you put hay (or other grasses) in a silo, that's only partly for storage. It's also for fermentation. Once the hay is in there, bacteria go to work on it—often the same kind of acidophilus bacteria that we use to make yogurt and pickles. After fermenting, it's called hay silage, or "haylage". (Oat silage is "oatlage.")

When you do it right, silage is more nutritious, easier to digest, and actually tastier to the cows than hay. Happy-health cows = more-better milk.

My summer job through college in the 80s was as a computer programmer for an Ohio dairy science researcher who specialized in that kind of fermentation. I often worked in his offices, but I also spent a good deal of time programming in the dairy barn amongst my bovine friends. I helped researchers to analyze data or, when needed, to pitch hay.

My favorite experiment: They installed sensors at the feed mangers. Every time a cow leaned in to eat, the cow's head pushed a sensor. By analyzing that data, you could see not only when and how long the cows ate, but how eagerly…possibly suggesting how delicious they found that particular batch of silage.

That's also the job where I met my wife—though we wouldn't figure out she was my wife for several years, at which point we got married.(less)
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The Nothing Within

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It's been a while. Things have happened.

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Over the last few months I've written a half dozen short stories. If you're looking for something quick to read, I'm eager for feedback before sending them off.

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