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Gary Ballard

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I began writing things down at the age of eleven, and I haven't stopped since. I have written far too many things that have gone unpublished, from very terrible horror novels in my teens, to comics during my time at Belhaven College until finally settling on cyberpunk science fiction after graduation. I have released three novels in a cyberpunk series called The Bridge Chronicles. The Bridge Chronicles in turn is one slice of cohesive universe that began as a pen-and-paper roleplaying game.

I currently live with my beautiful wife and three very insane dogs in Mississippi, where I continue to write my novels.
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Gary Ballard Obviously the big 3 of cyberpunk - Gibson's Neuromancer trilogy, Stephenson's Snow Crash and Sterling's Islands in the Net are great starts. I'm also …moreObviously the big 3 of cyberpunk - Gibson's Neuromancer trilogy, Stephenson's Snow Crash and Sterling's Islands in the Net are great starts. I'm also partial to beat writers like Burroughs (Naked Lunch), Ginsberg (Howl) and Kerouac's On the Road. Lately, I've been into Corey's The Expanse series for hard sci-fi, Lindsay Ellis' Axiom's End and Iain Banks' The Culture series, while interspersing some Thomas Hardy to get my classical literature fix.(less)
Gary Ballard I think I might very much like to visit the future world of Iain Banks The Culture series of books. I very much like the idea of a world where humans …moreI think I might very much like to visit the future world of Iain Banks The Culture series of books. I very much like the idea of a world where humans are long-lived and their needs are cared for by machines, allowing them centuries to achieve their greatest potential, without repression based on ideology, sexuality, gender, race or economic class.(less)
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Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life by Honoré de Balzac Review: A Classic Hot Mess

I am a fan of Balzac’s work since I read some of it in college, though I must admit my memory of the books of his I have read is sketchy at best. I picked up Scenes as one of those free books on Amazon and felt like rekindling my love of French naturalist lit with a random Balzac pick.

In the modern parlance, this book is an enjoyable hot mess.

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“Aristotle, I swear that kid is going to get himself killed one of these days. He’s a dumbass at the genetic level.”
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“power is not built by honorable heroes, it is built by pragmatic men making terrible decisions in the name of what they consider the greater good. Power is built with blood.”
Gary Ballard, The Long and the Short Swords

“That’s the trick we’ve learned about democracy, you see. Democracy is inherently chaotic, with the will of the people often easily swayed by all sorts of externalities, things like fear and pride and greed. But if you can control those externalities, manipulate those factors, democracy is imminently controllable.”
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Valjeanne Jeffers Hi Gary, thanks for the add and Merry Christmas :)!


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