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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 I have written far too many things that have gone unpublished, from very terrible horror novels in my teens, to comics during my time at Belhaven College until finally settling on cyberpunk science fiction after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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Readers of this all too-infrequent blog will know that I am a huge fan of Neal Stephenson’s work, especially his seminal cyberpunk work Snow Crash as well as his more esoteric fare like Anathem. You’ll also note that I was not a huge fan of what I saw as the wasted potential of his last book, Reamde. I approached his latest novel, Seveneves, with some hesitation. I knew almost nothing about the...

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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.”
Gary Ballard, Under the Amoral Bridge

“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.”
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“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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