David Drazul

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After surviving dotcom burnout and a chemical engineering career that fizzled, I became a stay-at-home dad. When I'm not hounding the kids to finish their homework, chopping wood, or renovating some part of the house, I'm free to let my imagination take me away. The transcripts of these journeys become stories, at least the coherent ones.

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David Drazul Ha! I love this question. As a kid, I spent a lot of time camping out at the beach at Smith Point County Park. While my friends and I were obsessing…moreHa! I love this question. As a kid, I spent a lot of time camping out at the beach at Smith Point County Park. While my friends and I were obsessing over the hermit crabs that inhabited a small cove that faced Moriches Bay, we'd occasionally spot horseshoe crabs crawling along the bottom. They were strangely sleek and mysterious; they didn't look anything like the other crabs.

Once I got older, I learned that horseshoe crabs have been around for over 450 million years and are closer in relation to spiders and scorpions than crabs. In fact, they may be related to the amazing trilobites, one of history's most prolific species but which ultimately perished in the Permian extinction 250 mya.

The more I read about them, the more I learned how alien these guys are to almost everything around. They fascinate me. They've survived four extinctions and continue to put up with the indignities of being dinner, bait, and involuntary blood donors.

After my family moved away from New York, I didn't see one again until I was an adult with kids of my own. My wife and I like to rent houses near Cape Cod Bay. Its shallow waters are perfect for little kids: small waves and lots of beach to play on at low tide. It's also good for horseshoe crabs.

Seeing them after all those years stirred something within me. As I related what I'd learned to my kids, I felt connected with these stoic creatures. I watched over them until the tide came in, making sure the gulls kept their distance and passersby didn't abuse them. When the tide finally came in and loosened the sand around them, I watched as they dug themselves out and silently crawled back to the depths of the sea.

Whether they're my spirit animal or my paternal instincts were imprinted upon the object of a wonderful childhood memory, I don't know. Either way, when I spotted that picture I knew it had to be my avatar.(less)
David Drazul I'm currently working on "Gateway to Empire", the sequel to "Armistice Day". Unfortunately it's been slow going as I haven't had as much time to write…moreI'm currently working on "Gateway to Empire", the sequel to "Armistice Day". Unfortunately it's been slow going as I haven't had as much time to write as I would like. I really want to finish it this year (2014) but I have a lot of projects and jobs to complete first.(less)
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Book cover for Persepolis - volume 1Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic memoir (a memoir in graphic novel form) of Marjane Satrapi's childhood years in Tehran, Iran during the late 70s and early 80s. Those old enough to remember—or know their history—will recall that this is the time when the Shah was evicted from Iran and a religious dictatorship took his place, the American embassy was captured and 52 people were... Read more of this blog post »
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic memoir (a memoir in graphic novel form) of Marjane Satrapi's childhood years in Tehran, Iran during the late 70s and early 80s. Those old enough to remember—or know their history—will recall that this ...more
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Every male mammal dies at the exact same moment except for one human and one Capuchin monkey. Why? No one knows yet, but a magic amulet seems to be the leading candidate, despite the bogus scientific ideas put forth. Regardless, women get to prove th ...more
" Ever since I read about the world’s eight Poles of Inaccessibility – while carrying out research for Dreams Before the Start of Time – I hoped that one day I’d reach the Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility. Last month I made it! In Dreams Before..." Read more of this blog post »
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So if you haven't read volume 1, this review could be a bit spoiler-ish.

Volume 1 leaves off with Marko's parents teleporting in under the assumption that he'd been captured. Volume 2 starts off with Marko introducing his parents to Alana and Hazel. M
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In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford
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“Here's a quick rule of thumb: Don't annoy science fiction writers. These are people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they'll do to you.”
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“I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.”
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“You can only look forward to a South Dakota winter if, as with childbirth, remodeling a house, or writing a novel, you're able to forget how bad it was the last time.”
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“An assumption exists that long sentences are bad, but it is usually the case that bad sentences are long.”
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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
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