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Michael Smorenburg

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Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to California where he founded a business consultancy and online media and marketing engine. In 2003 he returned to South Africa where he launched then sold a security company. He now operates a property management company and writes full time.

Michael's greatest love is for the ocean and the environment. His passion is science, understanding the cosmos, and communicating the urgent need for reason to prevail over superstition.

His dedicated author's website and pictures at: www.MichaelSmorenburg.com


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Michael Smorenburg In 1995 I wrote a 125,000 word (500 page) novel, LifeGames, and never attempted to publish it.
It was too esoteric for me.
But I now have enough working…more
In 1995 I wrote a 125,000 word (500 page) novel, LifeGames, and never attempted to publish it.
It was too esoteric for me.
But I now have enough working knowledge of neurology to explain within the novel what is really going on in the minds of the characters locked into a bizarre set of circumstances.

I'm also thinking of compiling my 65 or so essays written and published (and commented on - 12,000 comments thus far in blogs) during the 5-year research phase of creating the SKA story.(less)
Michael Smorenburg I saw a news report that said "Religious Communities Embrace Science”.

> The religious in question are old school, deeply conservative Calvinists in…more
I saw a news report that said "Religious Communities Embrace Science”.

> The religious in question are old school, deeply conservative Calvinists in Carnarvon, a small town in South Africa's Northern Cape Provence.

> The 'high science' in question is the biggest investment in history into a scientific instrument, the Square Kilometre Array. It's objective is to find the origins of the universe - and it necessitates foreigners, scientists, streaming into the town.

Now... the religious folks of the region are staunchly suspicious of foreigners and particularly scientists - and they already know where the universe came from... Genesis has that answer.
Ergo, the the SKA is something of an affront to their sentiments; hence the 'surprise' evident in the news report.

My mind started to explore the potential for conflict and I realised that the story is much much bigger than this one little town.
The story is really about every tradition-based society; regardless of who and where in the world they are; feeling the pinch of modernity 'invading' their world - seeing and feeling the friction rising between generations as the youngsters get exposed by Internet, Social Media, TV and School Curriculums to information that contradicts their dogma.

I think the 1-star vendetta against my novel is proof positive that I have struck a nerve with this.
What is very interesting though is that even the very Calvinists and Young Earth Creationists that this novel is about who actually read it, give 5 stars and rave reviews.
The "controversy" then that the 1-stars are suggesting may well be the intrigue that makes the book worth reading.(less)
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“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”
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