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Ray Gardener

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Helsinki, Finland
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Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke

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March 2017


The unexamined life is not worth living.
-- Socrates

I work as a software developer at my own company, Daylon Graphics, which produces the popular Leveller terrain modeler. I started it in 1998, and I began writing a few years before that while working at Corel in Ottawa.

Generally, I think about where we as a species are and where we're headed, what challenges we'll face, and what kinds of experiences we'll have.

Pen and paper, blogs, word processors... these are like flashlights we take with us as we explore the universe, going into every nook and cranny. Occasionally someone finds something and puts more light on it so that everyone else can see it.

My latest book Vacant Fire deals with society reacting to the possibility that some people are
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Ray Gardener Basically the books that are on my to-read list.
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"Remember" re-edited

A few months ago I re-edited my short story collection "Remember." The novella "An Act of Kindness" is also available for free at wattpad.com, https://www.wattpad.com/776274696-an-...
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Vacant Fire by Ray Gardener
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Enjoyed the first half of this story but didn't like the darkness and ugliness to which it was leading. I can see the signs of this story being acted out in our present day society and it's too real. Well-written book but overwhelm" Read more of this review »
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White Death by Robert Edwards
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A good chronology of the events leading up to and during the Finnish-Soviet war in 1939-40. The perspective of the various politicians, leaders and diplomats filled in some gaps I had, and helped explain why things happened the way they did. My only ...more
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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A sober allegory (and a timely warning) about the pitfalls of the human condition, where our better nature struggles against our weaknesses, fears, temptations, and lack of wisdom. Should be required reading in school.
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" Perhaps one should get what one wants, so that he can see how small his desires were. Then he is able to understand what he truly needs.

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I came across this in the library by accident, and what great luck. An astounding -- and yet plausible-seeming -- tale of life in the far future, where humanity has splintered into different evolutionary lines, two of them self-directed. A great atte ...more
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Socrates
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“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
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Robert M. Pirsig
“And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”
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