Thursday, June 22, 2017

Announcing: Second Book Release - 2017

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Science fiction author K. Van Kramer invited to a Barnes & Noble Spring Author Signing, May 27, 2017

Van Kramer joins local authors in St. Petersburg, Florida, to help promote the second book of her series "From Phobos To Mars," as part of Silver Leaf Books Publishing's science fiction line.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - May 19, 2017 - s4story -- Book Two "From Phobos To Mars" follows the story a quiet agricultural scientist who winds up center stage in a mission to help a small Martian colony sustain crops for survival. Aided by her boyfriend Xanders, and her prodigy son, it's not easy to survive on Mars or explain the stolen genetic mutant crop seeds that she brought with her - much less handle the politics. Complete with a bar fight on Mars, there's a bit more than punches flying around in this low gravity brawl.

Van Kramer says: 'This is a classic space opera, the good old stuff that includes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, chivalric romance and risk-taking. Set in a technologically advanced underground city on Mars, emotional conflicts and personal interests arise amid state-of-the-art technology, and the small beginnings of this fledgling colony become a classic stage for space piracy, military laws and planetary romance. I have a fondness for courageous, misunderstood risk takers like my main protagonist — Dr. Lirren Lamaar, who finds a way to contribute to the colony through her work, amid the chaos and rigorous uncertainties that surround her.'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Weather Wars - A Fiction Synopsis


Chapter 1- Year 2052

Due to continued global warming, Canada’s northwest passages began opening up a new territorial coup with shipping routes that involved the Russians in a region known as EEZ. The Russians jokingly referred to this area as EEZY because they believed a conflict with the Canadians over a few new shipping lanes in their arctic regions would be “easy.” EEZY was a play on an anagram from the exclusive economic zone also know as the (EEZ) where international law states no own owned the North Pole. The United States President attended a round of urgent meetings asking Canada for a united front in response to Russia aggressively reopening military bases in the Arctic. Not long afterwards sanctions were imposed on the Russians. Things began heating up, when the U.S. continued with simulated attacks on Russian submarines they knew had entered international waters outside of Canada’s arctic regions. Canada claimed this region was theirs but the Russians had been using this route for decades with the help of ice breaker ships. Since twenty-five percent of the worlds untapped oil and gas reserves were located in the Arctic region, the Canadians clashed with U.S. as nations scrambled to lay claim to the riches that lay beneath the ice. 

In the mean time Russian bombers regularly ranged deep into the disputed area. Involving warships and aircraft from Canada, an unfortunate conflict occurred and a few hundred Canadians were killed during their NATO mission in a show down with the USA after the USA decided to lay claim to the region to stop the Russians.After the incident, during a series of investigations, the Canadians uncovered top secret files from a group of Russian scientists who reported something unusual while on a routine oil expedition. Inside the report there was evidence of something that was buried under the ice up there …something…not from Earth. 

The Canadians quickly washed their hands of the file, and turned it over to the U.S. The DoD soon got a hold of it but the Joint Chief of Staff had little patience for such an unlikely ill-defined scenario. After a brief meeting where he was met with a certain lack of enthusiasm with his colleagues in the intelligence community and military, he realized that an investigation could not be put down on paper. Any potential evidence of aliens under the ice triggered a whole set of thorny questions but the Chief still believed it was prudent to have a plan. With an overflowing plate on his hands he quickly handed it off to an experienced colleague by the name of Chris Kyle. A former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, Chris had muddled through other reports in the past on "issues related to UFO's or extraterrestrials" and worked inside an unofficial department with the DoD. 

Chris soon began to make phone calls to collect his usual handful of top specialists. Scanning over the report Chris knew he would have to begin with the Russian scientist who initially lead the team and signed the report. Apparently the petroluem engineer by the name of Mikhailo Kiev, a graduate of the Russian Academy Of Sciences, Moscow had disappeared soon after the report was made. Complicating matters more was a "Beach-Comber" German spy who claimed he worked for the Canadian Meteorologist Service but who really informed the allies of the Russian whereabouts. Apparently he also had information concerning a Nazi U-581 wreck listed in the very same area of question...

To be continued...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Art Of Life

I recently ran across an interesting article published by a scientist who argued that the arts are far more important than the sciences. I was intrigued by what he had to say, seeing as how he was a scientist, and his catch phrase that was titled  "We need science to live, but the humanities make life livable." That in itself was a poignant statement but as I studied his story further he demanded that such famous physics equations like e=mc2 could have been discovered by someone else had not Einstein lived, but no one else could have ever created Beethoven's 9th Symphony had not Beethoven lived. This struck me as profoundly true and raised my attention.

This idea struck me, but also reminded me of an age old account of the sciences and the arts once vehemently disputed long ago by Plato and Socrates. Plato stood by math naming it once as the "God geometries." Plato valued math as the key to knowledge of law and order, measure and symmetry, uniformity and regularity, harmony and rhythm: and to the application of these to the art of life. He thought only math would discover the "numbers and forms" of the divinely ordered cosmos which he believed. Plato reasoned the laws of the motions of the stellar deities, would determin a standard and pattern for our own souls and their emotions. It was a doctrine which occupied itself in science as a probable account of matters which belong to physics, biology, and pathology. Is it me - or is it a coincidence how these exact terms also define art - harmony, rhythm, order, measure and symmetry?

In passages from The Socrates Dialogues, it was discussed that reason and the Idea of Good, were the source of all knowledge and all existence. In general our greatest philosophers thought that Ideas were objects of intelligence, not intelligences concequently mixing myth with mathematics in a baffling attempt to find answers.   Socrates, as far as I understand, differed from Plato and stated that enshrining math hampered the imagination telling only what should be rather than what is...good thing for artists! I politely also consider that it was the writers (however the difference of opinion) who recorded these important doctrines.

An artist usually will not have any great love for mathematics, but the truth is as an artist,you frequently rely on math and science. An apparent contradiction between art and science might even be parallel with the differences between reason and opinion, although in my humble experience I'd prefer to think they are co-existent and coherent, side by side. While painting or drawing you have to understand biology, the human form, and what makes a good composition. For instance proportions, like that the head is exactly 1/16 the height of a body. That you should never divide a landscape exactly in half as it will bore the viewer or that three points in a painting like a triangle will be used and hid in the highlighted areas of a painting. That with large frescoes in the past, the artists would draw a mathematical grid to use as a guide for accuracy. Plains of view, horizons and foreshortening are only really understood through math. Numbers and proportions and certain types of knowledge is very much needed to be a good artist leaving me with the impression that all fields have a harmonious connection.

I do agree that for instance had I not lived that no one else could write my stories which makes my accomplishments unique. I can stamp my name on them as indeed one of a kind. My purpose is to make life enjoyable for someone else but we also have to be able to live. I would say to anyone who argues the point between science and art is like saying we have to have wheat to make bread to eat, but the French chef makes it more enjoyable. Art is not necessary to live yet even in ancient times lived the greatest of philosophers and artists while they simply ate bread. To me the arts and the sciences are different but not necessarily here to compete, they are to compliment of course. What art simply means is that we have bodies, but we also have minds that yearn to know and go beyond our capacity to simply live. The sciences are an anonymous service we need for information and the arts are like a partner about intimate individual feelings. Arts are a sign of a human existence and economy which can afford to go beyond daily necessities. It's a point where we have the ability to stop and reflect ourselves which is also gravely important.  We are in a time when science can learn from the arts as I think that both are deeply imbedded in curiosity and an investigation into the unknown. I agree that creative forces are a drive more involved with the ego and the personal story.

Let science find the stars and the artists will dream of ways to get there. Both are equally important.