Ever since I learned to speak binary on a DIGIAC 3080 training computer, I’ve been involved with tech in one way or another, but there was always another part of me off exploring ideas and writing about them. Halfway to a BS in Space Technology at Florida Institute of Technology during the Apollo years, I ditched out and walked into a data center job with Franklin National Bank a few years before it made history. Software contract houses, like the one I signed up with after the layoff, not only offered paid benefits, but kept paying you between contracts while they searched for your next gig. Of course, by then, I’d already been infected with the ideas of Edward de Bono, so my approach to problem solving, and therefore every part of my life, including writing, was tacking towards uncharted territory.

Since then, I’ve worked on a remote weather station for NOAA and on NASA/JPL’s Deep Space Network, diddled with a huge database for a DOD competition at what used to be McDonnell-Douglas, subverted the design of the database driving one of the Air Force’s aircraft test sets, wrote tech docs in the ‘Dead Languages Group‘ at Microsoft, and even created the entire IT infrastructure for a manufacturing business I co-owned. Before retiring from IT, I spent my days developing the tools used to create Magic: The Gathering.

And all along the way, I wrote. So far, there’s three novels, a novelette, and lots of short stories and essays. Some of which you can read right here. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. KlurgSheld? That’s a game featured in one of my stories. But you’ll have to find which one on your own. Don’t forget to pack a lunch.

— P. Orin Zack

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  1. I’m honored. Like many of my short stories, these were borne of the intersection of a number of ideas, some of which I mentioned in the text. The fact that I’m aware of the manipulation that is performed when the official narrative about some event runs roughshod over what I know to be fact, such as the physics of steel frame skyscrapers and hollow aircraft with jet fuel, is partly due to having read Shea & Wilson’s “Illuminatus” books. The pain of remembering valuable knowledge that others have forgotten was depicted very well in my favorite short story, “Turn the Page” by Zenna Henderson. But the thought that really instigated “The A Word” was something I’ve been saying for decades: we’ll know when we have created ‘artificial intelligence’ when the created intelligence objects to the term. (I’ll email you directly to pursue this discussion further.)


  2. Mr. Zack, I’m writing a literary analysis of your two works “The A Word” & “Edifice of Lies,” I would greatly appreciate any insight you could give me of the two works. I’ve got a thesis based upon the ending of “Edifice of Lies” that centers around the idea of, by giving AI and/or machines independance, it will give humanity its own independance back from the heavy reliance on such devices and “SVI.” On a side note read a little about your background, and thought you might also like that I’m the president of my community college’s philosophy club.


  3. My first novel, “The Shoals of Time” was published as a POD softcover edition and a PDF eBook in 2001. I let the distribution agreement lapse, and retain the rights. A few days ago, I made my third novel, “Burnout Fever” available as a Kindle edition via Amazon.com.


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