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I've made my first novel, Ventus, available as a free download, as well as excerpts from two of the Virga books.  I am looking forward to putting up a number of short stories in the near future.

Complete novel:  Ventus


To celebrate the August, 2007 publication of Queen of Candesce, I decided to re-release my first novel as an eBook. You can download it from this page. Ventus was first published by Tor Books in 2000, and and you can still buy it; to everyone who would just like to sample my work, I hope you enjoy this version.

I've released this book under a Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and distribute it freely, but not make derivative works or sell it.

Book Excerpts:  Sun of Suns and Pirate Sun

I've made large tracts of these two Virga books available.  If you want to find out what the Virga universe is all about, you can check it out here:

Major Foresight Project:  Crisis in Zefra

In spring 2005, the Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts of National Defense Canada (that is to say, the army) hired me to write a dramatized future military scenario.  The book-length work, Crisis in Zefra, was set in a mythical African city-state, about 20 years in the future, and concerned a group of Canadian peacekeepers who are trying to ready the city for its first democratic vote while fighting an insurgency.  The project ran to 27,000 words and was published by the army as a bound paperback book.

If you'd like to read Crisis in Zefra, you can download it in PDF form.

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Sample Project: Careers 2030

In 2013-14 I was Senior Foresight Strategist at consulting firm Idea Couture. One of our most visible foresight projects was Careers 2030.

In early 2014 Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST), a Canadian company specializing in educational investments, called on Idea Couture to help them show how radically different the career options of young people could be fifteen years from now.  The result was Careers 2030, a website that showcases possible new job choices for kids who will just be becoming adults in that timeframe.  I oversaw the foresight study that resulted in the career snapshots, an interesting challenge because we had to look at every social, economic and technological factor that might change the career landscape between now and 2030.

In the video below, Jayar La Fontaine, foresight strategist, Morgan Gerard, Senior Anthropologist at Idea Couture, and I are among those describing possible futures for work and careers.

The project created a mini firestorm of interest; it's a perfect example of how eager people are to have this kind of conversation, and just how far things can go when you let them.  Newspaper and web articles as well as TV appearances followed quickly from the publication of the website.  Some examples:

Careers 2030 perfectly illustrates the kind of buzz that can be generated by a willingness to engage with the future.  I'm proud to have been a part of it.

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