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07-11-15 : Robert Repino Morphs 'Mort(e)'

Housecat to Harbinger of the Apocalypse

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In science fiction, a smart, skilled writer can craft a very different experience of tension. We can find ourselves immersed in a well-crafted completely imagined world as experienced by characters we can identify with and understand because their internal personal logic seems solid and believable even if the circumstances that created that persona are absurd.

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NEW!!! 07-11-15: Time to Read Episode 209: Robert Repino : Mort(e)
07-11-15: A 2015 Interview with Robert Repino

"...an even bigger threat. which is us, the humans..."
— Robert Repino

Robert Repino is an editor for the historical arm of the Oxford University Press, but when you meet him you're likely to see the baseball pitcher or science fiction writer. He's been published in the short fiction literary magazines The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, and The Coachella Review, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

So the premise for his novel 'Mort(e),' about a housecat that has been transformed into a post-apocalyptic six-foot tall walking wounded warrior, is well, clearly not in the kitchen-window epiphany genre. More power to it!

07-05-15: A 2015 Interview with Michael S. Gazzaniga

"We made the first observation and BAM there was the disconnection effect..."
— Michael S. Gazzaniga

I was honored. Dr. Michael Gazzaniga's schedule was pretty packed as he traveled to support his book 'Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.' By virtue of his generosity and my own travels, I had the opportunity to speak with him at his home just south of Santa Barbara on a bright, windy, spring day.

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