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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
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The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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Author, SF fan, husband, father, and software developer, not necessarily in that order.


I'm a writer who has made good (bad?) as an author-publisher after more than a decade of unpublished work. After many years of reading, I decided to try and to publish my first novel and a handful of short stories (all of which are set in the same world) in the traditional manner. This didn't work out. I wrote my second novel, Dispensing Justice (DJ), and after receiving a number of rejections (some of them encouraging), I decided to self-publish in late summer of 2011. By early December Dispensing Justice was available as an ebook, and the paperback followed in the first quarter of 2012. I've continued writing, and my third novel (2nd published, sequel to DJ) The Red Rook has gone live as both an ebook and print on Amazon. I've published my 4th novel, Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons, and currently working on publishing my 5th (Doc Morrow: The Neopolymath) novel, as well as (finally) my first (Tactics of Transience) novel and a collection of short stories (Chronicles from the Nexus Volume 1).

My writing can be described as action-adventure SF that harks back to the golden age of space opera, but with a strong dose of modern SF, drawing from the sub-genres cyberpunk and the new space opera. My first published novel (as versus my first novel, which is a far-future transhuman action-adventure caper story) is an alternate history science fiction superhero coming of age story. It's sequel is also alternate history science fiction superhero story. I'm currently working on an urban fantasy novel with a SF twist, as well as a Doc Savage inspired novel in an "atomic punk" alternate history setting.

I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and can be found in local book stores trying to avoid adding to my library or online puttering around on this wiki.

My last name, if you were wondering, is pronounced "Fryheight" and it means 'liberty' or 'freedom' in German.

Send me a message using this wiki page or you can email directly me at this address: fritz (at) acm (dot) org
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My first memories are of watching the Lone Ranger and JFK's funeral on TV. I discovered Heinlein in my middle school library, and have been avidly consuming SF and fantasy, sometimes to the detriment of my grades and social life, since then. I graduated from East Lansing High School, Michigan, in 1977, but my taste in music didn't crystallize until 1985 when I found myself in Los Angeles, recruited to write a Japanese language parser after spending a year in Japan working for Sumitomo Electric. A decade after that I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence and got married. It would be another decade before I finished my first novel. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I irritate my wife and daughter by listening to 80's music.

I self-published my debut novel Dispensing Justice in December of 2011. I am preparing to publish it's sequel, The Red Rook, in May of 2013.

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September 2020[edit]

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The History of Science: 1700-1900 (2003)
by Frederick Gregory
Great Courses
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Right from the start I liked Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon: The Life and Science of James Clerk Maxwell (2019) by Brian Clegg as the Demon is in part the narrator. The Demon is wryly humorous and gives good footnote. One of the most interesting sections has this wonderful description of how JCM modeled electromagnetic fields mechanically, then converted the model into the famous electromagnetic field equations and moved physics into the realm of mathematical models, creating a foundation for scientific thinking that still exists today.
Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

August 2020[edit]

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Sphere (1988)
by Michael Crichton
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Sphere (1988) by Michael Crichton wasn't bad. In the end I was disappointed by the...well, by the ending. As a longtime consumer of science fiction and, to a lesser extent, thrillers, the ending of Sphere enter that nebulous realm I consider the bane of speculative fiction, the functional equivalent to it was all a dream ending. Nor did it go far from cliche thriller fair, such as a set of literal ticking bombs and the one by one killing off characters in a confined space.Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

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Rainbows End (2006)
by Vernor Vinge
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You wouldn't think that a novel with as much exposition as Soon I Will Be Invincible (2007) by Austin Grossman could be so much fun...Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

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A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
by Madeline L'Engle
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July 2020[edit]

Unfortunately, Doing Time (2019) by Jodi Taylor was a significant disappointment to me. While the characters were reasonably interesting and well written, the use of time travel was entirely for setting and is a great example of failure to fire Chekhov's gun. If a teleporting box had replaced the time machines, and a shift from historical site to some other "exotic" local, it wouldn't have changed anything. I expected there to be some use of time travel to help or hinder, to be part of the plot. As a counter point, take Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure where a surprisingly intricate use of time travel to get Bill and Ted out of trouble and achieve their goals post-facto was used.Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

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A memorable novel.

June 2020[edit]

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Forget Nothing (2020)
by Jason Anspach, Michelle C Meyers
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My complaint with this book is a combination of the relatively mundane setting and lack of plot. To that I will add the final scene with Alan Turing and his accusing the main character with murder of the AI android, which is precisely the same thing that he did to his copy of the android.

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Beyond Strange Lands (2020)
by Simon Taylor, David Peterson
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Early in Dead Beat (2005) by Jim Butcher I noticed a fairly long conversation between Dresden and another character shortly after rescuing him from zombies under necromantic control intended to explain how there was hidden world of magic and why no one in the general populace was talking about this world. It hinged on the idea that humanity was in denial about this hidden world of magic, monsters, and more importantly, super predators such as vampires. That the idea of this world was so terrifying and that no one could do anything about it, then everyone who had encountered it or had been impacted by it, and Dresden goes to pains to explain that there was a lot of impact from this world on the normal world, that they just explained it away or when they couldn't do that, just suppressed or forgot about it. Barring the idea that mysteries are always pursued by some of this, there is the notion that explaining the unknown helps to reduce the fear and terror that it engenders. And, in fact, at the end of the Dresden's conversation he actually reassures his friend that knowing about will help reduce his fear and terror. So, in order to sustain the setting there is this hidden supernatural world, humanity is bunch of idiots who purposefully deny and forget about any impact that this world has on them.

I'm going to name this trope based on the second order idiot plot trope, the second order idiot setting. A second order idiot setting is a setting, frequently a hidden world, where the only thing that sustains it mystery is deliberate denial by everyone in the setting that there is anything odd or mysterious or hidden.

Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

May 2020[edit]

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Implied Spaces (2008)
by Walter Jon Williams
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I originally read Implied Spaces (2008) by Walter Jon Williams in 2008 shortly after its publication and remember quite liking it. I'm currently (May of 2020) rereading it as an audiobook with undiminished pleasure. What is striking to me are how many features that it has in common with Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons. These include a setting that appears to be fantasy at the outset, SF theme parks, a female assistant sharing an initially hidden feature that I won't reveal because, spoilers, and a hidden powerful foe. I strongly suspect these commonalities were an unconscious influence PVCACD. Thus, I'm going to have to add Implied Spaces to its inspirations.

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On rereading The Player of Games (1988) by Iain M. Banks (as an audiobook, of course), ...Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

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Skeen's Leap (1986)
by Jo Clayton
Skeen #1
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