Eric Goebelbecker

Shadows of the Past: The Great War of the Worlds #1

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It's 1915, twenty years after the Martian invasion chronicled in H.G. Wells War of the Worlds failed. The aliens left behind advanced technology and weapons, and now humanity is on the brink of a catastrophic war. Caught in the middle of the chaos are two unlikely heroes: Emil Zimmerman, a young German soldier, and James Brogan, an introverted radio engineer.

Shadows of the Past is a science fiction, alternate history, survival adventure. Do you love War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells? Then this thrilling journey of humanity grappling with the legacy of Martian technology is the thrilling ride you're looking for.

Clouds of the Future: The Great War of the Worlds #2 is available for pre-order!


What happened after the Martian Attack chronicled in War of the Worlds ended?

The aliens succumbed to Earth's microbes, but left their weapons scattered across the globe.

Governments worked hard to take control over these deadly technologies, so they could keep it out of the hands of the wrong people, and use it for themselves.

They failed.


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Good morning!

Kottke shared this yesterday. Very apropos.

The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe; for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them.

  • Turkish proverb

I also rediscovered Coffitivity this week. Fantastic productivity tool, for me at least.

Have a great weekend.

July 12, 2024 blog daily diary

Good morning!

Music played a big part is getting me through my teenage years and 7+ years in the military. This piece on the inherent contradictions of the mid-80s really spoke to me.

Stylish, homoerotic, mannered, yet proudly working class, The Smiths complicate the concept of sophistication’. Whether sophistication is the possession of the aristocracy and their bourgeois courtiers — something to which ordinary people can only aspire — or a democratic potentiality goes to the heart of class mobility and authenticity’. While the snappiest-dressed subcultures hitherto had retained a rough end-grain — from mods (The Who, The Kinks) to hippie dandies (the Stones, Traffic) to glam rockers (Bowie, Roxy) — these proletarian upstarts didn’t just emulate high society style, they parodied and symbolically repossessed it.

How To Sell A Contradiction: Sade’s Diamond Life & Sophisti-Pop 40 Years On at The Quietus

Meanwhile, Black Belt Brain has some bad news about sleeping in on weekends.

July 11, 2024 blog daily diary

Thursday, June 28, 2024

We moved to this house about nine years ago and even though we only moved a few miles east, the difference in the amount of wildlife is amazing. Deer, birds, rabbits, foxes, and raccoons in numbers we never saw back by the old place.

Here’s a pair of fawns across the street from the house:

And here’s a rabbit that visited me while I was reading a book on our back deck:

Pretty cool.

Have a nice weekend!

June 28, 2024 blog daily diary

Thursday, June 27, 2024

A monk said to Jōshū, I have just entered this monastery. Please teach me.” Have you eaten your rice porridge?” asked Jōshū. Yes, I have,” replied the monk. Then you had better wash your bowl,” said Jōshū. With this the monk gained insight.

In other words, get to work.

A very simple teaching that is very difficult to implement.


Before you get to work, enjoy another Gen X flashback:

June 27, 2024 blog daily diary

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for a Morning meditation.


This body is the Bodhi tree. The mind is like a bright mirror. Polish it and keep it clean, let no dust mote settle there” - Shenhsiu

Still slowly progressing on Clouds in the Future. I’m behind schedule, but hanging in there.

Back to work.

June 26, 2024 blog daily diary

Making progress on Clouds in the Future. It’s slow, but steady. Also have a few irons in the fire in terms of spreading the word.

Ran across this classic gem while procrastinating. Must be my week for rediscovering bands from Brixton.

June 25, 2024 blog daily diary