Future Tech, Chip Implants, 1$ Book Sale & the September SFRB Showcase

 

It’s Labor Day Weekend! A bunch of SFR Brigade authors are joining together for a Science Fiction Romance 99cent sale, but more on that in a moment.

It’s also a SFR Brigade Showcase weekend, which means great posts by Science Fiction Romance authors. This month, I’d like to discuss future technology, and technology that’s no longer all that ‘futuristic’. You may’ve read in the news that a U.S. company has begun implanting microchips into its employees. Right now, the implant is optional, but I don’t think it’s a far-fetched future in which this could become not only mandatory but also normalized for private companies to require chip implants.

In NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, Croen is from a planet where bio-computer chip implantation is not only normalized, it has become culturally important and unheard of for someone not to have one. The chip allows Croen to interface with technology, learn different languages, and access information via a multi-planet internet. It gives his people an advantage over others in many ways, but it comes at a cost. (You’ll have to read the book to learn the true cost Croen pays for having a chip implant.)

As we enter the age of biochip implants ourselves, we will have to weigh the benefits against the possible costs. These chips can offer benefits like tracking a lost child or dementia patients, instant access to medical information for paramedics, the convenience of paying for your groceries by swiping your hand over the scanner, or simply having a security access door open automatically if you approach with the correctly coded implant. The chips, however, raise a multitude of privacy, criminal hacking and malicious use concerns.

Personally, I’m on the fence about chip implants. Some had the same fears about smartphones (and still do) as they became a major part of my generation’s technology culture. I think implants may become the next generation’s ‘smartphones’, meaning the next great technological culture shift we will face. I haven’t decided if I’m going to embrace the change when it comes, or if I’m going to hold fast to what’s become normalized to my generation, telling those crazy ‘chipped’ teenagers to ‘get off my lawn’ while I post my grievances to Facebook from my smartphone.

What are your thoughts on implants? Yes, maybe or heck no!


Now, about that sale…

This weekend, NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE is on sale for 99cents. There are many other authors participating, and you can view a list of books on sale by clicking here.

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Seeking an escape from her life back in Kansas, Dottie signs up on a whim to become a Federation space captain! – of a tiny, solo-crew cargo hauler. Alone in space and wishing for adventure, Dottie goes off course to an uncharted star system to answer a distress call. Sure, the call is in an alien language she’s never heard, and yes, she’s probably going to get fired on her first Federation mission, but… to adventure!

After being forced down to the planet by an alien probe in orbit, Dottie meets Croen, a handsome grey-skinned man with vivid purple eyes and an energy rifle pointed right at her. Learning they are in a shared predicament, they set off together in search of the probes’ origins, what happened to the aliens whose ancient ruins litter the jungle, and how to get back home.

Along the way, they’ll face challenges, meet unexpected friends and learn home is where your heart is.


Grab Your Copy for 99 pennies this Labor Day Weekend!


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