In this illustration by Jeff Doten, we see the only place in Grianach District where order remains after a war has broken out along genetic lines: the spaceport. For a lonely boy experiencing drastic mental changes he can’t fathom, the spaceport provides a haven and familiar refuge from all the noise and chaos pervading the blue-green countryside of the planet Monitum. The boy is Voltan Ald’erda, whose genius is kicking into high-gear with a burning desire to see patterns, solve puzzles, and classify everything he sees. It’s driving…

This Saturday, I’ll be joining a horde of local authors in Sherwood Park for a book fair. I’ll be reading my children’s story “The Tokayak’s Tokomak”, which is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Come by, say hi, and support local artists! Here are the details posted from the WITP website: Book Sale and Fair Saturday, October 19, 2013 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Admission Book purchases are cash only Grab a coffee, shop for books, and meet local authors at this annual celebration of writers and poets. Plus, listen…

How do you like the new site? With the previous wordpress update breaking the old website template, it was time for a site revamp. There aren’t many themes out there that are suitable for authors to use, so I think we lucked out finding this one. The design also begged for a simple logo as a textbox with “Hal J. Friesen” seemed too lacklustre. So I came up with a monogram logo of Hal’s initials, “HJF”. Something bold with clean lines, functional and compact, maybe enclosed in a…

I spent a good chunk of my Master’s research on fusion, so I have to share this. Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab. Wow. This is AWESOME news. Why? At the end of a very expensive research campaign that made big promises, there was great potential for fusion research to be shunned and pushed to the fringes indefinitely, to the great detriment of humanity. This milestone means more legitimacy in scientific communities around the world, with more effort toward this ultimate source of green energy. We’re not…

The following is reposted from Lynda Williams’s Reality Skimming Blog, as the first in a series of posts leading up to the release of my novella, Shepherds of Sparrows!– This fall will see the release of Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal Friesen, the first title from Reality Skimming Press, and the introduction of a new tradition called the multivision’d promo. Hal’s stories about Nestor, the Nersallian who fell in love with a Nesak, have appeared in Okal Rel Legacies titles Opus 3, Opus 4 and Opus 5, from…