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Gregory K. H. Bryant – a remembrance.

June 8, 2019

Dear Readers,

Last Sunday I devoted my weekly Saved Post Sunday program* on FaceBook to celebrate Gregory K.H. Bryant’s life and art work. I encourage you to see it for yourself. Go to my FB page and then click on my timeline for June 2, 2019.

This is what I wrote in Part 1 of about 23 posts, to start.

“Part 1. This week on Saved Post Sunday, I’m going to dedicate all the posts to Gregory K. H. Bryant and his work. He passed away this week. But today it’s time for a celebration of his talent. He was gifted in many areas, writing, photography, art etc. etc. etc. etc. Please see my timeline for any posts you may have missed.
I never met him in person – but I knew of him through zines – a sort of network of writers with each publishing their own zine. I asked him to contribute to my zine, Musea in the 90s, and he sent many philosophical essays. I would print one in each issue. Later I published two small chapbooks of his work – both illustrated by him, ( “All About Nothing”, a collection of his philosophical essays, and “The Philosopher” about a wise philsopher mule! He and his wife Llori were friends on FB and I kept up with his work there, and he with mine.)

Here is what I wrote about his art work. I think he was one of our most talented contemporary artists.

“Part 3. Had there been an insightful art media, Gregory K. H. Bryant would have been one of the most celebrated artists of our time. What they failed to see, was that he did not pioneer a new ‘ism” like Matisse (fauvism) or Picasso and Braque (cubism). No his achievement was this: he painted and drew in every style from realism to abstraction, and in every style there are masterpieces!!!”

Start with this abstract and see what. A great colorist he was. Very powerful piece….”

Then I showcased photos of many of his art works, information on his ongoing sci-fi adventure story about Carter Ward, his 40 years working at the National Air and Space Museum, a few personal photos, etc.

Condolences to his wife and children. He will be missed by me and many many others.

Tom Hendricks,

*SPS, Saved Post Sunday.
Here are 23 or so posts saved from the week on all things under the sun – or under any star. See the ones you missed, on my FB timeline. For everything else (My 150 recorded singles on 9 CDs, 6 streaming books, thousands of songs, artworks, poems, short stories, plays, and essays; 200+ issues of Musea, and info on the ongoing arts and media revolution,) see my MAIN website tomhendricks.us and “explore the floors,” or see my Wikipedia entry.
Since 1992, MUSEA has been covering the arts, media, social issues, and speculative science ideas. Best wishes reader! Tom Hendricks, editor of Musea.

Fitness of LIfe as 3 separate parts.

March 15, 2019

Reading this, George Gaylord Simpson said that the only goal he could find in life was that it expands across the planet. That got me to refine my suggestion of these three goals for all life:

Life evolves to each species’ highest fitness in 3 categories, 1. nurturing self, 2. protecting self, and 3. sexual reproduction success. Then it stays in stabilizing selection, until something changes and selection pressure forces it to adapt to the new condition.
That, if true, opens up a lot of new ideas.

Sayings Connected to WIS, Writings in Science, novel.

February 23, 2019

Here are some new sayings connected to my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science.

Periodic table, a chemical Rosetta Stone.

Overweight people are worried they can’t control others (infant nurturing issue) Underweight people are worried they can’t control their bodies (infant infection issue)

Placebo effect means M&Ms are a miracle drug if you think they are.

Q. Is there a higher form of life here than humans?
A. Yeah birds (and giraffes.)

The UV daily cycle forced the chemical selection that led to life – all else was destroyed.

UV is the gorilla in the room. It both powers chemical selection and destroys all but the most stable chemical system in that environment.

Key advantage for first cell to reproduce is that it allows that father cell to grow again and become virtually immortal. Beyond a certain size cells cannot grow larger.
The first cell division was natural selection for the father cell to continue to exist more so than to make daughter cells, or reproduce genes.

The only reason that life began, was chemical selection in that first environment that caused some chemicals to survive the daily onslaught of UV from the Sun.
The Sun powered every aspect of the origin.

Human health has been based on a high fiber diet for millions of years. We’re built to stay hungry till our body gets it’s fill of fiber.

If life didn’t start like it did on Earth, then it began in a different way, with a different chemistry. That’s like saying that each planet has a different periodic table.

I’m not a scientist, but I play one in my sci-fi novel!

I think humans have an extraordinary ability to recognize voices – 100s of them!

Human health has been based on a high fiber diet for millions of years, and we will stay hungry till our body gets it’s fill!
(So when your body is hungry, it’s hungry for high fiber food.)

Your gut bacteria will make you hungry night and day until it gets it’s fiber like it has had for millions of years.

The ever present now.

Why Aliens will look like Earthlings

January 10, 2019

Why will ALIENS almost surely look like EARTHLINGS?

Two words, CONVERGENT EVOLUTION – in this case it works for two planets!

For life to start there must be a planet in the Goldilocks zone. That includes a temperature range that allows for liquid water.

But it must also have a certain atmosphere.
When the planet is too big, like Jupiter, it has the wrong atmosphere. When the planet is too small, like our Moon, it doesn’t hold in an atmosphere. Wrong atmosphere, wrong chemistry – no life.

That means that life planets always have THE SAME GRAVITY!

That means that the life on those watery planets with the same gravity will have life that faces the same natural selection as our planet.

That means that life anywhere will evolve to the best ways to: SWIM, WALK, FLY, and BURROW!

Convergent evolution means they will come up with virtually the same solutions to how to best swim, walk, fly, and burrow, that life did on Earth.

SO, if aliens are ever found, they should be much the same as life on Earth – CONVERGENT EVOLUTION!


Please see my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science, a History of the Future, for much more on all things under the Sun or any star! Streaming everywhere. TomHendricks.us

Review: Carter Ward, Space Rat

January 7, 2019

Carter Ward, Space Rat,
by Gregory K. HG. Bryant
Review 1/6/19

For many years Gregory K. H. Bryant contributed essays to my zine Musea. Later I found out what an accomplished artist and photographer he was. Now add author to that list with the release of his big trade paperback, “Carter Ward, Space Rat”

The 500 pages here introduce us to the adventures of Carter Ward; but it’s far from his last adventure as his story continues online.

Carter Ward is a crusty loner that survives in the outback of space between Mars and the Asteroid Belt, where the laws there are seldom followed!

His ship, 08-111 is a one of a kind marvel with all the necessary, rigged up, extras like his visual companion and a favorite character of mine, Dimara, who helps him out of scrapes more than once!

Besides Dimara, others intrude on his life more than he wants! There’s lots of characters here from the evil Mokem Bet and his Scroungers, to little Emily that has a crush on Carter.

All this adds up to lots of close calls – like the time he died – and even some tender moments when he lets down his guard – slightly!

Lots of space opera adventures here, that are not only fine writing, but fun reading!
I recommend this.

Tom Hendricks
Editor of Musea since 1992.
TomHendricks.us


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