Attending Chanticleer Author’s Conference and Book Fair

I will be attending the Chanticleer Author’s Conference April 29 – May 1.  It is at the Bellwether Hotel in Bellingham, Washington.  At the awards event on the night of April 30, I will receive the Cygnus award for Janus Unfolding: Emergence.  Attending authors can present their books for sale during the conference and at the book fair open to the public on May 1.  The book sales are managed by the staff of Village Books of Bellingham.    I will have all three books of the Janus Unfolding available for sale.  Book three, Janus Unfolding: Inheritance will be released as a paperback and eBook just ahead of the Conference.  Hope to see you there!

The Carter Kovak mysteries

I’ve begun writing the first novel in the Carter Kovak mystery series.  Carter and his wife Natalie are former intelligence agency employees.  Carter worked for an agency that doesn’t exist anymore, he laughs and says, “…actually, it didn’t exist while I was working there….”  Natalie worked for the FBI as a person who could find the answer to any question and provide the analyses needed to support the field agents.  They met while working on a case together.  I’m very excited about what these two will get into and how they will work their way to successful conclusions.

“…indistinguishable from magic.” Janus Unfolding

As I write the Janus Unfolding series, Arthur Clarke’s quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” comes to mind.

Janus Unfolding Series Banner

Janus Unfolding Series Banner

Suppose we are the less advanced people (easy enough to imagine that). Then ask: What would be so advanced relative to our experience to seem like magic to us?  For example.

Magic – Moving from one location to another instantly, perhaps without being seen in transit.
Magic – All children are loved, clothed, fed, sheltered and given an education, and all women are treated with respect and empowered to fully participate in society. We may as well throw in that there is no more war or armed aggression and bullies do not prosper.

What would we have to understand for the first one to seem common place?
What would a world have to be like for the second one to be the norm?

Chanticleer Review of Janus Unfolding: Emergence

JANUS UNFOLDING: EMERGENCE by C.A. Knutsen

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In the remote town of Frazier, Washington, a house fire burns so inexplicably white-hot that the firemen are forced to retreat. There are no known materials used in home construction or interior decoration that can explain the heat and ferocity of the blaze. Upon closer examination of the charred remains of the structure, the firemen discover a body burned so completely that only bones survived. And in the surrounding property, they find the comatose bodies of three professional assassins, clearly laid out for the authorities.  Read More at

“Mimsy Were the Borogoves”

The 1943 science fiction short story Mimsy Were the Borogoves by Lewis Padgett is about a toddler and his infant sibling who do things that are quite unusual.

It is a story I am reminded quote-twas-brillig-and-the-slithy-toves-did-gyre-and-gimble-in-the-wabe-all-mimsy-were-the-borogoves-lewis-carroll-304308of this whenever I see young children playing, unfettered by ‘impossibilities’ that are so obvious to adults.  It’s not so much the specific story line as the concept that there is more to our existence than can be described by our senses and the associated four dimensions.

In my writing, I present characters with something that is ‘impossible’ and then ask them to find out how such a thing could occur.

I’m often surprised by what they come up with.

Speculative Fiction – Janus Unfolding Series

Is the Janus Unfolding Series Science Fiction?  A genre title that is a better description of this series is Speculative Fiction.

Inheritance, Janus Unfolding

Inheritance, Janus Unfolding

One reviewer thought Emergence was a ‘whodunit’ with a ‘dash of science fiction’. There is some ‘speculative’ science in my books.  Just like faster-than-light travel which we all accept in our science fiction novels, the things I raise may seem impossible.

I’m with the Queen of Hearts and Richard Feynman on the subject. I like to think of impossible things before breakfast and afterwards for that matter, and we don’t know it all.

I recently encountered material presented by Nassim Haramein describing the exciting revelations he found by looking into what is in the empty space that makes up nearly all of the volume of you, me and the universe: Interesting point of view.

So I speculate.