I write fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. My primary emphasis is “no idiot plots.” I grew tired of stories that relied on the heroes or the villains being either incompetent or making a dumb fatal mistake at just the right time. Instead of ‘deus ex machina’ we get ‘idiot du jour.’

That’s not how the world works, and that’s not how fiction should either.

My views are influenced by the fact that for over thirty years, I have been privileged to work among the best and brightest designing and manufacturing satellites. Mistakes still happen, but idiocy never makes it in the door.