Hi there! I’m Andron Ocean. I am a writer, technogeek, science and history buff, and thinker-about-life. Welcome to my blog.
On this site, I post short fiction, commentary, and articles that explore the future of humanity from a variety of angles. I like to study the interactions of science, technology, societal trends, and individual and cultural actions and beliefs. These things, I believe, weave together to form the fabric and patterns of history.
There’s a legend of a traditional Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Our era—fraught with lightning-quick advances in technological progress, social and economic upheaval, and environmental turmoil—may be the most interesting one yet for our species. Whether that is a curse or a blessing remains to be seen, but I deem that we would do well to wonder about the forces at play behind the events of our lives, and how we are evolving in response to them.
Here, you will find me doing just that. I invite you to join me: all my posts are open for comments, and I enjoy pleasant, thoughtful, and engaging discussion about my ideas. I post at least once each week, generally on Thursdays, with a mixture of short stories, news, speculation, and commentary. You can explore my blog’s categories to get a taste of each.
So who am I, anyways?
I grew up, and still live, in the high desert of northern New Mexico. I started “writing” stories before I could read, filling pads of paper with scribbled lines of curls and squiggles, and insisting that I knew exactly what they said. Once I did learn to read, I was hooked. Writing took a little while longer to catch on, but sometime before my tenth birthday, I started composing my first novel. It began, “Once in the merry old land of England…” and continued for another 258 words, before I abandoned it and moved on to something else. By my early teenage years, I had decided that I wanted to be a novelist.
My parents homeschooled me from 1st through 12th grade, which was a wonderful and indispensable experience. I also studied ballet for eight years, during the last half of which I attended a world-class ballet academy with the intent of becoming a professional dancer. At age 18, I changed my mind, and decided to turn back to my original dream of writing. I stumbled around for a couple of years in confusion, and eventually got back on my feet and down to business.
Now, in my early twenties, I am a freelance writer and the author of this blog. In my free time, I work on two separate novels and enjoy gardening, reading, hiking, and archery. I still dance for pleasure’s sake. And my love of fantasy and science fiction has birthed two unusual but delightful hobbies: I design scientifically-viable spacecraft, and I create languages.