My first and greatest love is science - particularly cosmology and origins (evolutionary studies).
My second greatest love is writing about it.
I unwind in the ocean.
A brief overview of my books/novels: www.MichaelSmorenburg.com
My more extensive bio is here: http://michael091.wix.com/michaelsmorenburg
I maintain a fairly active and provocative FaceBook page for my interests. I delineate it from my personal page with the modifier "author":
Please do join and send me a friend request - lots of interesting discussion happens there.
Groups support each of my 4 novels:
> A TROJAN AFFAIR - The SKA@Carnarvon #skaNOVEL:
> LifeGames Corporation" #LifeGamesNOVEL:
(a great resource to learn about and discuss Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence)
> The Praying Nun
> Ragnarok - Worlds Collide
Name: Michael Smorenburg-Author
Lives in: Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation: Author and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Making complex concepts simple and entertaining
Print by Qunard Publishing (Thriller) Author PLOT: A psychopathic tycoon has a secret he'll kill to protect - a secret hidden within the Artificial Intelligence led Virtual Reality process that made him treacherously powerful; only when he becomes a direct victim of the process gone awry does he attempt to deconstruct his creation - too little, too late. STORY: First hypnotized by an automated Artificial Intelligence function to believe that their experience will be real, LifeGames Corporation clients always react authentically to immersive Virtual Reality training simulations, faithfully revealing their aptitude in crisis to employers; a process that has made LifeGames Corporation the first Trillion dollar company and its psychopathic Founder, Kenneth Torrington, horrifyingly powerful. But the process has a flaw that Ken will commit murder to keep a secret; some individuals awake from a Virtual Reality routine suffering multiple personalities; it seems like a paranormal portal has been opened to past life regressions - or worse..
Documentary by Farm Films / Gordon Clark Scripting & Shoot Assistant In September 2012, a resident of Hout Bay, South Africa, awoke to the icy point of a screwdriver at his throat and the glare of a torch in his eyes. That victim of home invasion was Gordon Clark, a film director freshly returned from 26 years of directing films in Hollywood. Further investigation proved that his story was not news worthy - not even to the local rag; his tale was too mundane - neighbours on every side had been through similar. The further he looked, the more-of-the-same he found -- few suburbs across the country escaped this reality. To air this plight and turn an urgent spotlight on the terror of it, Gordon gave his neighbours the microphone to tell their story first hand and unrestricted. Without dissolution Gordon allows the victims to describe their moment of terror and induction into the South African reality. #BehindParadiseTheMovie peels back the fragile veneer of normality that cloaks South African suburbia to illustrate what most of us don't realize, or will not declare, until we too become victims. Gordon treads where few will go, deep into the personal anguish, the horror of the crime. He allows the victims to tell their story, uninterrupted and without external comment. Each story is unique and raw with the commonality of crime the thread. The humanness of it all is impossible to dodge, this is confrontational film making that does not ask questions -- it confronts the viewer. Do not expect a clean, boxed social commentary with resolution. This film is clearly meant to evoke, there is no resolve in its intent. Instead it hopes to achieve a beginning.
A TROJAN AFFAIR - The SKA at Carnarvon
Print by Qunard Publishing (Action, Adventure, Drama and Thriller) Author PLOT: A story of modernity confronting tradition and the friction between science and religion. STORY: An American astrophysicist arrives with her family into a xenophobic Calvinist bible belt whose residents are infuriated by the perception that the instrument she is helping to build intends to prove Genesis wrong. Her half-Indian dark skinned, Oxford-raised, son becomes the lightening rod for the town's anger. But a yet more sinister force with hidden objectives is deliberately stoking the tensions.
The Everything Sailing Book (Part 2)
Print by Adams Media (Documentary) Author Following on the success of "The Everything Sailing Book", I was asked to expand on the content for a "Part 2".
The Everything Sailing Book (Part 1)
Print by Adams Media (Documentary) Author I was invited to write "The Everything Sailing Book" to compliment Adams Media's extensive "Everything..." series (Wine, Weddings, Golf, etc.). The book explores all the elementary aspects of getting started as a sailor
Business Buyer's Kit
Print by Career Press (Documentary) Author A primer on how to buy a business - mainly focused on aptitude and strategy