Michael P. O'Hara – Killing Time

Discovery 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey – The Return!

I'm a little younger than NASA, but only by two months. I had the good fortune to witness the greatest era of space exploration. Like many, I wanted to be an astronaut, and still to this day, I am captivated by the exploration and mysteries of space.  In 1968, when 2001: A Space Odyssey came out, I had to see it. I was nine at the time in what was definitely a different era.  I walked alone the one mile from Jackson Street in South Baltimore to the McHenry Theater on Light Street.  It was nothing unusual for that time. Once the movie started, and it came up on the big screen, I was mesmerized. It was one thing to watch space movies and news on a black and white television screen, it was another to see this masterpiece in color! This movie had everything a young boy was interested in, spaceships, space stations, a shuttle like vehicle that flew into space, trips to the moon, and computers. It made space look so easy. Unlike Star Trek, it lacked diversity, including female members of the crew.  They were largely relegated to flight attendants on the Orion, and a few other ...
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Novus – A Short Story About Unlocking the Secret of Artificial Intelligence

There are so many story ideas and never enough time to get to all of them. I wrote this story, and another short story title "The Black Sun" to get a sense for what it must have been like for so many sci-fi writers of the late 50's and early sixties to dream up stories and plots that crossed many sci-fi realms. I loved original "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits" for their imaginative storytelling. As much as I loved that many early sci-fi shows and movies focused on outer space, it was those "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" that kept its appeal by being multi-dimensional.  You never knew what to expect week after week. In this story, "Novus: The First True Artificial Human Being", I imagined how we would unlock the secrets of the human brain and create a new life form. I stayed away from the horror aspect and wanted to make it as realistic as possible. Science fiction already forces us to take a leap of faith that the seemingly unknown or impossible, might become reality.  In this brief story, I wanted to convey the amazing capabilities of the human brain and what it would take ...
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