Unfettered Journey

“I want to know the truth. I want to know how and why.”

Joe Denkensmith, Level 42, vidsnap: Year 2161

Set in a richly envisioned future world, Unfettered Journey is the story of an AI scientist who seeks to create robot consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit.

Unfettered Journey Appendices

The rigorous philosophical ideas behind this novel are further explained in an academic book, Unfettered Journey Appendices. It is available in paperback and is included with the hardbound version of the novel. Go deep into the philosophy.

Welcome to my website

We all have many journeys. Gary’s began in a small Midwest town, where he could play unfettered in the woods, finding an early love for nature and learning self-reliance. The space program and the night skies hooked him on astronomy. After finishing college, the wide world beckoned, and his fascination with science drew him to California to participate in the booming tech industry. Now he still stares upward, wondering what it all is about.

Let's Talk About the Future

Let’s have a calm conversation about the future we are creating together. We can make it better. Join the conversation by coming to my blog. Stay well and calm.

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

By Gary F. Bengier | June 7, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to continue our installation of three new packages of bees, that I… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

Still Protesting This

By Gary F. Bengier | June 5, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by. The sign above became popular a few years ago, and has applied to racial injustice, to women’s right to choose, workers’ right to assemble, LGBTQ right to marry who they love. We have witnessed a wrenching week in America, spurred by the horrific images of a man killed by… Read More »Still Protesting This

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | May 31, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to install three new packages of bees, that I received through the… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 30, 2020

“So, Paul, is there any good hiking in Scotland?”   Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! That was the innocent question from my brother-in-law, Don, that started it all. The three of us—myself, Don, and my friend Paul—were sitting around a campfire at Benson Lake, deep in the Yosemite backcountry. It was a slog to… Read More »Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

By Gary F. Bengier | May 24, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to harvest some honey from one of our flow hives. Join me… Read More »More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

By Gary F. Bengier | May 22, 2020

Treehouses can be an excellent opportunity to do something yourself, without undue reliance on anyone else. I’ve found if you embrace your independence and are methodical, then lots of problems fall away, and your path forward clears. This attitude also teaches one to be more methodical in doing any project, perhaps being more “zen.” Which… Read More »Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House