Unfettered Journey

The Hunger Games meets Westworld.”

Unfettered Journey is the story of Joe Denkensmith, an AI scientist who seeks to create true robot consciousness. He leaves everything behind to find answers. But a mysterious woman on a personal mission interrupts his search. Fighting unjust forces, Joe is swept into an evil plot that neither can elude. Their struggles against machines, men, and nature test the resilience of the human spirit.

"It's a captivating and fast-paced futuristic love story ... a future that feels eerily authentic..."  - She's Single Magazine

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.

Climbing the Matterhorn

By Gary F. Bengier | June 20, 2020

“Oh, so you like the summits?” Joe Denkensmith, from Unfettered Journey   I like mountains. As I mentioned in a previous conversation, I have had a climbing bug over the years. Let me be honest: this came about because I was—and still am—a bit afraid of heights. I decided to face that fear head-on. I… Read More »Climbing the Matterhorn

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | June 15, 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 learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here… Read More »More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

Restaurant Self-Reliance

By Gary F. Bengier | June 12, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by. We’ve heard the bad news resulting from the pandemic which has forced restaurants to lay off their staff and to close their doors, many forever. I cannot forget the heartbreaking story (New York Times, April 23rd) of Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of NYC restaurant, Prune, and author of… Read More »Restaurant Self-Reliance

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