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Unfettered Journey

A literary cross-genre adventure and love story, for the intelligent reader

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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

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Unfettered Journey Appendices

The rigorous philosophical ideas behind this novel are further examined in an academic book, Unfettered Journey Appendices: Philosophical Explorations on Time, Ontology, and the Nature of Mind. It is available in paperback and is included with the hardbound version of the novel. Go deep into the philosophy.

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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.

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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. And find the Media tab for recent podcasts.

Could You Survive Out There?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 2, 2020

Let’s talk about self-reliance. Life is different now with the coronavirus, and no doubt it will not be the same when the pandemic is at last overcome. Social distancing has left most of us practicing new habits to compensate for things we took for granted: where to find toilet paper; how to fix a leaky… Read More »Could You Survive Out There?

More Bee Zen: the Beaver

By Gary F. Bengier | April 26, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. We still don’t know when it might be safe to allow this process to end. Several states have just begun experiments to ease restrictions and to open their economies for business. This easing is done in… Read More »More Bee Zen: the Beaver

Travel in the Future

By Gary F. Bengier | April 24, 2020

No doubt you notice from my comments and interests posted here that my wife and I love to travel. It adds such fantastic memories for a lifetime, especially when some family members can share the experience. And we find that travel fills in the blank spaces on the globe. They are mysterious no longer, but… Read More »Travel in the Future

More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

By Gary F. Bengier | April 19, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend; though with social distancing, sometimes it is hard to tell where on the calendar we are, since ‘home’ is not just home anymore, but rather it is where many spend most of their time. If you can safely get outside to look at a tree or… Read More »More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

Outrunning the Pandemic

By Gary F. Bengier | April 18, 2020

Let me start by saying that no one can “outrun” the COVID-19 pandemic physically. The world of 2020 is too tightly integrated. Our desire to access almost all modern conveniences—including toilet paper—guarantees that there is transmission risk. The way we together can “outrun” it is by transmitting accurate scientific knowledge around the globe more efficiently… Read More »Outrunning the Pandemic

Protecting Ourselves Against the Next Pandemic

By Gary F. Bengier | April 12, 2020

Over the last dozen years, we’ve seen the rise of tech health gadgets. Whether it’s counting our steps, recording our calorie in-take, or recording our sleep patterns, technology is playing a larger role in how we perceive our health. This gamification of our physical fitness not only provides us with insight into our own health,… Read More »Protecting Ourselves Against the Next Pandemic