Unfettered Journey

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

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.

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

More Bee Zen: Nectar

By Gary F. Bengier | April 8, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! As we finish three weeks of social distancing and sheltering in place in Northern California, let me share a few thoughts and a moment to take a deep breath. The coronavirus spreading throughout the country leaves everyone fearful. It feels apocalyptic, something out of a sci fi novel. (And… Read More »More Bee Zen: Nectar

Bee Zen

By Gary F. Bengier | April 4, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It seems like an interesting time to launch a discussion about the future – interesting in the same way as the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” But notwithstanding the apocalyptic feeling engendered by the current moment, I’ll stay positive about our future. Let’s begin this conversation… Read More »Bee Zen

The Future We Wish For, and That We Are Building

By Gary F. Bengier | April 1, 2020

On my blog, I’d like to curate a discussion about what the world might look like in the near future. I believe too many futurists go to extremes—maybe for shock value or to gain attention? Sci fi writers often imagine the most extreme future, to emphasize some idea. Let’s be clear: many of our so-called… Read More »The Future We Wish For, and That We Are Building