Author | Editor | Futurist | Technologist
Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus' speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, 'Hayward's Reach' (2011), a collection of short stories and 'Broken Glass' (2013) an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram.
Thaddeus works as a writer and editor for two magazines, the Good Men Project, a social men's magazine as well as for Krypton Radio, a sci-fi enthusiast media station and website. He is also a freelance journalist for Polygon.com and Panel & Frame magazine. Thaddeus is the co-founder of Futura Science Fiction Magazine and one of the founding members of the Afrosurreal Writers Workshop in Oakland.
Before his career reinvention as a writer, Thaddeus was a technology executive who worked in the Bay Area as the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Services for John F. Kennedy University. He was also an adjunct instructor of Computer Science and the technology manager of the Computer Science department at Laney College.
Thaddeus' career in information technology spanned two decades and included network design, desktop publishing, educational curriculum design and industry-related coaching.
In his identity as The Answer-Man he answers questions about science fiction, media culture, movies, anime, comics and superheroes all over the Internet. He has appeared on a variety of podcasts and convention panels as a comic historian and inspirational writing coach promoting Afrofuturism and speculative fiction writing.
Hayward's Reach (Collection, 2011)
Broken Glass (Novella, 2013)
The Future is Short III (2016)
Visions: Moons of Saturn (2015)
The Future is Short II (2015)
Au Courant Press Journal (2014)
Awesome AllShorts (2014)
Visions of Leaving Earth (2014)
Scifi Ideas (2014)
The Future is Short (2014)
Genesis Science Fiction, (2013)
Writer | Editor
Good Men Project (Editor 2017)
Good Men Project (Writer 2011 - 2017)
As a writer for the Good Men Project for six years, Thaddeus has written across a wide array of interests including our relationships with technology, its social effects on our culture and behavior as well as considerations for how to live better with our technological developments. He has also addressed cultural issues such racism, human trafficking, corporate malfeasance, controversial judicial rulings and other social justice commentary.
Writer | Editor
Krypton Radio (Editor 2017)
Krypton Radio (Writer 2016 - 2017)
Site Activity 2016-2017
Writing as The Answer Man on comic-related themes, creators, and media. He reviews his favorite controversial television, movies and other science fiction and cultural commentary around enthusiast cultures such as video games, anime and roleplaying games.
Quora's Top Writer Award 2016
Quora's Top Writer Award 2017
Site Activity 2014 - 2017
8.1 million unique views
604 Essays: Topics include, Comics, Comic Industry, History, Cosmology, Science, Politics, Science Fiction, Creative Writing, Productivity, Writing Craft.
Essays Published in Huffington Post (3x), Gizmodo and Quora's Twitter
Author | Journalist
Writer (2014 - Present)
Basic Income, Coffeelicious, Arc Digital, Be Epic, Blacks in Technology, Hacker Noon, Panel & Frame, The Creative Cafe, Startup Grind, The Creator's Path, The Mission, The Writing Cooperative, The Mission, Happiness Weekly
Featured Non-Fiction Articles
Say Reverse Racism
Feudalism & the Algorithmic Economy
Death and Life - In a Place of Novas
370 Short stories, essays, reviews, political and social commentaries
BAYCON 2017 (SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION)
Autism and Asperger's In Fandom
Saturday 11:30 - 13:00, Synergy 5 (San Mateo Marriott)
Panelists on the spectrum discuss their experiences dealing with autism and other spectrum-related disorders in fandom.
Fr John Blaker, Thaddeus Howze (M), Jonathan Fortin, Kathleen Bartholomew, ElizaBeth Gilligan
Stealing From The Best
Saturday 13:00 - 14:30, Connect 5 (San Mateo Marriott)
So many of our books, movies & TV shows had their inception ass other stories. Forbidden Planet started out as Shakespeare's The Tempest, Once Upon A Time and Grimm are composites of other fairy tales. What works and why?
S. P. Hendrick (M), Helen Stringer, Thaddeus Howze, M Christian, Jay Hartlove
Sunday 13:00 - 14:30, Inspire 1 (San Mateo Marriott)
Whether it’s the Enterprise exploring new realms now that the Earth is in balance or the corporate plundering of Weyland-Yutani, most science fiction sees the future of the human race on planets beside earth. Panelists will discuss both the fictional and scientific possibilities in space colonization.
Colin Fisk (M), Thaddeus Howze, G. David Nordley, Cliff Winnig
The Drake Equation & The Fermi Paradox
Sunday 14:30 - 16:00, Synergy 4 (San Mateo Marriott)
There are two primary schools of thought on alien civilizations from the Human perspective.
ONE: We are alone in the Universe and there is no other forms of life able to be detected at this time. Given the number of galaxies and the number of stars in each galaxy (100 billion galaxies each with 10 billion to 1 trillion stars each) it seems quite a bit of space for only one species to come into awareness of itself and the vastness of the Universe.
TWO: Space is teeming with life and we just haven't found any trace of it yet. Why? Are they hiding? Is becoming a space-faring civilization harder than we think it is? What are the Great Barriers to a civilization becoming capable of taking over a galaxy? Is the galaxy being taking over right now by an alien super-intelligence?
What happens if we meet an alien species whose capacities are significantly greater than our own? When one Human group met another with more advanced technologies, bad things tended to happen. Is this happening on a galactic level?
Or is there something else? We will explore the ideas of the Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox in this session.
G. David Nordley (M), Dr Burcu Umurhan, Thaddeus Howze, Vanessa MacLaren-Wray
museum of science fiction: escape velocity 2017
Literary Representations of AI and Robotics
Scholars will discuss the role of artificial intelligence and robotics in science and speculative fiction literatures.
They will address questions such as: Why do so many texts depict the dangers of AI? Why are we so afraid of our creations gaining sentience and turning against us? What do we stand to lose? To gain?
Why does organic humanity need to be the only rational consciousness? And how closely do these texts mirror the reality of today's tech?
Utopia vs. Dystopia
Scholars discuss the portrayal of utopian (and dystopian) futures in science fiction writings: What are some of the common themes? Have these portrayals changed with time? What are the odds we are heading towards these futures (or trying to move away from them)?
Man as Machine: Androids and Cyborgs in Literature
Are humans more than the sum of their parts, or are they merely organic machines, as philosophers from antiquity on have suggested?
Today, new innovations in science and technology provide new ways to interrogate this question, even as they continue to raise it. On the one hand, increasingly advanced prosthetics, neural interfaces (such as Elon Musk’s recently-announced Neuralink), and other enhancements allow us to go beyond the limitations of our human bodies.
On the other hand, machine intelligence now rivals, and even supersedes, humans in everything from game-playing strategies to driving and facial recognition, suggesting that we’re moving closer to the holy grail of creating an artificial sentient being. These innovations pose the ultimate question: what does it mean to be human? More specifically, (how) do our physical bodies define us and shape our humanity, and how might we retain that humanity as we change, or even transcend, those bodies?
Afrofuturism: Butler and Beyond
Afrofuturism can be characterized as an artistic movement - one that attempts to discover, recover, and reinvent the film, literature, and graphic art created by African-Americans and other Afro-diaspora peoples across the globe.
Most fundamentally, literary Afrofuturism attempts to imagine a future in which black peoples and cultures have found a voice and gained visibility alongside or apart from traditional Eurocentric themes and traditions, which both respects the legacy of African-American and Afro-diaspora peoples and attempts to break free of the stereotypes and historical injustices that define so much of modern race-related thinking.
This marriage of African-American literature and SF yields interesting discourses on race, gender, technology, and the face of the future. Scholars will discuss Afrofuturist literature, its legacy, its ethos, and its most pressing questions.
I, the Alien; or the Alien as Self
Sci-fi narratives are often seen as an excellent place to explore foreign entities and species. It is also a unique tool to explain the alien as self. This panel will explore the usage of alien narratives to represent the alienated self as a representation of people who have been pushed aside, ignored, or rendered invisible.
This panel asks: How do sci-fi narratives give voice to populations and individuals who are seen as alien or other?
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