What is a Message?

‘Message’ /ˈmɛsɪdʒ/
 
noun
 
1. a verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly.
 
2. a significant political, social, or moral point that is being conveyed by a film, speech, etc.
 
verb
1. send a message to (someone), especially by email.

Hi, I’m Simon, and I write Messages 

We will probably never meet, but if I do my job right, you will see the things that I see and hear what I hear.  Stephen King calls it telepathy.  Most of my messages are written, but some might be video or audio recordings: we’ll see – or hear.

Speculative Fiction

I write speculative fiction.  I say ‘speculative fiction’, rather than ‘science fiction’ because the science is not always the focus, not always to the fore or in your face.  Mostly it’s working away in the background, driving the plot inevitably forwards, forming the character of the world that the actors inhabit.  “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players” he said, and he knew; I merely speculate.  Sometimes my speculations seem like science fiction, or fantasy and sometimes more like a future history, heavy with doom.  I love to turn a drama into a crisis!

Preaching

I also write a different kind of message, one to be spoken to my sisters and brothers in Christ, face to face.  They are still messages though, as I merely pass them on from scripture to those that are willing to listen.  “Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.”  I suppose that I am the ‘dim reflector’ who reads the word and muses upon it before passing it on.  These days I preach to war veterans and their loved ones in their twilight years.  Don’t worry, I am conscious of my moral responsibility, and you will only read a social gospel of light and love here.  We’re all sinners – merely players – together, and I’m in no position to judge.

Safety Engineering

On weekdays, I am a consultant and a system safety engineer.  I’ve spent a long time learning my trade and putting it to the best uses that I can, and I’m thinking of formulating my experience for the benefit of others.  Maybe I will boil down all that learning and practice into some doctrine, the art and craft of safety engineering for the benefit of other kinds of engineers, and scientists, who want to learn the trade…again, we’ll see, or hear.

Email

If you would like to receive my speculative fiction, monthly by email, you can sign up in the pop-up form (it will appear, as if by magic, if you try to leave) or in the boxes on the left.

Best Regards, Simon

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