Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and "Time Is Irreverent."

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“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

Despite quite literally putting a warning on both the Amazon and Goodreads pages for my science-fiction political-comedy, Time Is Irreverent, conservatives keep buying it and are then surprised when they hate it. I should have thought of this marketing tactic years ago: Tell someone not to buy your book and they go, “Oh, yeah? You […]

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents took me four years to write and was published in 2007. Endangered Edens took me one year to write and was published in 2016. Time Is Irreverent also took me one year to write and will be published on March 1st. I’m now working on the sequel […]

The monkey under the mask

The monkey under the mask

Marty’s photo of the day #2371: To me, spider monkeys always look like they are wearing a poorly designed mask for a low budget science-fiction movie. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

My new novel is coming along great!

My new novel is coming along great!

Yay! I just finished the first draft of my new novel. My two previous books were nonfiction, so this is my first attempt at fiction. I started the book right after Christmas, with the goal of having the first draft done by the end of May. It’s amazing how much easier it is to write […]

My new book will be . . .

My new book will be . . .

Isn’t it a beautiful day to be alive? I say that, of course, because Donald Trump has been president for six days, and so far, he’s opted for killing us slowly, instead of trying out his nuclear codes. For me, writing my new novel has been a great way to escape the reality of a […]

The tools of a professional writer

The tools of a professional writer

Want to be a professional writer? First you must have the tools of the trade: the Chicago Manual of Style, a laptop computer (mine has backlit keys, so I can write at night by candlelight), lots of coffee, and a red writing chair. In my case, this is actually my second red writing chair, as […]

Space aliens from the Amazon Rainforest

Space aliens from the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #1939: If it weren’t for the influence of praying mantises, aliens in science fiction movies would look a lot different. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Wearing a red shirt? Stay away!

Wearing a red shirt? Stay away!

Marty’s photo of the day #1818: Here’s a photo from Costa Rica that you can find in my new book, Endangered Edens. What is this? 1) If you are into science, it’s a banana plant. 2) If you are into science fiction, it’s a giant man-eating plant that will grab the first red-shirted member of […]

The Walking Stick From Outer Space

The Walking Stick From Outer Space

Marty’s photo of the day #1709: Today I have a photo from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. As I prepared this photo for posting, I enlarged the walking stick’s head to screen size. This is such a bizarre-looking creature—another one of those insects that could be straight out of a science fiction movie.

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