"Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub. The center hole is what makes it useful. - Lao Tsu" I an currently working on the "Cool Assassins" series, which is a quasi-thriller, a future history of life in and around the Pacific Rim. I explore the collision between low-tech and high-tech lifestyles. I am interested in history - in particular how social conditions influence how folks act and react. "Cool Assassins" is a study of characters in two different social milieus. One is pretty much how things are today. The other presents a society that actually does something about economic disparity and climate change - two topics that that politicians and media wags seem to avoid like the plague.