My name is Nathan Smith

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And I'm an independent author and blogger. I write at the intersections of sci-fi, philosophy, psychology, theology, religion, and literature in general.

I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Austin, where I grew up around a diverse range of arts and cultures. This milieu provided me with plenty of interesting stories and new ideas through my childhood, helping to shape me as a storyteller. Additionally I've also lived in central California and Utah, which have only added to my own perspective. Further, having been born visually impaired (ocular albinism), I feel my disability has granted me a somewhat unique point of view, providing me opportunities to learn what it means to advocate for oneself and what it takes to call occasionally chaotic life into a productive order. One way I've learned to do that is through good stories.

I've been telling stories since a very early age, but I've been writing in a serious capacity since about the age of 13 (I still have my first completed novel, as well as the handful of others that came after that). Though my primary love at present is for novels, I've had an avid interest in short stories and novellas, screenplays and teleplays, as well. At a younger age I had a modest online presence doing fan fiction, which taught me just what narrative power can come from the slightest variation on a familiar theme, but since then I've had a strong desire to tell my own stories. At age 18, I independently published my first book (an apocalyptic horror following a former Mormon missionary and ex-convict) and ever since I've been exploring new ideas and weaving them into expansive products.

My interests range widely from philosophy and psychology, to martial arts and therapy, mythology to the hard and soft sciences, computing and transhumanism, to religion and theology, politics and culture—and it shows in my writing. I believe anything that touches our lives deeply enough not only deserves but in truth mandates a narrative. I think stories are more or less our own way of processing ourselves and the world we live in, of making sense of what we experience in our own particular lives, as well as universally across our common history and futures.

I believe we tell stories because we ourselves think in narratives, experiencing ourselves as something like a character on a stage putting on a play—we're actors performing scripts of our own making, mingled with our cultures and biology, our histories and varied perspectives. And we tell stories to think out new ways of living; good narratives provide us with new roles and characters to play, so to speak, and help us calculate unforeseen possibilities. Stories give us new perspectives on ourselves, others, and life, and fundamentally alter the way we experience ourselves—opening up space where there may have seemed to be none before.

That's why I love to write and share stories. I'm unsure if I've accomplished this, but I strive to tell stories that inspire and open up new opportunities and possibilities for others where they may have seemed few or even nill. Though my own writing tends to remain in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, my interests have varied significantly through time. So many stories from across the world, via multiple mediums, and all through history have inspired me both personally and professionally, and my hope is to circulate that same aesthetic and creative spirit through my own work.

I also find an inspiring challenge in attempting to deconstruct traditional genres and tropes, and reassemble them in novel ways. I believe the difference between a rote presentation and a life-altering experience can at times be simply a matter of one or two displaced pieces, forming something entirely new and potentially moving. In this vein, I've attempted to blend the various experiences and learning I've acquired thus far in my life and to arrange them into exciting and thought-provoking patterns.

I believe the best stories not only touch on changeless universals, but also hold out hope that there's always something new to be said and done. That's what I'm working to produce here.