Many of our contributors work on other projects outside of GeekDad (books, for instance). And in some cases, they’ve even been published! And since they’re all geeks, their projects are often pretty cool, to boot, so here’s a list of them for you to check out (arranged alphabetically by contributor).
John Baichtal (Occasional Contributor)
Lego is much more than just a toy — it’s a way of life. The Cult of Lego takes you on a thrilling illustrated tour of the Lego community and its creations. You’ll meet Lego fans from all walks of life, like professional artist Nathan Sawaya, brick filmmaker David Pagano, the enigmatic Ego Leonard, and the many devoted AFOLs (Adult Fans of Lego) who spend countless hours building their masterpieces.
In this full-color coffee table book, you’ll find page after page of photos showcasing the fantastically creative and complex models built by the Lego community. You’ll marvel at a life-size stegosaurus, a microscale Yankee Stadium, a 22-foot long World War II battleship, a Mindstorms-powered monster chess set, and a remote- controlled Jawa Sandcrawler (with moving conveyor belt!). Visit the conventions where Lego fans gather to socialize and show off their work. And discover the serious side of Lego, used in therapy, prototyping, and teambuilding.
Join today’s new revolution in creativity and community: hackerspaces. Stop letting other people build everything for you: Do it yourself. Explore, grab the tools, get hands-on, get dirty… and create things you never imagined you could. Hack This is your glorious, full-color passport to the world of hackerspaces: your invitation to share knowledge, master tools, work together, build amazing stuff – and have a flat-out blast doing it.
Hack Factory member John Baichtal explains it all: what hackerspaces are, how they work, who runs them, what they’re building — and how you can join (or start!) one. Next, he walks you through 24 of today’s best hackerspace projects… everything from robotic grilled-cheese sandwich-makers to devices that make music with zaps of electricity. Every project’s packed with color photos, explanations, lists of resources and tools, and instructions for getting started on your own similar project so you can DIY!
Natania Barron (Occasional Contributor)
Just when Maddie Angler thinks she’s over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he’s not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it’s up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn’t even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns. Boneshaker author Cherie Priest calls Pilgrim of the Sky “… a lush, dreamy fable – both vintage gothic, and modern mystery … lovingly laced with magic and darkness from start to finish.”
Nathan Barry (Core Contributor)
The Magic Belles are six magical, musical fairies who look after life’s special wonders – from colorful rainbows to beautiful flowers. Each Magic Belle has her own unique jingle and, when they come together, they make a magical, musical symphony to entertain girls between the ages of 3 – 6. Each of the seven vibrant mini games follows the adventures of one of the Magic Belles, and comes packed with rich interactivity, hidden treasures, bright colours and amazing sounds to keep little fingers and minds fully occupied.
John Booth (Core Contributor)
When the original Star Wars hit theaters in May 1977, John Booth was six years old. Thirty years later, he celebrated the anniversary of the film’s release with a series of essays and a National Public Radio affiliate commentary about growing up in the age of George Lucas’ original space trilogy. Those essays grew into a year-long project culminating in the publication of Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years.
Ken Denmead (Editor)
Today’s generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery. Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog at geekdad.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. (Available through Amazon, B&N, Borders, Indiebound, Penguin and Powell’s)
Dan Donahoo (Core Contributor)
Obsessed with our own youth and wanting perfect, genius children who live in a world of designer clothes and toys, Idolising Children says it’s time for us to find new ways of parenting and a new kind of childhood. We need to remove the guilt that comes with trying to be perfect parents. In his eye-opening book Daniel Donahoo asks us to respect children and allow them to experience childhood with all its ups and downs.
Idolising Children is an “anti”-parenting manual. Rather than contributing to the avalanche of advice it simply says to parents “trust yourselves” and then moves on to explore how our obsession with childhood and youth impacts on all our lives. The book explores how childcare, education, the media and our fertility decision-making could be different if we respected, rather than revered childhood. Available online for purchase.
Adproofing Your Kids is a hands-on, practical book that offers parents the tools to alleviate the “pestering” behavior encouraged by marketers and advertisers. It also guides parents in helping their children think critically about the media messages that surround them on a daily basis.
Parents themselves, Daniel Donahoo and Tania Andrusiak began researching this book with their own concerns about the effects of media and marketing on young children today – and soon found that these were shared by families all over. The problems seem to arise from two clear facts: young children today spend more time immersed in electronic media and are subjected to more targeted marketing than any generation before them.
Matt Forbeck (Occasional Contributor)
The best person to catch your killer is YOU.
Matt Forbeck arrives as the new king of high-concept — with a blockbuster action movie in a book. In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a person’s memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan “Methusaleh” Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead one more time to hunt his killer, but this time those who wanted him dead are much closer to home.
It’s Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.
When the desperate survivors of the Titanic were rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over. But something was sleeping in the darkest recesses of the rescue ship. Something old. Something hungry.
The lucky ones wished they’d gone down with the ship.
Dack Fayden is the greatest thief in the Multiverse. When he gets his hands on his latest prize, though, he has no idea where it will lead him — or to who! Based on the original and best-selling collectible card game from Wizards of the Coast. Select issues include an exclusive, playable, alternate-art card! Written by Matt Forbeck, with art by Martin Cóccolo and J. Edwin Stevens.
The Avengers have been disassembled, the Fantastic Four are somewhere in space, and the X-Men aren’t answering their phone. When dozens of dangerous villains are sprung from the maximum-maximum security prison known as the Raft, who’s going to stop them? You are.
The Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game uses the acclaimed “Breakout” story arc from Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers to launch the product line. The Operations Manual gives you all the rules you need to play, from gathering your heroes to taking on the likes of Carnage and Mister Hyde in a desperate free-for-all! Operations Manual Written & Designed by Cam Banks. Based on Heroic Roleplaying rules concepts from Cam Banks, Rob Donoghue, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch, Philippe-Antoine Ménard, and Jesse Scoble.
Ethan Gilsdorf (Core Contributor)
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms (The Lyons Press) is Ethan Gilsdorf’s award-winning travel memoir investigation into fantasy and gaming subcultures — from D&D to Lord of the Rings, Larpers to Harry Potter fans, World of Warcraft players to castle builders. The Huffington Post called the book “part personal odyssey, part medieval mid-life crisis, and part wide-ranging survey of all things freaky and geeky,” National Public Radio described it as “Lord of the Rings meets Jack Kerouac’s On the Road” and Wired.com proclaimed, “For anyone who has ever spent time within imaginary realms, the book will speak volumes.” (Available in paperback, hardcover and ebook through Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, Troll and Toad and Powell’s; for more information and to read a free sample, see http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com.)
Corrina Lawson (Core Contributor)
A book of essays about the wonderful things moms have done for us, Corrina’s story is about how her mother managed to not only cope but thrive under the worst circumstances and discusses why a rental car breaking down at DisneyWorld is not always a bad thing.
Set in an alternate universe where Vikings settled North America, this erotica short story is about love after loss and how a long-term couple must heal their tribe with the help of a fertility ritual dedicated to the Norse goddess Freya. [Note: this title is erotic fiction.]
After wondering what would happen if the Romans and Vikings had existed at the same time, Corrina wrote this alternate history romance that features the Romans and Vikings in North America. Dinah, the lead character, is a former Roman slave trained as a spy and assassin who’s escaped to the North American colony of Seneca to start a new life.
Chuck Lawton (Occasional Contributor)
The Vitrolum Republic is an acoustic-folk quartet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They’ve branded their unique mashup of musical styles, Gypsy Noir, drawing on diverse instrumentation and cultural touchstones that blend American roots with traditional Eastern European music. Their first full length album, For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades, takes the listener on a journey, in both style and substance, creating intimate portraits and dramatic overtures. (Album available from iTunes or Bandcamp.)
Raymond Masters (Occasional Contributor)
Kade Truth awakens in a strange house sideways of reality, where he learns he has “died” in a mysterious attack on the Statue of Liberty. Rather than facing the afterlife, he now wields energy powers, including flight. Kade joins and befriends Caduceus – eccentric caretaker, magician, and feeder of soup – and Mao F’Yang – an intoxicating girl with the uncanny ability to disappear – in a quest to regain his memories, uncover who is behind the attack, and discover why he has been so drastically altered.
In a counter to Kade’s mission, the malign Dark Monk joins forces with Richard Van Parson – arrogant CEO of VPI – to forward his own hellish agenda under the ruse of a retaliatory war.
The question remains, though, if the French government orchestrated the Liberty Island attack, why are our heroes certain of Van Parson’s involvement? What ties does the Dark Monk have with Caduceus? What designs does he have for Kade? And will Kade unravel the truth in time to embrace his true destiny?
Garth Sundem (Core Contributor)
130 interviews, 93 made the book — here’s the best of what the research of 93 MacArthur, Nobel, and National Medal of Science Medal winners says about how you should live your life. The scientifically perfect life is perfectly possible. Here’s how. Available at Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, Powell’s, and Random House.
For truth there are things we know. Here they are. This miscellany gathers the best geekery for deep study or bathroom reading, and may your backside be all the better for it. Available at Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, Powell’s, and Random House.
Erik Wecks (Core Contributor)
What do you do when every aspect of life is regulated by a soul-sucking bureaucracy, and constant surveillance is the norm?
You run. You find the out-of-the-way places no one watches. You make sure no one depends upon you, and you beat the system. That’s what Jack did, and it worked…until now.
It starts to go wrong when Jack breaks his rule and takes Anna home more than once. Then, Administrator Timothy Randall arrives and turns Jack’s backwater moon upside down. On a mission from the central government which no one understands, Randall and his staff do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals. When the killing starts, Jack finds himself blackmailed, tortured, and enslaved to a ruthless political faction. Now he must figure out who to trust, how to escape, and decide between Anna and his freedom.
Available in paperback and for Kindle, Aetna Adrift is a full length, high octane thriller in Erik Wecks’ PAX Imperium universe.
Roger Gillian and Helena Porter are a happily married professional couple living in the aftermath of an interstellar war. They never intend to leave home. All that changes when Roger’s military past catches up to them. Desperate, they agree to a relativistic journey which will bring them home 47 years in the future.
Things go sideways when Helena becomes unexpectedly pregnant. With no means to shorten their journey, and supplies only for two, they find themselves scrambling to preserve their resources and find new ones in order to make it back alive.
But it isn’t only physical resources they must find. Finding the inner strength to go forward requires taking action in spite of their desperate situation. Surprisingly, they experience hope where none should exist. Aetna Rising has been well received by readers.
This Amazon best seller comes out of Erik’s past as a financial adviser, real estate agent, and debt management counselor. Erik’s own experiences as a Dad who had been laid off and hearing the stories of hundreds of families led him to write a book on everyday personal finance for those just trying to meet ends meet. He wanted the book to be the a personal finance book which doesn’t shame people into doing the right thing but rather helps readers find out for themselves what they value. The humorous and opinionated book has met with great success leading to interviews on local television, positive editorial reviews and great success. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions, the book is a regular best seller in the Kindle budgeting category.