My goal in writing is to examine life's greatest mysteries and present credible, often intriguing, explanations for how we got here and where humanity is heading.

Books by Brian Paley...

Book 1

Why do we often make irrational or self-destructive decisions?
Why does artificial intelligence often outperform human intelligence?
When will computer intelligence supersede human intelligence?

Book 2

How did we get here?
Is death really inevitable?
Is there a heaven, and if so, where is it?
How will humans react to intelligent alien life forms?
Why was the COVID-19 virus released?

Book 3

What drove the early pioneers to move to and thrive in Northern Georgia in the 1800s?
What can we learn from the structures and artifacts they left behind?

Book 4 - History of Laurel Canyon, Georgia (work in progress)

History books typically focus on who did what, when. I wrote Southern Duty as biographical fiction in order to bring history to life, and to focus more on the why and how major accomplishments were made. This next book is in response to the Joe Fridays who are interested in "Just the facts."

Synopses of the books

Inner Voices

This book is Nonfiction. To demonstrate how people make key life decisions, I reverse engineered the human brain. The book describes the resulting model consisting of ten layers: each representing one of our inner voices. .

The Cosmic Evolution Game

This book is in the genre of Hard Science Fiction. To describe the full evolutionary story humans, I reverse engineered DNA. This book describes  a programming model for DNA. It presents DNA as an alien life form that lives within us and rules our lives: how we function and how we will die. It also describes how humans will break free of the bonds of DNA to evolve into spacefaring beings.

Southern Duty

This book is in the genre of Biographical Fiction. It traces the lives of Malinda Field and Joseph Donaldson as they strive to raise a family while pioneering in the wilds of North Georgia. 

Brief History of Cherokee County, GA

This book is a historical account of movers and shakers who lived in and shaped the environment in the Canton area of Cherokee County in North Georgia.

About The Author

I am a retired communications system designer. I earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and now live with my wife of 49 years in Canton, Georgia. I’ve always had a fascination with nature and a need to understand how things work. My parents were probably annoyed by their obnoxious kid who was always asking, “Why?”

My hobbies include hiking trail design and maintenance, golf, and pickleball.

My urge to write is reflected by a quote from Benjamin Franklin:

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.”

Reader Reviews

Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2021
The Cosmic Evolution Game has some of the most well researched science I have ever read in over 2000 SF books and stories. Imagine the universe as we think we know it, but add an unreachable complementary anti-matter component. That part had a several billion year lead on our part of the universe, and designed a “video-like game" for players to seed our "part" of the universe and to evolve it significantly beyond where we are at now.

As the story evolves, it is determined that the universe itself is decaying much faster than calculated. The minds of Einstein, Hawking and others are re-activated to help discover a way to save the universe. Interspersed throughout the book are additional references, call them Easter Eggs for Sci-Fi cognoscenti, to Star Trek, Hitchhiker, Foundation, 2001 and more. People with a Biblical inclination will also find allegorical references to questions such as "What if the prophets in the Abraham line were influenced by Outsiders to help steer humanity onto a less destructive path?”
tkjbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating approach

Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020

"Inner Voices takes a novel approach to the question of systematic decision-making. The author presents a hierarchical model that is a mashup of different general principles, but organized in levels of complexity and build-up. The framework is something I haven't run across before and I found it to be very useful in examining my own ideas on the decision-making process. The examples were particularly interesting to read through. Recommended.”
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Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative read!

Reviewed on June 21, 2022

I found this novel to be a compelling depiction of life in the antebellum south through the civil war years. The story revolves around two ordinary families of the time who became very influential in the Canton area of Georgia. I appreciate the research that obviously went into the historic details. I also enjoyed getting to know the characters and the aspects of their lives …. the happiness and the heartbreaks.
I also appreciated the author explaining at the end where fiction was added to round out the story or where certain factual details were not available. The author also included information that dispelled certain preconceived assumptions that I had regarding life in that time. The addition of photos of actual sights depicted in the story were of great interest too.
I would highly recommend this book to those interested in historical fiction that is well researched, and those interested in the American South around the Civil War.

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