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  • The Only Tragedy Ever Written
    It’s been a few months since I moved from blogging and sending newsletters to a combined approach through Substack. As my audience has grown, I thought it might be time to reintroduce myself and seek a little feedback so that I can make this newsletter as relevant as possible to my readers.
  • Where Are We From?
    ...and the next installment of The Collector
  • Retreat!
    (withdraw to a quiet or secluded place)
  • The Greatest Gifts
    Growing up, it was a running joke in my house that I liked giving gifts more than I liked receiving them. I always had something for everyone and, on Hannukah, would bounce up and down excitedly, waiting for others to open my presents. Sometimes, just to torture me, my dad would sit there, gift in […]
  • Want to Make The World A Better Place? Read some fiction
    My first job out of law school was in the South Bronx. I shared my first office with about thirty people, my phone with six and my desk with 3. The desk itself what an ancient, gray metal behemoth with drawers that didn’t open. Some days, I worked from 6 am to 2 pm. Others, […]
  • WE DID IT! 100+ Reviews on Amazon
    ...Plus my first paid subscriber only post--Chapter 1 of a serialized crime novel
  • It's NEVER too late to reinvent yourself
    or to follow your dreams
  • Being grateful...
    especially when you are feeling like everything has gone wrong
  • These Are A Few Of My Favorite (Book) Things...
    Some recommendations for last minute stocking stuffers (or belated Hanukkah gifts)....
  • Welcome To My Worlds....
    real and imagined....
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    This is All These Worlds by Sarena Straus.
  • What If Creators Turn Against Their Creations?
    At the heart of ReInception is a creator who invents a technology to help people, but comes to regret his invention when it’s put to unintended use. In the way that life often imitates Science Fiction, Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who built a neural net in 2012, recently quit his job with Google and now speaks…
  • Book Recommendations for Everyone On Your List
    Books make the best gifts! Here are some recommendations for everyone on your list. I have my personal recommendations, as well as a few from my voracious reader teenagers. There’s a good mix of some suggestions by better known authors (but maybe not their well-known books), as well as some from smaller presses that are…
  • Guest Blog at Shepherds.com
    Head on over to Shepherds.com to check out my guest blog: The best science fiction novels with kick ass female characters If you aren’t familiar with Shepherds, it’s a great resource for discovering new novels based on all kinds of quirky lists. You can input just about any combination of things that you love and…
  • What if we had the technology to guarantee consent?
    As a former sex crimes prosecutor, I think about consent a lot. I wonder, as technology evolves, how that will impact consent and what that will mean for relationships. When we have technology embedded in our bodies, including ones that can record verbal and bodily responses, or that can capture video, what will that mean…
  • What If We Lacked Autonomy Over Our Reproductive Rights?
    Future Science Fiction heavily contemplates unintended consequences. As an attorney, I think a lot about this. One of the things I imagine in my forthcoming novel, ReINCEPTION, is the unintended consequences of the government controlling reproductive rights. Today in the US, we are talking about our government’s right to determine whether women can terminate pregnancy. […]
  • What If There Were a Magic Pill?
    Asking “What If” is a great way to start brainstorming book ideas. I began envisioning the 2126 world of ReInception while reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg at the same time that I stumbled upon an article on transcranial magnetic stimulation. Putting the two together, I wondered, “What if we had…

The "What if" Blog

ReInception was born from a simple question:  What if we had the technology to modify human behavior? Of course, initially, the technology would be used for a noble cause:  A father trying to spare other parents the pain of losing a child to addiction, for example. But human nature being what it is, we won’t stop there. We’ll go too far. In this blog, I will explore all kinds of What Ifs, from science to law to anything we can speculate about. If you are wondering about something, please post your questions here and maybe I will feature your musings in a blog post or even have you write as a guest blogger!

What If Creators Turn Against Their Creations?

By Sarena Straus / July 19, 2023 /

At the heart of ReInception is a creator who invents a technology to help people, but comes to regret his invention when it’s put to unintended use. In the way that life often imitates Science Fiction, Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who built a neural net in 2012, recently quit his job with Google and now speaks…

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Book Recommendations for Everyone On Your List

By Sarena Straus / November 23, 2022 /

Books make the best gifts! Here are some recommendations for everyone on your list. I have my personal recommendations, as well as a few from my voracious reader teenagers. There’s a good mix of some suggestions by better known authors (but maybe not their well-known books), as well as some from smaller presses that are…

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Guest Blog at Shepherds.com

By Sarena Straus / October 27, 2022 /

Head on over to Shepherds.com to check out my guest blog: The best science fiction novels with kick ass female characters If you aren’t familiar with Shepherds, it’s a great resource for discovering new novels based on all kinds of quirky lists. You can input just about any combination of things that you love and…

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What if we had the technology to guarantee consent?

By Sarena Straus / October 21, 2022 /

As a former sex crimes prosecutor, I think about consent a lot. I wonder, as technology evolves, how that will impact consent and what that will mean for relationships. When we have technology embedded in our bodies, including ones that can record verbal and bodily responses, or that can capture video, what will that mean…

Read More

What If We Lacked Autonomy Over Our Reproductive Rights?

By Sarena Straus / August 17, 2022 /

Future Science Fiction heavily contemplates unintended consequences. As an attorney, I think a lot about this. One of the things I imagine in my forthcoming novel, ReINCEPTION, is the unintended consequences of the government controlling reproductive rights. Today in the US, we are talking about our government’s right to determine whether women can terminate pregnancy. …

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What If There Were a Magic Pill?

By Sarena Straus / May 2, 2022 /

Asking “What If” is a great way to start brainstorming book ideas. I began envisioning the 2126 world of ReInception while reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg at the same time that I stumbled upon an article on transcranial magnetic stimulation. Putting the two together, I wondered, “What if we had…

Read More