Essence and Problem Solving Blog

May 19, 2020

Slow Down and Go Faster

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December 27, 2018

What does Essence and science fiction have in common?

One of the things I like most about Essence is how the alphas help you look at what is going on from multiple perspectives.  Often the root cause of a problem only becomes evident when you step back and look at the problem differently.

A few years ago I learned that Larry Constantine writes science fiction under the pen name Lior Samson.  I first met Larry at the SEMAT (  kickoff meeting in Zurich in 2010.   Learning about this other side of Larry intrigued me and I investigated his work further and found he doesn’t write fantasy science fiction, but science fiction that makes you think about a common problem we all face a little differently.

I had started writing science fiction myself over twenty years ago,  but let it go when I started my own consulting business.  Larry’s story motivated me to revive my science fiction writing as I approached my retirement years.  Please note here that I am NOT planning on retiring, only taking up once again an old interest that I let go as I move into what some people might refer to as my “retirement years”.

I have just released my first science fiction book, and like Larry (or Lior) I now too have a pen name (Fred E. McMichaels), and my science fiction writing, like Larry’s, isn’t fantasy either.

Like Essence, my intent is to encourage my reader to look at common problems we all face a little differently.   I have, in fact, discovered that science fiction writing can be an avenue to problem-solving as it encourages people to open their minds to possibilities they might otherwise miss.

If you are interested in learning more about my new venture you can check out my new blog at and you can learn more about my first science fiction book below.

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