Ron Sparks

Solution Architect, Author, Poet
Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks

Solution Architect, Author, Poet

Welcome to the site. I am Ron Sparks, a technology professional, writer, and poet trying to live my best life as an expat in Munich, Bavaria.

Feel free to geek out with me in the Technology section, ponder life’s deepest questions in the Non-Fiction section, explore new worlds in the Fiction section, expose the truths buried in the dark corners of our hearts in the Poetry section, or connect with me on social media, or buy my books! Or not.


Latest stories

It’s Not Me; It’s You

I ghosted you. Cut off communications. Blocked you on Facebook. Or maybe unfriended you. I deleted your comments on my threads. I cut you off of Twitter. I don’t return your calls or your texts. And you wonder why. Don’t worry; it’s not me. It’s you. You voted for, and continue to support, a racist. A man who calls people of color “dogs.” A man who praises other racists and bigots. A man who has...

One Chance – Conclusion

Once Chance

Robert stood in front of the docking shuttle.  In a few minutes, he knew, it would lift off and take him to the orbiting asteroid dubbed New Life by the three hundred colonists.  He had said his good-byes earlier. Now, he was alone. He had taken his one chance and here he was.  In a moment of panic, he decided that he had made the wrong decision, then laughed at himself.  He...

Once Chance – Part 5

Once Chance

Robert stomped down the street, occupied by his thoughts.  He failed to notice when every other window on all nearby buildings suddenly blinked and formed into a picture.  Dani, however, noticed and her gasp brought Robert out of his reverie. While the PLN installed the emergency screens in all windows, they were never used all at once because of power allocation.  Something big...

Once Chance – Part 4

Once Chance

“What was it like in the twentieth century?” Robert groaned as he punched in his order for fried chicken and corn.  Of course, it wasn’t real chicken or corn, but some biological fungus grown on the Venetian Culture farms.  As the only living human who actually knew what fried chicken tasted like, Robert disliked it immensely. It tasted too flat.  Sure, it tasted like chicken, but...

One Chance – Part 3

Once Chance

Benjamin walked down the narrow corridor to his private chambers, shaking slightly from the interview with the Senators.  Senator Billings, for all his lack of manner or subtlety, had hit startling close to the mark. The only saving factor had been the restraining tactics of Senators Kiles and Senator Nyguen’s reluctance to side himself with Senator Billings.  Nearly all Senators agreed...

Once Chance – Part 2

Once Chance

Dr. Benjamin Motich folded his hands on the simwood table as he addressed the Senate Committee.  The committee of three Senators had the task of investigating the claims of legal transgressions on the part of the Big Four; the four multi-corporations that effectively ruled the solar system. Only twice before in the history of EarthCo had a Senate Committee attempted to delve into the inner...

Once Chance – Part 1

Once Chance

Robert chewed on the end of his cigar, staring absently at the auto-florescent ceiling above his chair.  It wasn’t until the late twenty-first century that EarthCo had developed the auto-florescent ceiling tile.  From there, it took almost a full twenty years before they became standard and all other forms of lighting were phased out. Robert glanced back down at his text; a historical...

DOS Command Line – Alphabetically Merging Files Recursively In Multiple Directories

Wanna merge files recursively from the DOS command line? SQL Files All Over The Place – Problem! I do a lot of grunt work in DOS.  Also, I have dozens of SQL scripts in multiple folders that need to be run sequentially in order to recreate the database, create the database objects, and seed the initial data in the system.  I can run them one at a time, eating up half an hour or...

Patriotism Does Not Belong To Veterans

(copy from my Facebook post) Note to everyone up in arms about #takeAKnee: I come from a ~strong~ military family with a strong military tradition. My brother is a Marine veteranMy brother-in-law is a Navy veteranMy father is a Navy veteranMy grandfather (father’s side) was a WWII Army veteran and POW who fought in the European TheaterMy grandfather (mother’s side) was a WWII Army veteran...

Is Destroying a Confederate Statue the Same as Burning Books?

A Statue, A Book, a Billboard What does a Confederate statue and a book have in common?  A lot, according to a billboard I saw today. Pittsburgh is a fairly progressive town. It’s one of the reasons why Carey and I fit in so well here. Get just a few miles outside of the city, though, and things start to change drastically. For my Florida friends, you can liken it to the greater Jacksonville...

Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet

Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Munich, Bavaria. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on Amazon.com.

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A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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