Behind the Creation Part 2

  1. Worldbuilding

Behind the Creation Part 1 can be found here.

When I pause to consider it, Multiplarity not only has multiple plot lines with dozens of characters, but it required the detailed creation of four different fictional worlds. The first third of the book deals with a near future version of our world. The second part follows the founding of a lunar colony called Port Heinlein. The last part involves the reader with a rapidly maturing lunar colony and the colonization of two alien worlds. One is virtual and the other circles another sun.

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Behind the Creation Part 1

 

Multiplarity

What the heck am I talking about?

Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge’ have written a great deal about the ‘Singularity’, but few have paid much attention. It has been called “the rapture of the nerds”. While the Singularity makes for interesting reading and conjecture, I don’t see it as totally transforming the entire human species.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

At this writing, there are naked humans walking jungle trails and smearing frog snot on arrowheads. Within a few thousand kilometers, there are laptop computers, cellphones, aircraft carriers, and rockets able to lob men into orbit.

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Uncommon Ground

This is an urban fantasy thriller!

A psychotic terrorist launches nuclear, biological, and electronic attacks with the help of thousands of rats.

Julius is a sorcerer who knows he needs a team. A Marine sniper, teenage cosplayers, bikers, and railroad engineers join forces with their animal partners in our defense.

Dark currents eddy around an unlikely band of Guardians. How many must die to prevent apocalyptic destruction?

WARNING: Extreme violence and graphic sex!

Get your copy here!

New Releases!

It occurred to me that I’ve a handful of tales that haven’t been published. This will be fixed over the next couple of months. Here’s the first two:

 

Tazia Fahn

A dieselpunk swashbuckler with a strong heroine, corrupt cops, gangsters, and airships!
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/687825

Turkey Creek Ghost

A psychotic ex-boyfriend threatens Dani and Ranger Rick in the lush beauty of a state park. Can Abinormal and Grandma Lupe save them?
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/687993

Happy Holidays!

Nuclear Poetry

Back in the early 60s, I found a poem in a SciFi pulp magazine that I loved. I’ve never been able to find it again. But I still recall it to this day.

Now I am Faust and Faust is you
And we, the witches who hailed Macbeth
We have the lightnings of a God
But not his eons, we know death
And we who stand, high above the Earth
On poised, foolhardy feet
That go towards ending
Came from Birth
We wonder sometimes what we do
Besides achieving balance
Faust, I, and the witches
And you

For the last 40 years, that has echoed in the back of my mind. It still has a powerful message for me. I wish I knew what magazine it came from and the poet’s name.

What brought this to mind, you may ask?
This article that just might be life following fiction… the arming of SkyNet.

Happy Holidaze!

The last few months have been hectic and, in some ways, depressing. Depressing because the writing challenge I issued back in September garnered zero… that’s right, ZERO responses.

I spent the last month or so spinning my wheels and catching up on some TV series. Earlier this week I read this blog post by Dean Wesley Smith.

I realized I have been writing quite a bit the past few years, but haven’t really published anything. Thanks for the kick in the ass, Dean!

The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) recognize the following story categories:

  • Novels 40,000 to 100,000 words
  • Omnibus more than 100,000 words
  • Novellas 17,500 to 40,000 words
  • Novelettes 7,500 to 17,500 words
  • Short stories less than 7,500 words

In order to get the ball rolling, I dug through my folders and found more than a dozen tales that were either ready to go, or just needed another couple of edit passes. I’ll be posting links to them in the next few days.

It took a few minutes to cruise the website to realize it needs a complete makeover as well. I’m off to do that, now.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope the season is kind to you and yours.

Time to Write

Rachel Poli is a blogger I’ve been following for some time now. She’s a fine writer and I wanted to thank her for a recent post. In it, she challenged other writers to create a story using a first line she supplied. The line is… “The doorbell rang at one-o’clock in the morning.”

It seemed like a fun little project, so I spent about an hour on a short tale. You can read it here.

Take a moment to read some of her stuff. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

Pigma Brush Pen

Every once in a while, I trip over a new tool that I just cannot do without. Such is the case for the Pigma Brush series from Sakura Color Products of Japan.

I was sorting through some felt-tip markers in the fine art section of a local A.C. Moore store when I found a small display of these pens.

What caught my attention was the fact that although the tip is similar to an ultra-fine point indelible marker, it is very flexible. The darn thing really does handle like a very fine brush!

So far, my usage has been to fill in extremely thin cracks and seams on folded cardstock. It is very easy to handle and got in places my previous markers didn’t. I’m sure that with a bit of experimentation, I’ll find more uses for this handy tool. Hhmm… Industrial age graphiti anyone?

Both the store display and Sakura’s website show these features:

• Archival quality ink – chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
• No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers
• Thorough ink delivery to the sides and tip of the flexible brush
• Individual pens available, and in a 6 – color set, and 8 – color set

You can read more at: http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/pen-brush

Be sure to check out the short video clip on their entire line.

Happy modeling!

Earthquake Prediction

I’ve been following Dutchsinse for over a year now and I’ve checked some of his earlier work. He has an 80% success rate in predicting earthquakes. That’s better than NOAA predicts hurricanes. You might want to take a look at this video clip.

https://youtu.be/8NKnY2GzHNY

Kubuntu 16.04 vs 14.04

Like most of us, I’ve lost things stored on my computer from time to time. This has made me more than a bit obsessive about backing up stuff I consider critical.

I also know that the average life of most electronics is about five years. Few hard disk drives give a three year warranty while most only give a year.

With that in mind, I’ve developed a strategy that works in conjunction with cloud storage to minimize the chance of a catastrophic loss of data.

Every couple of years or so, I purchase a new hard disk drive (HDD) for about a hundred dollars. I will unplug both of the HHDs in my tower, connect the new HDD, and install the latest version of my favorite Operating System (OS), Kubuntu.

Which brings us to this… I was very happy to get my new 3Tb HDD in the mail and immediately installed and format the drive with the latest Long-Term-Support version of Kubuntu, 16.04.

Worked with 16.04 for three days and must say, I’m terribly disappointed.

It appears as if the primary focus of the Plasma development team was to make an OS for a tablet, not a desktop. The overall look and feel is crude to say the least. Icons looks like they were created for a 1980s game system and several features have been removed.

I’m afraid Kubuntu 16.04 may well turn out to be Canonical’s answer to Windows8.

In the meantime, Kubuntu 14.04 will be supported until 2019. I’m hoping they get it right for the 18.04 LTS release. If not, I’ll probably recommend some of flavors, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

As always, this is only my opinion and your mileage may vary. I’d love to hear of your experiences with other Operating Systems.