The Multiplarity trilogy mentions several different spacecraft. It might be interesting to see the real-world examples that inspired these craft.
The first is, of course, the US Space Shuttle. While there are many good reasons why it never fully achieved its potential, the fundamental shape was the result of more than twenty-five years of airframe development. The Shuttle was such a good basic shape that the USSR copied it with their Buran Shuttle. A great deal has been written on both designs.
Y’all might like my new teeshirt, sticker, and mug offering.
It’s been years since I last tried my hand at teeshirt, mug, and sticker design.
Sometimes the rush hour rat race can be a bit too much for any of us. That is when we need to make a positive statement that we’ve survived another lap.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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:
A dieselpunk swashbuckler with a strong heroine, corrupt cops, gangsters, and airships!
A psychotic ex-boyfriend threatens Dani and Ranger Rick in the lush beauty of a state park. Can Abinormal and Grandma Lupe save them?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.