A few years back, I was challenged to write a lyric to the tune of City of New Orleans. It seemed an easy and fun task but, several hours later, I had come up with an entire science fiction song. Since I’ve been working on a generation ship idea for some time, I thought I’d present this little ditty.
This month only, I’m having a half-price sale on some of my stories. I’d love to see some comments on any of them. Comments, critiques, reviews, and thrown tomatoes are always welcome.
Use the PROMO CODE SSW50 at checkout to get 50% off the retail price of the following tales.
Shibari Sails is all about piracy and pleasure in the Caribbean. From Palm Beach to the West End, Vanessa Fullright and her fellow ex-cons, provide unforgettable vacations for wealthy patrons, while trying to avoid watery graves.
Perfect health, longevity, religious intolerance, political expedience, and aliens… all part of colonizing another world.
A terrorist launches multiple attacks with the help of thousands of rats.
An unlikely band of Guardians and their animal friends must be our first line of defense.
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?
A dieselpunk swashbuckler with a strong heroine, corrupt cops, gangsters, and airships!
As an author, I constantly run into news articles or historical events where if I were to write them into the plot of a story, no one would believe it. It seems Shannon A. Thompson has the same issue and gives some excellent examples in this recent post on her Hate / Love Relationship with Historical Fiction.
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A friend who has made a name for herself writing erotic literature, recently started a dystopian science fiction trilogy. Naturally, I had to give it a try and I’m very glad I did.
“The Great Turning” by Lesli Richardson, is not your usual post-apocalyptic tale. With a background of the world devastated by a major meteor strike, families, friends, and lovers, fight killers on both two legs and four.
It isn’t often that gay, lesbian, and poly scenes are part of a rousing good military science fiction yarn. In case you’re wondering, this is by no means erotica with ray guns. It features a very well-crafted world and believable characters.
While this is the first in a trilogy, it works quite well as a stand-alone tale. I’ll give it five out of five stars.
I’m looking forward to the next novel in this series.
Genre: post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, futuristic, dystopian, GLBTQ, MMF (not erotic)
I just finished posting a new short story that may lead into a longer-term series.
It’s called Miss Mystery and features a college student who discovers she has telekinetic abilities.
I’d like a little feedback on this tale, before I continue.
- Do you like how it plays so far?
- Are the characters believable?
- Would you like to see it as a graphic novel?
This first six chapters can be read for free, on Wattpad.
I just joined the Smashwords week of free epubs! This is your chance to get a couple of my best-sellers for free.
Multiplarity is a hundred and seventy thousand word Space Opera that includes the following books.
Book One covers the development of Omniphage and the subsequent collapse of civilization. When beauty and health are no longer concerns, ignorance and greed may destroy humanity.
Book Two follows the development of a couple avenues of escape with the founding of a lunar colony and a transhumanist world. Even so, perfect health and longevity may not be enough against vacuum, radiation, and terrorism.
Book Three follows the founding of another world and finally meeting aliens. That is if religious intolerance and political expedience don’t condemn us once more.
Multiplarity is normally $8.99, but is free for the rest of the week.
Turkey Creek Ghost is a tale involving witches, ghosts, and a wolf. A psychotic ex-boyfriend threatens Dani and Ranger Rick in the lush beauty of a state park. Can Abinormal and Grandma Lupe save them?
Turkey Creek Ghost is normally $3.99, but is free for the rest of the week.
Both of these are great reads. Don’t miss out on this promotion.
While on the way home from an event, the teenagers and I were bouncing odd books we’d read recently. I came up with the following setup for a novel.
An Asian Cajun is working as a Luchador for a travelling wrestling act in England. After a show, he’s abducted by the gay first mate of a steam-powered UFO piloted by a lesbian captain and her transgender girlfriend. Oh! And the UFO is haunted by the ghost of a torch singer, killed by her jazz saxaphonist lover, who is still chasing her.
Well? Should I jump right on this idea? What y’all think?
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.
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.