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December 5, 2014

For over a year now I've been dealing with disabling levels of back pain. I had up until a few months ago been able to continue writing because I could use a lap-top while lying down, as that was the only position that was not excruciatingly painful. Sadly, at the end of July other family crisis coupled with the physical, emotional, and financial toll of my health issues came to a head and I haven't been able to get any writing done since then. At the time I hoped it might be a temporary situation and I would be able to resume work on Reflections of Hope and my Blog in a reasonable amount of time. Sadly after four months I must acknowledge that It is unlikely that I will get much more writing done any time in the near future. For those of you who enjoyed The Face in the Mirror and Chained Reflections this means that the third volume in the series will be indefinitely delayed if I'm ever able to finish it at all.
Perhaps, if my recent spinal implant helps manage my pain over the long term and I'm able to find some form of employment things might change. It is possible that I will have the time and freedom from worry over my family situation to write again. Although if and when that happens I don't know if I will be able to reconnect with the characters enough to allow me to finish the third book.
Hopefully whatever I do write will be as entertaining as Reflections was to those of you who enjoyed it. Though I hope it might be more commercially successful.
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Published on December 05, 2014 19:54 • 5 views • Tags: bad-news, update

November 30, 2014

For over a year now I've been dealing with disabling levels of back pain. I had up until a few months ago been able to continue writing because I could use a lap-top while lying down, as that was the only position that was not excruciatingly painful. Sadly, at the end of July other family crisis coupled with the physical, emotional, and financial toll of my health issues came to a head and I haven't been able to get any writing done since then. At the time I hoped it might be a temporary situation and I would be able to resume work on Reflections of Hope and my Blog in a reasonable amount of time. Sadly after four months I must acknowledge that It is unlikely that I will get much more writing done any time in the near future. For those of you who enjoyed The Face in the Mirror and Chained Reflections this means that the third volume in the series will be indefinitely delayed if I'm ever able to finish it at all.
Perhaps, if my recent spinal implant helps manage my pain over the long term and I'm able to find some form of employment things might change. It is possible that I will have the time and freedom from worry over my family situation to write again. Although if and when that happens I don't know if I will be able to reconnect with the characters enough to allow me to finish the third book.
Hopefully whatever I do write will be as entertaining as Reflections was to those of you who enjoyed it. Though I hope it might be more commercially successful.
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Published on November 30, 2014 19:39 • 7 views • Tags: update

May 12, 2014

Science fiction is full of robots, strength amplifying armor and a wide variety of military machines. Mecha or Mech's are a hybrid of all of these. The term Mecha comes from Japanese anime. In Japan the term is used to describe virtually any sort of mechanical device from cars to copy machines. In western science fiction though it refers to legged piloted machines that can be conceptually traced back to the martian tripods in H. G. Wells War of the Worlds. Although many mecha are depicted as humanoid this is hardly universal. The Imperial A.T.A.T.'s from the Star Wars series can be defined as quadrupedal mecha. Although robots such as those portrayed in the “Transformers” franchise are aesthetically similar to many mecha the latter are portrayed as piloted by an organic operator rather than being autonomous. The similarity is no accident, many of the toys that started the first generation of the “Transformers” actually started out as toy mecha in Japan it was only when Hasbro imported them that a story line of them being sentient alien machines was created. Many mecha in anime are the result of joint marketing efforts between animation studios and toy and model makers. In American game and tie in fiction original designs (those not based on something imported from Japan) like those in the Mechwarrior or Heavy Gear settings, start out solely as the product of game company artists. Although the American originals may start out as game illustrations they usually have miniatures based on the artwork and sometimes toys or models.
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Published on May 12, 2014 14:08 • 22 views • Tags: blogging, mecha, robots, sci-fi

May 9, 2014

”Schlock Mercenary” is a webcomic by artist and author Howard Tayler. Mr. Tayler has been entertaining his audience daily since June 12, 2000 both online and with the ten (as of summer 2014) print volumes. The comic follows the title character a “carbosilicate amorph” named Schlock and his compatriots in the mercenary company “Tagon's Toughs” through their late thirty-first century adventures across the galaxy. One might expect that a comic about a group who's charter includes the line, “Travel the galaxy, meet fascinating life forms, and kill them.” To be a gritty tale about the life of a science fiction soldier. While Tayler manages to give his ongoing saga a fair amount of grit he leavens it with daily doses of humor. Indeed Tayler's talent for creating a self consistent science fiction universe that handles serious subject matter and still deliver a punchline is sometimes little short of amazing.
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Published on May 09, 2014 15:20 • 13 views • Tags: blogging, howard-tayler, review, schlock-mercenary, science-fiction

May 7, 2014

Comic book characters are a diverse lot. Some have near godlike powers while others rely on gadgets or simply extensive training. Many, whether for games about these characters or for a shorthand description in fiction, like to pigeon hole them into categories. Can such a collection of bizarre characters be so subdivided or are their characters that simply defy classification. If there are characters who cannot be easily categorized are these a majority making any system useless or are they a handful that can safely be called wild-cards in any system.
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Published on May 07, 2014 14:47 • 24 views • Tags: blogging, super-hero, superhero

May 5, 2014

If space opera is the most recognizable type of science fiction then planetary adventure is probably a close second. Where space opera invites the audience to join the characters on a trip across the cosmos planetary adventure joins it's protagonist on an in depth exploration of a single world. Some claim that space opera goes back to stories like The Struggle for Empire: A Story of the Year 2236 in the 1850's. Planetary adventure is slightly younger dating to the beginning of the twentieth century with The First Men in the Moon and the "John Carter of Mars" series. Both offer the audience a look at alien worlds.
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Published on May 05, 2014 14:32 • 14 views

May 3, 2014

Many people might have heard of Steampunk but have no idea what it is. There are two facets to it. Most visible is the ascetic and stylistic movement. Machines with wooden casings and brass fittings, neo Victorian costuming with clockwork accoutrement. These are steampunks most visible face. The inspiration for them comes from steampunk fiction. Stories ranging from The Difference Engine to “Lady Mechanica” that are often set in alternate realities where technology took a different path.
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Published on May 03, 2014 15:03 • 12 views • Tags: blogging, fantasy, steampunk

April 28, 2014

The cyberpunk genre is a subset of near future science fiction born out of the 1980's, although many influences date much earlier. Borrowing stylistic elements from punk rock it was distinctly distopian in it's world view. Characterized by books like Neuromancer or Snow Crash that attempted to depict a near future period that we have either already reached or are quickly approaching. It is a genre marked by ideas of man and machine merging, that have yet to come to pass, and a digitally connected world that got here a few years ahead of predictions. As we move into the period of time that cyberpunk strove to predict does this spell the death of the genre or will tales with this style continue to be told but cast farther into the future?
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Published on April 28, 2014 14:31 • 11 views • Tags: blogging, cyberpunk, science-fiction

April 25, 2014

In the wake of the success of Twilight, most urban fantasy these days tends toward teen paranormal romance but there is more to the genre. In some ways urban fantasy goes back to fantasy's roots, in stories that assumed the audience would believe the supernatural to be real. When Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he didn't need to cast the tale in a fantasy world to get the audience to believe a man might be visited by spirits. Modern urban fantasy though has an audience that is less likely to believe in magic or monsters and certainly assumes the rest of the world doesn't. Consequently urban fantasy assumes that the supernatural is somehow hidden from the majority of the world.
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Published on April 25, 2014 10:41 • 5 views • Tags: blogging, fantasy, urban-fantasy

April 23, 2014

People have been writing about the end of the world almost as long as we've been writing. Recently as our technology has reached the point where we can consider how our weapons or wastes might end the world we know a variation has been spawned. Post apocalyptic fiction considers the end of the world and what comes after. Interest in the genre may have peaked during the height of the cold war. At that time memories of WW2 and international tensions feed fear that the future the genre portrayed might become horrifyingly real. Although one might have expected it to have died out or dwindled in the wake of the end of that period, the popularity of games like the Fallout series or novels and films like the The Hunger Games show there is still a fair amount of interest. So what is it about the genre that attracts such interest? The interest in the averted apocalypse sub-genre is probably obvious. Overcoming the odds and cheating the reaper are always popular. The lure of true post apocalyptic fiction is less so.
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Published on April 23, 2014 14:28 • 4 views • Tags: blogging, post-apocalypse, science-fiction

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