Ruby is a member of the Raiders, on the pirate ship Hell’s Bane.
Ruby is a member of the Raiders, on the pirate ship Hell’s Bane.
Amazon is a tricky beast to understand. One thing that can help an author get noticed is a bunch of reviews. Of course, I’d like some good reviews, but I really need honest reviews. The book will launch around December/January time frame. I would love to have a dozen reviews ready to go by then,
If you are interested in giving me a review. I will send you an Advanced Reader Copy of my book. Please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been very busy lately. My first book We Happy Few is complete. I just received the proof from Amazon and it looks terrific.
I am also happy to report that the audio book has wrapped up production. It is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. It will be available when the book releases. Speaking of which…
We are on track for a December/January release. I’ll post more details as the time draws near.
The pirate Raider’s primary job is to collect the cargo from a captured ship. Once the Strikers have pacified the crew, they move in with exo-loaders and hover pallets.
Raider Deke (below) the the foreman on the Hell’s Bane. Deke is a dour man. He stays drunk much of the time.
We Happy Few is about to go back for its second developmental edit. The story line is really shaping into something I know I’ll be very proud of.
In the meantime, I am working on the outline for book two…
Here is a bit of concept art for Commerce One. It is the main space station for the outlaw colony of Free Port.
The Quartermaster of the pirate ship Hell’s Bane.
Pirates in nano-cloaks attack the luxury liner Pegasus.
Last month I submitted my manuscript for We Happy Few… to my developmental editor. She had much to say after reading it. It seems I was trying to cram too much story in to one novel! So, I am breaking the novel into three parts. I will have three 60K word novels instead of one 90K word novel.
I think this will give me the opportunity to further develop my characters and allow me to go a little deeper into my world building.
I am hoping to have Book 1 uploaded to Amazon this summer, followed by Book 2 (not yet titled) by early autumn.
I have uploaded a book cover and some artwork (more coming soon) at Curioos.com
Check it out!
The Sowell Class Armed Medium Freighter is pretty typical of the cargo ships running the space lanes. She’s big enough to deliver a seasons worth of supplies to an outbound colony, with her fusion plant and Type 3 Ion Engines she has the legs to make a long voyage in a relatively short amount of time. She has the weaponry to defend herself from any run of the mill ship jackers and a perhaps a single pirate ship.
The Sowell Class is 280 meters in length. Her standard crew is twelve, and she can run 8-10 months at a time without having to replenish reactor mass.
These mid-cap ships are the backbone of interstellar commerce. The big freight companies are usually too scared to head off the beaten path to the Outer Rim or the Outback due to piracy concerns. So, these smaller, more agile ships pick up the slack.
Armed spacecraft have been around since the mid 21st century. The first civilian cargo freighters still had their original hull paint when someone bolted auto-cannons on the hull and attacked and boarded another ship. Soon after, rail guns and plasma cannons became factory add-ons. Of course, some governments moved in to curb the availability of such weapons to the general public. And as always, people ways to skirt (or break) those laws.
There are a few “outlaw shipyards” that operate way out in unregulated space. The most notorious is the Morningstar Shipyards in Free Port. However, there are at least a dozen others that are capable of building capital ships.
When unsanctioned warships started attacking cargo ships in the Outer Rim the Alliance and the Empire both started paying close attention to piracy.
An Alliance senator called them “a game changing threat to the outer rim.” An Imperial Admiral said “these bloody pirates are getting bloody hard to kill!”
Many modern innovations have come from the fringe of society. Variations of the Infantry Power Armor (IPA) is used by all modern military / law enforcement units in the Free Worlds Alliance and the Capellan Empire. IPA is tough. It can take a lot of punishment, while protecting the person inside. They are vacuum rated for short duration EVA.
The Nano Cloaks are a combination of the newest holo projection technology and morphing Nano tech. It can render an active camo field, make visual detection extremely difficult. Also, the nano-bits can augment body armor.
They were once the pinnacle of military technology. And like most new tech, it eventually works its way into the private sector. Once mercenaries and pirates got a hold of this, it wasn’t long before they started changing and in some cases, improving the designs.
Imagine yourself on a posh luxury liner when a band of undead skeletons wielding assault rifles and edged weapons, board your ship. Undead skeletons, or perhaps gorillas? How about velociraptors or bloody clowns? The possibilities are endless.
Shock and Awe has been elevated to a whole new level.
Commerce One is the largest station in the Dragon System, commonly referred to as Free Port. It permanently houses over thirty thousand people; it has a transient population of 50-60 thousand more people a day. The main docking ring is big enough to handle twenty capitol ships (up to 1 KM in length) at a time. Up to 60 Mid-Cap ships (500-800 meters in length.) can dock on the secondary ring.
Free Port is located at the edge of known space, neither the Free Worlds Alliance or the Capellan Empire can lay claim to it.
It is a collection of space stations and planetary outposts in the Dragon system. The red dwarf star once held a long alpha-numeric designation. Dragon seemed more appropriate. Only one planet can sustain human life, and just barely. The planet is on the far edge of the Habitable Zone. The temperatures hover around -5 C on a warm day. There are many settlements on the surface, mostly mining facilities.
The Capellan Empire calls Free Port a devilishly vile den of pirates and ne’er-do-wells. The Free Worlds Alliance has taken no official stance. Both governments have intelligence operatives here.
Free Port has long been a haven to pirates, smugglers, and other criminals from both sides of human controlled space. And though there are no laws here. It is not lawless.
Here is an animation I did for my pirate ship Hell’s Bane. This is still a very basic model. More details to come.
The human element in exoplanet mining operations. Some may ask: With the advanced nature of technology, why would you still need a human to operate a mining mech? Couldn’t it be automated?
You could fully automate in many instances. If you are surface mining and have uninterrupted LoS (Line of Sight) then it would make sense. Unless there are other factors like an unstable planetary magnetic field, etc.
The problem arises when you are a kilometer underground , and have trillions of metric tons of metal ores above you. If you lose mech telemetry for even an instant, it could cause a catastrophic mine collapse and that costs time and money.
Also… I can’t tell a story about mining drones. If there’s no human element, there’s no interest.
Apex Industries Mining Mech. Model 200A. For use in gravity ranging from 0.25G to 3.5G. Fusion powerplant. Life support capable of sustaining operator for 21 standard days. A full range of mining implements available.
I’ve been drawing pictures of spaceships and robots since I was four years old, after seeing Star Wars for the first time. (yeah, the original release.) I was always drawing something, up until I joined the U.S. Army at age 19. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t draw much then. Fast forward to almost ten years later. I’m a civilian again. One day I sat down ans started to draw. Wow… I really sucked now.
So, I decided to start 3D modelling. It probably would’ve been quicker for me to just become proficient in drawing again. Now, twelve years after picking it up, here I am.
I wouldn’t say I’m a great modeler. After all, I’m just a hobbyist. But, I think I’m proficient enough to bash out some spaceships and mechs that don’t look too bad.
The program I used to model with is called The Foundry’s Modo . ILM, Pixar, Dreamworks, and many other studios use this same software. I really dig it.