Escape from Borka (Book Excerpt)

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It was over.  The Champion of Clan Bloodfist looked over the flotsam and jetsam that had once been the greatest fleet in the history of the Scro Empire, shattered and broken like so many forgotten toys.  At least, they would be if the blood and body parts weren’t floating serenely between them.  His blood brother Corin, the clan leader, was no longer pouring blood from the wound in his throat where a stray shard of broken metal from their shattered rail had pierced it, but he was still unconscious and whether or not he would live or die remained very much anybody’s guess, especially since the healer was only Sarga’s acolyte.  Sarga was dead, killed when their primary helm was crushed by rough-hewn accelerator shot.  They were adrift in the Void, and all around them the noose tightened as the butterfly-shaped vessels of the Imperial Elven Navy Fleet, easily three…

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The Unhuman Wars as Allegories of History, Part 2

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Elven Navy Officers.  Image from the Spelljammer comic. Elven Navy Officers. Image from the Spelljammer comic.

Since I have already likened the elves to the British in my first article in this series, which focused on the similarities between the Unhuman Wars and the World Wars, it would be consistent if I could say that the Elven Imperial Navy was an allegory for the British Royal Navy; and I believe I can.  The Unhuman Wars represent the major historical conflicts of the British Royal Navy; namely, the Anglo-Spanish War and the Napoleonic Wars.

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Complex life in the universe may be much rarer than previously thought

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At least, according to a couple of astrophysicists: Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies | Science/AAAS | News.

The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.

…The sheer density of stars in the middle of the galaxy ensures that planets within about 6500 light-years of the galactic center have a greater than 95% chance of having suffered a lethal gamma ray blast in the last billion years, they find. Generally, they conclude, life is possible only in…

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Toy Soldier Saga Update

I think it’s clear through recent posts that I am home again now and back to thinking about my novels.  I took the opportunity to catch up on cross-posting the relevant stuff from the Wildspace blog.  I am still involved in National Novel Writing Month and I am NOT writing Toy Soldier for that, but I will be back to work on the books again in a few days.  I’m not going to post any more chapters for Brothers in Arms until I am finished, however, since I have done several rewrites.  This will give me an opportunity to write the book in a different order and perhaps solve some of the difficulties I am having in bringing my disparate plot aspects together.

In other news, Spreecast is now charging per view to see old Spreecasts, so while it’s too much of a pain to take them all down, I think you should be aware of that.

I will be editing the books more thoroughly this winter and hope to progress to the audiobooks in the spring.  They are quite the undertaking and expect that it will be some time before you see them.

If you have any questions let me know!  I’ll keep plugging away at it . . . 🙂

Dragonspace

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The following article is a brief description of Dragonspace from my Toy Soldier Saga website.

Dragonspace is the sphere in which my homebrewed campaign setting, Draconia, is located, which I use as a setting in my Toy Soldier novels.  It becomes much more significant in “Sable’s Privateers”.  For now, its primary significance is that the secret N’Velahrn base discussed at the beginning of “Brothers in Arms,” where Shaundar and Yathar receive their training is located on Permafrost, a frozen water flatworld on the edge of the crystal sphere.

Dragonspace is also significant because by prevailing phlogiston currents, the scro must pass through it or Spiralspace to get to the Radiant Triangle through Realmspace. It also provides passage to Greatspace, Krynnspace, and a few other significant spheres to the elves.

It is important to note that dragons and dragonkin of all kinds are abundant here, and generally, dragons of suitable…

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The Multiverse is Made of Bubbles; No, Really!

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The theory of eternal inflation casts our universe as one of countless bubbles in an eternally frothing sea. Olena Shmahalo / Quanta Magazine

Click on the link for an informative article on how the multiverse may look a lot more like the Ptolemaic model than originally thought.

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Comet Song

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/comet-67p-song-captured-by-rosetta-spacecraft-1.2834947

If you’re a space science (and fantasy) nut like me, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat right now, reading everything coming out of the Philae and Rosetta spacecraft project.  This is what a comet sounds like; or at least, what this comet sounds like.  Do you think the starhands hear noises like this sailing in the cosmos?  I sure do!

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Weal or Woe (Book Excerpt)

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Shaundar trained his glass on the approaching vessels; and then he saw something that froze his blood in his veins.  He uttered a curse that would have blistered paint.  “Bring ‘er about!  Get us out of here!   Max tactical!” he howled, limping over to the mainsail to begin tacking.  “Dammit, Trevan!  Grimmauld!  Help me!”

Trevan just stared at him for a few long moments.  “Have you gone completely insane?!” he exploded at last.  “How are we going to get rescued if we run away?”

“That’s no rescuer,” he moaned.  “They’re flying the flag of the illithid.  Mind flayers!”

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