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2405.23 — Are your MCs picky about where they sleep?

Yes. Wintereyes always sleeps with someone. She doesn't do "alone."

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Omg, I got to use the phrase "exegetical anxiety" in a review! Exciting! Stay tuned.

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Cover for 1899 first US edition of H.G. Wells' WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES, art by Henri Lanos (1859-1929).

#books #illustration #sciencefiction #vintage #victorian

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There are plenty of aliens in the Backworlds series. More will be met in The Afterworlds. This is a Seuk. They caused some mischief before becoming almost extinct. Get in on the exclusive early release coming this July!

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Artist Alan Magee (1947-) was born on this day. List of covers:

L, 1974; R, 1979


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Mordecai Roshwald (1921-2015) was born on this day. Bibliography:

L, uncredited, 1961; R, Gene Szafran, 1976


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Author and editor Robert Hoskins (1933-1993) was born on this day. Bibliography:

L, Frank Kelly Freas, 1976; R, Jim Steranko, 1970


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"Perry Rhodan" meets "Blade Runner".
AIGrafik, erstellt mit MidJourney.

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Technophob-Flyer für den heimischen Drucker (größer):


Die Seiten sind aktuell noch nicht perfekt aufeinanderliegend, weil pdfcrop unterschiedliche Ergebnisse lieferte. Für den heimischen Drucker funktionieren sie aber gut:

Vorderseiten der Figurenkarten.

Rückseiten der Figurenkarten.

Abenteuer mit Einstieg und SL-Teil

Regeln und Impressum.

Alles frei lizensiert, damit ihr eigenes daraus stricken könnt.

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326 — Do any of your characters have a favorite place that they've ever visited?

I'm sure they all have somewhere, but I've never asked.

For the devil-girl, it's doubtlessly any library she's visited. She'd sleep in the stacks were she allowed. It could also be Silver's Gym where she trained for and became a champion mixed magical martial arts prizefighter—and achieved her first K.O. Brings back fond memories. Despite the athletic funk and the muscle nerds overflowing with testosterone and attitude.

Wintereyes loves her Fell Woods and running with the wolves, However, this happened in the last chapter and it feels like her recalling a favorite place?

Recessed radiance light lit [a ceiling with] a painted dusk sky full of fluffy clouds lit by a recently set sun. The cloud shadows and the orange, pink, and purples felt as if the painter had somehow captured an instant of time and transported it above me.

I'd stopped so abruptly, Caramello had to dodge, nudging my left shoulder. I caught him reflexively, grabbing his shirt to keep my balance, saying, "I've lain in the meadows at Streams End, staring up at skies like this. I like."

"This is my bedroom."

"Sorry!" His shirt slipped past my thumb...

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2405.25 — How often do your characters think of death?

The reader and author are privy only to the MC's thoughts. "Often" is a vague word. Generally the MC doesn't think of death as you and I would experience time. However, in story time, she thinks of it rather often. She experiences PTSD episodes from when she saw someone die horrifically during a gang war, then realized her actions (or rather her inactions) resulted in dozens of others dying. Being responsible but powerless to stop it rattles her to the core. Her death? Not so much. Having been a bodyguard for a mob boss, and to an extent being a prizefighter where an errant strike could be lethal before that, she's never expected herself to live to old age. Twice someone has tried to murder her; only quick thinking and skill saved her. Twice she actually died, only extraordinary attempts at resuscitation bringing her back from the brink. She's not yet 20 years old. Each time she learned something or achieved something, the very last time saving not only the life of her lover but the life of his assassin because actually murdering the assassin was worse to her than dying herself. Not becoming a murderer is a possible tipping point in her life story because she is was conceived as a evil character, and if something doesn't get in the way she will be responsible for the destroying the world...

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Happy one-year birthday to ANOTHER LIFE, my #solarpunk novella about reincarnation! @StelliformPress brought this to life one year ago today. Many thanks to everyone who has bought, read, or reviewed it!

A Spanish translation is coming soon from Crononauta, and a Catalan translation from SF Fábula. 🥳

#ScienceFiction #ClimateFiction #novella #bookiversary #BookBirthday #NewBooks

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No i misja czytania klasyków fantastyki naukowej wciąż jest kultywowana 🙂 jestem w trakcie "Obcy w Obcym Kraju" Roberta A. Heinleina . Przyjemnie się czyta bo ma dosyć lekki klimat. Czasami przywodzi mi na myśl te stare filmy sci-fi z lat najdawniejszych z różnymi archaicznymi konceptami. Wracam do lektury bo zostało mi jeszcze dużo do zgrokowania 😁

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Just finished an oldie, but very goldie: Vonda N. McIntyre: Superluminal (1984). (Goldie not only because she based part of the action in her home town of Seattle 😉 )

Vonda gives us new ideas galore.

A new view on how FTL spaceflight can be made up (seven dimensions, anybody?), using human pilots having undergone procedures.

Humans becoming a new species: Divers, living in the ocean - and crewing spacecraft.

Lots of diverging interests, politics, struggles, ...

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Editor Charles D. Hornig (1916-1999) was born on this day. Bibliography:

L, Frank R. Paul, 1940; R, Frank R. Paul, 1941
#scifi #sciencefiction #magazines


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Phyllis Gotlieb (1926-2009) was born on this day. Bibliography:

L, Richard Powers, 1964; R, Tom Kidd, 1980

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#WritersCoffeeClub Ch 9 Nbr 25 — Do you use a cover artist or design your own covers? Share your cover art.

I design my own covers, but I often pay a cover artist to draw them. I provide detailed stage directions (text) and supply excerpts, approve thumbnails then sketches, then negotiate color corrections to get them on one pass. I've also created abstract covers myself, or bought stock art. I've never used my photography in a cover. Yet. Once I colorized a sketch (digital watercolors) when a sketch was all the artist could provide when a family issue caused the artist to bow out.

I do the titles myself (and plan with the artist in the composition phase where I plan to put my titles). I've offered to do titles for others, but no takers, yet.

Um. Not sharing artwork. It's all for my other alias, which I feel uncomfortable revealing.

[Author retains copyright (c)2024 R.S.]

#BoostingIsSharing and #CommentingIsCool

#fiction #fantasy #sf #sff #sciencefiction #writing #writer #writers #author #writingcommunity #writersOfMastodon

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325 — SC POV: If you could relive one day of your life and change its course of events, which day would you choose?

[Adds to my response for the SC in 324. —R.S.]

Let's see. Relive a day and change it? Hmmm.

The day I told my parents that I wanted to haul furniture and machinery as a living? Basically, become a mover? The day they reacted badly, grounded me, starting nagging me about school, wouldn't let me fly anything for my friends that weighed more than a few books—or airtaxi anyone—started telling me I was weak in the head? The day I ruined my childhood?

Yeah, I'd keep my enthusiasms and dreams to myself, could I rewrite history.

Or maybe it would be that day that I threw a brick through the Moving Guild's window. Wouldn't let any company hire a woman. Okay, I turned over all the parked moving vans. For the record, only one rolled down a hill. Hmmm...

On second thought, not that one.

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Ch 9 Nbr 24 — Is there any work of fiction you could have written better? Don't be shy.

There are plenty of TV or episodic dramas I could have written better. Doing so would have been procrastinating for me, though I have written my share of fan fiction and retconned really egregious plot advancement by stupidity...

Almost anything I've written, even a few years ago, could qualify as fiction I could have written better. I recently "rewrote" an earlier novella, changing and fixing a few details to retcon a prequel (including typos and grammar faults), then used that as an excuse to tack on the rest of a novel by changing the last couple of paragraphs.

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2405.24 — While drafting, do you avoid or binge watch similar material?

I binge watch all the time. K-dramas and anime. I avoid watching or reading similar material to what I'm writing while I'm composing, so I'm not influenced. I want it to be me writing; I want the voice to be mine.

I avoid reading Dickens. I think his is my default writing style and I need to avoid it at all costs.

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This alien has senses we don't. What's one of them?

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