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Piranha Solution Trivia

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1. The name Stilicho Jones was taken from Cirocco Jones, the protagonist of John Varley’s seminal sci-fi novel Titan

2. Stilicho is also named after Flavius Stilicho, one of Rome’s last great generals, who was desperately trying to keep the empire from being conquered by the barbarians at their gates.

3. Karl Rossum is named after Karel Capek, the novelist/playwright who helped (along with his brother) invent the term “robot” in his 1921 play RUR (Rossum’s Universal Robots), which is also the name of his company in the novel.

4. Errol Flux is obviously based on Elon Musk (duh!)

5. ACE Corp is a play on ACME Corporation, the company that Wile E. Coyote frequently buys products from in his never ending attempt to catch the Roadrunner in Looney Tunes. The main difference being is that ACE Corp products actually work.

6. Mars First is based on Mars One.

7. PETR (People for the Ethical Treatment of Robots) is based on PETA.

8. ACE Corp’s transporter rocket is based on the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System.

9. Silas Balsamic was supposed to be named Silas Florescent, but the name was way too silly.

10. There was supposed to be a subplot involving aerial blimps on Mars, but after consulting with space enthusiasts, it was proven that the Martian atmospheric pressure was too thin for use of practical airship designs, so the idea was abandoned.

11. The smartglass devices are based on a more advanced version of Google Glass.

12. The skinsuits everyone wears are based on the MIT Biosuit. It is a skintight suit that uses mechanical counterpressure to enable the wearer to survive in low-pressure environments.

13. The interplanetary spacecraft that bring the transporter ships to Mars are based on NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) drive designs.  NASA had plans for a Mars mission in 1978 and would have utilized this highly efficient and reliable drive on their Saturn V rockets had the project not been canceled in favor of the Space Shuttle.

14. Much of the research for the novel was taken from the Atomic Rockets web-blog. This site is a highly useful resource for sci-fi authors who want to add more realism to their works.

The sequel to this book is now out on pre-order!

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Only A Deranged Designer (With A Doctorate) Can Make Something This Good!

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I gotta say, the folks at DDD (Deranged Doctor Design) have really outdone themselves on the cover of the newest Wrath of the Old Gods book. The designers are consummate professionals and if you ever need a great book cover, head over to their site and request a date, but do it a few months in advance because they are swamped with work. I will be using them for the entire series run so I plan to be with them for a long, long time.

Canticum Tenebris (Latin for Dark Song) will be released in a few days, first in preorder, then it will go wide on all channels. Watch for it!

It’s Not Just Any Apocalypse, It’s a Pagan One!

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I wrote this up as a complete stand-alone novel so one doesn’t need to read the other books in the Wrath of the Old Gods series in order to understand it. So unless I get a multi-million dollar publishing contract that says otherwise, the e-book version will remain free. I’ve included a number of Easter eggs that readers of the entire series will notice since some of the characters depicted in this book will appear in the other books as well. The storyline is also tighter, since there’s only one protagonist, unlike the main books, which have multiple main characters.

All in all, I had a great time writing it, took me only two weeks to finish it too. I seem to write faster when I put a book together in first person than when I do something in third person. I hope you all enjoy it. The sequel (which will be Book 2.5 in the overall series) will be written soon and will probably be released sometime this year.

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There will be a Glooming this Christmas…

 

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My newest novel is completed and will be available on pre-order on Amazon in a few days with the official release date on December 18th. I am switching genres slightly, this time it’s the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic books and I pulled out all the stops. At over 120,000 words this is the longest manuscript I have ever completed. Multiple main characters, lots of action and touches on everything from war, horror, politics, mythology, religion, immigration, gods, demons and what it means to be human. I hope it can find an audience so I can finish writing the rest.