The second book in the series, “What War Brings” is scheduled to be released in 2014.
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For the seminar, I put together a Prezi presentation. If you're interested in the steps of self-publishing your e-book, here is a link to the presentation:
As I've said before... I think making the video trailers is more fun than actually writing the book!
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Time to open a little Jameson's, kick back and celebrate.
But not for long.
There are two authors who influenced me to write at a young age: Tolkien and Clancy.
Back in 1989 as a teenager and trying my first hand at writing, I wrote to Clancy, asking for a bit of advice.
He not only replied with a personal letter, he tried to call me. I was blown away. The letter still sits next to my computer. A little fuel to keep the creative fire lit.
Thank you, Tom. You will be missed.
First, the good news:
I’m in the home stretch (of the first draft) on the second book! Finally seeing the light and the end of the tunnel. And so far, I’m immensely happy with how it’s falling into place. If all goes well, it’s going to hook you on page one and not let you go until the end. And, for me, it's a been a lot of fun to write.
So now the bad news. Well, it’s not necessarily bad news, as the final result was actually kind of good.
Originally I had named the second book “Incursion”. I thought it fitting, with the coming attack on Phobos, and the counterattack by the STO.
Only one problem. Someone beat me to it:
The last thing I want is to bump heads with another sci-fi title. So, back to the drawing board I went.
And in the end, what I came up with was better. It’s an actual line from the book, and pulls together nicely all the various stories that take place along the way.
The new title: “What War Brings”
Sub title: “Book 2 of the Sol War 1 Series”
And… the newly revised and improved cover art.
So there you go! Look for it later this year.
I may be entirely off, but I like to think that it was the success of the movie “Moon” in 2009 that paved the way for the recent indie film, “The Europa Report”. Moon came out of nowhere and proved itself as a smart, entertaining low-budget indie sci-fi movie – a thing not seen (at least as far as I’m aware) in a very long time. And, perhaps more importantly, Moon showed that such a movie could make a profit. Not blockbuster-level profit, but profit nonetheless. And perhaps it was that profit that made people suddenly take a look at funding a small sci-fi movie who wouldn’t have funded such a project before.
Is that how The Europa Report was born? I like to think so, just as I like to think that between these two movies, the future of sci-fi looks especially bright right now.
And perhaps even more importantly, it shows how an intelligent, well-written story can outshine and outclass the GDP-busting, CGI-laced ‘big boy’ movies out there whose marketing budgets are five times the overall cost it was to make The Europa Report alone.
I’m talking to you, Prometheus! God, how I wanted to like that movie.
The Europa Report tells the near-future story of a scientific crew heading to the Jupiter moon of Europa to search for life below the ice.
The film takes the “found footage” approach. Normally, I’m not a fan of that tactic, but here I think it works as you get a sense of their isolation and confinement. This isn’t the USS Enterprise they’re flying, after all. Instead, it’s a larger version of the ISS, with every available space taken and serving a purpose.
Which brings me to one of things I loved about this movie: its accuracy. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory consulted on the movie, and it shows – even in the little things. For instance, when a crew member prepares to leave the ship, it’s told that they will have to wait a half-hour for the chamber to decompress. And, for once… when someone’s spacesuit is torn, their head doesn’t explode. Doesn't happen in real life, and doesn't happen in this movie.
There are dozens of other examples, right down to the water containers they sip from, and each little detail made me smile.
What also impressed me was the lack of cliché’d characters. You didn't have the “smart one”, the “maverick”, the “antagonizer”, the “funny one”, the one with a consistent quirk or pet. They were all professional, all intelligent, and their dialogue rang true.
You’d think with all that accuracy and truism that the movie would be a bit dry. At least for me, it wasn't. The tension was dealt out very well, taking lessons from such greats as Jaws and The Abyss.
In the end, it’s one of those movies that, as a writer, I watch and think, “damn… I wish I had been involved in that.”
It’s my kind of movie. And with its hopeful success, perhaps in a couple years we’ll get Europa’s offspring.
Looking forward to it.
Knocked out a few great pages today...
Author J.L. Dobias wrote a great and informative review of my first sci-fi novel, "Day One". Well thought out about what he liked, and didn't like.
Check it out!
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