Archive for June, 2012

First Steps Through The Doorway to Extra Time

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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We now have 3 entries to the DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME anthology! The due date is still October 15th, so there’s plenty of time to get in your entries … of course, if you already have a doorway to extra time, you might not need so much time to get your entry in! For those who need a reminder …

In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cellphones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day. But what if they could?

Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have (whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world). We’re looking for stories with a touch of the fantastic–whether mystical, magical, mechanical, or just plain mysterious–but they can be set in any time or any genre: contemporary or historical, science fiction or fantasy, horror or magic realism. We could even find a place for a nonfiction essay if it was truly exceptional. In short, show us something showstopping, and we’ll make time for you.

Suggested Length: full stories (from 3,000 to 7,000 words) and flash fiction (preferred under 1,000 words). We will accept good stories up to 10,000 words but longer lengths are a harder sell.

Due Date: October 15th, 2012

Editors: Anthony Francis and Trisha J. Wooldridge

Submission Guidelines: Please email your submissions to anthology@spencerhillpress.com. Put your story in the BODY of the email (no attachments) and put “DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME” in the subject line along with the title.

Looking forward to reading your entries … because I sure could use a doorway to extra time myself.

-the Centaur

The Science of …

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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I’ve finally put up the presentation for The Science of Airships onto the site. Right now it’s a ginormous PDF presentation linked off that page (no, really, it’s huge, be warned, that’s why I’m sending you to the parent page and not giving out the direct link), but I’m planning to break it apart into pieces that are easier to digest, which I’ll work into the regular flow of the blog.

This is part of a more general The Science of… series I’ll be starting on this blog. The pages are skeletal right now, just HTML, but I’m going to integrate them into the WordPress engine so that I can add to them more rapidly.

The plan (ha! ha! I kill me!) is to first I’ll go through the +500 or so articles in this blog and reblog articles that fit under this description and link them of http://www.dresan.com/science/, then I’ll start adding presentations. I’m thinking the next presentation will either be The Science of Steam or The Science of Rayguns, suitably steampunk titles … though the Science of Spacecraft and The Science of Spacesuits won’t be long in following.

-the Centaur

“Stranded” back from the editor!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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“Stranded,” my young adult space pirates story set in the Library of Dresan universe, has been provisionally accepted by Bell Bridge Books and I’m responding to the edits now. It’s set in a distant future where humanity has spread through the galaxy in two groups – one, the Dresanians, citizens of the grand and sparkling intergalactic civilization known as the Dresan-Murran Alliance, a mammoth polyglot alien culture of which humanity is the tiniest part, and the other, the Frontiersmen, humans who fled the Allied takeover of Earth to found their own civilization at the edge of the deeps — but at least it’s human.

What happens when these two groups collide?

Serendipity snapped her fingers. The map of the Alliance collapsed into the tiny glowing sphere, which leapt from the tree and flew into her hand. Tianyu scampered up onto her shoulder and rubbed her cheek, and Serendipity rubbed him back as the farstaff chimed.

“Let’s go on an adventure,” Serendipity said—and in a twinkle of light, they disappeared.

An adventure she wants? An adventure she’ll get.

If the editor and I can beat the story into shape, it will come out later this year in an anthology called STRANDED, and later my space pirate sequence of stories will be collected into a novel called MAROONED. The alien child pictured above, Norylan, is actually from the sequel to “Stranded”, “Conflicted”, which will form part 2 of MAROONED. Got that? Good.

All coming Real Soon Now to a bookstore or ereader near you!

-the Centaur

Pictured: Norylan, a child (sort of) of the Andiathar, the dominant species of the Alliance, drawn by yours truly while working through story notes, photographed by my phone (you can even see the shadow of my hand in the original shot below), and colored (also by me) in Photoshop as an experiment for doing “quick” (ha) art for a blog post. There’s a lot I’d like to do to fix this piece of art, but then that would fail my intent of making this a quick experiment.

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