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There's a new author joining Aeon 14!

If you follow me on Facebook, or subscribe to my newsletter, then this isn't news, but for any folks that happen by, I want to share some great news with you. A new science fiction author, named Chris J. Pike, is co-authoring a series of books in the Aeon 14 universe with me. This is pretty awesome and is just the start of a group of authors plying their pens in the deep black of Aeon 14. Chris has chosen to write a story about what happens in the Silstrand Alliance after Tanis trades her advanced nano-tech for weapons to S&H Defensive Armaments. Sera worried that the tech could des...

A Rare Star Indeed

The other star that occupies most of the sky during Building Victoria, is Kapteyn's Star. I find this start to be incredibly fascinating. From its unusual name, to its origins, it is a star like few in our neighborhood....

A Star Called Sirius

In Building Victoria, the characters bring us to two new stars. The first we encounter is Sirius. Hot and young, Sirius is the brightest star (excepting Sol, aka our sun) in our skies....

Starcharts, starcharts, my kingdom for good starsharts!

As my wife will certainly attest to, I'm a bit particular about details in my stories. For example, there's an opening scene in Outsystem where Tanis switches her rifle to fire a proton beam to destroy an enemy position. While it seems like a tiny bit of minutia, I did many hours of research to determine that most theoretical energy weapons deliver beams of either photons or electrons. These deliver their destructive power in the form of pure energy creating heat, or energy and a little bit of kinetic impact (in the case of electrons--though those mostly just emit more photons at the point...

Human Culture Amongst the Stars

One of the great things about writing science fiction is that it can contain most other genres. You can have romance, drama, horror, suspense, even fantasy and westerns can be wrapped up in sci-fi. Even better you have the option to explore diverse cultures and ideas within the genre because infinite worlds means that there are infinite scenarios....