Upcoming TeeVee Shows

May 15, 2013

After looking at a handful of trailers, I’m looking forward to some new TV shows, later this year.

Sleepy Hollow

This is a new way of looking at the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It’s about an 18th Century soldier Crane who somehow winds up in the 21st Century under the watch of a small town police officer. Here’s the official trailer.

Almost Human

This is a cop show where a seriously ‘broken’ human cop is partnered with a ‘non-standard’ android. It does show some promise, if it doesn’t fall down the RoboCop path.  Here’s the official trailer.

Given that FOX’s track record with fantasy and sci-fi shows over the years, I am worried about both of these.

Crazy Ones

Another new show I’ve high hopes for is a comedy.

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar have been cast as father and daughter in Crazy Ones.
This is a new sitcom being devloped for CBS.

The best part is that it will be produced by David E. Kelley! This is the same fellow that brought us Ally McBeal and Boston Legal. There doesn’t appear to be a trailer yet.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Joss Whedon is going to produce an Avengers spinoff that resurrects agent Coulson who was apparently killed in the Avengers movie. Here’s the full trailer.

Well? What do y’all think? Looking forward to anything new and exciting this fall?

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Author: John Picha
Edited by: Matthew Davies and Suellen Picha
Rating: Five out of five stars
Chip is an idealistic young man who tends to get lost in daydreams from time to time. He and his fellow Skyracos are armored super-cops, thinly scattered on many worlds, in an imperfect future.
Destiny City is a remote colony owned by the Arkon Mining Company. Chip is a junior part of the Skyracos wing brought in to assist the company security forces in quelling a riot.
It doesn’t take long to discover there is much more to the story than the mining company would have them believe. Sheer greed quickly overcomes compassion and common sense as the Skyracos are ordered to betray their ideals.
A saucer-shaped blimp hovers over Destiny City. The Painwell Pharmacare laboratory team within this floating research facility scrambles to find a plague cure while the Arkon Mining security teams battle the terrified colonists below.
The reader is given a peek into the minds of each of the major characters as the situation reels out of control. Chip’s idealism is put to the ultimate test as John Picha weaves an exciting tale.
I must admit I expected a lightweight space opera. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Skyracos unfolds in a manner reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut at his best. I found myself relating to Chip’s pain as he is tested under fire and learns some hard lessons. Skyracos is a dark story, well told.
You can find out more about this multi-talented author by visiting his website at: http://www.takejohn.com/
Pick up your own copy of Skyracos: The Mining Mess on Amazon.

BTS eMagazine

January 19, 2013

The first book in the Multiplarity Trilogy is featured in this month’s BTS eMagazine!

January 2013 Issue

This is one of those magazines that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s a really great place to find author interviews, excerpts, and cover art. Well laid out, each issue is a delight for the eye.

Selenaphiles is the second book in the Multiplarity Trilogy and it focuses on the problems of building a permanent human colony on the moon. The tagline for Selenaphiles is: “Even with the perfect health and longevity of Omniphage, the moon will not be settled easily.”

Although the storyline and direction of the tale was in my head, I did a tremendous amount of research before actually starting the tale. Much of the research was accomplished on various NASA, JPL, and USGS websites. I understood from recent news articles that water had been found in the bottom of lunar craters. This has been an incredible stroke of good fortune since water, coupled with an unlimited amount of electricity via solar cells, will provide most of the raw materials needed.

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Space Travel

Fair Warning: This segment and the next one of An Author’s Journey are going to wax a bit technical.
Robert A. Heinlein stated that “Once you reach Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO), you are halfway to any place else in our solar system.

Jerry Pournelle goes into much more detail on why this is a truism with his page on Getting to Space. http://www.jerrypournelle.com/reports/jerryp/gettospace.html

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Multiplarity

The famous science fiction author, Vernor Vinge’ has been credited with originating the term singularity.

From Wikipedia, we have this, “…his 1993 essay “The Coming Technological Singularity”, in which he argues that the creation of superhuman artificial intelligence will mark the point at which “the human era will be ended,” such that no current models of reality are sufficient to predict beyond it.”

Both the term and related concepts have been further advanced with a series of books and lectures by Ray Kurzweil.

Although I believe this rapture of the nerds will occur, I don’t think it will be the all-encompassing revolution that these futurists predict. As my friends and fans know, I’m a history buff, and this allows one to take a wider view of things.

Just as today, there are those of you, reading this on some sort of screen that is driven with micro-electronics, at this same instant, at other places around the world, there are semi-literate people who’s very existence depends on herding animals. A deeper search can still reveal naked humans, armed with blowguns and arrows, living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle that would have been familiar to a Neanderthal.
Just as we have very intelligent and well-read people in the United States that are totally aware of the benefits of high-technology and yet choose a simpler lifestyle, I believe the future will not be a singularity, but rather, a multiplarity.

That is the universe I have depicted in the Multiplarity Trilogy. The first book sets the stage when humans finally break the tyranny of disease and death itself. As one would imagine, this sudden change in the way we view ourselves isn’t painless. But it does show a way around some of our current issues. Unfortunately, every solution comes with a brand-new set of problems.

The second book, Selenaphiles, deals with some of the basic problems of establishing an off-Earth colony. This became much more of a world-building exercise than I had originally planned. I’m a bit picky about the technological items in my stories. They all have to have some basis in current scientific research and prototypes. The inflatable structures of Bigelow Aerospace that I’ve described in both Omniphage and Selenaphiles, are in fact quite real and are undergoing orbital testing at this time.

Next week, we’ll take a look at some of the space travel hardware described in the Multiplarity Trilogy.

Click this to read An Author’s Journey: Part Three

Although I’ve written and published more than a dozen urban fantasy titles over the past six years, the core elements of the Multiplarity Space Opera Trilogy has been more than ten years in the making. I think the time has come to document at least part of this journey, keeping in mind the old adage, if you can’t serve as an good example, perhaps you’ll do as a warning. We shall start with the first book, Omniphage.

In the Beginning

Several of the core concepts have been bouncing around the back of my head for many years. It wasn’t until about four years ago, that they started to come together. Like many of my longer works, I began with a short story that was, inspired by a photograph or a fantasy image I saw online. Steven Stahlberg is an incredible 2D and 3D artist. Check out some of his work at: http://www.androidblues.com

He also has a FaceBook presence. https://www.facebook.com/steven.stahlberg.7

Several of his images stick in my mind, but one of his old 2D drawings of a Cat and Mouse in a film noir setting, got me thinking.  http://www.androidblues.com/gallery/catandmouse.jpg

What if they were real people in our modern society? What would cause them to look like that?
About the same time, I read about some genetics research that was experimenting with nanotechnology in the search for a cancer cure. I had to start writing.

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Omniphage is Live!

October 28, 2012

After more than two years of work, the first novel in the Multiplarity trilogy has been released.

It is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon right now.

If anyone has questions or would like to discuss this tale, feel free in chatting me up on Yahoo Messenger or Google Messenger.

Omniphage Cover Art

October 14, 2012

We are getting ready to release Omniphage, the first novel in a science fiction trilogy. I’m proud to present the front and back cover art.

Omniphage Front Cover
This is what will show as both an eBook and trade paperback front cover.

The lower image will be the back cover for the trade paperback release.

I want to thank my critique crew for a lot of valuable feedback. The cover art has gone through a lot of changes since the first concepts arose, more than a year ago.

For the record, this was developed using Inkscape and GIMP.

Omniphage Back Cover

Whoopee!

October 9, 2012

I just finished the first draft of Micasians, which is the last book in the Multiplarity trilogy!

[undignified happy dance]

This wraps up the saga that begins with Omniphage and moves to the moon for Selenaphiles.

Not only that, but I have a map of the new world, drawings of colonial landing craft, and detailed character profiles for the more than thirty six named characters.

Now, I’m going to give it a day to rest, then back in for at least two self-edit rounds before I inflict it on my editor.