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Silent Trek, the Illustrated Version

My first foray into creating illustrations came from creating a trailer for Silent Wave. The process is painstaking. Photo realistic images that are believable are a challenge to produce. Creating scenes that have to be composited because only elements exist can take hours, even if you have all the elements. People are a problem since the people you might envision might be described to look similar to a given actress or actor, and you can’t just grab their image off […]

The Future Shaper

The grid is disabled, the world goes to war, and nuclear fallout makes parts of the world uninhabitable. This is a prediction come to fruition, and the beginning of a new outpost in Chile at the edge of the Atacama Desert. The Future Shaper is the second book in a series about saving Earth and giving mankind a chance to do better. While technology may be man’s salvation, it is clear that social change and perception of the future are […]

The Future Teller (update)

The world is in crisis. This may not be evident, because time seems to move slowly, and many people are of the opinion that human problems will be resolved and everything will be hunky-dory, or if doom comes, those deserving to be saved will be raptured to heaven and sinners will be left to face eternal damnation. This is utter nonsense. Humans need to wake up, for in reality we are destroying our planet, and the only thing that is […]

Hello world!

Writing fiction: I suppose if you want to be taken seriously you write non-fiction and display all of your credentials and accolades. If you want to make a point about finances, social unrest, collapsing economies or world markets, wars and conflict, health, government, taxes, religion, sex and relationships, or about a million other subjects, you’d better be an expert. No one else is supposed to know what they are talking about. So how in fiction do you try and make […]

Silent Wave: Writing Fiction

As I’m sure all writers do from time to time, we stop and evaluate what we are doing, like some revelation has hit us in the face and we can say oh well, I guess my writing was a big waste of time, so I think I’ll just stop. But then I realize that writing really matters. This sort of introspection is good for us all, writers and readers alike. Why now? Well, I reread a review of my first […]

The “Fiscal Cliff” and why you should read “The Future Teller”

When I wrote “The Future Teller” there was no talk about the “Fiscal Cliff”. However, the message in “The Future Teller” was all about being prepared for the crash. Unfortunately, too few have read the message, and no one is building OsumPODS. As the author of “The Future Teller”, I would be the logical person to start building prototypes, but I’m afraid I don’t have the energy or the money. The first OsumPODS are going to be quite expensive until […]

Michael Atman, My Spock Persona

I put my faith in reason, logic and truth before Spock became my hero. As a Trekkie I take an agnostic view of religion, but I fall short of the collectivist views of Gene Roddenberry. What works on a starship doesn’t necessarily work in society. I am also a fan of Michael Crichton and Carl Sagan, who were brave enough to express controversial views in their fiction. I have an idealistic view of the future while remaining realistic about human […]

Resurrecting Terra: Ethics in Writing Science Fiction:

There are probably lessons to be learned about being open and honest when writing, be it a novel or even nonfiction. Offending your reader will probably get you on someone’s shit list. It’s true that science fiction is given some leeway due to the very nature of exploring new ideas, worlds, and societies. As a reader, I’m quite often amazed at how gutless authors can be that are fearful they will have to defend what they believe or at least […]

Resurrecting Terra eBook coming soon

I’ve read you should start promoting as soon as you have an idea. Well, I’m not that brave. Resurrecting Terra is the sequel to Harvesting Terra, which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Nobel for $2.99. Keep an eye out, because I’ll put Harvesting Terra into KDP Select and it will be free before the launch of Resurrecting Terra. Although Resurrecting Terra is now written, I’m going though final edit, and then it has to be formatted into an […]

Facebook Timeline

As a writer, social media can seem like a big waste of time. Still, it seems you can’t afford to ignore Facebook. I don’t know how many times Facebook has changed its format, or how well received these changes have been, but at least we now have a banner that can say a little something about us. There are of course warnings about how we use it. You aren’t supposed to use it to sell, but apparently you can use […]

Happy Holidays from Michael Atman

Sometimes it’s a little hard to be upbeat in a world with so many problems and so many fatalists declaring the end of the world. Oh no, 2012 is coming. Maybe we can rapture the nuts to the psych ward. Even though I’m getting old I have way too much living to do to not try and make the world a better place to live. Much of my fiction writing is about man moving forward. Sometimes I feel I should […]

Indie author and artist CS Marks and a world of Elves

C S (Christine Stuart) Marks is from Indiana and lives in the middle of a state forest in Owen where she loves to ride horses. Elfhunter, Fire-heart, and Ravenshade are classic high fantasy, fast-paced novels that share her passion for backwoods and all the creatures that live there. The trilogy evolves around a formidable villain and the quest of elves to rid the world of him, and his quest to rid the world of every elf that lives. CS Marks admits […]

Self-editing for fiction writers

I have recently decided to convert Planet Passing into ePub and Mobipocket formats ahead of Silent Rising and Silent Landing. Why? Because I knew it needed an edit, and once I started I couldn’t resist going through the entire novel to make sure it was fresh. Enlightenment seems to come in little flashes, and when you write it’s important to reflect on those lessons. When I first began writing seriously in 1995, I thought I’d dread editing my stories. At […]

Lexi Revellian: A rebel with an agenda

Independence is ingrained is some authors. Lexi Revellian didn’t set out to be a rebel, but being an Indie author suits her just fine. While the publishing industry is roiling in turmoil, Indie authors are taking advantage. Amazon, take a bow, not that Amazon set out to destroy the big publishers. (Or are they?) With as few as 120 new fiction authors being published each year by U.S. publishing houses, is it any wonder that fiction authors are writing eBooks […]

B.V. Larson, the Amazon eBook King

B.V. Larson has skyrocketed to success with over 200,000 eBooks sold on Kindle. He’s a prolific writer with a broad spectrum of genre, which is unusual. Conventional publishers would never tolerate such nonsense. They wouldn’t know how to market. Tor would go bonkers if Greg Bear wrote a romance. The game is changing. If you’re your own publisher you decide what is best for you. That doesn’t mean you’ll make all the right choices. My own frustrations in marketing made […]

Robert J. Sawyer’s Flash Forward, a scientific snafu

To say I don’t buy into time travel, even in the unconscious state of Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward, is an understatement. Do I believe CERN could be responsible for a worldwide blackout? Perhaps that’s possible, and certainly enough of a premise to drive a story. Do I believe that survivors would all visit a destined future in some sort of 21 year time shift, and come back thinking it was a vivid hallucination they couldn’t explain? Sorry, no, […]

Michael McCollom, a Pioneer in the eBook Industry

It takes a lot of work and a lot of years for most writers to be noticed. Writers that are serious about their craft must have perseverance. Without, chances are that you’ll fade into oblivion even if you manage to somehow get published. The first thing you notice when you visit SCI FI – Arizona is that Michael McCollum is like a Diehard Battery. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Michael McCollum writes about spaceships as if they were real. In […]

Insights from Sci-fi Thriller Author Jeremy Robinson

Inspiration comes from success. Most authors, want-a-be or even published can’t help but admire writers like Jeremy Robinson. He has the knack to turn his skill as a writer into a business and actually make a living. It takes hard work, but a lot of us work hard but success eludes us. As an author myself, I decided to ask the questions that might help. Thanks to Jeremy for being a willing participant. Jeremy Robinson is now the author of […]

Kristen James, a Love Affair with Writing

Facebook seems to be a new force in marketing. Kristen James is banking on it. It’s part of her strategy to get fans to purchase her eBooks. She only just started her Facebook campaign the 1st of March and is already getting positive feedback. Another strategy is giving away eBooks through Amazon in hopes of getting good reviews. It’s the spark all writers hope for that haven’t landed a big publisher. It’s the way Amanda Hocking got her start, and […]

Hollywood’s Influence on Authors

No doubt there are authors that don’t care and never envision their stories on the big screen, and some probably even dread the prospect. It’s just a guess, but I’ll bet most authors dream about who would be good actors and actresses to portray their main characters. Some authors even write with certain actors and actresses in mind, and are probably influenced by some performance in a particular favorite movie. I admit I love movies, and I do hope to […]

The Best Sci-fi Movies Ever

When it comes to movies, I’m always amazed at which movies get top rating, and where some of my favorites fall in lists of hundreds. Some lists don’t even mention some of my favorites. I’m often thinking that the critics don’t know what they are talking about, or someone is shoving money in their pocket. My own science fiction doesn’t exactly run in the mainstream. It’s far from hardcore, but I don’t find that most sci-fi movies fall into the […]

Unstoppable: Fast Paced Action

How exciting can a runaway train be? Well, it had me fidgeting in my seat. Of course, I love trains, which is probably evident if you look at the cover of Harvesting Terra. So, what does a science fiction near future adventure novel have in common with a real life story? For one, an exciting train scene. True, it would probably last less than 15 minutes in a movie, but there’s plenty of action before and after, plus some not […]

Death’s long journey, 1st person version

To wake under twinkling stars is somewhat alarming, but the calming nature of beauty allowed me to gather my wits and contemplate what must have happened. I had left our campsite midafternoon, and I walked with a vigor that had escaped me for years. That I remember. But here I now am in these unfamiliar rocks, the ghostly formations like statues on some alien planet, piercing the night like towering rockets ready for launch. The sky itself is black velvet, […]

Death’s Long Journey, a very short story

He woke under twinkling stars somewhat alarmed, but the calming nature of beauty allowed him to gather his wits and contemplate what must have happened. He had left their campsite midafternoon, and had walked with a vigor that had escaped him for years. That he remembered. But here he was in the rocks, the ghostly formations like statues on some alien planet, piercing the night like towering rockets ready for launch. The sky itself was black velvet, the dots so […]

The eBook Business and Amanda Hocking

So, I just read this amazing success story about a girl, 26, who writes mostly about vampires and self-published on Amazon. In a year she has probably made more money than the majority of writers that opt for the conventional agent slash publisher route. Amanda Hocking is my hero. Why haven’t I been a success like Amanda Hocking??? Well, I guess I missed the bloggers that blog about books. Why didn’t I think about that???? Here I am world, and […]

Wavecraft, levitation vehicles of the future

I seldom have dreams where I can fly, but I have over the years, and it’s always been a fun and weird experience. I think I’d love to be a bird. However, I’m not a great fan of riding in airplanes, not that I haven’t had great trips, and I love looking out the window, but I have had a few flights in my life when I would have gladly gotten off the damn plane and walked to my destination. […]

Reporter-Herald Article

In the news It’s always nice to get acknowledgment for your efforts. It’s especially nice when it’s from a peer in the craft you are employing. Lynette Chilcoat is a freelance reporter for the Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado. I recently met her at a writers group at Anthology Book Company where I shared my first book trailer for Silent Wave. One thing leads to another, and Lynette asked if she could do an article on my writing and efforts in […]

On Writing Fiction

If I were Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, or about any author other than who I am, you might actually be seeking me out for my opinion. Since you are here, I have to assume you happened to stumble here because of Google or some other search engine. Well, welcome. Do I think my work is every bit as good as some of my favorite authors? Better in some ways. I like my work. It’s honest. I don’t write […]

Silent Wave, the beginning

Stories begin with a vision, and perhaps an agenda. Writers obviously approach their craft with some forethought as to how to reach the conclusion, thus the plot and the development of their characters. It is seldom a simple process. My stories are all character driven. My plots are vague at best when I start. I never outline. To do so would mean my characters must act in a given way. I like writing without limitations. Silent Wave began with a […]