Friday, July 1, 2016

Mindscape Release Now Set for September!

This is just a quick note to say progress on my next book is coming along very nicely, and I anticipate a September release, while the third and final book in the trilogy is tentatively set for release in December.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Physics Question for My Next Book "Mindscape"

I'm hard at work on the sequel to Excelsior, and I'm putting out a call to all of my readers with a strong background in science and physics. I'm actually looking for people I can consult with in the future as well, so you could say this is a kind of casting call for people who might like to help me with science-related inquiries and get published credit for their help.

Here's how it works. I have a hypothetical scenario for you, and you need to tell me what would happen. Also, please mention any credentials you have to back you up, e.g. a Masters Degree in Physics, or Studied Physics in University, etc.

The more impressive your credentials and the more accurate your description of what would happen, the higher I'm going to put you on my list of consultants. What's in it for you? Credit in the acknowledgements of this and future books. Oh, and that warm fuzzy feeling you'll get from helping me.

Here's the scenario:

Two missiles are up in space moving at 0.3C (C= the speed of light) with a mass of 10,000 kg each. One is aimed at Earth. Another one is aimed at the Moon. What will happen when each one hits? These missiles do not have energy shields or any other special protection--maybe some advanced heat shielding and alloys, but nothing too far from current technology.

I'll get you started with a note about the scale of the impact we're talking about--according to Einstein's equation for relativistic kinetic energy ( see this calculator here: https://www.vcalc.com/wiki/MichaelBartmess/Kinetic+Energy+(Relativistic)+take+out+units+so+it+works to make your life easier ), the missiles will each impart 54518643148869730000 joules of energy. Google the conversion from joules to megatons to give you a nice reference point and you'll further find that is equivalent to a blast rated at 13030 megatons. The biggest nuclear weapon ever detonated weighed in at around 50 megatons, and the global nuclear arsenal is estimated at 7000 megatons. The missiles don't have payloads, so don't worry about that (not like they need them!).

I could tell you what I think will happen based on my research, but I don't want to feed you any ideas. Let's see who has the most accurate scenario and the best supporting arguments for it. The discussion should be very interesting! Go ahead and post your ideas in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Giveaways: Winners Past, Present, Future!

A few people have asked me about the giveaways I've been running: who won? To help answer those questions for past and future giveaways, I've created the "Giveaways" page on my website, right before "Contact the Author." You can check in there to see who won past giveaways and to participate in current ones. Good luck!

Here's a direct link to the page: http://www.jaspertscott.com/p/giveaways.html

All the best,
Jasper

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Excelsior Now Available!

AN OLD WAR, A NEW WORLD, 
AND A MAN WITH A MISSION TO SAVE US ALL...



The year is 2790 AD, and this is the Second Cold War. With space elevators and giant orbital fleets hovering over Earth, open war looks inevitable, and people are anxious to get away.

The lines are drawn, with the communist Confederacy in the East, and the free citizens of the First World Alliance in the West. In hopes of finding a refuge from the looming war, the Alliance is sending Captain Alexander de Leon to explore an Earth-type planet, code-named Wonderland, but at the last minute before launch, a Confederate fleet leaves orbit on a trajectory that threatens both the mission and Alliance sovereignty. The resulting power struggle will determine not only the fate of Alexander's mission, but the fate of the entire human race.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Excelsior Now Available for Pre-Order *Discounted $1.00 While Pre-Orders Last*

(*1.00 Discount for Pre-Orders. Equivalent price and discount applies for non-US customers).
Release Date March 31st

I know I said the beginning of March, but my wife was recently hospitalized due to complications with her pregnancy. Thankfully all is well so far, but I'm adding a few extra weeks to the release date so that I can be here for her in the hospital.

As for the book, it's looking to be a very good story with a nice twist. It is a standalone book, although there's room for a sequel, and I am planning to write one. By popular demand the swear words in this book are not euphemisms as they were in Dark Space, and the science is much more evident throughout. This is a hard science fiction novel, but stylistically still a great fit for anyone who enjoyed Dark Space.

I hope you all enjoy the book!

All the best,
Jasper

Monday, December 21, 2015

Excelsior Cover Reveal and Release Schedule

As usual, I was optimistic with my plans. Excelsior's release date has been delayed from December 2015 to Early March 2016.

That's now a firm publication date, and pre-orders will be available in January with a $1.00 discount.

As for my progress. The book is 100% outlined and two thirds written, so I'm well on track for an early March release.

All of that disappointing news aside, here's the completed cover for Excelsior!


Wishing You All a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Jasper


Friday, September 4, 2015

Dark Space (Book 6): Armageddon NOW AVAILABLE!

New to the series? Get Books 1-3 here for a special price: smarturl.it/darkspace1-3amz 

On Avilon not Even the Truth will Set You Free . . . 

The Real Enemy is Within
  Omnius has been hiding a lot from the people of Avilon. The war with the Sythians is not what we thought, but that raises the question: if not the Sythians, then what did Omnius go to fight in the Getties Cluster?

Humanity is Being Held Prisoner
  Omnius knows what people will do before they do it. He predicts citizens’ behavior, and some suspect, he even makes those predictions come true. For those who wish to be free of his influence, Avilon’s lowermost city, the crime-ridden, shadow-filled Null Zone is the only option, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that not even the Nulls are free, and there is a more sinister reason behind The Choosing than the one Omnius gave.
  As Omnius’s predictions begin to come true, Ethan Ortane realizes he could lose the one thing that matters most to him in the universe--his family.

There is a Rebellion Stirring
  Far from Avilon, the Sythians are hiding out in the neighboring Getties Cluster. Out there they discover something that wasn’t supposed to exist: a group of human rebels that escaped from Avilon. Their leader, Therius, seems to raise more questions than he answers, but he has a plan to defeat Omnius that just might work.

And the End is Drawing Near...
  As Therius’s plan unfolds, people realize the terrible truth: he can’t win by conventional means, and he knows it. The alternative is called the Armageddon Protocol, but it could mean the end of everything, not just Omnius. . . .