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. . . .

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dark Space (Book 6): Armageddon Pre-Orders Live

Coming September 4th

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. . . .

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Relativity: Something You Might Not Have Realized

Einstein's theory of relativity means that the faster you go, the slower your time moves with relation to an observer who is not travelling at your velocity. At regular Earth speeds this is such a tiny fraction of a second that it doesn't matter much, but at interstellar speeds approaching the speed of light, the effect becomes noticeable. Most of you already knew something about this, but did you know what that time dilation actually means for space travel? It means that from a space traveler's point of view, objects are actually closer than you might think.

How far is the nearest star?

Proxima Centauri 4.24 light years. Thanks Google.

That's the hard and fast answer, but you might be surprised to know that it's not really hard and fast at all, and I'm not talking about star orbits.

Hop on a fast-moving spaceship and relativity is going to change your mind about how far it is to Proxima Centauri. Mission planners on Earth will say that for an object travelling at 0.5 c (half the speed of light) it will take just over 8 years to reach Proxima Centauri (exactly 8 years to travel 4 light years, assuming no time is spent accelerating or decelerating).

But the pilot of the spacecraft will tell you a different story. While travelling at 0.5c Proxima Centauri will actually be just 3.67 light years away. Travelling at a constant 0.5 c you'll get there in just 7.34 years. A round trip will take 14.68, but on Earth the spaceship will return right on time, 16.96 years later.

What happened? According to the space travelers, Proxima Centauri was more proximal than they thought. According to us on Earth, nothing changed. The distance shrank for the travelers, but not for us. How about that for strange? It's called "length contraction."

Question:

I thought that things shrinking (length contraction) was an optical illusion. But the text says that it is not. If not, then how does something shrink? Answer:

Time dilation and length contraction are not just optical illusions, but neither do they represent a physical contraction. These effects are the result of a measurement from a given inertial frame that is performed on body moving with respect to that frame. We assume that the measurements always take into account the finite travel time of light. Consider two observers moving relative to one another. You have no difficulty with the idea of their velocities being relative - each thinks the other is "really moving." In SR, time intervals and space intervals are also relative. You don't shrink or see your own clock run slow. The other observer sees your clocks slow and meter sticks contracted from his frame. Similarly you will observe his clocks slow and meters sticks short from your frame. The time dilation and length contraction are inherent properties of the way measurements must be performed in spacetime. (Source: http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h/Foundations/quest7.html)
Now what do you suppose this means for something travelling at the speed of light?

It means that distances become infinitely small. Zero in fact. For the light-speed object, not us. What does that mean? Suppose you were a photon. How would you experience time passing?

"If you want to be anthropomorphic about it, a photon doesn't experience the passage of time. To it, it is everywhere at once. (Source: http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h/Foundations/quest7.html)"

So there's some literal truth to the saying that "God is Light" if you want to point to something in our universe that is omnipresent, at least from its perspective. Of course, light isn't alive, sentient, or a deity, as far as I know, but it's still interesting to think about.

So what if you could move at the speed of light? I suppose you would be everywhere at once, too. Now there's a plane of existence for a real live deity.

Sources: http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h/Foundations/quest7.html http://www.orionsarm.com/fm_store/RTTCalc.htm http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/22mar_telomeres/

Monday, February 9, 2015

Dark Space VI: Armageddon Help Me Shape the Plot With Your Input!

Hello everyone! I'm looking for some feedback! I've been tossing ideas around for the conclusion of Dark Space, and I don't want to give anything away, but I've got two--no, three--different directions in mind for the plot at this point. I'm almost done with the outline (the writing usually takes about two months after that), but I still need to decide which spin to put on the plot.

Option One: the humanistic conclusion--we get ourselves out of our own mess through sweat and tears and blood. The ending is messy, and not everyone is going to survive. Bittersweet is the word.

Option Two: we're not alone in the universe. Humanity finds help from a powerful ally that we knew about, but didn't quite believe existed. This direction brings the metaphysical down to a human level where we can see it and feel it, and believe it without saying "That's fantasy not science fiction!" This ally is a force to be reckoned with, but it's so subtle, that if you're not looking carefully you just might miss it! This ending is a happily ever after that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Option Three: the ambiguous blend that just might keep me from stepping on anyone's toes. I do like to walk a fine line with religion, philosophy, and science--for a lot of people I probably cross that line somewhere along the way and make them uncomfortable. This third option means mixing a humanistic conclusion with a metaphysical one. In this case the metaphysical "hints" are just that. It's a connection that's left unexplored, and ultimately unproven in any substantial way. It could be that we had some extra help from some higher power, or maybe we just got lucky. This ending is also messy, and again not everyone is going to survive.

I'd appreciate your help choosing one of these options. I can't promise you'll sway me from the direction I'm currently thinking about, but you never know. And of course, in the interests of not giving any spoilers away, I will NOT tell you which direction I've decided to go with. You'll have to read Armageddon to find out smile emoticon.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dark Space (Book 5): Avilon NOW AVAILABLE!

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New to the series? Get Books 1-3 here for a special price: www.smarturl.it/darkspace1-3amz & Book 4, "Revenge" at www.smarturl.it/darkspace4amz
The Sythians Invaded Again
Dark Space, the last refuge of humanity, is overrun; its citizens are either enslaved or dead. The relentless Sythians have slaughtered humanity wherever they could find them, and now only a few hundred survivors remain. Desperate to escape, these few chase rumors of a lost sector of humanity and end up on Avilon, a planet covered with a vast, kilometers-high city that lies hidden and shielded from the rest of the galaxy by its impossibly advanced technology and its benevolent ruler--Omnius, the Artificial Intelligence who would be god to his human creators.
Humanity Found Refuge on Avilon
Omnius reveals that no one really died in the war--he couldn't save them from the Sythians, but he did find a way to record the contents of their brains and resurrect them all in the bodies of immortal clones. Omnius keeps a record of everyone’s mind in order to make predictions about the future and prevent people from making mistakes. The result is a perfect paradise where you can be assured of a happy, successful life for the rest of eternity--just so long as you are willing to give up your freedom and submit to Omnius's will. If you refuse, you can live in the Null Zone, a city that lies cloaked in shadows below the immortal paradise where Omnius reigns supreme. In the Null Zone humanity has its freedom, but the result is chaos, death, and forced separation from everyone living in the Upper Cities of Avilon.
Paradise for Some is a Prison for Others
To Ethan Ortane, who spent years exiled on a prison world in Dark Space, Avilon and its utter lack of freedom is the Netherworld incarnate, and Omnius the Devlin himself. His son, Atton, is not so sure--it's hard to argue with Omnius's governance when death and suffering have become just a distant memory. Even better, it looks like Avilon with all of its advanced technology might finally be able to put an end to the Sythians. Omnius is sending his Peacekeepers to Dark Space to rescue the human slaves and take the fight to the invaders. . . .
The Road to the Netherworld is Paved with Good Intentions . . .
Despite the Sythian apocalypse, Omnius knows that humanity's worst enemy has always been itself. Darkness lies in the human heart and if paradise is to be maintained, that darkness must be contained. For Omnius the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by a mathematical equation: the choice with maximal benefit for humanity and minimal detriment is always the right one. And with his ability to predict the future, who could be better suited to making those judgments? But when the looming detriment defies the very purpose of Omnius's existence, the benefit that outweighs it depends very much on one's point of view. . . .

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