Weapons That Changed the Course of History (And My Fiction), Part 1

December 21, 2012 in General Topics

Many of my books feature transformative technology–items whose creation and use reshaped the worlds they populate. This synchronizes nicely with my study of history.

I think understanding history really helps me write effective genre fiction. I have to keep an eye ever-focused on “what-if”? You could say that history is, in large part, a study of powers wielding–or reacting to–unexpected technological advances, and you’d be very accurate. In the same way, my fiction often takes place after those technological leaps, and almost always imagines nations unprepared for those changes. The human element is more important than the actual tech.

Today, I’m going to explain how certain weapons in human history impacted civilization, and we’ll have a little fun applying the same lens to items that appear in some of my own books. I’m not going for the obvious choices, either (did you really want to read another article on nuclear weapons? I think not). Let’s have more fun than that.

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The Future of Weaponry is Our Past

November 1, 2012 in General Topics

A lively discussion broke out on the Kindleboards recently about weaponry in various authors’ science fiction world-building. The topic produced great food for thought, and also gave me a chance to reiterate my belief that simple, reliable weapons aren’t going anywhere.

Yes, The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man spends some time on the great threat still menacing Zone 6 (roughly compromising the Rockies), left behind by the Akita Wars, in the form of that tyrant’s autonomous hunter-killer drones. Drones will, sadly, become more prevalent domestically and internationally in the coming years. This is despite the well-founded civil rights concerns.

Viet Cong forcesBut for the average belligerent on the ground, simple firearms will more often than not remain the order of the day, just as they do in my novel. Read the rest of this entry →


Goodreads Giveaway: The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man

September 24, 2012 in General Topics

First question: How would you like your very own paperback copy of The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man, the first part in my epic military sci-fi thriller series, The Tyrant Strategy?

You do? Okay, that brings us to the second question: How would you like your very own autographed paperback copy of The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man?

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The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man, Now Available!

August 29, 2012 in General Topics

The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant ManWelcome to Earth, 2142. The first novel in my epic series, THE TYRANT STRATEGY: REVENANT MAN, is now available for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or app compatible with either of those three platforms, for $4.99 $2.99.

You can also purchase the paperback for $12.99.

Pick up a copy on Amazon (Kindle\Paperback), Kobo Books (Kobo), or Barnes & Noble (Nook).
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Fiction is Never Finished

August 15, 2012 in General Topics

Van Gogh ChairChief among many classical philosophies is the idea that whatever object a person creates can be nothing more than something approaching what is desired. For example, a chair is not a chair — it’s the idea of a chair. The craftsman gets as far as possible, but is forever incapable of achieving the exact end-result he chases.

Fiction-writing, please report front-and-center.
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