Tweet of the Day: My Twitch Channel
I haven’t posted one of these in awhile, but if you are looking for a great resource for your sci-fi theme stories, please check out Spacedock on You Tube. They give a great rundown of many vessels from different sci-fi franchises, be they movies, TV shows, or video games. My favorites are Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, and Star Wars among many other (a lot of The Expanse as well). So check it out below:
“Man, I have this cool sci-fi setting with spaceships, laser swords, pirates, zappy ray guns, and a gal that can hurl fireball.”
“Yeah, fireballs. She controls fire and stuff….”
“But this is science fiction, not fantasy. She sounds like wizard.”
“She is not.”
“She is a pyromancer.”
“Still sounds like magic.”
“Not if she is a psychic.”
So you want to put some magic in your sci-fi, eh? I mean you could, that is what science fantasy is all about it. But you want it to sound like it is something else, something sci-fi-ish maybe? Then say that Humans Are Psychic in the Future. You can throw in a few pseudo-scientific explanations such as:
- Humans are evolving into a new species and that leads to psionic potential.
- Some humans always had the ability, but we lacked the technology to detect it.
- Breakthroughs in genetic engineering or cybernetics have led to the creation of psionics.
- Exposure to strange materials, new environments, or even extra-dimensional spaces transformed humans into psychics.
Whatever explanation you come up with will lead to the introduction of ma-, I mean, psionics into your world. After that, it is entirely up to you.
Hello and Happy New Year oh gentle readers.
Normally this would be a post recounting some of the events of last year: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And while 2017 had a few of the first and a lot of the second and third, instead I will focus on the future. The image you see above, (brought to you by M.S. Fowle designs) is the cover of my upcoming flash fiction anthology. I’m working on the final edits and hope to have it available sometime during January.
So from me to you, I hope you have a great 2018.
ANN News Desk
From Alliance News Desk in New Arcturus Station
September 17, 2197
Alliance Blockades Libertas
By Lisa Grey Mathews
NEW ARCTURUS STATION, ARCTURUS STREAM – The authorization to blockade the Sphinx system passed on a tight vote after a heated session of the Alliance’s Parliament. The resolution called for the following:
- A total arms embargo to the colony of Libertas backed by a blockade of the Sphinx system.
- An immediate ceasefire and negotiations lead by Alliance negotiators with Citadel Council observers at hand.
- Concurrent with the ceasefire the deployment of Alliance peacekeepers to the colony.
- Evacuation of injured civilians off world and the establishment of care centers for the internally dispossessed population.
- The cancellation and review of all contracts with Private Military Contractors.
- The deployment of war zone forensic teams to investigate claims of war crimes and crimes against sentients.
- Zero interference with humanitarian aid to the colony by any party.
However, the resolution does not authorize military action beyond enforcement of the blockade and prohibits the use of military force in the colony proper. Supporters of Prime Minister Hackett see the blockade as an essential step in stopping the the violence. This comment comes hours after the arrest of 33 members of the Neo-Terra party in a sting operation carried out by local governments on Earth, Luna, Mars, and Amaterasu. Among the charges are the sales of military grade equipment (weapon, weapon mods, explosives, communications equipment), human trafficking (conspiracy to smuggle volunteers into Libertas to fight alongside the Martyrs of Megiddo see: Civil War Engulfs Libertas), and money laundering.
The latest reports from the colony show that government forces control the capital and surrounding areas but little else. Fighting in the city of Khorhal continues with over tens of thousands of civilians attempting to flee the embattled city.
Tweet of the Day: The Making of Planet X2 for the Commodore 64
ANN News Desk
From Alliance News HQ in Vancouver
September 15, 2197
Civil War Engulfs Libertas
By Iris Dunnigan
CAPITOL CITY OF PROGRESS, THEOCRACY OF LIBERTAS- Violence erupted across the colony after an attempt against Lord Darcy, Lord Magistrate of the human colony world of Libertas, injured him and killed a dozen members of the colonies ruling elite. Johan Damacy, Darcy’s twin brother and former leader of the colony (see Cartoonist Tried in Absentia), survived the attack and has taken temporary control of the government. Meanwhile a hitherto unknown group calling itself the Sons of Liberty claimed responsibility for the attack. Another group, the Martyr’s of Megiddo, launched a pogrom in the city of Korhal against those deemed, “impure” in their eyes, according to a strict interpretation of Abrahamic law. ANN does not have an estimate of casualties at the moment but the images from Korhal are graphic and include summary executions, torture of prisoners, demolition of homes, and other atrocities.
Other, as of yet unconfirmed, reports show that multiple mercenary companies have rushed to the colony in order to take advantage of the fighting. Among these corporations are Dawn Star Ltd, an amalgamation of survivors from Eclipse and Blue Suns operatives, Red Nova Security Consultants, a relative newcomer to the scene made up mostly of Alliance veterans, and Tiburón Rojo PMC out of Mexico City, Earth. The appearance of these and other mercenary units are sure to make a confusing situation even more chaotic.
Tweet of the Day: Crash Curse Literature: George Orwell’s 1984 Part #2
The Theocracy, a government for and by God. Men rule and are ruled in the name of a higher power and under strict religious principles. The word of the religious authorities is absolute. After all how can you argue against the word of God (or the Gods). The worse crimes attempt against the glory of the Heavens and offend the sensibilities of its most faithful servants. In a theocracy, morality is law.
Theocracies make for great villains, or at least they spawn them in the form of self-righteous fanatics. It rarely matters if the rulers intent is good or that they are mere charlatans exploiting belief to attain/retain power. For this reason it is also rare for a writer to portray theocratic rule as positive, lest they be seen as endorsing said form of rule. Add the possibility of religious fueled warfare and this trope has all the negative a tyrannical government needs to be opposed by the settings protagonist.
So praise the lord and past the ammunition for God’s rule has begun.