Don’t Touch That!

As I said in earlier posts, believability is one of the three most important things for successful SciFi writing.  The most important of which is believability.   Put yourself in the reader’s position.  It doesn’t matter what genre.  You got to think that what the person is doing in the story is something you might do in the same situation.   Or better still, is it something that makes common sense?  If it doesn’t, then there had…

Raphael and Gabrielle- Playing Card

It’s been a while since my last post.   But been busy preparing GOD GAMES for a December 2021 eBook launch.  To that end, I’ve commissioned Jon Stubbington to create images of key GOD GAMES characters that shows their relative roles in the story.   Wanting to have fun with the book title, I decided to present the characters as playing cards.   See the post, “A New Book Cover and a Dark Side,” on how that idea…

What Technologies Do You Use or Want to Read About In Your SciFi Books?

~Seven Scientific Concepts of GOD GAMES~ The SciFi novel GOD GAMES explores the philosophical and competing aspects of an advanced scientific society with deep roots in religion and how this civilization can affect another less technically advanced culture. But driving the story line is science and technology. There isn’t time to write about them all in this post. So, I’ll just mention seven concepts with some examples in GOD GAMES. While they start out following…

Quantum Entanglement and SciFi Romance

So, in GOD GAMES, Yahweh is a geeky scientist married to Gwendolyn. Their romance is so deep you can say their relationship follows the Law of Quantum Entanglement. First discussed by Albert Einstein in 1935 then further developed by others, the Law of Quantum Entanglement basically says two separate particles, that have been properly conditioned, will know what the other knows and you can not described one without describing the other.  Applied on a human…

What’s GOD GAMES about?

GOD GAMES is an upside down SciFi retelling of the greatest story ever told where a tech-utopian Heaven has sworn off religion but trouble brews as a new religious movement threatens Heaven’s peaceful society. Now, it all comes down to a secular Yahweh who must fight a losing battle of wits and brawn against an imposing evangelical Lucifer over the fate of humans discovered in a parallel universe.  Yahweh must either defeat Lucifer or suffer…

The Three Most Important Things for A Good SciFi Story- Part 3

So, in my last two posts, I showed you two of the most important things required for a good Science Fiction story: A Bad Romance and A Good Travel Agent.  Together these two elements tell us what’s troubling our hero or heroine; shows us the struggle they must endure to achieve their goal; and allows us to empathize with their pain and disappointments.  So, what’s the third critical thing for a good SciFi story? What…

The Three Most Important Things for A Good Science Fiction Story- Part 2

In my last newsletter post, I showed why the most important thing for a good Science Fiction story is a Bad Romance. It’s that troubled road of love to acquire someone or something.  A bad romance makes for a good SciFi story because we humans want to see a struggle, or a conflict that brings about a change.   For those of you who want to catch up or read more about why a bad romance…

Forget Selling Books. It’s Merchandising, That’s Where The Real Money Is Made!

Part of my promotion for GOD GAMES includes illustrations of the major characters of this SciFi rewrite of the greatest biblical story ever told. I’m talking about Genesis, the creation and the Garden of Eden. But in this upside down story, there’s also some provoking backdrop in that Heaven (where Earth was created) is really a tech utopia where science and technology has replaced religion. Now, not everyone is happy with this secular society, especially…

Mysterious Meanings Behind GOD GAMES Character Names

Authors put a lot of symbolism in their stories. These symbols can take many forms like a place, theme, and action. These symbols can even take the form of an odd juxtaposition of facts, background or situation to current events. For GOD GAMES, I took names from established folklore, myths and religion to create the characters, their moods and drive their crazy action. Now, using the names Yahweh and Lucifer was easy. Everyone understands the…

And the Winning Book Cover Illustration Is . . .

A few weeks ago, I put out a contest to get your comments and recommendations on the best book cover for “Heaven’s Ant Farm.” I got lots of views to my blog and I thank you all for your participation and support! So, let go direct to the results! Of the four illustrations, the playing card option got almost all the votes. And that surprised me! Your comments included observations like:1) “…[book] titles are supplemented…