06 June 2012

Don't Get Lost

So I've been a busy little bee. While getting the novella ready for editing and writing another (long) short story, I've also been working on an idea that I've been mulling over for the last few months.

This idea stemmed from all the cool sourcebooks and technical readouts (TROs) that are produced by the crew over at Battletech. I've been a Battletech fan for over thirteen years now (damn, I feel old...). The amazing stories of 'Mech combat in the 31st Century, along with the awesome BattleMechs, Battle Armor, Aerofighters, and so much more are the leading material that has inspired my writing. I love how vast and diverse the BattleTech universe is, and how detailed authors of both novels/short stories and of sourcebooks get into the technology, history, and politics of the universe.

This level of detail is what I'm searching for when I write in the Post-Earth universe I've created. I want to capture the details, the people, the cultures, the politics, history, and wars. I want the reader to see, smell, and feel the worlds and ships I throw them into.

With this desire in mind I am working on a daunting, but awesome project: A TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM: A POST-EARTH SOURCEBOOK.

Written from the perspective of an academic from Elysium on Mars, A TRAVELER'S GUID TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM with delve into the history that led to the death of Earth, and the solar system that Peter Drexel and his crew live in. Below I have included the rough outline, but note that this is just a draft. I plan to have full faction sections replete with pictures, military unit dossiers, and company and personnel profiles. When all said and done this sourcebook will be 250+ pages of COMPLETELY AWESOME! You can also see on the PRODUCTS SECTION of the website where I've added a block for the sourcebook.

Enjoy my notes! Until next time. . .

A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System: A Post-Earth Sourcebook
·      Credits
·      Intro
o   About the book
·      “Letter” from an Elysian Historian (2306)
·      That Final Frontier (2012 to 2032)
o   When Dreams Come True (2012)
o   Cornering the Bear (2015)
§  [The Legacy of the CIS]
o   They All Fall Down (2015-2018)
§  Scandinavia Rising
§  Iron Cross
§  Federation
§  Restless Dragon
§  Brasilia
o   Digging In (2018)
§  [4 Vesta]
o   How Many Companies Does It Take to Colonize Luna? (2019)
o   God of War (2026)
§  [Ancestors of Olympus]
§  [Kangaroo Lovers]
o   Unlocking Venus (2030)
§  The Russo-Brazilian Pact
o   Go to Jupiter, Young Man (2032)
·      A Series of Unfortunate Events (2032 to 2062)
o   Free Luna! (2034)
§  [Irony]
o   Titan (2036)
o   Hot Feet (2036)
o   The Bear Strikes Back (2038)
o   The Bear, The Dragon, and The Eagle (2039)
§  Playing All Sides: Brazil’s Involvement
o   Land Grab (2040)
·      Exodus (2062 to 2092)
o   One Way Ticket (2062-2063)
o   Shattered Moon (2064)
o   Battlefield: Space (2063)
§  [A Primer to Space Combat]
o   Chinese New Year (2065)
o   Learning to Love the Bomb (2067)
§  Bye Bye Pakistan
§  More Problems Than Solutions
o   Ring of Fire (2067-2071)
o   Flexing the Muscles (2070-2075)
o   Resource Wars (2074-2092)
§  Dry At the Pumps
§  If I Can’t Have It, No One Can
§  The Failure of Alternative Energy
§  Falsely Entitled
§  Opening Shots: The Eagle Strikes the Bear, The Dragon Sleeps (2085-2086)
§  The Dragon’s Share (2086-2087)
§  Raging Bear (2087)
§  Vikings and Huns (2087-2090)
§  CIS Wall (2087-2090)
§  Caught in the Middle (2087-2090)
§  Total War (2090-2092)
§  [Silence in the Land of the Rising Sun]
·      Apocalypse (2092 to 2095)
o   Last Ditch Efforts (2092-2094)
§  Make Peace, Not War
§  Massacre
o   If the World Dies And No One Is Around, Does It Make A Sound? (2095)
§  [The Mystery of Earth’s Demise]
·      Dark Age (2095 to 2230)
o   Let the Solar System Burn!
o   Mercury
o   Venus
o   Earth Orbit
§  A Fleet By Any Other Name
o   Luna
o   Mars
§  The Olympus Mons Technocracy
·      [The Yorks, The d’Helions and The d’Angers]
§  Elysium
§  Rivalry
o   The Asteroid Belt
o   Jupiter
§  Ganymede
§  Callisto
o   Titan
·      Getting Back Up (2230 to 2304)
o   Silence in the Void
o   Mercury
o   Venus
§  Lakshimi
o   Luna
o   The Star Folk
§  Community Fleet
§  The Council, or Keeping My Enemies Closer
§  Principalities
§  The Grounding Movement
o   Mars
§  The Olympus Mons Technocracy
§  Elysium
o   The Asteroid Belt
§  A Pirate’s Life For Me
o   Jupiter
§  Ganymede
§  Callisto
o   Titan
·      The Present (2304 to 2306)
o   Demons of Ancient Earth
o   A Wakening Olympus Mons
§  [A History of Polygamy]
o   Spreading Their Wings
o   [Martin: How A Single Ship Can Cause So Much Trouble]
o   Slowly Forming
§  Lunans: Wrong In The Head
§  Tharsis Tholus
§  Svol League
§  The Feng Business Consortium
·      Image Inserts
o   Maps
§  Mercury
§  Venus
·      Lakshimi
§  Luna
§  Mars
·      The Olympus Mons Technocracy
·      Elysium
§  Ganymede
§  Callisto
§  Titan
o   Venus
§  Lakshimi
·      Colette
·      King
§  Novo Liberec
o   Mars
§  Olympus Mons Technocracy
·      Olympus Mons
·      Emperor Elect Edward York with four wives
·      Rickard d’Helion with three wives, and sister Celeste
·      Henry d’Angers with three wives
·      Giuseppe Della-Moretta, two wives, and sons Michael and Theodore
·      Samuel Drella, two wives, sons and daughters
·      Mary Cartwright and three husbands
·      Kraken, Lynx, and Spartan Colossi with Oracle surrounded by Titan- and Ranger-pattern power armor and Auxillia Infantry Combat Vehicles
§  Elysium
·      Elysium City overlooking the beach
·      Albor
·      President Sean McIntosh and parliament
·      Hecatus Tech Headquarters
·      Knight, Guardian, and Ferret Colossi, Champion MBTs, surrounded by Digger-pattern power armor and regular infantry with Heavy Wheeled APCs
§  Schmidt Principality
·      Schmidt (city)
·      Prince
·      Two Spartan Colossi with four tanks, surrounded by tracked APCs, and cold-weather gear equipped infantry
§  Sirenum – Nomads outside a walled city
o   Star Folk
§  Community Fleet with Midgard, Luebeck, and Dire Wolf at the center
§  Luebeck’s commercial district
§  Thiemmo Rautenstrauch von Midgard
§  Scion Brandt Krueger von Luedeker with wife Sophia, with von Luedeker crest
§  House von Sibenthal crest
§  House von Croy crest
§  Peter Drexel, Amelia Krueger von Luedeker, Balder Faltskog, Eyolf “The Wolf” Aune, Zoryn Revnik, and Maria Hannover
§  Renegade-, Hankyu-, and Ranger-pattern power armor suits each decorated differently (Renegade: All Black; Hankyu: Hessen Colors; Ranger: Brown with feathers, decorations, and Norse pagan fetishes)
§  House von Luedeker Guards in front of von Luedeker keep on the Dire Wolf
o   Jupiter
§  Ganymede
·      Ta-Urt
·      Dendera
§  Callisto
·      Doh – Feng Business Consortium
·      The Svol League
o   Skuld
o   Ieiwa
o   Nar
o   Saturn
§  Titan – The Principality of Haven Butte

04 June 2012

Hashtag AmWriting

I promised a blog...last week.

I am posting a blog now. Get ready!...aaand...GO!

So RUN, the Peter's origin story novella, is waiting for editing. It should (should) commense this week. I hope to get this one done as soon as possible. People have been waiting (read: patiently) for a few months now. I have to jump from my pro-bono editor to one I have to pay. And it's payday this week. I will keep everyone posted on that.

In other news, I'm 5K words deep into the next short story tentatively titled HELLSPAWN. Check out this little excerpt:

I'm writing furiously on this bit and will have it done within the next week or two (depending on the amount of real-job-work I have).

And there's more great stuff coming to RENEGADE DATA CORE so keep your eyes peeled!

Until next time. . .