The novels of The Kestral Voyages are my most popular stories, hands down; not only my best sellers, but earning more comments, reviews and requests for more stories than any other novels I’ve written to date.
It’s not hard to guess why: When I created the series, it was originally based on the Star Trek universe, a story idea I intended to pitch to Paramount as the next Trek series after Voyager. Though I made changes to fit it into its own universe, it still has many similarities to the Trek universe that is still so popular with fans.
Science fiction fans love to debate about which beloved SF books would make good movies… or which would make bad movies. Among the books that fans usually seem to agree could not be made into good movies, two of my favorites inevitably come up, both by Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood’s End; and Rendezvous with Rama. Whenever I hear this, I have to laugh. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was developed from a “one-gag” short story (a weird monolith found on the Moon sends a message to the stars), but look what Stanley Kubrick did with that. And no, we don’t need another Kubrick to do justice with Rama and Childhood. All we need is a bit of imagination.
So, without further ado, here are some notes on how both books could be turned into fantastic movies. Continue reading
The streetwalker in the torn unitard and her potential John happened to be near the S-sar when it stood up and inclined its face to the sky. The hooker noted the motion in the corner of her eye at first; then did a double-take upon noticing the shiny bald head… then the rather featureless face. She gasped and stumbled backwards, collided with a parked car and triggered its alarm system. The John, interrupted from his fondling and proposition-considering, swung about crazily, like a deer spooked by a sudden noise; and upon seeing the S-sar, he stumbled away while trying to look as though he’d done nothing wrong.
The S-sar turned and took in their shocked reactions for less than a second, then turned skyward again. Tracking equipment in its systems located the signal from the responder. Simultaneously, artificial eyes quickly locked onto the flying drone, receding into the distance, as well as registering the presence of the two drones that Marcus was guiding after it. As it watched, it automatically calculated optimum routes to follow the drone. Continue reading
In case anyone forgot that I have other books available, one of which has been critically acclaimed, voted 2010 Top Four Reads at dailycheapreads.com and Best of the Best semi-finalist at EditorJennifer.com… I present to you an excerpt from Verdant Skies.
“They’re issuing a mayday!” Reya snapped, her hand pressing an earpiece in place, her other hand flying over the com board to isolate the signals. Julian and the rest of CnC watched on workstation screens, or on the main station’s column, tuned into a telescope that was trained on Tranquil.
“Engines must be venting freely!” a technician cried out. “Looks like their entire regulation system is blown away! It won’t stop as long as they’ve got fuel in there—”
“Track!” Julian ordered.
At another workstation, a young girl worked over her board. “Spiral course, motion on all axes,” she reported, biting her lip as she tried to make sense of her readings. “I’d say an… eighty, ninety percent chance of collision with Tranquil!” Continue reading
“Human beings aren’t always flesh and blood.“ A great tagline for Sarcology, because that statement goes both ways.
A beautiful robotics scientist has been enduring a very personal blackmail as punishment for past indiscretions. But the stakes have gone up, and she’s had enough. Enter Allen and Jessica Teal, of the Teal Investigative Agency, who plan to catch her elusive blackmailer. But the case quickly goes from bad to deadly… and they must solicit the help of a robot prototype that turns out to be far more than anyone expected.
The first three full chapters of Sarcology are now available on my website, FREE to read and to entice you to buy the novel when it’s released on 4.1.13.
A robotics scientist has been enduring a very personal blackmail as punishment for past indiscretions… but the stakes have gone up, and she’s had enough. Enter Allen and Jessica Teal, of the Teal Investigative Agency, who plan to catch her elusive blackmailer. But the case quickly goes from bad to deadly… and they must solicit the help of a robot prototype that turns out to be far more than anyone expected. So begins a sexy and romantic detective adventure, with a robotic twist, set in a very believable 2040s Atlanta.
In seeking a title for my story, I’d come across the word Sarcology—and its very real definition, the study of the soft tissues of the body—and decided that it fit the story to a T. That was well after I’d started the story, because as I started researching and developing the kind of story I wanted to tell, I wasn’t sure myself where I wanted the emphasis of the story to be until I actually started writing it.
My original notes and ideas had been about a robot that would prove itself to be almost indistinguishable from a human being. But a robot emulating a human… well, it’s been done, and it’s actually quite boring on its face. Not enough for a good story. I needed more. Continue reading