Category Archives: Science Fiction

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

A great British tradition takes place in early September each year (Wakes Monday).

Sir Benjamin Stone’s Pictures – Festivals, Ceremonies and Customs. Published by Cassell & Co. London. 1906, Public Domain

In the village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire a team dance the Horn Dance.

There are six dancers, a musician, a Maid Marion figure (played by a man),  a Hobby Horse, the Fool, a boy with a bow and arrow, and another with a triangle. In ancient times, the dancers were all male, but recently girls have taken the triangle and bow and arrow roles.

The horns are actually reindeer antlers dated to around 1065, a time when no reindeer lived in England.

The dance moves are related to Morris dancing, and similar dances from Europe and Africa.

It boggles my mind, as a writer, how limited my imagination is.
I couldn’t make this stuff up.

More here, of course, Wikipedia



Free NASA Downloads

Thanks to NASA, celebrating 40 years of the Voyager mission

you can download

great poster art

for free!

 

 



Help with Promotion

Sometimes, you need that extra hand with your book promotion.

Happily, I founded The One-Sixth Scale Acting Company!  Always willing to help and I don’t pay them much (See why, below).

The word “Scale” is used in Hollywood in reference to the pay rate an actor can expect for a role in a movie. As illustrated in this joke:
One actor asks another actor friend about the embarrassing flop of his recent movie.
“What did you do that turkey for?”
“Scale.”

Learn more about The ABLE Series.



Puppets – When SPACE was a thing.

I only had a monkey hand-puppet as a youngster. If I’d had these, I might have grown up to write science fiction…oh, wait…never mind.

 

(thx to The Vault of Retro sci-fi)

 



TMV – The Able Serial, Episode Three is here




And now, for your reading pleasure…

TMV

This is the third episode of the ongoing sci-fi serial featuring the all-too-human Jim Able. (Kindle Only)

In the previous episodes, ABLE and SOPHA, Jim investigated a mystery which led him to the religious minority of TMV’s main moon, a renegade Regdenir, imprisonment, and a military rescue.

Sopha the Regdenir has disappeared and Jim has returned to Earth. He soon learns that the Regdenir has armed himself with sophisticated weaponry. Jim returns to TMV in the company of an alien colleague, Tella. With the help of both Madhar Nect and Regdenir allies, Jim and Tella must work quickly to stop Sopha’s murderous plans.

The story continues in A’NIR.

Click the PREVIEW below.



The Able Series – New Episode

The third episode of The Able Series is nearly here!



This is the third episode of The Able series published on Kindle only.

In the previous episodes, ABLE and SOPHA, Jim was sent to Turcanis Major V to solve a mystery—with strict instructions not to start a war. With the help of a local female scientist, Madhar Nect, Jim investigates the religious minority of TMV’s main moon. Through a small deception, Jim secures an interview with a Regdenir named Sopha.

In this episode, Jim returns to TMV in the company of an alien colleague, Tella.

With the help of both Madhar Nect and Regdenir allies, Jim and Tella must work quickly to stop Sopha’s murderous plans.

The story continues in A’NIR.

The Future

“And one day this much data storage and computing power will be in a device smaller than a model of a desk.”

“What are you smoking?”

[Thanks to The Vault Of The Atomic Space Age for sharing the image on FB]



Scribbulations At Philadelphia Comic Con!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come along to Booth 2217 anytime from Thursday June 1 through Sunday June 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

We will have info about publishing your own books as well as some fine examples of indie publishing!

Authors Ed Charlton and Kate Roshon, will be there.

On Saturday we’re expecting a visit from artist Kent Krech!
Kent is the man behind the covers for The Able Series

Check out our FaceBook page – if the signal stays strong we’ll live-stream  some of the action.

 

Sonic what?

 

 

 

Sonic screwdriver to be added to the OED

So much to say about this!

Let’s start with how language is always evolving. That means adding new words, encapsulating new ideas, and giving us a way to look at old things in a new way.

Science fiction, often downplayed as “mere fiction,” has a grand track record of adding new words, new ideas, and, of course, helping us look anew at things.

Besides, what could be more fun than seeing iconic items from one’s childhood take a unique place in our culture?

What do you think?