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Excerpt of ‘Chronicle Gate’ vol 1

Hello Friends of Fantasy,

 

How about that ‘Avengers Infinity War’? It was so epic and so much stuff happened that I had to see it twice. Not just twice but I saw it back to back in two days. Never have I done that with a movie. Wow! And we finally got to see the Guardians with some of the Avengers. I’m glad they didn’t all join in at same battle. Would have been overkill. I admit I was a little worried with having so many characters, but the story was very strong, I thought. You didn’t even think about the missing characters. Ant-Man is getting sequel and I have a feeling Hawkeye will be in there somewhere.

 

So last month I reviled the title of my upcoming book “The Chronicle Gate” Vol 1. And am now pleased to put out an excerpt of ch 1. I am working on the cover now. Turns out there is a learning curve in using GIMP so it may take me a few months, but I’ll get it. Sigh. Anyway, here it is!

 

Chapter 1

 

 

It’s almost time…Unveiling tittle of new book!

So I finally went to see ‘Black Panther’ this weekend so I can see ‘Avengers’ next weekend. If ‘Infinity War’ is anything like ‘Black Panther’ It is going to be awesome! Marvel fans have been following this for the past eight years. I thought they’d be done but turns out Marvel has more in the works. Are you kidding me! They had a time line and now they are adding more. Can you say over load? They’re good movies, not only good action but great stories that connect together, but still enjoyable on their own stand alone movies as well, but little tid-bits that connect everything together. I’ll still go to them though. I’ve become a Marvel geek! I love how stories connect through out a series.

Speaking of connecting; I’ve just finished cleaning up my manuscript so it’s ready for kindle. It doesn’t like white space. The first in a trilogy. A fantasy; about a human ending up on another planet with species known as Elousens …And he has no idea how he got there… did I mention the human is only a child! The Chronicle Gate saga…coming soon I will release excerpt of ch. 1

So much to still do though… Still looking into getting my own ISBN, which is just a number for books so I can become a “publisher” Oh, and have to think of a cover… Anyway, much to still do…

Avengers Infinity War

It’s been a while since I poste a blog. Almost done with my new book. Doing some minor edits then have to figure out how to make a book cover. Oh, boy. But until then I know I’m not the only one excited for the 27th ‘Avenger day’ I’ve been going on youtube and here is some funny ‘behind the scenes’ look.

Plus, some theories of why don’t we see Hawkeye in the trailer?

 

oooooh! I for one can’t wait. MCU have been leading up to this since the release of Iron Man in 2008, it has been nine years of waiting. I will be in front of the line on the day it comes out. Ok, the weekend, but still one of the first. Where will you be?

Avengers Assemble!

Gadgets & Gear from far far away

SW History mag cover2

 

Throughout the Star Wars universe very cool gadgets and tech has been introduced to us from a galaxy, far, far away. Let’s take a look at some of these gizmos.

Droids — From small cargo – carrying units on wheels, scuttling about the Death Star like boxy Roombas, to language enabled, walking droids like C-3PO, droids invite the audience to contemplate human nature. One day will droids be around to help us mare humans?

Bacta Tank – It looked like it hurt when the scene came on in Episode V when a Wampa swiped Luke across the face. But the treatment he undergoes to heal from the scrape is disarmingly appealing, never more so than in our current era of spas and high-end fitness regimens. Promotion from the time of the movie’s release in 1980 referred to the cylindrical tank as a “rejuvenation chamber” but it has later come to be known as a “bacta tank.

Filled with a liquid healing agent, the tank requires the patient to wear a breathing mask but the effect is of floating in space.

Lightsabers – If there is any one gadget that fans love and want to imitate, it’s the lightsaber, which has evolved noticeably since its basic beginnings in the first movie. Episode VII The Force Awakens introduced the red crossguard used by Kylo Ren. Episode I The Phantom Menace, the double-bladed saber wielded by Darth Maul was the craze (fans would love to see it again) And who knows what the creative team has in store for the next two installments.

Even in its most essential form, a lightsaber has an undeniable cool factor. While all sorts of plastic knockoffs are sold, there are versions that are getting closer and closer to the “real thing” of a plasma-blade.

Landspeeders—Long before hovercrafts were even a thought of, Luke Skywalker sped across the Tatooind edsert on his landspeeder. The tradition survived in later episodes, notably in the famous speeder race in Episode I The Phantom Menace. Achieving the effect of speeders hovering over the desert kept the crew at ILM plenty busy. In the days before green screens though, made it easier to more seamlessly pull off the illusion, they relied on wheels, mirrors and camera tricks. Hovering vehicles has been something we’ve been trying to achieve since the 60’s.

Holograms – As Alexa, Google Home and other voice activated features start to meld with FaceTime and other video platforms, society should soon land where Star Wars already was decades ago. Early in the first movie, the hologram of Princess Leia has her deliver the iconic plea, “Help me Obi-wan…you’re my only hope” to Jedi Master meetings across the galaxy to beam into the same room, concept of holograms always has a certain appeal.

When scientists earlier this year announced they had invented a nano-material device that could bring holographic technology to smartphones, they did not disguise their source of inspiration. “As a child, I learned about the concept of holographic imaging from the Star Wars movies,” said lead researcher Lei Wang from the Australian National University. “It’s really cool to be working on an invention that uses the principals of holography depicted in those movies.”

Each of these gadgets have concepts or have begun developed in our world today, all which started from pure imagination from the sci-fi world. There’s even a lot more super cool tech coming our way that is inspired from other sci-fi movies, the hoverboard from “Back to the Future,” the Holo-duck from “Star Trek” is also in develops,  but until then we’ll have to make do with VR.

 

(excerpts from “The Complete History of Star Wars” mag)

Virtual people

In Blade Runner : 2049, K has a virtual woman that’s able to roam with him wherever he goes. But could we someday make that into reality. Mark Sagar, a computer scientist seems to be on the cusp of that, well, at least through a computer, right now. Mark Sagar and his team at Soul Machines has created BabyX, a 3D digital child based on images of Sagar’s daughter at 18 months, has rosy cheeks, warm eyes, a full head of blond hair, and a soft, sweet voice.

A baby stuck inside a computer monitor but can react to the user; when Mark holds up books it, or she, can read and react with warm smiles if it’s right or if scolded for a wrong answer, gets teary eyed.

A real virturla person? Mark says in the article, “We want to know what makes us tick.” The interactivity goes both ways, according to Sagar.

 

The first digital face Mark and his team has developed was in Feb, a woman called Nadia, for Australians National Disabillity, which plan to launch her next year, as an online aid for people with disabilities. Instead of using a text based to talk they could go through Nadia.

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Magical weapons from books and comics

Hi all you Friends of Fantasy (FoF) I’m going to start posting these Articles on Fantasy Friday, starting this month:

Magical weapons have been around since before “Lord of The Rings.” They can be of any object; swords, rings, stones, or capes even, or it can be a heart — “Angelheart” as in my debut novel “The Lost Angels” This list is just a few magical weapons found in novels and comics:

  • Excalibur — A magical sword given to King Author from the Lady In The Lake
  • Dagger of Time – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Phantom Sword – Legend of Zelda series. A sword created by the ocean king. Used to kill phantoms and to finish off Bellum.
  • Parthia – Fire Emblem series. A bow of fire, regalia of House Archanea
  • Crystalis – Crystalis. The titular sword is formed from four elemental blades
  • Soul Reaver – Legacy of Kain series
  • Magic Orbs — Orbs in Magic Knights gloves that bring fourth their weapons in Magic Knight RayEarth.
  • Avo’s Tear – Fable. An ancient sword said to be as powerful as the legendary Sword of Aeons. This Sword was imbued with extraordinary power when the Guild Mage Solcius used it in a spell to close a large vortex.
  • Cloak of Levitation — The purpose of the cloak is to give the user the ability to fly found by Dr. Strange
  • Curoch – The Blade of Power from The Night Angel Trilogy
  • Axe of Hereward in Charles Kingsley’s 1866 novel Hereward the Wake
  • Ruyi Jingu Bang – A magical staff wielded by Sun Wukong in Journey to the West
  • Sword of Gryffindor – In the Harry Potter series, a sword that was previously owned by Godric Gryffindor.
  • Sting — Bilbo’s sword made by the elfs of Riverdale in Lord of the Rings

That’s just to name a few of magical weapons. I know there’s so much more that I could cover but it’s time to use some of these weapons to slay some monsters lurking around. If you have any you’d like to add feel free to comment below!

Twenty years of magic

2017 Time 20th anniversary

  • Wow! 20 years already? Someone must have been playing with a Time Turner because it felt like yesterday that I got my copy of “The Deathly Hallows” and with the Fantastic Beats I guess the magic is still going strong. But let’s take a look back from that fateful day of June 26, 1997. (excerpt from TIME Magazine: Harry Potter) by Lev Grossman and Allie Townsend
  • June 26, 1997—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is published in England of 500 copies.
  • December 27, 1998—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone appearance on the New York Times best-seller list.
  • September 4, 1999—The first known Harry Potter fan-fiction is posted to FanFiction.net “Harry Potter and the Man of Unknown”
  • July 2000—The New York Times creates a children’s best-seller list after the first three books spend a year atop the adult-fiction list. (Taking the #1 spot after Potter moves to the kids’ section: Danielle Steel’s The House on Hope Street)
  • November 4, 2001—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone premieres in London.
  • November 6, 2001—The Simpson pays its first homage to Harry, in the “Treehouse of Horror XIII”
  • June 22, 2002—The brothers of the band Harry and the Potters play their first show, kicking off Wizard rock.
  • November 2002—Rowling files suit against the publishers of Tanya Grotter and the Magic Double Bass, a Russian Harry Potter knockoff. It sold three million but her victory in court blocked it from Western markets.
  • July 2005—In Vancouver, 14 copies of “Half-Blood Prince are accidentally sold before the official release, prompting a court order forbidding buyers to disclose any of its contents before its on-sale date.
  • July 21, 2007—8.3 million copies of Deathly Hallows sells in the U.S. during its first 24 hours on sale.
  • July 2007—By the time the final book, Deathly Hallows, is released, publisher Bloomsbury has spent $20 mil (10 mil in England) on an army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts to prevent leaks.
  • June 18, 2008—Sales of Harry Potter books pass the 400 million mark.

There it is. The spell has been cast by one woman, J.K. Rowling who says, “No story lives unless someone wants to listen” And with the spinoff of “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them” and its upcoming sequels I’m sure the magic will keep flowing from fan fiction to rockbands and from Rowling herself, who will wave her wand for us again and tell us what’s next on Pottermore.com (More timeline events can be found in the Time Magazine special edition “Harry Potter”)

Thank you, J.K. Rowling

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