Welcome to another guest post for OWS CycCon’t Worldbuilding blog hop! Today I have for you an author of Steampunk Fairytales, and they will be talking about their process creating their fantastical worlds. You can also find a full list of authors and topics on the OWS Cycon website.
Hullo to all and welcome to another stop in OWS Cycon’s spiffy Blog Hop! Here we are highlighting awesome Sci Fi tech for other indie authors. Find a full list of participating authors and topics for this hop on the OWS Cycon website.
Before you tell us about your gadget, what is Turning the Hourglass about?
The novel is set in the 23rd
Century after a world war that has killed billions and wiped out entire
countries, cultures, and historical records. New time-travelling technology now
means historians can visit the past to research and record ancient events,
trying to rebuild records and restore a clearer picture of the world’s history.
Dyrne Samson – one of these historians – is the protagonist and it soon becomes
clear he’s using his time-travelling privileges for ulterior motives.
So what sorts of goodly mechanical machinations will you be telling our readers about today?
The ‘pods’ in my novel are the machines that allow
the historians to visit the past. They’re spheres that people can step inside while
images from the past are projected onto the interior walls or shell. The
historians aren’t technically ‘travelling’ anywhere. The pods use giant
telescopes to beam scenes from the past into the pods. The historians can then
‘walk’ around almost like they’re in a giant spherical treadmill, letting them
explore the images they’re seeing. However, there’s an inexplicable two-way
effect to the pods. This side effect means that sometimes images of the
historians are beamed back into the past. So people hundreds of years ago end
up seeing blurry silhouettes and figures. This is what ghosts really are.
stepped toward the pod. A section of railing had unlocked itself, and the neat door slid open, inviting him in.
He climbed the stone stairs to the platform and crossed the threshold, stepping
inside the enveloping orb. It supported his weight without budging. He touched
its pearly smoothness with both hands.
[…] The sheath door glided into place behind him. Click. The
pod chamber sounds beyond the sphere
became muted as if he’d been submerged underwater. Static shivered in his ears.
Then the familiar shuddering overhead. The groan and whirr of gargantuan
machinery shifting, compressing all its power into this little egg. He
swallowed a throatful of sand. The rosiness of the surrounding shell began to
swirl and melt, like ink dropped in
water. The pink twirled into brown, black, navy, green, lime. Then the
smoothness of the concave pod morphed and melded into angular shapes and lines
and edges. Objects. Furniture. Walls. Shelves. A flat ceiling. Carpet. The
light settled into mustard. Dyrne stepped
forward and felt the now-invisible pod move under him. The surrounding images
of the dull room shifted with him.’
And where can people find out more about your stories?
If you are here from the OWSCyCon Top 5 Blog hop, Welcome! If not, welcome as well and be sure to check out some fun bookish events happening over at OWSCyCon in May! I will be hosting a digital panel, as well as participating ins some of the events. Hope to see you there!
For my Top 5 I have chosen the subject of food. How people eat in their worlds really fleshes out the environment and makes a culture come alive.
While I know this does not cover EVERYTHING, these are some of my personal favorites in my consumption of SciFi:
Perhaps the one that pulls closest to my heart, the Phantom Space Ramen. Made from the tears of a master maker with eons of experience, the deceptively simple bowl will leave you warm to the core inside every dimension.
And of course some honorable mentions, the rugged sustenance packs that provide nothing more than nourishment:
Blue Milk from Star Wars – Just gonna leave this here:
Had a bit of progress with the work, but before I get into that, I just wanted to tell you that I will be doing another panel over at the Fantasy and SciFi Reader’s Lounge on Facebook on Thursday, April 25th at 11am EST talking about Cyborgs and Ethics in my stories. I will also be talking about one of my favorite characters in the Sleepless Flame Universe
I have a few digital panels coming up at the Fantasy and Sci Fi Reader’s Lounge Facebook Group in preparation for OWSCyCon. I have two this month on the Diversity Panel on April 4th 10am – 11am EST and Cyborgs on April 25th 11am – Noon EST where I talk more about Sleepless Flame’s characters and environment!
Everywhere. I wish I was kidding. Currently I am playing catch up after a hectic but enjoyable road trip across the country. It was also my Birthday, so I shoved my obligations even further away from me because I am one tired potato.
Before I get started, I wanted to let you know that I am doing a Birthday Giveaway for one signed HARD COVER copy of Sleepless Flame. This version of the book is NOT AVAILABLE in stores, so it is super extra special. I will have a video up on it, but here is the link to the giveaway:
It had been my wildest dream to play with Precious Metal Clay (aka PMC), and had refrained because the material is so damned expensive and I had always thought it took wayyyyy too many supplies to make it plausible.
HOWEVER, I came to the realization that I own a Brulee torch, the fire demon collecting dust on the top of my fridge. And Copper Clay as opposed to Silver is considerably cheaper (In addition, you can make the shit yourself.)