Coming Soon: The Curator

The Curator: Anthology Cover Preview

Coming soon! The Curator, an anthology about…artwork?

Yes.

And featuring my new novella, “Clash by Night,” a semi-military SF story about a heist in a futuristic, war-ravaged Brazil.

Here’s the text from the back cover of this new anthology…

Who is the Curator?

And why is the Curator’s body in a high-tech cargo container full of priceless works of art?

When a salvage ship stumbles on the debris sphere of a long-lost colony transport, they’re not expecting to find much. Spotting an intact cargo container within the debris, there surprised. Especially when they discover that it’s still got power.

Inside, a skeleton in a spacesuit, immediately dubbed “The Curator.” And hundreds of lost, priceless paintings. All maintained at safe temperatures by an onboard fusion generator.

Who is the Curator? How did the Curator survive the explosion that killed the transport? Knowing that rescue was impossible, why did the Curator spend the last few months of dwindling life support writing stories about the paintings?

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In this unique anthology, nine writers take inspiration from real paintings, included in this volume, to explore the life and final days of…the Curator.

Coming at the end of October (for the ebook) and mid-November (for the print edition). With an awesome cover from Luc Oleastri and typography and design by Don Anderson.

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Inspiration: Grav Speeder on an Alien World

Grav Speeder on a Alien Planet

I love the colors and the sense of speed in this image of a futuristic vehicle, perhaps some sort of grav speeder, flying over an alien landscape at dizzying speed. Plus, it looks like it would be really cool to pilot one.

As a writer, can you imagine an aerial chase involving these things?

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: From the Unreleased Film

I can neither confirm nor deny that I attended a showing of a bootleg copy of Roger Corman’s unreleased “Fantastic Four” film from 1994. Had I actually, in fact, attended such an event, I’d be in a position to tell you that it’s a cheesy movie with poor special effects, mediocre acting, clunky dialogue and an oddball, but surprisingly true to the comics, plot.

But still allegedly fun to watch, especially with a group of fellow SF and superhero movie fans.

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Failure is Not an Option

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Failure…is not an option. Surrounded by enemies, Lydio Malik, the Royal Bodyguard to the infant Princess Analisa, will do ANYTHING to save the sole heir to the throne. Imagine “Die Hard, on the roof of a castle tower”…and you have the distilled essence of this action-packed story.

In print and ebook, with the ebook at the low, introductory price of just 99 cents.

Buy now!

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Raw Cover for “Road Trip”

Road Trip, Raw Cover Image

This is a preview of the raw cover image for my story, Road Trip, which will be published in December.

Here’s the description of the story:

Rocco Fitch is a down-and-out disabled veteran of the War Against Terror, having been severely injured by an IED in Afghanistan. Since his return, his wife has left him (taking his daughter with her), he can’t get a job, unemployment payments have run out, his car’s been repossessed, the bank wants to foreclose on his house and life just isn’t working out well…

Then some beggar tries to sell him a road. Sensing that the beggar is a war vet like himself, Rocco buys the road from him for all the money he has left: $3.37.

At first, Rocco thinks the sale is just a strange way for the beggar to talk himself into accepting a handout from a fellow vet. But then he wakes up the next morning with a road, a magical road, crossing his backyard. A road that nobody else can see…

Besides the mysterious road that he now owns, the one bright spot in his life is his unlikely friend, his neighbor Sammie, an aging black rogue with a diabolical sense of humor, a foul mouth, friends in low places and a rather piratical way of looking at the world.

Between the two of them, they might just be able to set Rocco’s life on a new and different path.

Look for it on Amazon in the November/December timeframe.

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Author Chow: Taco Bamba

Author Chow: Taco Bamba

Well, apparently I am (temporarily) a full-time author. The Day Job ended on Friday and the New Day Job has not yet officially started (due to paperwork, drug testing, bureaucracy, etc.). So this was my post-employment lunch at Taco Bamba, with their patented steak taco, a crispy shrimp taco, tortilla chips and four kinds of salsa.

It’s a fast casual dining place, with a few indoor tables, a few outdoor tables, a standing table, and a bunch of stools lining a ledge eating area. It’s casual, but it’s good food. They also have other things on the menu besides just tacos (although I’ve never actually gotten past the tacos, myself).

Did I mention they have four kinds of salsa?

Yes, indeed, my kind of place…

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Writing Fight Scenes that Matter

David Keener Teaches Writing and Fighting

I ran my latest workshop, “Writing Killer Fight Scenes That Matter,” at Capclave 2018 on September 30. I had a lot of fun and the workshop was well received by the audience (I know this for sure, because I distributed a Workshop Evaluation Form at the end).

At conventions, the workshops are two hours long. The first hour was focused on violence: how people react to violence, different types of fights, gender differences in danger scenarios, and decision making in fights. The exercises were real life scenarios; attendees then had to figure out the best way to survive the situation presented. It was rather eye-opening and shocking for a bunch of them.

In the second half, I described a basic framework for fight scenes. We also discussed how to make fights more realistic, and more plausible, by leveraging the lessons from the first half of the workshop.

All in all, I thought the workshop went well. I look forward to conducting it at other conventions in the future.

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Selling Books at Capclave 2018

Selling Books with Tannhauser Press

I’m standing with Martin Wilsey, the proprietor of Tannhauser Press at Capclave 2018. We had a nicely successful weekend selling books, with seventeen products on sale (and Square for taking credit card payments).

Many thanks to all the people who stopped by our table, and especially to those who bought from us. It was especially gratifying since this was the first time we’ve done a full court press like this for all of the books published under the Tannhauser Press umbrella.

We were successful enough that we’ll be doing more of this in the future.

Capclave Table 2018

OK, by popular demand, I’ve added a couple more photos above. This is me with Lou Lamoureux in one photo and Liz Hayes in the other.

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