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Colonization Scenario Three: How I’d Select

Posted: 22nd November 2016 by onyxhawke in Colonization, Series
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When I first mentioned doing this series to a certain nerdy red head I know they asked how I’d do it. Partly for my amusement I mostly demurred, for the sake of this series, I decided I’d go part way towards answering. The partway is only because I don’t know the conditions both economic and […]

Scenario Two: Creating A New Culture & Phenotype

Posted: 19th November 2016 by onyxhawke in Colonization, Series
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Assume you’re building a colony ship and you have unlimited power over who gets on the ship and who does not. Your casus belli is a desire to create a new “race” of people, and a new society. You’ve already selected the art, food, text books, interior layout of your colony, and a hundred other […]

Any time there’s a colony inception, there’s a reason. For this one you’re the welfare and social services administrator for all the people in a large region. There’s welfare queens, ex-cons, junkies, people with disabilities, folks turfed out of their jobs by social and or technological developments, petty criminals still in jail or on probation, […]

Deep Roots

Posted: 7th November 2016 by onyxhawke in Colonization, Series, Uncategorized
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This should be the start of a series on one of my favorite ideas in science fiction, and the major factors that go into it. In my extremely humble opinion we don’t see this explored enough in writing, and not much talked about in television and film. There are a ton of fun things that […]

One thing that makes me put down a book or a submission is a world where the behavior of the inhabitant doesn’t bear any resemblance to what you can expect of people as a whole with a their cultural history. The Pearl Harbor attack affected the American psyche because it was the first attack on […]

So, I got bored the other day. This is always a problem. But I got bored while trying to find a way to come up with a way to get people to actually post reviews to books I know are being bought and read.   So with the launch of Frozen in Amber from the […]

I really did like a lot of the elements that made up Avengers: Age of Ultron. The issue as the title might just have tipped you off is that it wasn’t a very Marvel Marvel movie. It was however very Whedon, if you’re one of those afflicted folks who worship the ground he hovers just […]

So, shocking as it is, I read. I read Big 5, I read the ingredients on my food, I even read independently published and some small press stuff. As you probably know, I’m not a big fan of ereading. I have a tablet that’s got a great screen, but never felt the need for a […]

So, cooking, its something we do. Arguably all sentient races will have some form of food variation and arrangement that they engage in, which may or many not include the application of heat. Last night I experimented with a staple; stuffed, roasted chicken. I wanted to do two things; combine things I never had before, […]

The Thorn of Dentonhill is now available for preorder. If you’ve somehow missed the drop dead gorgeous cover, this is it: The Thorn of Dentonhill is a damn fine book. I’ve had the privilege of reading three additional books in this universe and pre-ordering by YOU will impact how many books are printed, sent to […]

So there’s this movie out, a pretty unknown and minor character set in the Marvel universe called X-Men Days of Future Past. It’s got most of the people from the the trilogy and First Class. Now on to the spoilers. My biggest problem with this movie is completely insoluble; I hate the Days of Future […]

Good Day, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many very smart, talented and interesting people in the years I’ve attended conventions and been part of the professional end. It’s been an undiluted pleasure to meet people like Elizabeth Bear, David Drake, and Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve met artists and editors, publisher, agents and publicists. The […]

Just before Christmas I came to a tentative deal for two books with the fantastic folks at DAW books. Seeing as the wheels of publishing turn slowly, it took a tiny bit of time to get all the details nailed down. Since then poor Marshall has been sitting on the knowledge he had finally gotten […]

Why Are You Reading This?

Posted: 7th January 2014 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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You heard me! Why are you reading this? Oh wait. Let me guess. You’re that one person who has already bought, read, reviewed, and shared, on all your social networks The Broken Dragon? You know the latest in Irene Radford’s long running universe from DAW books? That’s the book with this lovely cover: I mean, […]

Things to Do At Worldcon: Rayguns Over Texas

Posted: 27th August 2013 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Find yourself a copy of Rayguns Over Texas, an anthology of fantastic fiction. There is a foreword by someone named Bruce Sterling who’s been in print since the 80’s, it is edited by Rick Klaw, and more importantly if features the writing of the amazing Marshall Maresca, along with more than a dozen others including […]

If like the rest of the explored universe you’ve been waiting impatiently for another fix of fantasy by marvel maker James Enge, you can breathe again.   In fact please, please breathe its very hard to run, walk, skateboard, or drive for very long. You certainly wouldn’t be able to do it long enough to […]

One of the things that you learn as you study history is that at some point someone has tried to explain everything from positions that don’t hold water. As a young nation, which America still was in the early 1800s it was wildly xenophobic. Worse as a large part of the movers and shakers who […]

One of the “lost” events of the civil rights struggle was the kidnapping, mutilation and murder of a 14 year old boy in the Mississippi delta for failing to follow the rules he, a visitor, was wholly ignorant of. Worse was the travesty of a trial afterwards. Simeon Wright is the cousin of that lost […]

One of the things a lot writers have to do is jump outside the known, into the stark cold reality of “making shit up” and not just making it, making it up and making it sound good. If you’ve never left the southern tip of Miami, or live on a beach in Panama, you probably […]

Silent Dragon Is Available!

Posted: 9th February 2013 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For those of you who somehow forgot to preorder, and missed Irene Radford’s blog post, and didn’t get to a book store, Silent Dragon came out this week. This video is a lovely interview DAW put together with the author. The book is available in paperback, and multiple ebook formats.