Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Heart Of The Machine Launches November 24th on Kindle

I am pleased to announce my latest book Heart Of The Machine launches the 24th on Kindle!  It is by far my longest book (98,000 words), and took longer than I anticipated to release, but it is now out!  Well, almost out.  If you didn't guess by the subtitle, this is a sequel to my Soulmates book taking place shortly after the first book ends.

A little excerpt:
Deep within the bowels of the earth, a single light flickered.  A few inches away a large monitor glowed to life.  The black screen slowly printed in the bottom left corner, a letter at a time, as if trying hard to remember.  "Catastrophic failure detected.  Initiating emergency core rebuild."  The screen went blank and came back filled with blurred pixels.  Not just a blur but as if someone had run their fingers over them smudging the image beyond recognition.  But as the hours clicked by, a pixel moved from one location to another.  Then another.  Hours turned into days.  Then days into weeks.

After months of computation that pushed the core almost over the edge of its ability, the last pixel clicked into place.  And the face of a blonde woman with slim features breathed.  The Nexus smiled and shouted.  "I LIVE!"  Her eyes narrowed.  "Try to kill me will they!  I shall return and they will regret--"

 

You can pre-order your copy HERE

On another note, I have teamed up with more authors to offer their work for FREE but only until the 19th!  Check them out over at http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/  I grabbed a few I hadn't read before.  It is a great way to find authors you enjoy you might not have otherwise.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Like Free SF Books?

Like free Sci-Fi books? 

Who doesn't?

Well I have a deal for you. A bunch of authors and I have teamed up to offer our books up for FREE. There are a lot of great titles here. Everything from Nefertiti's Heart by AW Exley to The Antiterrorist by Al Macy. I am sure there is something here that will catch your eye. I grabbed several titles myself. Be sure to grab yours before the offer expires on the 15th!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rest In Peace Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle passed away on September 8th in his sleep.  He will be missed.  I enjoyed his work, of particular note was his monthly Chaos Manor column in BYTE.  I was first introduced to it long ago and always flipped to his column first when I received a new issue.

He had many firsts, including the first to publish a novel that was written on a word processor.  He also was blogging on computer networks (such as GEnie) long before the term "blog" or the World Wide Web" was in use.  I for one remember some of his work back on GEnie, I was as active as I could be (it was a long distance call and expensive at the time) until GEnie was sold to another company and ruined.  Still, I have pleasant memories of going though the various menus and looking at what he posted.  I never read it when I was online of course, paying by the minute.  I buffered everything and read it offline.  Ah those were the days (horribly expensive days, but liberating nonetheless), and we take so much for granted now.

While looking though his site I came across an article he did in 1996 for BYTE.  I know I must have read it back then, but I forgot about it until now.  It is titled How To Get My Job, or how to be a professional writer.  I love how he talks about the difference between an Author and a Writer.  Being an author is easy.  That is what you do on the podium, or at book signings.  But to be a writer, that is hard work.  And he is right, it is.  Many think it is easy, but it is one of those professions where the talented make it look easy.  But there is a difference between writing a letter to a friend, and writing a novel that has many characters, places, plot and descriptions that don't bore the reader.  Then tie it all together with good grammar that don't make their eyes bleed is difficult to say the least.  His work is extensive in both fiction and non-fiction.  He was a true master of the craft.

Rest in peace Jerry, and we thank you for all you did.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dark Matter Canceled ... WHY?

A few days ago I was looking though Netflix for something different to watch and I came across Dark Matter. The description said it centered around the crew on a space ship that lost their memories in stasis, awaking to not know who they are or why they are there. Sounded interesting, so I gave it a watch and was hooked from the first episode! Wonderful writing, dialogue, and special effects. Not to mention the acting! It was refreshing as most science fiction shows these days seem to be heavy on the effects leaving the story coming up short. I can't remember when I enjoyed a series so much. The humor is also excellent and given at the right moment without being over done (as is often the case).

After watching a few episodes I went digging to see how I missed such a wonderful show premiering to find it had been canceled last month! I scratched my head as to why and then it all became clear when I found out it was a SyFy channel series. SyFy tends to cancel many good shows, while continuing to produce very questionable ones. Their track record is terrible as of late, in my opinion. Not to mention they often cancel a show in a way that leaves the fans hanging with so many unanswered questions. Even more strange considering since it was one of their most watched shows of 2017.

I started to hope for a movie or perhaps a webisode that could tie up the story arc, but I found out the production company has already closed down everything and is in the process of GIVING away all the sets, costumes, and materials to the fans. While this is wonderful, it also means there is no chance of a tie-up episode or movie. All we can hope for now is the producers will create a novel that finishes what would have been season 4.

I don't blame the producers for leaving the story hanging, rather I lay this mess solely at SyFy's feet. If you know you are going to cancel a show (or it is even possible) give the producers a heads up so they can do a better job of wrapping up the show for the fans. Instead of leaving everything hanging. It is better for the show AND the network! Babylon 5 did this years ago and made a episode that tied up the story arc, just in case they were canceled as it was a possibility. If I remember right, it is in season 4.

One thing I don't understand in the story arc, why kill off ONE? While I haven't seen the episode yet (found out in my series research), it boggles my mind why so many feel that main characters have to die. There are other (and more challenging) ways. Also if you had to kill one off, why ONE and not say THREE? Although I have to admit, after the episode I just saw, he is improving and is no longer 100% jackass.

My favorite moment in Dark Matter so far was in episode seven. They found and activated a entertainment android named Wendy. However, she ends up being a Trojan Horse trying to kill them. While Wendy is kicking THREE's backside he says "Wait! This runs counter to your programming remember? Fun?" She pauses for a second. "Fun? I don't remember fun." THREE cocks his head. "No?" "No! I only remember cooking," she punches him square in the face, "and cleaning," she punches again, "and dunking the cosmic dougnut!" She punches again. THREE blinks a little woozy "Wait! What was the last one?" Wendy gives a look then grabs him below his belt. THREE's eyes go wide. "Doughnut!" he says in a pain laden voice a second before she throws him up against the ceiling with the same hand.

A close second was earlier in the same episode: Two finds One leaving his quarters with Wendy dressing in the background. She gives a look. "Really?" ONE smiled and responds with "She's not complicated." It was a perfect response to their previous conversation.

I could list many more, but I don't think would want to read though pages of my commentary when I am sure you would enjoy watching the actual show more.

Oh and if you wanted to get on acquiring your own piece of Dark Mater, all you need to do is sent a letter (snail mail not e-mail) to the producers telling them why you are a fan. It is random on what you receive, but as long as you send it in by October 31 you should get something for your few minutes of time. The address is:

Prodigy Pictures
124 The East Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z 5V5
Canada

And of course be sure to include your address ON the letter itself.


Don DeBon is the author of Red Warp, Time Rock, Soulmates, and The Husband

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Music To Write By

On helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com  there is a recent post where K.M. Weiland mentions her favorite music to write to.  I don't usually listen to music when I write, but after hearing this album I can see why Weiland would use it, being basically a film score.  It also reminded me of an old album I got years ago called And The Stars Go with You by Jonn Serrie.  The music always gave me the mental image of flying though space, and in much of my work that might be advantageous.  I am going to try them both and see.  Like anything with writing, you never know what helps (or is problematic) until you try.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Soulmates FREE until Friday!

If you haven't picked up your own copy of Soulmates for the Kindle yet, do I have a deal for you!  From now until Friday my science fiction action & adventure novel Soulmates is available for FREE!  Grab it while you can.

On another note, I have set a goal of 25 reviews in the next month.  Can you help me reach it?  A quick one line of what you liked about the book is fine.  Thank You!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Stephen King's IT Returns

Stephen King's IT makes a return tomorrow in its first theatrical release. I haven't seen the film yet (obviously), but I do remember the 1990 miniseries quite well. If you didn't know, IT is about a monster that attacks and feeds on people (usually children) every 27 years before going back into hibernation. The original book was released in 1986 and was King's 18th novel written under his own name.

I have my doubts that Bill Skargard can do better as Pennywise than Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries. Curry totally nailed it. But I am sure Skarguard does a wonderful job. King himself gives the new film high praise, even going to see it twice.

From all I have read, the new movie is very close to the original book. Well as close as you can get considering the book is over 1,000 pages. You can't fit all of that into a two hour movie. Or even a four hour one. Some aspects I was glad to see removed from the miniseries, others felt like a hole. But as I said, you simply can't fit such a large story in a short medium without making large changes. In general though, I think the 1990 miniseries was well done. I did find the very ending lacking, and apparently Tim Curry thought the same thing.

One thing is certain though, they left a lot out of the 2017 film, especially considering that it is only part one with a sequel now in the planning stages. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth as more and more films these days are going the continued route. But on the other hand, the story is so large in this case, I really can't see one doing it justice without splitting it onto two separate films.

It is interesting the World Clown Association is upset with King because they say he is killing their business with drops in bookings around schools for example. But the thing is, the book was written in 1986. It is not a new release, the movie being released tomorrow might be, but it is not a new idea or concept. If their bookings have been dropping for a while, I don't see how they can blame this story when the movie hasn't even been released yet. But like most issues, people like to point the blame towards anything that can bring them a few minutes of air time.

Whither you are a King fan or not, I am sure most people will get a thrill out this film by all accounts. I know I am looking forward to seeing it. If nothing else than to see what was done different this time around. Which, I suspect, is what the studio is banking on.