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August 19, 2014

A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories

Filed under: Humor, Stories, Writing — Tags: , , , , — Stephen L. Thompson @ 9:27 pm

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A couple of years ago, I came up with the idea of putting out minianthologies – collections of five to ten stories – on Kindle as a way to use up some of my stories and to let people know I exist.  Well, I have just put out my latest minianthology – “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories.” It contains five stories set upon the moon.  The blurb I have for it is as follows:

Hopefully, in the not too distant future humans will return to the moon. We will build bases and colonies, create farms and factories, and live, love and learn. “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” contains five short stories set upon the moon. They give the tiniest glimpse of the possibilities awaiting us there. 

 I hope you’ll check it out, and if it strikes your fancy you can download it for only $0.99.  I hope you’ll enjoy.

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The story behind this minianthology is somewhat long.  Part of the idea behind my minianthologies is to show people a sampling of my writing, but I also like to group similar stories.  When I realized I had several stories set on the moon, it was natural to put them together.  A couple of these were published before – I’ve revised them for this – but I also wanted a couple new stories.  I had one story that involved time travel, and I haven’t figured out how to make it work.  So I would start working on this collection, only to get stuck on this story, set it aside to let my creative juices flow, only to then get caught up in some other project.  It was probably almost two years ago that I started this project, but I didn’t really get anywhere with it until about four months ago.

About four months ago was when I learned my story “The Reluctant Host” would appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? which would be published now.  (See my post on another blog.)  You know what would be good, I thought?  If I had a Kindle book come out at the same time to get some of that chicken soup splashover

Of my dozen or so projects, “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” was the closest to being finished, so I set out to finish it.  One problem was this time travel story I couldn’t make work.  Fortunately, I had recently come up with a new story idea also set upon the moon, “Putting Down Roots.” Since I could finish that story, and since the other stories in the collection were more grounded scifi (no warp drive or aliens) the time travel story kind of stood out.  So I swapped the stories and set to work finishing it.

I was making steady progress, when in early July I smacked my forehead because I had missed something.  July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  What better time to put out a collection of stories set on the moon?  I debated for a bit if I should change my publication plans, but I couldn’t finish it in time.

As it turns out, this later publication date may actually be better.  One thing am really passionate about is setting up a permanent human presence in space, such as at a moon base.  If I had published this a month ago, it probably would have been lost in all the hoopla for Apollo 11, which I believe all faded into obscurity on July 21st.  But with this ebook coming out a month later, it can help advance my goal of moon bases in my lifetime by showing people the moon isn’t just something to get excited about on big anniversaries. 

At least, that’s what I tell myself to keep from smashing my forehead for missing such an obvious connection.

August 4, 2013

The Twelfth Doctor

Filed under: TV Shows — Tags: , , , , , , — Stephen L. Thompson @ 7:06 pm

So Peter Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor.  I’m looking forward to this.  My favorite Doctor is David Tennant, and I just never really got into Matt Smith.  For the last few weeks, as I’ve wondered who I’d like to see as the next Doctor, I was hoping for someone older and a little more serious.  Hopefully, that’s the kind of Doctor Peter Capaldi will play.  Although, to be honest, the only things I’ve seen him in were “The Fires of Pompeii” and “The Children of Earth.” I do consider “The Children of Earth” one of the better scifi things I’ve seen, and part of it is the John Frobisher subplot.

I’m hopeful his Doctor will be fantastic, but we’ll have to wait to see.

May 24, 2013

Why I have no plans on seeing Star Trek Into Darkness

Filed under: Movies, Rant — Tags: — Stephen L. Thompson @ 5:38 am

(This is something I’ve been meaning to write for the past week, but I finally got around to it and originally posted this on my Bubblews profile.)

I grew up watching The Next Generation. I went back and watched all the Original Series and watched DS9 when it came along. I even watched most of Voyager, although looking back now I don’t remember why. When Enterprise came out, I thought of it as beating a decrepit cash cow. When they finally ended Enterprise, I was ready for Star Trek to just fade away. It had a good run, but there was no reason for it to be eternal.

When they announced they were rebooting Star Trek, I wasn’t happy. If they had started a new series set a hundred years after TNG, I would have at least given it a chance. But I loath reboots of TV shows and movies. For movies based on books, reboots aren’t always bad because different directors will see different things in the source material. But when the source material is a TV show or a movie, what’s there to reinterpret?

So I admit I wasn’t looking forward to the last Star Trek movie when I saw it with a bunch of friends. I’m a writer, and I found it poorly written. And instead of trying to make a movie with an internally consistent plot, they just threw in a bunch of fistfights, shootouts, and other action clichés in the hope the audience didn’t notice the plot holes.

I remember thinking, as I left the theater from the last movie, that they could never do a Khan movie. If they wanted to go in a whole new way, I would argue with that, but they should go in a whole new way. That means no rehashing of anything from the old, classic Trek. No Tribbles, no Gorn, no Amok Time, no whales, and definitely no Khan. I even vowed that if they did do a Khan movie, I would just give up entirely on the new series of movies because they would have shown they are not worth my time.

So for the last few months, as everyone debated who the villain would be, I seriously hoped it wasn’t Khan. But no luck. I’ve watched several reviews so I know the basic story line of Into Darkness and I seriously have no interest in seeing it. Well, someday I’ll watch it on TV, but there is no way I’ll give money to those people. In my opinion, these movies aren’t Star Trek. They are just stupid action movie rip offs of Star Trek. I almost feel that the people who own Star Trek should sue the people who made these last two movies for copyright infringement.

April 19, 2013

“Lonely Phoenix” now available

Filed under: Stories — Tags: , , , — Stephen L. Thompson @ 5:35 am

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My short, scifi story “Lonely Phoenix” is now available for $0.99 on Kindle.  Here’s the description:

Partway to a new colony world, board member Geoffrey Ames is woken from hibernation by the caretaking crew of the Lucian.  They require him to look into the matter of their fellow crewman Morgan Heller.  Morgan’s claims – such as being over 1500 years old – would normally land him in the psychiatric ward, except he can back up some of his other claims.

March 13, 2013

“The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories”

Filed under: Promotions, Stories — Tags: , , , , , , — Stephen L. Thompson @ 6:26 am

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The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” is a collection of five, short, scifi stories by Stephen L. Thompson to provide a sample of his writing.

A being from the distant future with almost unlimited powers comes back to help Ian Steele make the world a better place in “The Most Powerful Man in the World.” The bookstore customer has an entirely different reason for wanting books in “Black Market Books.” “Motherhood” tells the story of Thomas Gillespie, the surrogate mother for an AI.  “Storyteller” is about an author thinking his book into existence.  And “Deadworld” is about the alien world humans are reborn on – in alien bodies – after they die.

Excerpt from “The Most Powerful Man in the World”

“What happened?” Ian asked from the floor.

“You fainted.”

Ian sat up and looked around the empty room.  It was maybe fifteen feet on a side and painted a dull grey.  “Where am I?”

“A dimensional intrusion located within your living room wall.”

“Huh?”

Pulling him to his feet, she explained, “Basically, it’s a space that can be as large,” here Karen threw her arms out and the walls zoomed away beyond sight, “or as small as I want.” She then drew her arms in and the two stood in a space the size of a phone booth.  The room returned to its original size and Karen stretched.  “But I think this is a good size.”

Ian spun around, trying to keep an eye on each of the walls as if they might sneak up and squish him.  “What the hell is this?”

Karen put her arm around him.  “Arthur C. Clarke once said that ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’” Shrugging, Karen stated, “This is magic.”

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