New Sci-Fi novelette “The Loveliest Abyss in the Universe” is OUT!


The Loveliest Abyss in the Universe 2015 cover

Frankly, I’m stoked.

“The Loveliest Abyss in the Universe”, probably the darkest story I’ve ever written, just went on sale over at Amazon.

Isn’t the cover pretty?

And it isn’t computer-generated, either. I took that photo at a lava lake on the Big Island of Hawaii. I modified the color balance, of course, but those shapes were real.

Coming in at just under 11,000 words, this is also my 1st novelette. (If you haven’t read a novelette before, this is roughly 1/7th the length of a novel.)

One might call it a quick read, but it’s jam packed with goodness.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

New-Release Sale! Only 99¢ until 05/05

When the sacred Order of Nirangi opens a portal into a hellish realm, Sujan’s life will never be the same.

The portal, created by a bizarre, ringed machine that tears fissures into the fabric of spacetime itself, shows the Nirangi scientists a glimpse into a realm covered in roiling lava lakes and gushing volcanos, leaving them petrified and humbled. Afterward, Madam Viragat, the overseer of the project, is bent on using their recording of the glimpse to scare the populous into submission. Despite incomplete data, she insists that the hellish realm they saw was the spiritual abyss, the true fate of the unsanctified after death.

Only Sujan, a brilliant young scientist, is willing to investigate further, making a shocking discovery. Now he must choose. Will he succumb to Madam Viragat’s authority and support her version of the facts? Or will he stand up for the truth, putting his personal safety in jeopardy?

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This fast paced, Sci-Fi adventure about belief, dogma, and courage is a unique, compelling blend of storytelling that you’ll never forget. And at 11,000 words, this is Crusoe’s first novelette, proudly offered DRM-free.

Thank you for supporting an independent author. And if you enjoy this story, be sure to check out the Free Preview of the book “The Truth Beyond the Sky,” included at the end of this novelette.

 

As you can guess, this is very different from anything I’ve written before, dealing with themes of dogma, universal vs. personal truth, and courage. And with any luck, I won’t get burned at the stake for writing it. 😎

Also, this is a completely stand-alone story, so you don’t have to have read anything else to fully appreciate it. (To be clear, this is NOT the sequel to Book 1. That’s still coming.) However, as a bonus I did include the first chapter of “The Truth Beyond the Sky”, putting the book at well over 13,000 words total.

So at 99¢, it’s a steal. That’s probably less than what you’ll spend on coffee today, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

Buy it on Amazon now for 99¢!

Update:

I’ve decided to put the first chapter of this novelette up on this site for free.

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Science Storms Exhibit (Museum of Science & Industry) Review: An E.T.’s Perspective


The following article was written by Marco the Spacefarer, a small spaceman who sometimes follows me on my adventures. I hope you enjoy his… unique perspective.

Marco here. After reviewing Andrew’s photos carefully, I’ve come to the conclusion that my initial opinion of the museum may have been premature.

As I looked over the photos of the Science Storms exhibit, I was reminded at how much I enjoyed my time there, and not just because I savor the act of stalking Andrew on his little adventures, either. Even though your human technology is almost entirely pathetic, it is nonetheless amusing to watch you play with it, especially when you get shocked, and at least one of the exhibits offered this attractive possibility…

I’d also forgotten just how much crap they’d managed to shove into that space. And today, I’m excited to have the honor of pointing out the flaws and sheer atavism in six attractions within the Science Storms exhibit, complete with snarky remarks beneath each photo.

I mean, seriously. Look at how much they managed to cram in:

Science Storms Exhibit at a glance

Yet somehow that room felt spacious. Primitive, yet spacious, so let’s begin. We’re going to have some fun together.

1. The Tornado Vortex Machine

Water Vapor Vortex Machine from above

A sign beside this amusing machine explained that a tornado is a massive air vortex. Oh, really? Because I thought it was made up of wind faeries and strawberry daiquiris. Please. The sheer level of ignorance that precludes such a sign boggles my mind. I knew earthlings were ignorant, but this is child’s play, my friends.

Anyway, I have to admit that it was fun to watch, even if the vortex fan controls had the response time of a Rube Goldberg machine.

2. The Avalanche Simulator Disk

Avalanche Disk with orange sand

Now this one, while simplistic on the surface, actually had a fair bit going on underneath. Literally. As any spacefarer knows, three forces are at work during an avalanche: friction, gravity, and particle collisions. And a nearby sign even explained these forces, including the additional centripetal force of the spinning disc, as well. There was even a camera controlled by a touchscreen beside the sign.

Even after Andrew had left, I stood there for some time, admiring the rusty grains creating ever-changing patterns on the disc below. It reminded me of my own world.

3. The Wave Difference Pattern Generator

Girl playing under Difference Pattern Generator

Speaking of patterns, here’s a device that would have truly been an embarrassment were it not for one simple fact: the watery patterns projected onto the floor below were quite beautiful. In the photo above, you can even see a girl playing in the center of one.

If you’re not familiar with these (and being an Earthling, I wouldn’t be surprised), these patterns are produced by two or more waves colliding, creating a difference pattern. In this case, the effect is produced by projecting light through a shallow pool of water.

4. The Tesla Coil

Purple bolts of Tesla Coil on ceiling

A-ha! At last something moderately dangerous to look at! Even though it was woefully underpowered to be truly useful, it was amusing to see it form bright, purple bolts every few minutes. Although it was underpowered, it was still pushing more volts than the average human ever sees. (Reminder: get one of these for the ship, only bigger.)

5. Interactive Chemistry Reaction Lab Computer

Reaction Lab showing various molecules

Out of everything I saw in the exhibit that day, this was the only point of interest that really entertained me for a considerable period of time. After Andrew played with it for a good 20 minutes, I walked up, still carefully camouflaged, and tried to deduce the workings of this primitive physical computer.

What I found was surprisingly enjoyable. On the surface of a long table were small black discs. When placed over a projected image of the periodic table of elements, the disc would “become” any atom that you placed it over. And when you combined different discs, different molecules would result, often prompting the machine to show a short video of that element in action. After a short time, I had produced Potassium Carbonate, but was sadly unable to extract the material from the machine. Clearly, it was in some state of disrepair.

6. The Delightfully Dangerous Ferromagnetic Fluid

Ferromagnetic Fluid in porcupine shape

Lastly, I stumbled across a truly intriguing material: ferromagnetic fluid. If you’re not already familiar, this is a fluid that responds to magnetic fields, which causes the unique shape you see above. Those pointy ends are actually where the magnetic field waves are the strongest, and I had endless fun adjusting the strength of the magnet and modulating the porcupine-like shape (if endless fun is roughly two minutes, that is).

Anyway, that concludes this brief tour of the Science Storms exhibit. If you are coming to this museum, you would indeed have a solid argument for punching yourself in the face if you missed this exhibit.

An Open Letter to the Museum of “Science” & Industry:

Man up and buy/rent/steal a bigger Tesla Coil, put it in a room, and create lightning that actually scares people. You humans are too unaware of your own mortality, not to mention the beauty of an electric storm. Experiencing both up close would help you cultivate a healthy respect for the true power of electrons and do you all a world of good.

Also, record it and share the videos. That is all.

(More photos await you in: The Science Storms photo gallery.)