Effugia: the Black Fortress

These doodles I’ve been doing will become part of a continuously updated online glossary of terms pertaining to the Effugium books. I sketched these in pencil and colored them digitally. The Black Fortress is home to the evil warlord Latro, Proeliator of the Galenian colony world of Bellum. Sitting atop Bellum’s highest mountain, it’s an ever-looming symbol of oppression for some, but an awe-inspiring monument … Continue reading Effugia: the Black Fortress

Effugia: The Bolligo

This nasty little creature is called a Bolligo. It may take a while, but this thing can travel great distances through space by clinging to meteors, asteroids, ship hulls/wreckage and other space debris in the form of dry, dormant fungal dust. It’s got plenty of time on its tentacles, though, because it can live for thousands of years and is harder to kill than Steven … Continue reading Effugia: The Bolligo

Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Recently I came across some old ads from the early-to-mid 21st Century. What a primitive era that was. Just take a look at these: We’ve come so far in so little time. What does the future hold? Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anymore, because all of our worrying is done for us. Alexa, what kind of cranial connector oil should I use? Continue reading Vintage Ads: windows to the past

The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

“What now, Proeliator?” Stohn fought back the urge to wince as he awaited an answer to the question he’d finally worked up the gumption to ask. Latro steepled his fingers on his desktop. Outside the window, cloudskimmers zigzagged to and fro across the night sky like bacteria in a Petri dish. He waited for a long time before finally speaking. “The conquest of Kadal,” he … Continue reading The Challenge: An Exitium Excerpt

What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?

Remember the Next Generation episode where they thaw out three chryogenically frozen people from the twentieth century? It’s one of my favorite Star Trek episodes ever, due in no small part to the presence of this delightful character. What if he chose to stay on board instead of getting off at the starbase with the others? Continue reading What if L.Q. Clemonds had remained on board the Enterprise?

Exitium is a weird book

Work on the initial draft of Exitium, the forthcoming final book in the trilogy begun with Effugium and Exsilum, has been completed. I’ve come to realize during these past few weeks that it’s a really weird book. I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m pleased. I like weird. That’s what I was going for. I like stuff that’s weird, makes sense, and is entertaining. That’s … Continue reading Exitium is a weird book

Exitium: nearing completion

The rough draft of Exitium, the third book in my Effugium trilogy, is nearing completion, and I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out. This one’s got Kryuss from one million years in the future skipping around time and space in a giant golden faberge egg powered by compressed stars from uninhabited galaxies and operated using an antikythera. It’s called the Zeitgeist. It’s got a … Continue reading Exitium: nearing completion

EXITIUM Excerpt

Dagra hated being interrupted while he was chronicling. “One would think,” he told his mate Naltia as she staggered into the temple babbling some hysterical nonsense, “that I could be afforded a bit of privacy as I carry out one of our most sacred of tasks.” “Oh, shut up,” Naltia snapped at him. “I’m concerned about Muarr.” “What about him?” “He went out hunting this … Continue reading EXITIUM Excerpt

Kadal

Kadallian seas are filled with a sweet red nectar called Tarris, which is absorbed and digested into a concentrated form by amphibious insectoid creatures called exothides. Once a year, they emerge by the millions from the syrupy depths to swarm the planet and spray-pollinate yellow flowers called Aurums that cover most of the surface of the planet. They’re what gives the world its yellow appearance … Continue reading Kadal