The Smashwords solution

Currently I use the Smashwords web service for publishing my ebooks with The Ice War (link >>>) as the first to go online. They offered most hassle-free setup. (I intend to use Amazon, too, but that will take a month or so to arrange because I have to handle plenty of paperwork before getting an active account.) Read my Smashwords presentation here — link >>>

“The Ice War”: Mercenaries on patrol in Alba’s wilderness

By chance I found this artwork by illustrator Ian McQue . In a precise manner it captures the mood of Alba, the frozen continent that serves as the backdrop for my dieselretro spy novel The Ice War. This scene could, for instance, show a Rhodes Inc “security squad” patrolling the wilderness near one of the corporation’s mines.

“Troop Carrier” by Ian McQue (click on pic for larger image)

An interview about my dieselretro science fiction

Dieselpunks is a site dedicated to dieselretro art, music, literature and fandom. It has now published an interview with me, in which I talk about why and how I write diesel-flavored alternate history science fiction (e.g. The Ice War) and games (e.g. Lemuria) — link to interview >>>

Life in the Dark Energy Biosphere

Far below the ocean floors there are chthonic aquifers in which hitherto unknown microbes prosper thanks to their ability to “breathe” sulfates. Scientists and engineers at the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at the University of Southern California have developed probes that descend to the seafloor and drill sealed holes through the sediments down to water-carrying rock layers. There they have collected samples of yet-unclassified microorganisms that flourish in that peculiar environment despite its lack of oxygen and light.

Here is yet another proof of how life finds ways of adapting to hostile environments; a comforting thought when I look with hopeful eyes at the barren Mars. Take a look at the picture below and read more here — link >>>