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 >>>
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.
The European Space Agency presents its vision for how mankind can establish a long-term presence on the moon at its south pole, where deep ever-dark craters can be mined for ice, a raw material that can be melted to water for colonists and electrolyzed to pure hydrogen and oxygen, i.e., potent rocket fuel.
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 >>>