Warpworld Vol. IV Cover Reveal

Remember how I said we’re getting closer to putting book number for out into the world? Thanks to our Super Designer Miguel S. Kilantang Jr. for another stunning cover and to digital artist Islam Farid for the brilliant compass! Monday is now officially our favourite day of the week. Another step closer! Thanks for visiting the Warpworld Comm! Contact us for infrequent, non-spammy, and highly entertaining Warpworld news.

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Really, Seriously, Honestly Almost Ready!

Poking my head in here for a quick status update. The good news is, the manuscript for the fourth book in the Warpworld series is 100% complete! The less-good news is that we still have all those niggly details to take care of, like designing a cover, and formatting the manuscript for print and ebook. But, rest assured, very patient readers, we are hard at work and this past-due installment of Seg and Ama’s saga is this ** close to being out in the world. Oh, and you can expect some other good news and goodies once we are finally…

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The Official Warpworld WorldCon Report 2015

My second WorldCon has come and gone, leaving me excited for the next opportunity to hang out with my tribe. This con was a bit different from others I have attended as it was more about an escape from reality than any kind of networking or business opportunity. Because of the recent loss of my father and my sister, I had decided not to attend the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention but, thankfully, the Consortium of Ridiculously Kind Persons intervened and sent me on my way. I was a bit sad that some of my favourite people were not able…

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Culture and Conflict: What That Means for a Half Caste

From 2007 to 2009, I lived on Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands, and had the pleasure and challenge of experiencing a culture very different from my own. Hannah Williams is the daughter of one of the dear friends I made during that time. She has her own unique perspective on the two cultures she has inherited and the struggles of living in both those worlds. My own experiences with clashes of cultures started before I was even born, when my New Zealand born father made a fateful trip to the Cook Islands in 1989, where he met my Cook Island…

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Culture and Conflict: The Morality of Culture

In an attempt to accept diversity, we will often defend behaviour we find strange or unacceptable as a difference of culture. And while it’s generally good to embrace cultural differences, is there a line where culture ceases to be a valid defense? Today’s guest blogger, author Nathan Elberg, discusses culture and morality. Some things are disgusting.  Pedophilia for instance is considered intolerable, despite its being promoted by writers such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.  Their advocacy for evil did nothing to harm their positions as cultural icons.  There are grey areas as to what constitutes a child.  Loretta…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Lynda Williams

The Highway and the Universe In my teenage years, my faster-than-light method of travel needed to be scientifically plausible. That’s when I invented reality skimming, inspired by an enrichment course in space-time physics in my high school years. Fig 1 Rel Ship in space But by the time the Okal Rel Saga shaped up into meaty stories about people, the underpinning technology had to map to something more emotionally real. Philosophically, this became the wear and tear of living (shimmer damage), and the risk of losing one’s grip and drifting into depression or ennui (time slip). Physically, however, the inspiration…

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The Big Revealski…Wasteland Renegades

What more could an author ask for on her birthday than a shiny new book cover? Here it is, the cover for Wasteland Renegades – the second book in the Warpworld series! And since it’s my birthday, and both Josh and I are in such a good mood, and our shiny new cover is out for all to see, we’re going to give away a present in our… SHINY NEW BOOK COVER CONTEST! On July 15, we will choose one name from the proverbial hat to WIN A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD! (Keep scrolling to find out more.) Thanks so…

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Women of Character – Citizen Meyer

Before we jump into the latest Women of Character interview, something from the newsfeed: In about a week, we’ll be revealing the cover for Wasteland Renegades…and other surprises! Keep checking the Warpworld comms or sign up for our non-spammy newsletter for a reminder. Now, on to the good stuff… On Ama’s world, women do not hold positions of power within the political system. And, as on our world, whenever a group of people has no political voice, those people exist at the bottom of the social ladder, sometimes resorting to extreme acts to claim their rights and freedom. Ama becomes…

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The State of the (Warped) World

There is no such thing as a hiatus for Josh and I anymore. Even while Warpworld was getting ready to extrans to the real world, we were hard at work on the second book. Now that that manuscript is off to the copy editor, we paused long enough for some well-earned high-fives, then got right to work on outlining the third book. So, in case you’re wondering where we’re at, the second book is being copy edited, we’re working on things like the cover art and various blurbs, discussing an audio book version of Warpworld, and outlining the third book.…

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Sex Equals Death – The Dangers of Breaking the Rules of Writing

In 1970,  The Five Man Electrical Band belted out the iconic “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Sorry to say, 70’s rockers, things have only gotten worse since then. Rules, they’re everywhere. Art isn’t something we usually associate with rules, but every medium comes with its own set. Anyone remember Scream‘s The Rules of Surviving a Horror Movie? “Sex equals death?” Oh man, I’m dead. Yep, even when being chased by a masked, knife-wielding psychopath, there are rules. My brother, stage name Verbs, is…

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