Star Wars: The Force Awakens….

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No doubt there will be a myriad of blog posts, forum posts, tweets and tumblr’s highlighting the new teaser trailer that was released today for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.  I suppose this will be just one more added to the pile.  Ignored by all but maybe a couple of people.  Lost in the ever-advancing data stream of the internet.

I consider myself lucky enough to belong to that group of people who were of the young age of 7 when the original Star Wars film was released.  I have been a fan ever since.  It was… magical.  I’d lie outside at night, waiting to see starships glistening among the stars.  I’d pretend that satellites were Star Destroyers chasing down Rebel blockade runners.

I had all of the toys and played with them every chance I had.  I simply lived Star Wars.  To this day, there is nothing that compares to it and I still look up into the night sky every so often, remembering those days almost 40 years ago.

What I’m having a problem with is the absolute hate.  The vitriol that is spewed all over the internet about the new films.  Folks who hate J.J. Abrams – hate what he did with Star Trek (which I happened to enjoy very much).  Hate him so much that they have simply refused to acknowledge the new films.  I just don’t get it.  I certainly don’t idolize the man, but I have enjoyed pretty much everything he has been involved with.  The fact that he went out of his way to emulate the original Ralph McQuarrie sketches and concentrate on physical creature effects rather than CGI.  Undoubtedly this is a huge bonus to us fans of the original trilogy.

Perhaps they resist change.  I know I do.  Can’t stand things changing.  I refused to watch the new Battlestar Galactica because it was change.  Starbuck and Boomer are women?  Cylons were created by humans?  What?!  There are movies I’ve refused to have anything to do with because they were different than those I grew up with.  What I didn’t do was get online and spew hatred everywhere.  It’s fine to disagree, we all do, but to be so hateful and lack maturity – that’s rather silly.

This new Star Wars?  I don’t consider it so much as change, but rather a new chapter.  A new chapter that takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi.  It will be very interesting to see what has happened to everyone in that time.

Perhaps I’ve reached an age where hate and negativity are simply a waste of time.  I tend to think that folks who are filled with this much distaste for something lead lives that are fairly, well… distasteful.  They thrive on hate.  They sustain themselves on negativity.  They’re not happy unless they are absolutely miserable and letting everyone around them know just how miserable they are.  They’re not happy unless they are bashing this and that – spreading their discontent all over the internet.  Maybe they consider themselves “true fans” somehow.  Maybe they consider themselves “better” than others.  I don’t consider any fan of anything more “true” than any other.  Either you’re a fan or not.  You may have more stuff than others… you may know more about it than others, but that does not make you any better than those who simply enjoy it.  Sorry to burst your bubble.

The magic of nostalgia has been sparked once again by this promising teaser.  I will enjoy these new movies immensely – perhaps not as much as the original as nothing can replace the feeling a seven year old kid has when first hearing the fanfare and seeing the opening crawl of the original movie back in 1977 – but I have a feeling that they will get as close as one can.  I also have the added bonus of experiencing it with my wife.  It will be our first time seeing a theatrical release of a Star Wars film together.  Our two young boys will be experiencing their first Star Wars films in the theater as well.  I have hope that they will have the same jaw-dropping, awestruck gleam in their eye I did.

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Guest blog by Jamie Dodge… An argument for Deep Space 9.

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Let’s be controversial… DS9 was the best Star Trek show in the franchise.

Now, let me explain why…

1.  Up until DS9, the whole franchise was episodic. When DS9 came along, the writers took it into a direction that hadn’t been done before. This show serialized the story line, making it one long, seven year story arc. This made it possible for the characters to be developed in a way that hadn’t been done before. Sure, we saw Picard developed more than any other character up until that point, but most characters in the franchise were fairly one dimensional, stick-to-their-character-traits kind of people. Because of what the writers did with DS9, we were able to see the characters in not only their capacity as Starfleet personnel, but as mothers and fathers. Friends and enemies. Even as business people.

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2.  It was a decidedly darker show than the ones before. There were dark episodes in both the original and TNG, but as a whole DS9 had a darker feel to it. The show was set up as basically an Old West town where the moralities of Starfleet weren’t as easy to follow as they were on board either of the Enterprises. The line wasn’t always as black and white as in the other shows.

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3.  The look of the show itself was, well… just better. From the wormhole that led to the Gamma quadrant, to the interior shots of DS9 itself. The show’s predecessors were bright and airy, for the most part. DS9 had a more realistic feel. Long, slow panning shots were the norm, and they made for a better show.

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4.  The antagonists’ stories were just as good as the protagonists. On the shows before DS9, there was usually a clear cut bad guy, not so on DS9. It was easy on the other shows to draw a line and say, “The line is drawn here! This far, no farther!” It wasn’t as simple as that in DS9. There were a myriad of races who all had their own way of doing things. The rules of Starfleet Command didn’t apply to them, and this made for a much better story line than previously seen. It wasn’t until the Dominion was introduced that there came a force everyone could hate, and that’s saying a lot when the Cardassians were around.

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5.  Last point, season 6 of DS9 is probably the best season of any Star Trek television show. The reason I say that is because it was the only time, in any of the shows, where the true essence of war was shown. Yes, it had the explosions we all look for, but it also showed the struggles of war. It showed the dilemmas of a Commander having to make choices that he knows go against his own moral compass. It showed the impact of extended warfare on troops. It showed the struggles wounded soldiers go through. If you haven’t watched season 6, I advise you to.

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This all, of course, is one man’s opinion. I know a lot of fans of the Star Trek universe look down on DS9 because it didn’t follow the pattern of all the other things in the Star Trek universe. Give it a chance though. You will like it.

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Jamie Dodge’s first book, The Forgotten Edge was recently released in October, 2014.  Two men set out to do a simple planetary survey when tragedy strikes. Trapped on a world that is completely alien, yet somehow eerily familiar will they survive or will they fall over the edge?

When their mother ship explodes for an unknown reason, Andrews and Levy are left with nothing but a short range transport and a few simple tools. With no other choice they set out on a mission to survive the alien world they find themselves trapped on.

The Forgotten Edge is a story of survival, companionship and much more.

You can find Jamie Dodge on Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, Google +, and Goodreads.

Omega Doom…. post-apoc, robots, and Rutger Hauer.

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Back in the late 90’s, I discovered yet another Kurasawa’s Yojimbo remake entitled Omega Doom.  Rutger Hauer, robots, post-apocalypse….. what could be better?  Full of terrible special effects and mediocre acting, this movie holds a dear place in my heart.  Another one of those “I love it, just can’t tell you why” movies.

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Omega Doom is the story of an android, aptly named Omega Doom 5.5.  During the “last war”, he was was shot in the “program”, resulting in a glitch.  As he stands there in a final “king-of-the-hill” death match with a human soldier, he stops fighting and they both turn to gaze at the sunset – and the resulting mushroom clouds blossoming in the distance.  He gets reprogrammed by a collective of scientists, a “last bastion of humanity”, to pave the way for their re-emergence into this blasted landscape.

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Doom enters what appears to be a post-apoc theme park and comes into contact with a member of one of two robot factions – the Droids – playing kickball with a robot head.  You can tell right off the bat, that this droid is some bad metal.  But don’t worry, he gets his in the end – “This is going to hurt”…

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The other faction, the ROM’s, are battle hardened robots designed for one thing – destroying all humanity.  They also wouldn’t mind getting rid of the Droids.  Oh, and by the way, they’re female in form.  Naturally…

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The ROM’s are actively searching for a rumored cache of weapons to use against any and all humans that may have survived the apocalypse.  The Droids are looking for the same thing.  Doom ends up playing both sides as is done in Yojimbo, eventually blazing a path through the ROM’s and taking care of a couple of Droids that well deserve it in the process.  One particular Droid, a barkeep (that only serves water – to robots) gets taken a shine to by Doom.  It’s sweet.

After the fighting is over, Doom “walks off into the sunset”.  One is led to believe that the path will be difficult, but humanity will once again take it’s place in this wasted land…

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Detective Taylor, a case study for redemption…

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I recently had a chance to talk to author N.R. Burnette and ask him a question that’s been bugging me for awhile.  N.R. Burnette is the author of Cargo Lock 5, Paphos, and his newest book, Kenji.  He also writes a series of flash fiction stories called Bioflash.  These are stories taken from the online bio’s of friends, followers and volunteers.  They can be found on Wattpad here… Bioflash Short Stories.

E.C.:  So, Cargo Lock 5…. what is up with Detective Taylor?  Seriously man, this guy is, well…. a jerk.  The story is absolutely fantastic, but I’m very curious to know why you wrote him the way you did.

N.R.:  A question every reader will ask haha!  At times I ask myself.  It’s a good question.

At first I just wanted to have fun.  Some of my favorite characters are anti-heroes.  Dexter, Scarface, every character in Pulp Fiction.  When you aren’t the good guy, you can do things a lot differently.  You can get revenge.  You can vent your frustrations.  You can be petty.  Batman won’t walk by a person in need, he can’t get high and roam downtown city streets.  Taylor can.
Psychologically, he’s very self-destructive.  He punishes himself out of the guilt he refuses to feel.  Once I had Taylor, once I knew who he was, I didn’t hold back.  I had to write him truthfully.  Sadly, he’s a little too well-conceived.  I feel that as people, as a species let’s say, we absolutely need love and compassion.  We are helpless from birth, clinging to mother to take care of us, especially when we are scared.  Now imagine someone who was never shown compassion, never shown love, until eventually he decides the world hates him.  That’s Taylor.  The world hates him, and he hates it back.  That’s when you meet him, and you get to be with him as he finds redemption.
N.R. Burnette‘s newest book, Kenji, is available now.  Kenji is a fantasy novel of distant worlds and the gods that rule them. When Gojun, the god of war, is betrayed he vows to make the Fates return his murdered wife. To save themselves the gods find Gojun’s presumed dead son, Kenji.  Armed with his budding powers and a natural drive for war, Kenji is caught in a struggle against destiny and his love for a goddess.
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Just who the hell wrote The Dead Tide, anyway?

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A couple of years ago, I came across a series of books called The Dead Tide. A zombie apocalypse story that was penned by A.D. Bloom. I had just finished reading STITCH: The Bone Blade Girl and absolutely loved it. I immediately downloaded the first three of the Dead Tide books, but didn’t have a chance to get to them for a little while. At some point, I had noticed that the author name had changed from A.D. Bloom to Shane Pope. Also, I couldn’t find them on A.D. Bloom’s Amazon page. I was confused. I started reading the first one and got about a chapter into it before I had to set it down. Now I was really confused. This stuff was hardcore, man…. seriously hardcore. There was no way that this could have been written by the same guy that wrote STITCH. Something hinky was going on and I had to find out just who the hell wrote this.

So I got in touch with A.D. Bloom and asked…

EC: I know you’d like to plug The War of Alien Aggression
AB: Coming 12/02/14.
EC: …but I’ve just got to ask. WTF was that Dead Tide stuff anyway… you pleading insanity on that? Take this passage for example…. “They knew from the start there would be no evacuation to the Americas or anywhere else. They embraced death, delivering it to as many motherfuckers as they could. They knew that at the end of their murder spree, when there was nowhere left to run, they would die like all the people they’d killed. When there was only a mile left for Europe’s living, the deathmatch began. Those last minutes in Normandy were glorious, but the continent’s greatest living killers ran out of time to slaughter each other. At the end, as the Dead surrounded them, the last of the living gave the charging horde the finger and jumped off the cliffs and into the English Channel. Omar wanted to be just like them when the Dead Tide arrived from Asia.

AB: Ah…. The Dead Tide… Yup. That’s mine. The Dead Tide was my experiment in transgressive fiction. The zombie genre seemed like a fine place for it.

Me? Personally? I like to think I’m one of the guys who’d probably get killed helping some idiot out after The End began, but in The Dead Tide, the characters do the opposite of that. (I’d just got done reading Blood Meridian, too. I think it may have encouraged me.)

The Dead Tide got shifted over to a pen name. Shane Pope writes some pretty scary transgressive sci-fi with lots and lots of very dark erotica. I haven’t written a Shane Pope story in a while. I do remember it being fun, though.

I shifted the whole Dead Tide series to Shane Pope mostly because I knew I was going to be writing some (hopefully) broadly popular ‘alien war in space’ stories and I was worried that someone might come for the war in space and end up shocked as hell by the Dead Tide.

No matter how I feel about it as an artist, in this marketplace, an author name is a brand name. (Source: years of work and study in both art and business) If the same brand name put out The War of Alien Aggression and The Dead Tide, then that might (rightly) confuse folks. I don’t want to confuse anyone. I just want to be read. (Worst-case scenario: some kid enjoys some military scifi I wrote and then, downloads Dead Tide. I don’t want some kid reading that. It’s seriously adult material that will mess a kid up.)

So that’s what’s up with The Dead Tide. It’s a good story. But it’s a Shane Pope, not an A.D. Bloom.  Read The War of Alien Aggression. It’s better….thewarofalienaggression.wordpress.com.

EC: If Dead Tide was an experiment in transgression, then what’s The War of Alien Aggression?
AB: The War of Alien Aggression is simply this author delivering the highest caliber military scifi he can to readers. No artsy transgressive literary experiments going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love art. And I know you’ve got the best chances of making some when you’re expressly not trying to. I’m just going to say it one more time: The War of Alien Aggression.

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Things To Come… a vintage post-apocalyptic film.

I remember my first vision of the apocalypse being the old black and white film Things to Come.  It had been on television and I think I was just about four or five years old at the time.  This would have been in the early 70’s.  I distinctly remember scenes from it portraying the devastation of some final world war.

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Although there were only a few scenes that I could remember, it wasn’t until I got to the age of seven or so than my parents started feeding my love for all things science fiction (this was, of course, highly influenced by Star Wars and being that magical age where one looks up at the sky at night, trying to find a Blockade Runner being chased down by a Star Destroyer).

They had gotten me a book, Sci-Fi Now by Alan Frank when I was eight years old.  This was back in 1978 and it was yet another influence that fired my lust for scifi.  It covers a span of ten years – 1968-1978.  It still sits on my bookshelf…

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  It was when looking through it  that I discovered Things To Come.  Something was triggered when I saw those black and white photos.  It would be a couple of decades before I was able to get it on DVD and spend countless hours watching it.  Over and over….

Just such an amazing story and film.  The movie opens on Christmas day, 1940 in “Everytown”, England.   With “war and rumors of war” being discussed amongst the festivities, the night ends with bombs and global war…

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The movie flashes forward to the 1960’s.  A time in which people are still fighting, but no longer remember what they are fighting about.  Society has entered a dark age and men have risen to power by sheer force to become “warlords”…

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In 1970, Everytown has become ruled by a warlord, or “Boss”.  A man that rules by an iron hand.  In the mid ’60’s there comes a plague, the “Wandering Sickness” that claimed half of the world’s population.  The Boss has ordered all those infected to be shot on sight.

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Ultimately, he is conquered by “Wings Over the World”, the last surviving band of “engineers and mechanics” who have renounced war and outlawed independent nations…

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After this, we see a montage of rebuilding, showing decades of progress.  Giant machines building a new “Everytown” underground.  The movie then picks up 2036.  Life has become seemingly utopian…

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Mankind wants to keep going.  Reaching out to the stars.  Naturally, a fella incites the populace to demand a “rest” from the rush of progress.  The sculptor Theotocopulos delivers a message that this progress must end and mankind needs to be satisfied where he is.

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A mob rushes a giant “space gun” in order to halt this progress, but ultimately fails.  The gun fires and a ship is launched into space.  Progress moves on…

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At the end of the film, a speech is made by Oswald Cabal.  Speaking of progress and mankind’s quest for more….

He must go on—conquest beyond conquest. This little planet and its winds and ways, and all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him, and at last out across immensity to the stars.  And when he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries of time—still he will be beginning. . . . If we’re no more than animals—we must snatch at our little scraps of happiness and live and suffer and pass, mattering no more—than all the other animals do—or have done.  It is that—or this? All the universe—or nothingness. . . . Which shall it be?”

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Thundarr the Barbarian – a post-apocalyptic Saturday morning…

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“The year: 1994. From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction! Man’s civilization is cast in ruin! Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. A strange new world rises from the old: a world of savagery, super science and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil. He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!”

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As a young boy of 10 years old, Thundarr the Barbarian was a dream come true.  Coming out on the heels of Star Wars, it combined all of my favorite elements – science fiction, post apocalypse and a “fabulous Sun Sword”.

Flash forward some 20 years and I am browsing a used book store.  I see this book on the shelf and immediately my heart starts racing – it’s titled Thundar, but there’s an “r” missing.  The cover is very reminiscent of the cartoon, so of course it came home with me.

Written in 1971, it was published 10 years before the cartoon came to be.  Although the story is a bit different – more akin to Buck Rogers (Armageddon 2419) – in which the main character is “catapulted into a world only a madman could conceive, where monster mutants roamed and apemen confused evolution with menace“.

Even the main character’s sidekick, a Moog instead of a Mok, is there.

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Giving credit where credit is due…

I scoured the internet, looking for any information I could find.  I read through fan sites and wiki articles, finding hardly a single line of text that talked about this book.  I contacted owners of various sites and asked if they knew anything about it.  The answer was always the same… “Nope”.

I came across a short documentary on youtube that delved behind the scenes of the Saturday morning cartoon.  Imagine my frustration when I did not hear the smallest snippet of a shout-out or credit to the book.  They made it sound like they came up with the idea all by themselves.

 

It has become a crusade of sorts to get the word out that this cartoon was obviously based on this book.

Well, here it is.  A fledgling blog by a nobody will give the credit to John Bloodstone (a pseudonym for Stuart J. Byrne) for writing the book that Thundarr was based on.

By the way, Thundarr the Barbarian is finally available on Amazon

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Bioflash Short Stories by N.R. Burnette – What are they?

Bioflash….. that is what N.R. Burnette calls his flash fiction stories that he bases off of volunteer’s online bio’s.  Generally these folks are followers of the author on various social media platforms.
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I was lucky enough to be the subject of one of his stories, Evan’s Road, and I must say it is absolutely wonderful!  Not just because it is about me (well, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that that particular reason is a pretty big one), but rather that it is set in a PA landscape.  Post apocalypse and dystopian are two my favorite genres.  To have a story involving me as the main character in that genre is exhilarating.
The writing is excellent, drawing the reader in from the beginning and keeping him/her engaged until the end.  And like most of N.R. Burnette’s stories, it leaves the reader wanting more.
I invite you to read these stories.  They can be found on Wattpad.  If you are registered there, please vote, leave a comment and share with your friends.  Please visit N.R. Burnette’s page at Wattpad.
Be sure to check out N.R. Burnette’s other works on Amazon…
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You can find N.R. Burnette at the following places…..

A.D. Bloom – A Retrospective of Sorts….

I discovered A.D. Bloom in 2012 when I read his STITCH trilogy.  It was one of the first ebooks I had downloaded (onto a now-ancient Sony PRS-350, which has since become a dedicated A.D. Bloom reader).

When I read this story, I was stunned.  Not since Brian Aldiss or perhaps T.J. Bass have I read such an absolutely wonderful suspension of reality.  A.D. Bloom is able to take the reader into a world of such utter and complete strangeness, yet deliver it in such a way that it feels completely normal.  He has a cadence and a way of speaking that attracts the reader and urges one to continue turning the page.  I highly prize the strange and obscure and I can tell you that A.D. Bloom delivers tenfold.

I thought I’d post a retrospective of sorts in order that readers may familiarize themselves with A.D. Bloom’s works.

Click the images in this post to be sent to their respective Amazon page (if available).

All images are created by and property of A.D. Bloom.


The Bone Blade Girl is set five hundred years after the end of the world, in a dark age where noble families are kept in power by Stitchlife gene-witches who rewrite them to post-human perfection. Molly is a young peasant girl from a walled town in the wilds who is rewritten for fantastic speed by a renegade Stitchlife and becomes the people’s champion in the struggle for power.”  – A.D. Bloom

The main character, Molly, is one of the greatest – and most tragic – characters I have come across in a long, long time.  The trilogy includes The Bone Blade Girl, The Fall of the Haunted City, and The Stitchlife Rebellion

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The STITCH series was actually preceded by the short story, Snicker-Snack (Kill the Kaiju Queen), which revolved around Teddy Da, a stitchlife construct created by the infamous stitchwitch Kitty Hawk.  I hadn’t read it until after I completed STITCH, but it answered quite a few questions in regard to various characters in the STITCH series…

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Later, A.D. Bloom wrote Lost Dogs and Monsters (The Kaiju Queen).  This book gave us a glimpse into the beginnings of the Stitch universe before humanity was brought to the brink by Kitty Hawk and her monstrous Kaiju constructs.  This books is also the last of those found in the STITCH series…

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A short story that takes place within the Lost Dogs and Monsters timeline was released.  Entitled Patches: All Good Dogs Go to Heaven.

Patches is a bipedal canine freak-pet, and Kitty Hawk didn’t make him to be an acrobat or a veil-dancer or give him an opera singer’s voice, but she gave him thumbs, a better than average brain, and a respectable aptitude for basic accounting. She also gave him a gun.  Up ’til today, Patches handled the Circus’ accounts and told the story of where the money went, but when both human and gene-job blood is shed, the story of murder he’s forced to piece together is a far more chilling story…” – A.D. Bloom

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A.D. Bloom has given me permission to distribute copies of his book, STITCH: The Violet Edition freely to those who would like to read it.  This edition contains some extras such as all of the covers for the three individual books, the short story, Snicker-Snack, and a special Author’s Note.
I am honored that he has allowed me to do this and thank him very much for providing stories that I will continue to read for as long as he writes them.  Please contact me if you would like to read this book.
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A.D. Bloom is also the author of a number of short stories, which include Only Suckers Call It Luck10-Foot-Tall Marine, Tokyo Newsreel, The Burning Circus, Flashbulb Alley, and Hunting Mr. Old Sack Bones.  These shorts can be found in an omnibus entitled Under a Vulgar Sun

Under A Vulgar Sun – 6 dark sci-fi and fantasy stories featuring hyper-sexed inter-dimensionals, giant monsters, shades, shadows, and killer robot marines.  Distilled, high bitrate storytelling.” – A.D. Bloom


Some of his short stories,  10-Foot-Tall Marine, Morituri,  Tokyo Newsreel, Flashbulb Alley, and Hunting Mr. Old Sack Bones were published independently as well.  They are no longer in print…

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The Dead Tide, an experiment in transgressive fiction.  This one, exploring the zombie apocalypse theme, is now out of print.

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A.D. Bloom’s first published book was Bring Me the Head of the Buddha.  It is no longer in print.

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The War of Alien Aggression

After waiting for almost a year, he has brought a new series to his readers.  This time it is a military science fiction tale entitled The War of Alien Aggression.  There are five main books in the series, Hardway, Kamikaze, Lancer, Taipan, and Cozen’s War.

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The War of Alien Aggression Omnibus is available now.
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A.D. Bloom released the audiobook version of The War of Alien Aggression on October 14, 2016.  Narrated by David Rheinstrom, David provides the voice of at least 68 different and distinct characters.  I haven’t listened to such an amazing undertaking since the audio versions of Dune…
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His short stories Combat Salvage 2165 and Dreadnought 2165 are available as well and are part of The War of Alien Aggression timeline, taking place between Taipan and Cozen’s War.

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The Liberty Fleet Trilogy (comprised of 2166 – Force Liberty, 2166 – Battle of Shedir, and 2166 – Devlin’s War) was released in June of 2015.

After victory in the 2164-2165 War, Humanity expands into the territory of an Imperium that has sworn to destroy them. The first shots of the new war echo through the surrounding systems as Humanity’s neighboring species must choose sides and fight with or against the local cluster’s newest upstart rebels.

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The Otherworld Rebellion is another chapter in The War of Alien Aggression universe.  Released in December of 2015.

The year is now 2187 – Lt. Martin Samhain, son of the last man to ever attempt rebellion on Earth, is drafted by Staas Company Intelligence and sent to Otherworld to find fugitive war hero turned rebel, Ram Devlin.  Samhain’s mission is to stop him before Earth’s largest off-world settlement, penal colony, and source of military contractors erupts in civil war.

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The latest offering in The War of Alien AggressionPirates of Alcyone.  This is technically book 8.5 in the WAA timeline.

2180. Devlin’s Privateers strike at Earth’s enemies from their hidden redoubt, but Commodore Ram Devlin himself is now a fugitive hunted by both Staas Company and the Navy. He wants Letters of Marque and the bounty lifted off his head. He’s convinced the only way to achieve those goals is to face down the Voracious, a syndicate-sponsored heavy cruiser that has plagued the system for months. The ‘scourge of Alcyone’ steams under a black flag and carries more guns than the Devlins’ whole privateer squadron put together, but unless the system’s most dangerous pirate vessel is eliminated, none of them will ever be safe. Staas Company and the UNS can’t catch them. Only Devlin’s Privateers are properly positioned to engage Voracious and her gunboat escorts. A young Hank Devlin, the cloned second incarnation of Admiral Harry Cozen, takes command of Absalom and enters the battle with over a lifetime of experience.

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A.D. Bloom types loudly on a 1998 IBM M13 mechanical keyboard (13H6705), prefers writing on vertical monitors, and claims he’ll make portable aerial radar from a $12 usb radio dongle when he’s done with his current project.

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