Sci-fi readathon Last four days

Aloha – I discounted all four of the current Demeter series books to 99 cents on Amazon in e-book format.  The intent was to encourage some fun summer reading.  The prices on the Demeter series will return to normal on August 1st, so enjoy the last few days before the Dog Days of Summer start in August.

Start with Demeter

Usually being beaten up and hospitalized by the school bully isn’t considered to be a great turning point in your life. Fifteen year old Ryder faces some of the common challenges of any young man his age: isolation, sibling rivalry, first love, and bullying. Life takes a sudden change when he is invited, along with his sister and five classmates to spend a year abroad.
Read the contract! Instead of going to Europe on Earth Ryder and his friends are conscripted for a year of service in Demeter, an asteroid over a hundred light years from Earth.
The good news is that Ryder gets closer to his classmate Cynthia Flores and he gets to develop his talent at gaming with systems that deal with real life scenarios including saving Demeter itself from invasion. The bad news is that his reckless younger sister has a talent for mischief and disaster. And now, she and Cynthia have been kidnapped and it’s up to Ryder to figure out how to save them before someone kills them all.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MZFH8R6?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Then on to Return to Demeter

After surviving two kidnappings the year before Ryder and his friends think they are done with Demeter. But when a mysterious illness starts manifesting in Ryder’s little sister Debbie the team knows they have to find a way to return to Demeter before its to late. But not all is safe the mysterious planners of the nefarious plots last year are still unknown and the group must survive more attempts on their lives. Will they survive another adventure on Demeter?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OKMZ5TK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Next, the Demeter trilogy completes with Defending Demeter

All is quiet, or is it? What looks to be a large PerSian invasion fleet is on the edge of Demeter space and the Saggitarian Armada that is supposed to defend Demeter leaves port. This leaves Ryder and his team in a struggle to find a way of defending Demeter with the scraps left behind by the armada.
Meanwhile a secret lurks in the inner tunnels of Demeter that could either save or destroy the planet, and explain the attempts on the team’s lives. Will the team be able to find the answers it needs and resources in time to save Demeter from complete Destruction?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1XMYL2?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

The fourth book in the series takes Ryder and his friends further into Orion’s Spur and efforts to unite the worlds of the Spur to end the 10,000 years war in Haumeah

Ryder is faced with new dilemmas on every hand. Things are going well with Cynthia, but now he must meet her father. Also to bring peace to the Orion’s Spur he must entrust his life to Debbie, who will be flying him through an asteroid field only so Ryder can attempt to negotiate with the pirates of Haumeah to convince them to have a show down with the Sagittarius league.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YT6X48Q?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Be looking for the conclusion of the series this fall with the release of Vodot.  Meanwhile, enjoy the summer reading fun.

Doc

Summer sci-fi reading available this week

Aloha – As part of our summer reading initiative for science fiction, the first four books in the Demeter series are available through Amazon for 99 cents each.  Its too hot to go outside and time to have some fun reading.  Enjoy the first book, Demeter

Usually being beaten up and hospitalized by the school bully isn’t considered to be a great turning point in your life. Fifteen year old Ryder faces some of the common challenges of any young man his age: isolation, sibling rivalry, first love, and bullying. Life takes a sudden change when he is invited, along with his sister and five classmates to spend a year abroad.
Read the contract! Instead of going to Europe on Earth Ryder and his friends are conscripted for a year of service in Demeter, an asteroid over a hundred light years from Earth.
The good news is that Ryder gets closer to his classmate Cynthia Flores and he gets to develop his talent at gaming with systems that deal with real life scenarios including saving Demeter itself from invasion. The bad news is that his reckless younger sister has a talent for mischief and disaster. And now, she and Cynthia have been kidnapped and it’s up to Ryder to figure out how to save them before someone kills them all.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MZFH8R6?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Followed by Return to Demeter

After surviving two kidnappings the year before Ryder and his friends think they are done with Demeter. But when a mysterious illness starts manifesting in Ryder’s little sister Debbie the team knows they have to find a way to return to Demeter before its to late. But not all is safe the mysterious planners of the nefarious plots last year are still unknown and the group must survive more attempts on their lives. Will they survive another adventure on Demeter?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OKMZ5TK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Volume 3 is Defending Demeter

All is quiet, or is it? What looks to be a large PerSian invasion fleet is on the edge of Demeter space and the Saggitarian Armada that is supposed to defend Demeter leaves port. This leaves Ryder and his team in a struggle to find a way of defending Demeter with the scraps left behind by the armada.
Meanwhile a secret lurks in the inner tunnels of Demeter that could either save or destroy the planet, and explain the attempts on the team’s lives. Will the team be able to find the answers it needs and resources in time to save Demeter from complete Destruction?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1XMYL2?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Volume 4 continues the series with Haumeah released just a few weeks ago

Ryder is faced with new dilemmas on every hand. Things are going well with Cynthia, but now he must meet her father. Also to bring peace to the Orion’s Spur he must entrust his life to Debbie, who will be flying him through an asteroid field only so Ryder can attempt to negotiate with the pirates of Haumeah to convince them to have a show down with the Sagittarius league.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YT6X48Q?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

The conclusion of the Demeter series will be out this fall, Vodot.

Enjoy the heat with these summer reads,

Doc

Kicking off free summer reading in adventure science fiction

Super Saturday – Kicking off Summer Reading.  Fun adventure, great science fiction story, available for free all day Saturday .  Enjoy a free copy of Demeter, book 1 in the young adult science fiction series, Demeter.  Available today on Amazon.

https://kdp.amazon.com/amazon-dp-action/us/bookshelf.marketplacelink/B00MZFH8R6

Haumeah – Volume 4 of the Demeter series is finally available Get your copy today

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YT6X48Q?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Aloha – Great news!  Haumeah, volume 4 of the Demeter series is now available on Amazon.

Ryder is faced with new dilemmas on every hand. Things are going well with Cynthia, but now he must meet her father. Also to bring peace to the Orion’s Spur he must entrust his life to Debbie, who will be flying him through an asteroid field only so Ryder can attempt to negotiate with the pirates of Haumeah to convince them to have a show down with the Sagittarius league.

You can get your copy today.  Likewise, volumes 1-3 are all available.

Best wishes,

Doc

Haumeah Covers arrive

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Aloha – I received three versions of the cover art for Haumeah, volume 4 of the Demeter series this morning.  I’ve asked the designer to enlarge the back cover description text, but am otherwise satisfied with the cover.

The back cover reads (in case you can’t make it out :o):

William Ryder credited with saving Demeter from an alien invasion; building an alliance with the PerSians and now determined to set the Orion Spur free from the Ten Thousand Years War.  The first step to his plan is to build an alliance with the hostile mining world of Haumeah, that also supports the second of three way-stations between the Persean and Sagittarian Arms of the Galaxy.  But before that he has to face three unexpected challenges.  Returning to Earth he has to learn how to drive a car, meet Cynthia’s father, and make a life altering decision.

What do you think?  Does it draw you in?  I expect to have to book up and available on Amazon two weeks.

In other news, the final book in the series is in editing.  I think I may be changing the title.  The anthology for the Demeter series is also awaiting editing.  But I’m also starting work on a new stand alone novel.  More about that later.  I’ll share how I’m progressing on that one as I move along.  It is nice to get back to writing after two years of editing five books lol.

Doc

Finalizing a cover for Haumeah – New Science Fiction

Aloha – Sometimes developing cover art for a book is as challenging as editing.  I have been working for two months via email with the person who has done the covers for the first three books in the Demeter series, for book 4:  Haumeah.  It helps me better understand the challenges of the whispering game :o)

We’re finally to a satisfactory cover.  It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but we’re up to close enough.  Of course when a graphic artist is trying to visualize a story from perhaps half a chapter of information it makes sense that we would sometimes have challenges; especially when my artistic abilities in art are trying to make a stick figure.

The following was what I sent the artist on the third iteration:

Let’s see.  (1) the domes are grounded inside the asteroid.  (2) there are ways to walk between the domes, but they are buried.  It actually comes up at one point where the locals find it humorous that visitors have to keep suiting up to move between the domes, when they actually have tunnels.  These would not be visible from the surface.

Scale seems to be a challenge here, so let me make some assumptions that might help:
1.  Assume that the interior of the asteroid is pretty much hollowed out although not evenly, so there would be rocky crags and so forth, but basically empty space.  
2.  There is no atmosphere, so the domes are a necessity
3.  Think about the interior of the asteroid as about the size of Idaho, in other words a couple of hundred miles inside the asteroid
4.  the domes themselves within that scale are mostly bunched adjacent to each other.  Most domes would be about a mile or so in diameter.  The Capital dome itself would be three to four times larger than the other domes. 
5.  All told there are a dozen larger domes plus the capital dome.  There would be several others in the general proximity of the capital, but probably no more than two dozen.  
Does that help?

I will say this for the artist, she is diligent and patient with me.  The close enough art work is satisfying if not exactly what I had in mind.

We’re up to the verbiage for the back cover.

 In book 4 of the Demeter series, William Ryder credited with saving Demeter from an alien invasion;  building an alliance with the PerSians and now determined to set the Orion Spur free from the Ten Thousand Years War.  The first step to his plan is to build an alliance with the hostile mining world of Haumeah, that also supports the second of three way-stations between the Perseus and Sagittarius Arms of the galaxy.  But before that he has to face three unexpected challenges.  Returning to Earth he has to learn how to drive a car, meet Cynthia’s father, and make a life altering decision. 

I expect to release Haumeah on Amazon within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, if you have not had a chance to read any of the Demeter series, the first three volumes are available as e-books on Amazon.  You can read the first couple of chapters for free :o)  Doc

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZFH8R6

March Madness – Demeter- All books 99 cents the rest of the Month of March

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZFH8R6

Aloha – Volume four in the Demeter series, Haumeah, will be released in the next few weeks.  In celebration, all books by Doc Hansen will be on sale for 99 cents for the rest of this month.  The first book in the series is Demeter, followed by Return to Demeter, and Defending Demeter.  These three books complete the first story arc of the series.  Haumeah and Orion’s Spur (release later this year) will wrap up the five book series.  Meanwhile, get your copy of the first three books this week at Amazon in Kindle edition.  

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OKMZ5TK

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R1XMYL2

Best wishes and good reading,

Doc

Checking out dwarf planet Ceres

vesta ceres

Aloha – In my continuing interest on developments on the space probe approaching dwarf planet Ceres, I thought y’all might me interested in comparative size.  Considering the amount of water expected to be found on Ceres it is surprisingly small.  We are getting better pictures of Ceres every day now as NASA’s Dawn space craft draws nearer.  Check out the photos at

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/18/8061451/ceres-dawn

Meanwhile, returning to the fictional alter-ego of Ceres, Demeter.  Ryder’s first observations of the asteroid reads as follows:

Demeter looked like a small planet.  Although Ryder knew from their studies, that it only had a diameter about half the size of the Earth’ moon.  So, it would be better to think of it as a large asteroid.  It was basically round, although it looked slightly stretched like a very flat egg.  The surface was heavily potmarked.  In fact, there seemed to be craters inside craters and then more craters.  It was very uninviting increasing Ryder’s foreboding and concerns.

Debbie had wangled her way into the cockpit with the flight crew, who had remained noticeably absent throughout the flight.  Debbie and, surprisingly, Rebecca had shown a keen interest in the cockpit, and had both spent hour after hour with the flight crew.  Ryder now heard Debbie’s voice over the intercom.  “Everybody, its time to buckle up.  We’re going to change speeds several times over the next few minutes as we prepare to land.”

The good news was that with Debbie gone, Ryder had a chance to talk with Cynthia more and more.  Ryder remembered Cynthia’s response, when he had asked her about their adventure.  “So, what do you think?”

“I’m excited.  I think this is going to be even more interesting than a year in Europe.  I want to investigate their medical advances.  I’ve always planned to go to medical school.  Imagine what this could mean if they’re as advanced as Miss Li says they are.”

Ryder had thought about that several times since.  Cynthia being excited about being on Demeter tended to reduce his anxiety.  A year with Cynthia anywhere sounded exciting wherever they were.  But Cynthia knew exactly what she wanted, and what she hoped to get out of the experience.  Even Debbie seemed to know what she wanted, even if it did change every ten minutes.  But what did he want to get out of the experience?

As they approached the planet, things seemed to get bumpy.  They sure were bouncing a lot.  Ryder something had gone wrong with the ship when he heard Debbie’s voice over the intercom, “But, I’m doing fine.  I think I can finish bringing her in.”  Then a fatherly voice firmly stating, “I’m sure you can, but I need the practice myself to keep my certification.”

Things got a lot smoother after that, as they approached an area, that appeared manmade, perhaps a gate.  Ryder saw the ‘gate’ start to slide open, but then lost the view as they drew closer and closer.  The doorbell sounded again, “It sure is getting obnoxious every time they want to make an announcement,” Ryder thought, “I’m glad I’m getting off this thing.”  The pilot, Jonas White, advised everyone to make sure all their valuables were stowed properly, as they were about to make another shape shift to a condensed form that allowed entry into the locks.  The interior started making minor modifications, and Ryder quickly noticed that all the windows were disappearing as the seats were shifting into an interior facing oval.  The last thing Ryder saw before the windows disappeared was a tunnel.  It looked like a mine shaft with metallic, rather than wooden girding, but mostly rock.  “Great!  A year inside a mine shaft he thought, despondently.

Thoughts on global warming – Start with a really, really big stick

Aloha – I have had a story bouncing around inside my head for several years now that has been trying to escape.  It is not typical of the story I want to write as I prefer looking at an optimistic future and like the young adult or middle school science fiction genre as my forum.  Global warming fact or fiction?  I was an early skeptic on the whole global warming fad.  After all, the best known spokesperson, Al Gore, is a major energy waster in my opinion.  So credibility sunk before he even spoke.

A couple of years ago I was on a trip with my sweetheart to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.  If you have never visited, it remains one of my favorite destinations.  Every direction, every place you stop could be a stand alone postcard of nature and beauty.  Another benefit is that I’m not too worried about Ebola or Malaria or …  One day we chose to drift into Jasper National Park which is just north of Banff.  We drove up to the ice fields on the tri-continental divide.  This is an very interesting place for a very short visit for us novices (and helped set the stage for the ice fields of Demeter in Return to Demeter).  The ice fields were surrounded by glaciers.  To get onto the ice fields you had to travel by an enclosed tractor RV.  The fields were well marked and you had to stay inside the boundaries as there were places you could fall through the ice and fall up to a thousand feet.

My wife observed that the ice fields had been 1200 feet thick when she was a girl, but now they are only 1,000 feet thick and shrinking.  The ranger started his spiel and I was ready to hear another story about how we humans were causing global warming.  Imagine my surprise when he started by telling us that in fact the Earth is going through a normal 35,000 year cycle of global warming.  This is caused by the Earth’s odd long-term orbits around the Sun.  He added that we were approaching the cycle where or orbits were nearest the Sun, and therefore we were approaching the apex of global warming, which would gradually turn to global cooling and another ice age (large or small to be determined).

It was at this point that I realized that global warming is the responsibility of mankind.  We have thumbs. We are inventive.  And by now we should have been smart enough to create a really, really long stick so we could push ourselves a little further away from the Sun.  (Ignore the fact that our stick would burn up if we were to use the Sun itself as our lever.  After all we could use a passing asteroid, or perhaps Venus.

I do not disagree that mankind has the capability of influencing the climate (especially regarding pollution) to some degree.  But, I am not arrogant enough to think that not building oil refineries will eliminate the volcanic ash of the next major volcano eruption.  One of those caused a minor ice age in Europe a few centuries ago.

Anyway, it would make an interesting story to address the two sides of this to an extreme.  Think I’ll start on that later this year.

Gas planet becoming habitable

Aloha – Okay that didn’t take long.  Fascinating quick read this evening about the potential of gas giants being able to turn into life supporting planets of an Earth-nature under the right conditions.  I prefer the Demeter variation wherein gas giants have their own lifeforms.  The critical issues with this life form is that it’s lifespan is of such a nature that it finds the happenings of other species of little interest.  So Sagittarians study this life form, but have little success in communicating with this life form.  The question of whether or not such lifeforms could be critical to a plotline is beyond the scope of the five book Demeter series.  I have been toying with a post-Demeter story line in the same galactic setting in which the Gas Giants may have a more serious role.  I suspect that only Ryder or Debbie would have the talent to draw the gas giant creatures into the story line.  Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the article you can find it at

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/01/gas-planets-may-become-habitable/