A starship designer and a spiritual leader team up to save the galaxy from itself ... and to redeem each other.
At first they were only three. A brilliant starship designer, haunted by the death of his loved ones. A spiritual leader whose faith could transform mankind ... or destroy it. A precocious acrobat girl, looking for a new family of her own.
Then came others. An entertainer and playboy whose dissolute lifestyle conceals unexpected ambitions, courtesy of a lover who represents the galaxy's most powerful worlds. And a pair of detectives — one barely human, the other not at all – with orders to enlist all their help solving a crime that threatens civilization.
Together they formed the crew of the ever-evolving spacecraft Vajra. Seven against a universe where the boundaries between matter and mind have been torn down, where one can wield the power of billions ... and where humanity must choose between rebirth or annihilation.
Image: Hubble Space Telescope
The proof copy for the remastered "Flight Of The Vajra" has landed. With a big thud.
Proof copy for the remastered Flight Of The Vajra went thud on the doorstep last night. No wonder it left a dent. Look at that thing. It probably stops point-blank .22s!
I'll be giving the inside the full rundown this coming weekend, but a cursory once-over tells me it's good.
I'm still amazed this thing turned into the monster it did. No, maybe not amazed; it's actually easier than it looks to write a long book these days. It's hard to write one that sustains its length, though, and I'm still dubious with myself as to whether I pulled that off here. But I'm still proud of what I ended up with.
To steal an old chestnut: "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter book."
I had to fight the urge to make changes to 'Flight Of The Vajra' in its new edition.
What with Welcome To The Fold's remaster out of the way, I've now turned to getting Flight Of The Vajra remastered. With that came a temptation I've talked about many times before: the urge to rewrite the book, or at the least cut pieces of it that for some reason have gotten stuck in the back of my mind, like splinters under the skin. Just to shut myself up, I went back and re-read the passages in question, and found that they were nowhere nearly as terrible as I remembered. I left them in.
New editions of 'Welcome To The Fold' and 'Flight Of The Vajra' are coming.
Against many rather distracting odds, I dug out some time for myself and prepared the new editions of Welcome To The Fold and Flight Of The Vajra. Proof editions for both should be headed by way in the next week or so, and if they're good then I'll OK them and have the Kindle editions approved at the same time.
For fun I sat down and mentally traced the progress of my earlier SF-space-opera thingy Flight Of The Vajra.
We got to talking the other day about how the finished version of a story looks nothing like its original version. For fun I sat down and mentally traced the progress of my earlier SF-space-opera thingy Flight Of The Vajra. Even I was surprised by the number of steps involved, and the evolution along the way.
How 'Flight Of The Vajra' could have begun altogether differently.
It's tough finding the right way into a story sometimes. I must have written something like four or five openings for Flight Of The Vajra (my gonzo far-future space opera shindiggythingy) before finally settling on the one I have now. Some of those alternate openings could have been great, but I think if I'd used them as conceived, they would have come at a debilitating cost to the story as a whole.
How David Bowie and Prince jointly inspired a character of mine.
Selfish as it might be to say this, I feel motivated only now to say something about the deaths of David Bowie and Prince because of the way I based a character on an amalgam of them.
ATTENTION READERS/FANS OF MY WRITING AND MOST EVERYONE ELSE TO BOOT: I need your help! I have just submitted my far-future SF fantasia Flight of the Vajra to The Nerdist's new Space Opera competition over at Inkshares: https://www.inkshares.com/books/flight-of-the-vajra Here are...
ATTENTION READERS/FANS OF MY WRITING AND MOST EVERYONE ELSE TO BOOT:
I need your help!
Here are the details about the competition:
What do you need to do?
Simple. Pre-order the book. ($10 at the lowest tier.)
If you've considered buying a copy of this previously, but held off for whatever reason, this is just the excuse you need!
The more pre-orders I score by March 15, 2016, the greater my odds of winning. Winning means I get my book distributed by the Nerdist in their collection, and there may be "an opportunity to co-develop your work into other media such as movies, TV series, and digital productions."
If you can't spare the money to pre-order, at least do me the justice of adding yourself as a reader. The site's easy to set up membership with; you can log in via Facebook or Twitter.
Spread the word, share the links. Help me make this happen!
[Note: For the time being I am leaving the original Amazon product links up for Vajra. However, if the Inkshares folks say yes, I will have to take down my current edition of the book due to their contract. I don't have a problem with this personally; just that if the links go offline at some point later, that'll be why. I'll keep everyone posted should that happen.]
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