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Silly movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians trailer

I LOVE bad B and even Z grade movies. Unfortunately my long suffering wife does not share my enthusiasm. I happened to remember this gem today out of the blue.
I’m currently having a blast at Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach. If you can’t come out to visit, at least have fun watching this gem from the past.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

True, it’s nowhere near Christmas but I remember seeing this movie as a kid ¬†back in the 60s (yeah I’m that old) and it was so bad it was good. Lots of campy shtick with green faced Martians, a jolly St. Nick and of course precocious kids and fine 1950s values (blech)

Here’s just the trailer, I don’t want to make you suffer through the entire thing here. If you really want it, it’s on YouTube.


Drifting to Jupiter




#picturefiction  #flashfiction

Marta felt the pod buck as it separated from the mothership. A short burst of acceleration caused her already painful abdomen to clench, eliciting a small yelp of discomfort. The pod coasted around the keel of the mothership and vectored toward Ganymede.

The computer clucked to itself as it calculated the best approach. In less than an hour the pod whipped around the largest of the Jovian moons and, using the slingshot effect of its gravity, punched into an orbit around Jupiter’s southern hemisphere. The Great Red Spot swung into view and Marta tapped the attitude jets to swing the capsule around. Her view was unobstructed. The largest storm in the solar system was hers alone to view.

She had spent the remainder of her not inconsiderable fortune to ensure that her pod alone would be in orbit for the next 24 hours. It had been her dream to travel the outer system but somehow business had always been more important.

A spasm caused her to thrash against the restraining web. Even after using all that modern science could provide and the vast wealth she had been able to leverage, some cancers were still incurable.

“Ah my beauty,” she whispered. “Just thee and me.”

She tapped the attitude jets again and felt the pod change course. The Red Spot grew imperceptibly as the ship began moving toward it.

“Warning,” the ship’s voice said. “Current course will result in Jupiter impact in nineteen hours, seven minutes.”

Marta silenced the warning and dimmed the lights to better enjoy the view. So beautiful. Soon she would be a blazing star adding her beauty to its own.




First pass of edits on Fanatic’s Bane are DONE

Wow, what can I say, the first pass through the manuscript for Fanatic’s Bane is done.

Concept cover
Concept cover

That was a LOT of work but I’ve cleaned up obvious mistakes, changed the tense and voice to the way I want it and have found a whole lot of areas where I want to expand, clarify or truncate work to make the story tighter.

I’ve also changed my mind on some of the plot flow as I edited. Have to rewrite some sections to provide more clues but not in a ham-fisted manner such as they were in the first draft.

I was very proud of myself by changing my mind and not killing off a minor character within 2 pages of introducing him. I saw his death in draft 1 and thought “hey I went to all the trouble of describing this guy he shouldn’t just be killed out of hand” so I changed his death to a wounding. He got to have a much more interesting scene with my hero much later thanks to this.¬† I’m not saying I saved his life, just saved it in the early chapter :)

This will be the first novel in the Spacefarer universe. I’ve lived in this universe in my head since the 1980s when I started running it as the setting for a role playing game with friends. So many adventures have happened there that it made perfect sense to translate it into novel form.

Malbane – a Free Agent – is sort of a freelance troubleshooter cum secret agent who fixes those problems that fall between the cracks of the system in a star spanning civilization. She begins her fight against her greatest foe in this book. I see at least 2 books to tell this specific story, of which Fanatic’s Bane is the first. How many more will have Malbane and her crew I do not know, I guess it will depend on their reception by the public.

Keep your eye on this site or my Facebook or Twitter streams to see when the novel is complete and published.