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I think this is on my list of movies to see in the theaters. I may even try to catch the 3D showing.

I can’t wait to see this movie!

Check it out here.

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This is going to be so cool!

Chapter 2 of my novel Downfall

Posted: February 23, 2009 in Books, sci-fi, writing
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Chapter 2. Two months ago. (more…)

“Downfall”

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a novel

By Dan Mumford

Chapter 1. Present (2400 A.D.)

She rolled around the corner just as the security bot brought its lasers (more…)

Well, teleportation has been achieved. This opens many new doors for science (pun intended). I can’t wait to walk through the transporter in my house and instantly be at work, or in Scotland, or Japan,or wherever you want to be. Putting one on top of Everest and then people saying they’ve summitted would be cheating though. Check it out here.

Of course, this first step is nothing like what we all imagine, but it is a very important first step. Congratulations U of Maryland!

This movie is going to rock so hard.

More on this later. I’ve typed too many words in the last few days…

So basically imagine this + this = my book.

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There’s also a little of this:space_116

I had a lot of fun writing it. I thought that taking a creative writing class would be a good motivator for me and I was right. Originally I wanted to do five short stories set in our universe, in chronological order. But when I got into it, I found I could only concentrate on one plot and characters at a time. So I set out to write a novella (<17,500 words) but as I kept writing, I thought that just maybe I can make it novel length (<40,000 words) The “final” first draft is 45,000 and change, 91 pages single spaced. I still need to do a lot of work expanding the characters. Most of what I’ve written is all story driven.

This is the first time I’ve written anything this long before. It was interesting seeing the different directions the story flowed. Characters took on minds of their own and went places I never thought about going. The book is actually pretty bloody, not something I was shooting for, but that’s what happens. Towards the end, I almost worked it so one of my characters survived, but then I thought, “No, he has to die.” It wasn’t nearly as sad as when I killed off someone else back around page 29.  I loved researching stuff for my book too. I take the science part of science fiction very seriously. From ballistics tests to secret NASA laboratories to cuttle fish physiology, I went all over the map. I hope people have fun reading it. Now I just need to get it published. Any suggestions?

Listen to Scott Sigler. He writes some of the best stuff out there now. And he is very approachable/ available with a big online presence. He started out inventing the Podcast Only novel, but now he has books in print with a new one (Contagious) coming out December 30th. All of his stuff is really fast paced, gripping, violent, and pretty frickin awesome. You can get the podcasts for free on his site, but you should buy his books too. I have reviews of his stuff in other posts but I recommend you just read/ listen to them.

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