The Trilogy Is Complete!

Finally!  The third book in the Hrwang Incursion Trilogy is published!

It features cover art by my good friend, Meggan Hayes.  She does great work.  In fact, in celebration of releasing the entire trilogy, she has created new covers for Earth and Hrwang also and they are now available on Amazon Kindle.

I also reformatted the text a little using Amazon’s new Kindle Create tool and fixed a few typos along the way.

I removed “Omnibus” from the title of Earth.  Originally, I was copying how Hugh Howey entitled his series, Wool, but it turned out to just confuse people.  Like Wool, Earth was released episodically, and the omnibus edition combined all of those episodes.  But now, the first nine episodes are just compiled as book one, Earth.  Hrwang, book two, has four episodes and those are renumbered 10-13.  New Israel also has four episodes and they are numbered 14-17.

Each of the books is named after a planet, with New Israel being the name given to Earth by the alien invaders.

I hope you enjoy the series.  I’ve been laboring the past few years on an historical fiction novel, but some day plan on returning to writing science fiction.  It’s often my first choice when I pick something up to read and it’s terribly fun to write.

Book One: Earth    www.amazon.com/dp/B01EUP5NEI

Book Two:  Hrwang   www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0J3UBZ

Book Three:  New Israel     www.amazon.com/dp/B0893MJVM5

Cheers,

Bernard

 

An Update

New Israel, the exciting conclusion of the thrilling Hrwang Incursion Trilogy, is way behind schedule.  Beta reading is complete and I have some final touches to put on the work.  I hope to release it by June or July of this year.  There are also all new covers for all three books created by my good friend, Meggan Hayes, that will also be released at the same time.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

The primary reason for the delay is that I’ve ventured into a new field.  Never one to stick with a specific genre for too long, I’ve moved temporarily away from science fiction and fantasy to a work of historical fiction.  Not One Stone is about the Jewish-Roman war of 66-70 A.D. that culminated in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.  It was a devastating period of time, and the loss of the temple as prophesied by the Savior had a profound impact on both Judaism and Christianity.

Historical fiction is much harder for me to write than science fiction.  It takes me so much more research.  For my other works, I would spend time researching and then lots of time writing.  For Not One Stone, it’s research, then more research, then write a little, then research some more.  Sometimes I worry that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

But, it’s as they say in football:

GO BIG or go home!

Cheers,

Bernard

Descent is out!

Episode 3 of the second book in The Hrwang Incursion series is available!  Take a look!

Episode 3, Descent, is now available at Smashwords.  There will be four episodes in this book.  Not quite as long as Earth, but more along the lines of a standard length novel.

A note about pricing.  I’m experimenting with Smashword’s ‘You set the price’ feature.  If you’d like a frame of reference, when I publish all four episodes in one novel on Amazon, the price will be $2.99.

Eva’s adventure on Hrwang continues in Descent.  Face to face with the Lord Admiral, she has to figure out how to deal with him while also dealing with a surprise traitor.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

Bernard

Pre-order

Pre-order Earth now!

I’ve been releasing episodes of Earth for free on smashword, and now I’m releasing the final episode.  I’m only charging 99 cents for the entire book (all 9 episodes), or, if you’ve been downloading them for free on Smashwords, the final episode is the same price.

It’s been a fun ride writing and releasing this science fiction work.  There’s more to come!

Insertion

Episode 4 of Earth is out.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/585967

I’m enjoying writing this series. I love the characters and it’s fun writing the action.  It’s intense at times.  Everyone seems to love the cliffhangers at the end of each episode.

I’ll compile all of it into an omnibus edition when I’m finished and plan on including the first episode of book two.  There are nine episodes for book one, ‘Earth’, but I don’t know yet how many episodes there will be in book two.  I do know book two will be called ‘New Israel’ for reasons that won’t be apparent until you read episode nine.

So, for now, enjoy episode 4, Insertion, and let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Bernard

And now for something completely different…

First, an apology to all you smashworders!  I only put my latest book, Defeat   Earth: Episode 1 on Smashword for free because I read that’s the only way to get Amazon Kindle to make your book free.  But the response has been overwhelming!  Thank you so much!  Now, after all of you have finished reading, write those reviews!

Because of my mistake in not considering Smashwords a viable platform, I didn’t even put a cover on my book out there.  I’ve corrected that, so now you can go redownload at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550766 and get a cover!

Defeat_Cover_for_KindlejpgDefeat is not at all like what I’ve written before.  It’s straight up, mostly, science fiction, with a few themes I’ve explored in my earlier works about the Afterlife.  But everyone who dies in Defeat departs the picture.  It’s clearly told from the perspective of the living.

I’ve enjoyed science fiction for a long time and have always wanted to write a science fiction novel.  Just like I’ve had ideas kicking in my head for a long time about the Afterlife, I’ve had the ideas kicking around about Earth for a long time also.  I just hadn’t expected the book to be so long, so I’m releasing it in episode format, with Defeat being the first episode.  From the title, it isn’t hard to imagine how things are going for Earth in it.

Why science fiction?  I used to read historical fiction and murder mysteries, but I found Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein and became forever hooked.  I read a bunch of Heinlein, then discovered Asimov, Bradbury, (I never was much of a Clarke fan), Herbert, McCaffrey, Zelazny (I met him once!), Wolfe, and many others.  I read some fantasy, including Tolkien, Moorcroft, Lovecraft, and Leiber, but science fiction was where it was at for me.  I think it influenced my desire to go into rocket science, although I always enjoyed setting things on fire and blowing them up and rocket propellant development was a natural fit.

So now it’s my turn to write some sci-fi!  I hope you enjoy it.

Cheers,

Bernard

Science and Religion (part 2)

Last blog I claimed science and religion can and should coexist. This one I want to suggest how and why.

In the search for knowledge, asking ‘How’ and ‘Why’ are effective ways to focus our minds and to help us get to the root of a matter. Sometimes used interchangeably, they actually lead us down different paths.

For example, “How does a bird flap its wings?” can lead to “How does the muscular structure of a bird interact with its skeletal structure?”, whereas “Why does a bird flap its wings?” could lead to “Why are there animals that fly?”, a much more philosophical question than the first.

Despite writing In the Beginning, I don’t really know how God created our world. Most of our knowledge of cosmology, the study of the origins and fate of the Universe, is still theory and will probably remain theory for a long time. The giant impact theory that I used to describe the formation of the moon is a relatively recent theory, and although it is the only one accepted at the moment, it could easily be overturned by the discovery of evidence to the contrary. It wasn’t even thought of until discoveries from the Apollo missions disproved the three theories that were prevalant about the formation of the moon at the time.

But I enjoyed weaving the little we know about how our world was formed with what little we know about why it was formed.

Most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints do not believe that the events described in the book of Genesis refer to the creation of the Universe. We believe they refer to the creation of our world. We also believe some of the descriptions are not meant to be taken literally. For example, the use of the word ‘day’ is taken by some religious people to mean a 24 hour time period, as might be measured by something like the NIST-F2 atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado, which is accurate to one second in 300 million years. However I believe that the word ‘day’ might be better represented by the phrase ‘period of time’, and could represent periods of time up to a few billions of years or so. I know the concept of billions of years blows my mind, and I imagine it was quite outside the understanding of someone who lived at the time of Moses. It would be simpler for God to describe the creation in terms Moses could understand.

I believe what was revealed about the creation to Moses, to Abraham, and to Joseph Smith was not about how God created our world, but why he created it. I also believe that the attempt by many to extrapolate how God created our world from his description of why he created it, suggesting that the entire Universe was created in a 518,400 second period of time as measured by NIST-F2, and that done about 6,000 years ago, is why many people who believe in science ridicule and dismiss people who believe in religion.

I believe that if one studies the scriptures in terms of why God created a world for us, and studies science to understand how things work, realizing that religion will never explain unusual fields that exist throughout the Universe that cause particles to acquire mass, and yet the discovery of the Higgs boson will never explain why our Universe exists in the first place, science and religion can get along.

Cheers,

Bernard