The State Of The Writer and Eine Kleines Summer Promo

At this point I can’t hide it from you.  Yep.  I know.  You have eyes like the eagle and noses like the fox and minds like something that has really big minds, and frankly, I wish you’d get all that integrated because you look really funny.

Yep. I’m sick.  Well, for me the thing is up in the air.  I’m either really, really sick, or I’m suffering one of those “I’ve never seen an auto-immune attack like this.”  I mean, I am suffering immune attack from h*ll.  You can tell by the fact there’s no skin left on my arms, I’m wheezing and I walk like my legs are broken.  (And then only by the power of ibuprofen.)

You can also tell I have lack of oxygen because I can’t concentrate for sh*t, which is a why a week of writing yielded almost nothing. And because I a) forgot to call to reschedule my driver’s lesson despite stickies everywhere reminding me.  Yeah, okay, that could be aversion, but you know what’s not aversion b) forgot to call my dad on his birthday (not that it would have done me any good.  My phone is inexplicably blocking international calls, which must be fixed.) c) forgot my grocery list when we went to the store (not the one on the fridge, the one in my head.  d) keep feeling like I’m mildly doped and very sleepy.

However all of that just got upped to 11 this morning.  AND to complete my joy, Dan is showing the same symptoms.  We close on Tuesday and I WANT to have Darkship Revenge to Baen by then, which will take all my will power, but it’s okay I write better when half-drunk and this is a similar state.  (Yes, Dr. Freud, I do have issues letting go.  No, Dr. Freud, I’m not Elsa, and H*ll, no, Dr. Freud, I don’t want a girlfriend.)

What is going to suffer is Royal Blood which at this point won’t come out till next month, the collections I’ve been working on for both me and the boys, and the short story I promised you to push Through Fire.  Which means Through Fire will suffer too.  Yes, I know, eventually it will come out in paper and Baen will support it and stuff, but right now it’s underperforming even my vamp books.

So if you guys have a little extra love to throw at it, even though it’s not on sale, and even if you don’t normally buy Amazon, please do.  And if you already read it and liked it, please review, particularly if you’re a verified purchaser on Amazon.


And now that Kleines Summer Sale I promised.  Lots of our regulars, and I myself have a bunch of free stuff.

If you want to go to Azounding and increase our hits, go for it:

Start of Summer Indie Author Sale

(Yeah I’m full of requests today.  Deal.)

If not, here are the books, same as in Azounding:

Need something new to read for the long weekend? Looking for a new series to start or want to discover a new author? Check out the following e-books. Of course, the standard disclaimer applies. Always check the price before clicking the purchase button. Some of these books are already on sale and others will go on sale over the next 24 hours.



By Dave Freer

On sale for $2.99

The Interstellar Empire of Man was built on the enslavement of the gentle Stardogs, companions and Theta-space transporters of the vanished Denaari Dominion. But the Stardogs that humans found can’t go home to breed, and are slowly dying out.

As the ruthless Empire collapses from its rotten core outward, an Imperial barge is trapped on top of a dying Stardog when an attempted hijacking and assassination go horribly wrong. Trying to save its human cargo, the Stardog flees to the last place anyone expected – the long-lost Denaari motherworld.

Crawling from the crash are the Leaguesmen who control the Stardogs’ pilots by fear and force, and plan to assassinate Princess Shari, the criminal Yak gang, who want to kill everyone and take control of a rare Stardog for their own, and an entourage riddled with plots, poisons, and treason. But Shari and her assassin-bodyguard have plans of their own…


swordandbloodSword And Blood (Vampire Musketeer Book 1)


By Sarah Hoyt

The France of the Musketeers has changed. Decades ago, someone opened a tomb in Eastern Europe, and from that tomb crawled an ancient horror, who in turn woke others of its kind.
Now Paris is beset by vampires, the countryside barren and abandoned. The Cardinal has become a vampire, the church is banned, the king too cowed to fight.
Until now, the three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis have stood as a bulwark against the encroaching evil, their swords defending the innocent and helpless.
But last night, in a blood mass, Athos was turned into a Vampire. And a young vampire orphan has just arrived from Gascony: Monsieur D’Artagnan.
Things are about to get… complicated.

doamDeath of a Musketeer (Musketeers Mysteries Book 1)


by Sarah Hoyt

When D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis discover the corpse of a beautiful woman who looks like the Queen of France, they vow to see that justice is done. They do not know that their investigation will widen from murder to intrigue to conspiracy, bring them the renewed enmity of Cardinal Richelieu and shake their fate in humanity. Through duels and doubts, they pursue the truth, even when their search brings them to the sphere of King Louis XIII himself and makes them confront secrets best forgotten.

illmetIll Met By Moonlight (Magical Shakespeare Book 1)


by Sarah Hoyt

Young Will Shakespeare is a humble school master who arrives home to find his wife and infant daughter, Susannah are missing, kidnapped by the fairies of Arden Woods, the children of Titania and Oberon. His attempts at rescue are interrupted and complicated by a feud over throne of fairyland, between Sylvanus, king regnant, and his younger brother Quicksilver who is both more and less than he seems. Amid treachery, murder, duel and seduction, Shakespeare discovers the enchantment of fairyland, which will always remain with him, for good and ill.

 witchfinderWitchfinder (Magical Empires Book 1)


by Sarah Hoyt

In Avalon, where the world runs on magic, the king of Britannia appoints a witchfinder to rescue unfortunates with magical power from lands where magic is a capital crime. Or he did. But after the royal princess was kidnapped from her cradle twenty years ago, all travel to other universes has been forbidden, and the position of witchfinder abolished. Seraphim Ainsling, Duke of Darkwater, son of the last witchfinder, breaks the edict. He can’t simply let people die for lack of rescue. His stubborn compassion will bring him trouble and disgrace, turmoil and danger — and maybe, just maybe, the greatest reward of all.


by Sarah Hoyt


From Elizabethan England to the Far Future, discover who really was Shakespeare and why Marlowe was called The Muses Darling. Discover the horrifying secret that Leonardo DaVinci found beneath a cave in his home village. In the far future, find a new way to keep Traveling, Traveling. Use cold sleep to find your love again, and join the (high tech) Magical Legion.
Seventeen short stories from Prometheus Award Winning Author, Sarah A. Hoyt. This edition features an Introduction by Dave Freer and a Bonus Short Story “With Unconfined Wings.”



by Stephanie Osborn


Burnout is a science fiction mystery about a Space Shuttle disaster that turns out to be no accident. As the true scope of the disaster is gradually uncovered by the principal investigators, “Crash” Murphy and Dr. Mike Anders, they find themselves running for their lives, as lovers, friends and coworkers involved in the investigation perish around them. What happened to the Shuttle? Who is responsible and why? Why is the government calling it an accident? Why is someone willing to kill to keep it a secret? And how big is the conspiracy?


51vL-H7F0nL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival

by Stephanie Osborn


Displaced Detective is a science fiction mystery in which brilliant hyperspatial physicist, Dr. Skye Chadwick, discovers there are alternate realities, often populated by those we consider only literary characters. Her pet research, Project: Tesseract, hidden deep under Schriever AFB, finds Continuum 114, where Sherlock Holmes was to have died along with Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Knee-jerking, Skye rescues Holmes, who inadvertently flies through the wormhole to our universe, while his enemy plunges to his death. Unable to go back without causing devastating continuum collapse, Holmes must stay in our world and adapt.

Meanwhile, the Schriever AFB Dept of Security discovers a spy ring working to dig out the details of – and possibly sabotage – Project: Tesseract.

Can Chadwick help Holmes come up to speed in modern investigative techniques in time to stop the spies? Will Holmes be able to thrive in our modern world? Is Chadwick now Holmes’ new “Watson” – or more?

And what happens next?


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Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse

by Stephanie Osborn

ON SALE FOR $ 1.99

Holmes and Watson. Two names linked by mystery and danger from the beginning.

Within the first year of their friendship and while both are young men, Holmes and Watson are still finding their way in the world, with all the troubles that such young men usually have: Financial straits, troubles of the female persuasion, hazings, misunderstandings between friends, and more. Watson’s Afghan wounds are still tender, his health not yet fully recovered, and there can be no consideration of his beginning a new practice as yet. Holmes, in his turn, is still struggling to found the new profession of consulting detective. Not yet truly established in London, let alone with the reputations they will one day possess, they are between cases and at loose ends when Holmes’ old professor of archaeology contacts him.

Professor Willingham Whitesell makes an appeal to Holmes’ unusual skill set and a request. Holmes is to bring Watson to serve as the dig team’s physician and come to Egypt at once to translate hieroglyphics for his prestigious archaeological dig. There in the wilds of the Egyptian desert, plagued by heat, dust, drought and cobras, the team hopes to find the very first Pharaoh. Instead, they find something very different…

Noted Author Stephanie Osborn (Creator of the Displaced Detective series) presents the first book in her Sherlock Holmes, Gentleman Aegis series – Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse, the debut volume of Pro Se Productions’ Holmes Apocrypha imprint.


uplandsTales from the Uplands

By Alma Boykin


Uncanny things haunt the high country, where mountains bring justice and men tell mysterious tales. A place where churches seek the lost and deadly forces lurk below the peaks.

Contains eight short stories drawn from locations and legends of Central Europe, including the Drachenberg version of a famous folk-tale, and an excerpt from the next Cat Among Dragons novel.

fourdragonsFour Dragon Tales

By Alma Boykin

New Release!

If dragons walked the earth . . .

From a missing hiker (with really bad taste) in the Appalachians to WYRD and Drako’s Dark Roast all-night show, to a water-expert with a talon-t for trouble, and a search for justice, this quartet of stories explore life in a world where dragons and humans live side-by-side.

Short story set, 15,000 words.

Mischief, murder, mayhem, and music to rock the night away!


scentofmetalThe Scent of Metal (Argonauts of Space Book 1)

By Sabrina Chase

On Sale for $1.99

The expedition ship Kepler races to Pluto, intent on uncovering the secrets of the alien structure recently discovered under the ice. Computer scientist Lea Santorin can’t wait to figure out the alien technology. Instead, she wakes it up … and it continues its long-interrupted journey across the galaxy, taking Lea and Kepler with it.


By Sabrina Chase

On Sale for $0.99

Young Jin survives on his own in the streets of Thama, using his wits and climbing skills to find food and shelter. On a bitterly cold night, desperate to avoid freezing, he enters the burned wreckage of a long-abandoned warehouse searching for anything of value. Searching despite the danger—for the warehouse once belonged to jinxers, and no one knows how their magic works…or how long it remains. Jin discovers a beautiful crystal sphere in the ashes—and suddenly finds himself transported to the desert world of Darha.

His foreign appearance immediately brands him an outsider, and he must rely on his Darha friends to conceal him from the mysterious rulers of the local fort. But Jin must face the fort’s dangers—for inside may lie the key to his return to Thama…and the key to his own hidden magic powers.


huntedHunted (Hunter’s Moon Book 1)

By Ellie Ferguson


When Meg Finley’s parents died, the authorities classified it as a double suicide. Alone, hurting and suddenly the object of the clan’s alpha’s desire, her life was a nightmare. He didn’t care that she was grieving any more than he cared that she was only fifteen. So she’d run and she’d been running ever since. But now, years later, her luck’s run out. The alpha’s trackers have found her and they’re under orders to bring her back, no matter what. Without warning, Meg finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with the trackers in a downtown Dallas parking garage. She’s learned a lot over the years but, without help, it might not be enough to escape a fate she knows will be worse than death. What she didn’t expect was that help would come from the local clan leader. But would he turn out to be her savior or something else, something much more dangerous?


starroadTake The Star Road (The Maxwell Saga Book 1)

By Peter Grant

On Sale from May 28-30

Nineteen-year-old Steve Maxwell just wants to get his feet on the star road to find a better homeworld. By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, he earns an opportunity to become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship, leaving the corruption and crime of Earth behind. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?

He never counted on the interstellar trade routes having their own problems, from local wars to plagues of pirates – and the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve’s left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead…


nocturnaloriginsNocturnal Origins (Nocturnal Lives Book 1)

By Amanda S. Green


Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.

Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.

Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.


euclidNinth Euclid’s Prince

By Daniel M. Hoyt


Welcome to New Rome!

The far-flung heirs of the empire have been called home to the capital of worlds. In these mean streets, no wife is above suspicion, and no man above assassination. With the Emperor poisoned and prince Oswald in jail, Ninth Euclid, a mathematically gifted secretary from a rural backwater, must solve the knottiest problem of all: How will he keep his liege lord safe from daggers in the back and politically scheming trollops in the night?


catspawCat’s Paw (King of Cats Book 1)


By Robert A. Hoyt

Many humans know there is a mountain at the end of the universe to which a bird flies every thousand years to sharpen its beak, until the end of the mountain comes, and thus the end of eternity. What few of them know is that of the mountain only a few small grains of sand remain. And the bird that is to end eternity is alive and ready to fly. At half past noon at the end of the universe, the last great hopes of everything that exists, ever existed or has yet to exist, rests with a stray cat with alcohol issues, a Siamese cat with gender issues, and a Persian cat with pregnancy issues. Things are just about to get fun.

ratskillerRatskiller (King of Cats)

By Robert A. Hoyt


… Long before the bird reared its ugly beak, there was beer. And lots of it.

In the humble world of alley cats, Tom has everything he needs: interesting enemies, a long list of girl cats who’d like to scratch his eyes out, and enough beer to make sure his repressed memories and his mysterious destiny stay repressed.

Until Wild Rat microbrewery shuts down.

To restore his favorite beer to its former glory, Tom will have to fight prissy bureaucrats, streetwise alley cats, and Broxton’s most barbaric rats. And behind it all, an evil so great that even Broxton’s most hardened rodents dare not squeak of it.


conventConVent (The Vampire Con Series Book 1)

By Kate Paulk


A vampire, a werewolf, an undercover angel and his succubus squeeze. Whoever picked this team to save the world wasn’t thinking of sending the very best. But then, since this particular threat to the universe and everything good is being staged in science fiction conventions, amid people in costume, misfits and creative geniuses, any conventional hero would have stood out. Now Jim, the vampire, and his unlikely sidekicks have to beat the clock to find out who’s sacrificing con goers before all hell breaks loose — literally.

ConVent is proof that Kate Paulk’s brain works in wonderfully mysterious ways. A sarcastic vampire, his werewolf best buddy, an undercover angel and his succubus squeeze. The “Save the world” department really messed it up this time.


pixiePixie Noir (Pixie for Hire Book 1)

By Cedar Sanderson

$0.99 from May 27-30

You can’t keep a tough Pixie down…

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she’s a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It’s nothing personal, it’s his job…

memoriesMemories of the Abyss

By Cedar Sanderson

Free from May 27-30

Violet is trapped in the prison of her own mind. Her body is dwelling in the insane asylum, but when her friend Walter is killed, she must make a decision to avenge his death, or stay safely locked in her own broken soul. He’d drawn her out of her shell, and she finds she still has honor left… But will anyone believe the crazy woman?



85 responses to “The State Of The Writer and Eine Kleines Summer Promo

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Take care Sarah.

  2. I know what oxygen deprivation feels like– just been dealing with it for the last two months. When you start seeing huge swaths of black, you know you are in trouble. Get that immune response under control. If you can’t, get to the doctor –pronto. Hugs– and sending good thoughts.

    BTW just went through a traumatic two weeks with a good friend who was having breathing problems as well (lung and trachea)– Her son did a dramatic rescue from a hospital that was “observing” her to another one half-way across the country who treated her within 24 hours from her arrival.

    If you want good doctors that understand auto-immune disease, talk to the ones at the Cleveland Clinic.

  3. rawlenyanzi

    Sorry to hear that you’re under the weather. I sent you a few bucks to ease the pain a little.

  4. As of this morning there are four reviews up for Through Fire on Amazon. Three are five star. One is a two star troll post from someone who I highly suspect never read the book, but has it in for Sarah for some reason. Classic puppy kicker tactic, can’t argue facts so go after an author’s livelihood.
    Amazon has no problem letting anyone post a review. If you bought TF through Baen your review will lack the verified purchaser flag, but still counts in the rankings.
    And a short succinct review is a free way to thank the author for all the effort she puts into this and all of her works.

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      What, really? That’s pitiful.

    • I went in and added a review, as a verified purchaser. Amazon hasn’t cleared the narrative (which is pitiful, since although I bought the book, it is in the bevy of ‘NEW’ books on the kindle), but they already scored the 5 stars, so average is now 4.5.
      I have been told (Jeb Kinniston I think) to also go to all the 5 stars and tell it the review was helpful, and go to the 2 star and tell it NO, wasn’t helpful.

  5. thank you for the good deals!

  6. Heal; the world needs you. Let us all pray it doesn’t need you to death. If you need supplemental oxygen, get it. (Pretend you’re an astronaut or something.)

    I have the oxygen problem too. It’s one of the primary reasons we’re moving to Phoenix, which is literally a mile lower than our Colorado Springs house. There are times when the pulsox tells me I’m in the low 80s, and Carol begins wondering why I’m still conscious. It’s certainly doing my energy level no good.

  7. Sarah,
    It is with deep regret that I must advise you I cannot purchase Through Fire today, having long ago pre-ordered it in dead Amazonian tree.

    While it is certain I could purchase the pixellated version, you’ve already given that to me (thanky kindly very much, Ma’am) and to purchase it now that it is official seems redundant.

    Besides, Beloved Spouse and Daughtorial Unit are at a con in Raleigh and working their way up to a thousand bucks in radiator repair. Sigh – I would greatly prefer to spend that, if spend it must be, at my regular mechanic where satisfaction is guaranteed and follow-up does not entail travel.

    I would think healthy thoughts your direction, but I doubt my capability for thoughts that are healthy.

  8. Laura Montgomery

    Please feel better, Sarah. That all sounds miserable. I, too, pre-ordered the dead tree version and am waiting for it with bated breath.

    • You realize those pre-orders were lost when it was taken off sale. You’ll have to do it again when it’s reinstated. I’ll post.

      • Laura Montgomery

        Hah. That just means I don’t have to wait. I’m going for the ebook now.

      • Interesting — I’ve just checked and it shows up with message:

        “You purchased this item on December 3, 2015.”

        Along with:

        “Currently Unavailable
        Want us to email you when this item becomes available?”

        Think perhaps they’re a mite confused?

        • The shenanigans with taking it off, instead of just delaying it are going to screw up SO MANY people. I figure these numbers are going to hurt, one way or another. And there was NOTHING I could do.

  9. Hope you feel better soon, Sarah!

  10. Yerk. Just ordered another copy of Through Fire, this one for Sib-in-Law. Get well soon. And thanks for the cool air – it was 50 here this AM with a forecast high of 78. If we get the rain they’re hinting at for the next few days, we’ll be golden (or green. We’re getting a touch too close to golden, at least those areas that didn’t get washed away last week).

  11. riteturn / Mac'

    Dear Sarah…Please consider that autoimmune problems are not contagious. If Dan has it too this makes me think environmental trigger to which you just happened to be more sensitive. Perhaps something in the new house? Mold? Residual bug spray? Different bushes outside or a neighborhood emitter of…something?

    • well, what I’m thinking is autoimmune and Dan is catching something. Or I’m catching something on top of autoimmune.
      We’re not in new house yet. In fact, I haven’t been there for… two weeks.

      • Reality Observer

        If you’re still packing up – think of all the little invisible gremlins that stirs up. I’ve been cleaning out and reorganizing the cave (office) while it’s still relatively cool down here, and my auto-immune is kicking up too. (Being maybe 1/20th of what you suffer, it’s a pretty weak excuse for my slowness, though… I don’t know how you go on with it, honestly.)

      • It could both be autoimmune to something in your environment, or it could be some bug, or some toxin or . . . heck, I’m not a doctor. Shared symptoms do sound like the same cause.

        Get thee both to a doctor, and see him or her together. And at that altitude, some sort of O2, either from a concentrator or a bottle, could do wonders. Ask the doc if the doc doesn’t suggest it.

        Take care.

        • Get YOU both. Thee is the singular. It is never grammatical to refer to two people as “thee.”

  12. Picked up Through Fire, will try to get a review up by Monday.

  13. I’d like to add my hopes for your health, as well. I’d bet that a lot of this is probably due to the stress you’re undergoing with the house sale, the moves, and the house purchase. Wish I could ease some of that for you, but the distances involved make that unlikely. If I win the Lotto, though… 🙂

    On another note… Would anyone know of a site where you could get science-technical questions hashed out for writing stories? I’m running an idea down, right now, and I’m not even sure how to “set the parameters” to ask the question(s) for research.

    I was thinking, you see, about analogies for settlement of a new planet; historically, you find settlement patterns where people first come in along rivers, and seas, settling and developing at river mouths, deltas, and where rivers join. So, you can work out how settlement patterns follow transportation, yes?

    So… What are the equivalents for space travel and settling down on a new planet? What are the equivalents for river mouths and joinings? Where are the natural points for landing, and setting out your spaceport infrastructure? Are there any? What differences would you see with regards to settlement patterns on worlds, when coming in from space? Would they be analogous to historical patterns, and if not, why?

    Additionally, are there “natural sweet spots” for landings, like the L5 points in the Earth-Moon system for natural libation points? I’ve done the research for this, but I’ll be damned if I can find anything particularly useful in answering the question. Anyone know of a site, or a resource where you can get things like this answered?

    • Jeff Gauch

      I think a lot of the initial settlement pattern would depend on the exact technology used to get from orbit to the surface. Regardless, you’ll be looking for flat spots. If your decent stage looks like a ruggedized space shuttle, you’ll need a rather long flat stretch for your landing strip. If you’ve got grav plates that allow the ship to come in straight down silently, your initial landings could happen in clearings not much bigger than the shuttle itself – though your initial settlements will probably be in somewhat larger open areas. If your landing craft go up and down on a column of fire like G-d and Heinlein intended, your explorers are going to want to look for rather barren or very moist landing zones – inviting the locals to be the main attraction in a free-form barbecue is not considered neighborly.

      As far as settlement patterns, that will follow the landing technology. I’d expect the settlements to pop up at all the acceptable landing zones – at least until the landers are expended. After that the settlements will expand towards places of interest – mineral deposits, anthropological or archaeological sites, or places of natural beauty – and along rivers.

      • There’s a difference between where they land and where they settle. Unless their on-planet transport is inexplicably primitive, they will settle where it’s most convenient for the settlement, not for landing. Even if you need a port, you can do stuff to make your area suitable.

        • Jeff Gauch

          The settlement locations are still going to be constrained by the landers. You can’t settle someplace until you actually get there. Even if you send advance teams to prepare a landing field they’re going to focus on areas that require the least prep work possible.

          Might make for an interesting political story, one faction on the colony ship wants to wait for the perfect settlement spot to be ready while the other just wants to get dirtside immediately, and of course there’s only enough equipment to prep one site.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        Dave Drake’s Daniel Leary books have ships land in lakes and oceans.

    • Not sure of where to point you for answers, but I have a question: How do the Lagrange points relate to “natural sweet spots” for landings?

      My guess on landings and settlement patterns is that it’s going to vary enormously by the level of technology and quantity of equipment being dropped onto the planet. Water is always going to be a requirement, but if you have portable fusion power plants (or better), you can desalinate, distill, or condense from the air any quantity you can possibly need, as long as it’s available. So probably going to set up early settlements near rivers.

      Also, probably going to settle as near as feasible to the best ore deposits that an orbital survey can find within reasonable distance from water.

      Spaceports – eh, I got nuthin’. Because I can think of a dozen factors that would influence the decision on that one.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        Depending on the amount of technology your settlers have brought with them or can build later, you would have considered how difficult it’d be to travel planet-side from your landing-site to other points of interest on the new planet.

        Landing very near to the mouth of a large river into an ocean/sea would allow the settlers to create a fishing industry as well as providing easier travel on water away from the landing site (both along the coast line and up-river).

      • The Lagrange points don’t relate other than as analogies.

        What I’m trying to work out is the likely settlement patterns on Earth-like planets at varying stages of technical development–If you’re doing it with today’s technologies, slightly improved, what effect would things have? Would most of the settlement start at the equator, and spread out from there, the launches to orbit being easier from where the most energy is imparted?

        As planet-to-orbit technology improved, changes would likely be seen, but I still wonder where the most likely places to start from would be–Mostly along the equator, one presumes? How about space elevators, and the siting thereof?

        Some things I can see, but I wonder what there is I don’t know about this sort of thing, and I can’t recall ever having seen someone realistically work through the process of site selection in any fiction I’ve read.

        • Laura Montgomery

          Oops. My comment was made not having seen the new ones.

        • While it’s true that the equator provides somewhat of a boost in ground-to-orbit fuel savings, even 30 degrees away from the equator provides over 86% of that same benefit. 45 degrees still carries 70% of the benefit.

      • Laura Montgomery

        With current technology launch to orbit can take up heavier payload closer to the equator. Would that be a factor in your scenario?

    • Something that will have a huge impact on landing sites is remote sensing. We now look for ore bodies and oil from high altitude or orbit. I can only see this getting better.
      Until colonists have observed local weather for a period of time I’d think safety would be a huge factor for early sites. You do not want to locate on earthquake prone zones. Near volcanoes and on coasts or bays subject to tsunami. Cyclonic storm from large bodies o f water are also a hazard. Tornadoes, thunderstorms and wild fire can be addressed by proper construction.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        Sensing tech, the time they have to make the choice, and the expertise they have to make the decision.

        Are there alien ruins they want to be near to, or far away from? Are they trying to hide? How often do they land on planets? How much does their civilization?

        A barely survivable crash landing by people with no clue might end up anywhere. A routine landing by people with a standard procedure will have a noticeable pattern.

        Make some simplifying assumptions, and things can be narrowed down.

    • Robin Munn

      Would anyone know of a site where you could get science-technical questions hashed out for writing stories?

      I imagine might be a good place to start. I haven’t used it before so I can’t personally testify to its quality. But I’ve used other sites in the Stack Exchange network (particularly Stack Overflow, their flagship site which is all about asking and answering questions about programming), and as a general rule, all Stack Exchange sites that I’ve seen have been good. They have a pretty good system set up for getting quality questions and quality answers upvoted, so that the best answers show up first — and it produces VASTLY better answers than anywhere else I’ve ever seen. (Quora? Pretty poor. Yahoo Answers? Don’t make me laugh. But Stack Exchange? Yeah, you’ll likely get some good answers there.)

  14. So I’m also going to butt in on the medical stuff. Because lately, there’s a lot of it going round. I have trouble with SLS, and the more stress in my life, the worse I react. (This is a foaming agent. It’s in anything that bubbles, from cake mix to soap from dispensers.) Stress amplifies allergies.
    The other thing I’ve heard recently, is that with certain crops, they are now spraying and harvesting, as they have GMOs that allow this, and the herbicides used can be quite upsetting to some people. One of my kids may’ve got hit by this recently-it’s hard to tell, except he was suddenly sick and it was clearly a reaction to something that no one else reacted to. Took about four days for him to get back to normal. So it might be worth going organic and super-restricting your diet for a time. If it’s something like that, it’s not on a lot of medical professionals’ radars yet.
    Hope you feel better soon!

    • I just have auto-immune issues. They kick up every once in a while, usually because of stress, but very often just “who knows?” or I ate more than 20 carbs in a day. (My diet is ALREADY super-restricted.) In this case it might be because I changed my soap. Who even knows?

      • Am surprised…you restrict carbs as much as I do. I’ve noticed my temperature is now running low on a low carb diet. It is usually 97.2 in the morning. I have a cold now and indulged myself yesterday with hashbrowns and toast. This morning it was 98.1 after just that little bit.

  15. Sorry you’re feeling poorly, Sarah. Wife and I have both had “neoplasms” out in the last month. So, all I can offer to put your faith in God.

    But there does seem to be a short story in that line, “By the power of Ibuprofen!”… Maybe something of a spoof off the Alan E. Nourse “Star Surgeon” stuff?

  16. Having given the matter due consideration and reflected upon the efficacy of prior wishes for your good health I am forced to consider expressing hopes you get sicker.

    Please get well before I am forced to resort to such extreme measures.

  17. Chrismouse

    Please feel better soon.

    I have been busily adding things to my Kindle for this deployment. Must get both A Few Good Men and Through Fire. I think I also just got some of the Musketeer mysteries, because they just sound so awesome.

  18. Is it wrong to be relieved that Dan is starting to show the same symptoms? At least that proves that it’s not JUST your body acting up.

  19. *blink* Write better half drunk? I do, too, strangely. Or when very tired or sick, which produces a similar state. Is it a lowering of inhibitions, the wall between unconscious and semi-conscious is a little less restrictive, or what?

    Thoughts and prayers for you and yours, health-wise and in general. Commiserations on house move and forgetting things (last move of mine, I moved with two houses worth, mine and my grandparent’s. And I still forgot to renew my driver’s license despite the calls, the letters, and the e-mails. Eh, it happens).

    Get sleep, recover, do things. Accomplishing or completing things tends to make me feel healthier. Or at least less stressed, which amounts to about the same thing.

  20. Done. Bought the complete set. I might even read ’em. Anything to me e one of my favourite essayists in writing-money.

    • Gah. Me and touch-screens. That should read: “anything to keep one of my”

      In other news: new/refurbished kindle = woot. Am now overloaded with books I purchased on my desktop but didn’t have a device to read on. An embarrassment of riches.

      For those who haven’t purchased yet, both Take the Star Road and Star Dogs are everything their blurbs claim for them. Bonus for the Freer: He really, gets dogs. Those of you with friends-in-fur will be pleased. They just get a bit transmogrified before he’s done with them.

  21. DID get the e-book. Picked up a couple more off your list to tide me over. Get well soon. After my little syncope adventure I’m more than a little paranoid about oxygen myself now.

  22. BobtheRegisterredFool


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    Clinton sources indicate that her short list includes Zod, Deathstroke, Sousuke Aizen, Gihren Zabi, Light Yagami, and Luciano Bradley.

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  23. So sorry you’re sick again. 😦 Prayers for figuring out and resolving / getting well! I just went and purchased Through Fire … hope it helps, at least a little bit.

    • Thank you. This is probably caused by stress over impending yet another move in three months. The problem is that I didn’t treat the stress part/autoimmune part, so it turned into a lovely sinus infection.

  24. While we’re at it: Tom Simon had a release today!

  25. Dagnabit! I was waiting for the dead tree cause I don’t have a Kindle, I have a Nook. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get books and even though I nagged you for a new Darkship novel (thanks, btw) I won’t be able to buy it. I tried hacking my Nook and it just bricked it so I had to do a factory reset and now I’m back to just a Nook. Problem is I want an e-Ink reader. Well, there you go. All my lousy excuses for not buying your book. I will though. Eventually. When it is in print.

    Hope you feel better.