WIP It Good (no flower pot required)

With the redrafted novel back in the hands of my first reader/editor (hi Hil!), I’m taking a slight break from pure writing. Not that I’m not writing. I’m working on a couple of new short stories, but it’s also time to do some prep work that will become part of the support material for the novel.

To that end I’ve been doing some 3D modelling using Blender and here’s a little shot of a WIP.

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This is planned as a single-seat utility vehicle, used on space construction jobs. The model needs some refinement and the textures are very temporary, but that will come later.

Oh and here are the flowerpots…

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Update: Here are a couple more shots after refining the model and textures further. I’ve also added in some interior detail. The glass tint isn’t quite right, I think that a UV layer should have more purple (haze? 😉 ) and be darker. That will be corrected next.

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Sci-Fi Coffee Round-up

Last week’s posts seemed to attract little attention. Whether that was down to my choice of subjects or execution, who knows. The movies included Hollow Man directed by Paul Verhoeven, the classic Ghost Rider comic and The Abyss, from James Cameron. The winner. on a low turn-out poll. was the highly enjoyable Abyss.

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Scifi Coffee Round-Up

A little obscurity in this week’s scifi coffee round-up. Event Horizon was the overwhelming winner. Richard Burton from the movie The Medusa Touch based on a novel of the same name by Peter Van Greenaway proved a little challenging.

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Sneak Preview – Reboot

Here’s a sneak preview of an upcoming short story that will be available on Amazon as an e-book in the next few weeks:

Reboot-Cover-web“Commissioner Bellarbi’s administration of the Information Systems Investigation Authority isn’t going well. Communications networks are crumbling and a series of high-profile industrial  and food production failures have threatened safety and cost jobs. He believes the global technology infrastructure is under attack from cyber-terrorists. With public protests rising and his job under threat, he needs answers fast. Leaving him only one choice: to seek help from her
Mayrum Casteneda, the legendary founder of the Authority, is a relic from a bygone age who definitely doesn’t suffer fools. She might just be the only person who can help, but are the answers buried too deep?”