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Mitten Gauntlets Pattern, 1/31/13
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I pretty much gave up writing and made all my books available as free downloads, and suggested hitting my tip jar if the reader liked what she saw. Tellingly, I don't get a lot of tips. [grin]
In the past month, though, I did get enough tips that I was able to pay for my annual truck registration (complete with state inspection fee) and pony up the ten bucks to renew my carry license.
I tried to thank all those people privately, but I didn't have email addresses for everyone (and CP's server bounced my emails). So I wanted to say 'thank you' here.
The tips were something of a surprise. I usually see a couple'r three hundred downloads every month, but not so many donations. Last month's downloads surged, as did -- relatively speaking -- the tips. I attribute the traffic to a couple of kind reviews by Kent McManigal (Net Assets) and John Walker (the sequel, Bargaining Position), both linked below the book descriptions.
Thank you to you two gentlemen as well.
By the way, I got back on Facebook. Look there for short snark and commentary.
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| What would you do, how far would you go, for freedom?|
Net Assets is the story of people who push all the limits technological, political, personal to develop an affordable space launch system which anyone can use. It is also the story of those who would anything to stop them. Anything.
Bussjaeger examines the laws, treaties, and technology that make or break the old dream: real space development and colonization by real people, out of the reach of government bureaucracies that fear the consequences of unlimited freedom.
2003 Prometheus nominee.
Review of Net Assets, courtesy of Kent McManigal.
12/26/12: For a book that no honest publishing house would touch, Net Assets still gets an amazing amount of attention (and downloads). I ran across this discussion from earlier this year, a decade after NA was first published:
luf-team: "Possible yes, a lot depends on how it's done. Is Carl's version simply using a land based Mach-2 aircraft? Part of the "reason" for going to a sea-plane type vehicle is the limits of growth due to landing-gear and/or runway requirements for larger payloads. (See the Stato-Launch concept) "
As the concept is described in Net Assets, the launcher is a kerosene/hydrogen peroxide rocket-powered @Mach 1.5 "wing-in-ground-effect" craft that never gets more than a few meters above ground level. The piggybacked spaceplane orbiter is only good for a 10 ton payload to LEO.
The ground effect launcher was adopted for the novel not because it was particularly effective (although it would beat the hell out of NASA's STS), but because I was looking for a hook, something to catch the reader's attention and make him say, "Now wait a fricking' minute..." Basically, it was done for laughs. But that said, the arguments for the system in the novel are real and do support some variant of the idea. While a high altitude spaceplane release would have drag advantages (over ground level release), the surface launch system has some fuel economies from not lifting the whole shebang to high altitude. Being a ground-effect-machine, the launcher doesn't require a fully developed, full length runway, and being rocket-powered, doesn't suck FOD into jet engine turbines.
But if you think the GEM launcher is wild, you should have seen the SSTO LTA dirigibles that appear in later stories. They first appear some 30 years after the events in Net Assets. I based them on a combination of "rockoons" (balloon-launched sounding rockets, "ballutes" (inflatable reentry heat shields), and shuttles from The End of the Empire (Alexis A. Gilliland). They start from the surface on electric-drive shrouded props, climb for altitude, then fire a He-3 fusion rocket (think of it as a fusion-powered version of NERVA). For reentry, they just reverse the process by firing the fusion drive to kill orbital velocity and settle comparatively mildly into the upper atmosphere.
| Sequel to Net Assets.|
An oddball pair of extremely individualistic asteroid miners on a speculative journey to the far reaches of the solar system think they have struck it rich: an ancient, robotic space probe apparently free for salvage. But who built it, and do they want it back? And is it really an unmanned robot?
While grappling with those issues and suddenly quirky automation problems of their own, a few more people decide they want the probe for themselves.
Is this First Contact? How do they define contact? How do they define life?
Here's a nice little review of Bargaining Position compliments of John Walker.
Kent McManigal also turned his attention to Bargaining Position: See his review.
The Anarchy Belt
| A collection of short stories by the author of Net Assets and Bargaining Position. 24 tales of people dealing with new problems, and a few old ones in new contexts. Includes 12 more stories in the NA/BP universe.|
Piracy on the high frontier, high tech rednecks, revolution against... the post office?, psychopath training simulators, the right to keep and bear nukes, and much more.
A Little Pussy
| A new short story with the Hunters from Bargaining Position.|
Aggressive housepets... sort of. And Bill unsupervised in the workshop. It's a toss-up which is scarier.
(Note to prudes: look at that cover art and consider the reference to "housepets" before jumping to conclusions. So far as sexual content goes, I rarely exceed PG13, and never R. If you do want porn, you'll have to look elsewhere.)
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