Sunday, November 27, 2016

Water on Mars

While we've known for a while that there is water on Mars, The Orthogonal Galaxy suggested a lot of underground water that astronauts at Camp Mars could tap into.  A recently published article claims that one crater on Mars is believed to host an ice sheet under its surface that would contain as much water as Lake Superior

I continue to enjoy reading about science updates that directly relate to the science fiction of the Galaxy Series.  Sometimes, articles like the one above corroborate my efforts, while others seem to oppose some of the "science" I attempt to use.  Either way, it's always enjoyable to see advances in science.  Finding Great Lake-sized water shelves on Mars could significantly improve prospects for future human exploration and/or colonization.

The Twisted Galaxy

Fans everywhere have been clamoring to know what happened to promising new author, Michael L. Lewis.  (Ok, the truth is a couple of guys at the office keep asking when book 2 will be published.)  ;-)

Well, I'm here to say that I am alive and well.  It's been a very busy year which has distracted me from working on the sequel to The Orthogonal Galaxy.  Over the last 9 months, I have poured over notes from my beta readers and my editor.  I received a lot of great feedback that I think will make book 2 even better than the first.  As a result, I have finished a second draft that I am now reading through for plot continuity and major editorial issues.  I am also pleased to announce the title of book 2:  The Twisted Galaxy

I hope to publish this novel sometime early in 2017, so plan on a New Year's Resolution of reading this book next year!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Galaxy Series - Book Two Status

When I first published The Orthogonal Galaxy, the first book of the Galaxy Series, I had set a goal to finish the second book of the series at the end of 2015.  Sadly, that deadline came and went, but I'm pleased to announce that I have a cohesive first draft for the second book.  The one thing that is missing, however, is a title!  Hopefully, as I go back and edit the book, the inspiration will come.  It is odd that I have working titles for nearly all six books of the series, except for book 2.

So, I'm sure that the question that is seated deeply on the mind of both of my fans is..... when can I read book 2?  I wish I had a good answer for that, but there are still a few loose ends to tie up.  Editing is clearly the biggest task remaining, but there will also be cover art, formatting, and publishing.  In the meantime, I'll tease the book a little by telling you what you can expect to learn from book 2.  In this installment, you will:
  • Discover what our astronauts, Paol Joonter and Blade Slater find on Earth2.
  • Learn whether the Star Transport mission will succeed or end in disaster.
  • Find out what Professor Zimmer and his post-doc research team discover as they continue to track the superluminal comet.
  • Meet a host of new characters that will be endearing, quirky, tough, and conniving.  Many will have some very tough decisions to make along the way.  Will they make the right decision, or will they make jeopardize the succsess of our heroes?
I am excited to release the second installment of the Galaxy Series and make some discoveries of my own, such as:
  • Will this new author be a one-hit wonder, or can he repeat his success in entertaining his readers on a mediocre 3.6-out-of-5 star caliber? 
  • Are one-star reviewers capable of giving useful feedback, so I can improve my writing ability?
  • Are Smashword or Amazon readers better judges of good sci-fi material, or are they just more kind in their ratings?
 Stay tuned... my next blog post should announce the publication of book two!