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Citadel 7 author Yuan Jur

Yuan Jur

When I was young, the world I lived in was defined by inflexible corridors of middle class 60&70's Australian structure. I did not let that define me. The message my school environment sent was, don't aspire; that's only for the smart kids. You're not one of them. I did not let that define me. I was a good sportsman, but not at a sport that was rugby, soccer or cricket, at the time the primary sports focus in this country. We lived in a middle class multi cultural community, underpinned by racial narrows and fear of anything different. I did not let that define me. There were strong unionist attitudes (my father was a coal minor) and fundamentally two choices in politics that were never explained very well. We were called the lucky country, but where I grew up, that meant only for a select few. I spoke only English, but had many European and Asian friends, but good role models were in very short supply. I did not let that define me. I was told I had a flair for telling a good story 'Now, if I could just learn to write and spell, I might get somewhere,' they said. I did not let that define me either.

By the time I was 50 yrs old, I'd traveled to Asia, had two wonderful children, who've became inspirations and successful adults to be proud of, I'd become a Buddhist scholar, spoke the Chinese language to an advanced level, was a master of Chinese martial arts, beaten two severe strokes, paralysis and gotten past chronic dyslexia and partial vision impairment to become a fiction author. I'd written the 1st three sagas of my #Citadel7Superverse series (now a multi Award winning series) and more.

We are all greater than the sum of our parts, it's what we do with that greatness that defines us. Be the best you, that you can be, let that define you, family is defined by heart and actions not by blood, make choices with an open mind and stop for no one, leave the naysayers in the vacuum of the past.

 

 

 

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Superverse in Brief Blog 11

June 2019
The coming book fair and new titles.

 

Coming Storm - Thor's Journey

 

It’s been a while since the last update. That’s because each of the events of the last months leading up to today’s message have been evolving to quickly to establish any one clear thread.

The exciting news is, we are finally positioned to be ready to send all the material necessary for our display at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany this September. We’ve made hundreds of adjustments to the web page. Recalibrated all of our publications to align most closely with the Chicago style manual for current layout. That meant updating all our titles on Ingram Spark, distributor at ground zero for of all our paperback and electronic copy. In the publishing industry, the Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the premiere book events on the yearly publishing calendar. We are very pleased to have five of our award-winning Citadel 7 titles hosted by the IBPA’s on site store.

It’s been two years or so now since making the change to independent publishing. We are finally turning the re-branding corner to where titles waiting for publication in the wings can be moved into the publishing process.

Behind those scenes, another new thriller title is being born. This one is heading to the dark side. One for readers who like their sci fi fantasy on the mystery and macabre side.

We’ll keep you posted as more news of the year unfolds.

 

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Superverse in Brief Blog 10

Dreams to Reality

 

So just how much of our past sci-fi book imaginings have become a reality today?

Let me list just a few early ones by title and author:
1: Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy 1888 - credit card.
Invented–1950.

2: In the year 2889 by Jules Verne -video chatting ‘phonotelephone’.
Invented – 1964 (AT&T debuts picture-phone at world fair)

3:When the Sleeper Wakes by H.G.Wells1899 - Automatic motion sensing doors.
Invented –1960.

4: The Achievements of Luthor Trant by Edwin Ballmer & William McHarg 1910- Lie detector.
Invented – 1924 (Polygraph).

5:The World Set Free by H G Wells 1914 - Atomic Bombs.
Invented and 1st used 1945.

6: Men Like Gods by H G Wells 1923 – Voicemail.
Popularised –1980.

7: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 1950 - In-ear Earphones.
Popularised – 2001 (Apple ear buds).

Note two things about the above: The momentous impact these few imaginingsmade-real have had on our world, and 2, how much faster the compression of time between the creative vision of the author and the time it took to make the invention real.

There are many, many more examples of this where credit is all too often given to others.

I wonder what argument the automatic door industry will put forward regarding Mr Wells invention when the navigation of the Dark Matter oceans using spacetime lattice tech or‘soul core’ transfer, as seen in my Citadel 7 Superverse, is reality.

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Quall Assassin: Book 5 Of The Citadel 7 Saga

Quall Assassin: Book 5 Of The Citadel 7 Saga
Author: Yuan Jur
Publisher: WaaDoom

Book review by Michael Radon

 

"'For what you have done to my Analuke, I allow you to see my true face. Consider this a parting gift.'"

The Citadel 7 Superverse series continues in this fifth novella, highlighting the code and behavior of the reclusive and mysterious Quall. Those that have been following the story will be familiar with the world and some of the more prominent characters already, but because of the nature of this series, it’s not at all prohibitive for newer readers to start here and work their way through the other books at their own whim. Despite the shorter form of a novella, the author does a splendid job of building out the world of Tora and its differing races, cultures, and natural features. Blending the genres of science fiction and fantasy, this story is an imaginative, entertaining read and worthy of consideration for any reader who likes to be thrust into an unfamiliar situation, working out the details as they go along.

 

Read more at: Quall Assassin - The US Review of Books

US Review of Books

 

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Superverse in Brief Blog 9

Character Inspirations

 

Where the hell do any of the coolest characters come from in a totally fictional setting? When I started writing Citadel 7 it was because I was using it as a recovery catharsis after having two strokes, dying twice and losing a career serving the public as Abbot of a Buddhist temple for a decade or two. Big changes back then.
So, the inspiration for my characters had to come from somewhere right? As a theologian, I’d read thousands of manuscripts on ideology and the belief systems mankind has developed to justify his existence. Some of it could have been drawn upon, other aspects were biscuit dry drivel for the easily lead mind. I eventually turned to near past and present day observations of people and events to begin the foundation for the story narrative, heroes and villains who’d step forward as key players in the Citadel 7 Superverse ®. For the main hero of the story, that was easy, I modeled Commander Bloch and his life story from book 1 Enemy of Existence - On Earth on my son. A handsome man now a professional soldier, a multifaceted individual with a sharp wit accompanied by a no bullshit attitude toward doing the right thing and the most loyal friend anyone could ever have. My daughter became the warrior princess, Nattai, in book 3 Coming Storm. Smart, intelligent, beautiful inside and out. As their father, perhaps I was motivated to leave them something to read when their old man is dust, a keepsake to remember me by. But more so, it was because they had the personalities to fit the characters I needed to walk the worlds I was building. I could see them in those roles such that, if fantasy was reality and they were in another life and time, it just might be them.

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