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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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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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Superverse in Brief Blog 8

The Big Picture

 

The stories I started to write aren’t the stories they ended up at all, for where I began was in my own head. But the stories that made it to print had many fingers and opinions in the pie by then. Was that a good thing? Sometimes it was highly valued and sometimes not for none of them live in my head and have their own filters and story prejudices to deal with. That’s just the human condition.
A story of any length is littered with breadcrumbs of the authors life no matter how far fetched it is. Part of the strength of its originality is that others read it that way and to let it be different. It is why we have the likes of Vern, Hemmingway and Tolkien, why there is a Butcher and a King. How often are we fed a reading diet of only what others want to see because it is how they want those they influence to spend their time? This is not the authors doing.

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Superverse in Brief Blog 7

Heroes and Heroines of the Superverse

Stories, especially those epic in proportion are immensely challenging. No different to producing some of the mammoth sized computer games on the market today. I’m a big Fall Out 4 fan and the latest is, No Man’s Sky. Readers, like gamers, who spend big hours in their chosen genre want to be immersed. Not just “oh my, look at that”, kind of thing, but like the Epics of Hemingway, Vern or Tolkien, be truly in the fabric of those worlds. Immersion is everything in a story. It’s not just the vastness of those worlds that the writer strives for, but to pull off one of the greatest illusions ever presented, and that is, to make the reader/observer believe they are in that world.

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Superverse in Brief: Article 6

Worlds as Characters

 

Every story must have a sound environment that sets the stage for the core characters to experience their present. In the case of the Citadel 7 Superverse, that means environments of endless worlds and dimensions. No matter how short or long a story, without that the story can never come truly to life.

Yes, the characters are a point of empathy for the observing audience, but it’s often forgotten that an environment can be a character too. In fact, in my series, several characters are inextricably dovetailed as both separate from and an aspect of environment. What passes for Sci Fi in today’s world, particularly soft sci fi, in my mind blurs many boundaries and is lazy publishing. In some cases, what passes for sci fi today borders on the absurd now and might as well be thrown into Speculative fiction. Audiences are being asked to swallow a lot today, and it’s not based on story content either.

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Quall Assassin - Talaza's Contract

Quall Assassin

Superverse in Brief: Article 4

Quall Assassin Cosa Clan of Black Mt.

 

Hi everyone.

Welcome back.

Note; while worlds, races and places of the Citadel 7 Superverse are described here; no spoilers, secrets or main arc special moments are ever disclosed.

Today I’ll be speaking about the Quall Assassin Cosa Clan of Black Mountain on planet Tora. Key Quall Assassin characters such as Talaza, Analuke or Sooza, may be found or spoken about in any of the Citadel 7 series, dealing with the Toran home world.

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Flaxon regent Trabonus

Flaxon regent Trabonus

Superverse in Brief - Article 3

Flaxon

 

As mentioned in the last article; this time we’ll look at the main race counterpoint to the Scarzen on planet Tora, the Flaxon. It is with this race that a young Commander Bloch has several significant adventures with his mentors Uniss and Dogg. A race of Earth European appearance, at first glance, the Flaxon present as a Napoleonic culture in a preindustrial setting. However, there is a lot more to them as Ben soon discovers. Flaxon culture have a one-god-oversees-all belief system governed by a zealous church hierarchy. The church’s influence reaches to every corner of Flaxor.

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Thor - Scarzen Warrior

Thor - Scarzen Warrior

Superverse in Brief - Article 2

Tora

 

In the last article about the Citadel Seven Superverse©, a term I began using as early as 2007 and copyrighted soon after, a brief overview of the series so far was laid down and the direction it was heading.

In this overview article I guess the most significant world to begin discussing, isn't Earth, although Earth has its own significant role in the series, it’s the planet Tora. An off the Dark Matter oceans grid world, a world of continents and great seas diverse in preindustrial and metaphysically evolved cultures.

Vast life filled green oceans divide land masses and islands swarming with a multitude of Ecosystems and wild habitats as varied as the stars that watch over them. Tora’s natural world flora and fauna set a tone of, learn or die, for all the races when it comes to moving from one bastion to another.

The main continent of concern that our journey begins on is that of, Ludd - a landscape of rough and varied terrain. Both Earth and Tora by the very definition they were created share the same dark secret. But it’s on Tora in a Scarzen bunker amidst the Alpine-esk forests of Scarza that the real conflict for who will control all existence truly starts. It’s amongst these races that our main protagonist, the young earth born Ben Blochentackle, later Commander Bloch is introduced to his first alternate physical world experience.

The core races on the Ludd continent are; Scarzen, Flaxon, Minima, Celeron and Chao. What these Toran races lacks in comparison to others of the Citadel 7 Superverse, they more than make up for in individual strengths, societal and military evolution.

So, for now, who are the Scarzen? What defines them?

Definition;

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Commander Bloch - Citadel 7 Primary Character

Superverse in Brief - Article One

The year so far 2018

 

In the past 12 months my series and the structure behind it has changed radically. In 2017 I parted ways with my publisher after a complete derailment of the published titles and went independent. We re-branded and published the four new titles you see listed now on the website, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Bookpatch.com. In the next weeks we'll be running the series out through Ingram POD as well, world wide and likely have a presence on Bookbub too.

The Citadel 7 core crew of myself, Charles, Director Hawke, and the amazing Lauren have set about making ready the next two titles for publication in the citadel 7 series for this year; Enemy of Existence pt2- On Tora, and, Quall Assassin-Talaza's Journey. It's thanks to these guys and others such as my editor John David Kudrick and the immensely valuable cluster of beta testers Nigel, Dave, Pearl, Helen etc that we can bring fans the most original sci-fi time-travel multiverse series on the market today.

 

We are all but finished the first fully dramatized audio Book title of the award winning, Enemy of Existence pt1; On Earth. And finally, in the background, we have more progress on the development of our Citadel 7 Superverse© table top war game, its armies and play platform. More on that as the weeks unfold.

 

Finally i want to mention here is how these blogs will take shape from now on.

Because the Citadel 7 Superverse© is so vast, there are whole worlds to speak about; indeed there are entire races, technologies and dimensions totally unique to the Citadel 7 series to describe.

What you need to accept and understand first is; the Citadel 7 Superverse© comprises both mortal and ethereal states of existence, that all gods demons and their associated realms are interconnected and to all involved are real, and yet, nothing's as it seems. They are all bound together by an intercosmic oceans of Dark Matter and the interconnecting currents of the one great superverse. And there is a war, a war for real estate, a war for power, millions and trillions of galaxies worth, and factions on all sides play for keeps, in fact, what's up for grabs is all existence.