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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Splitting Arrows (A Glyphbinder Prequel)
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:37:00 PM »
Some of you may remember I announced my short story, Splitting Arrrows, won 1st place in the 2018 Farpoint Convention Writer's Contest. It was printed in their 2019 program book this past weekend, and I've decided to throw it up online for all. So, if you're interested in reading a (short) fantasy short story, you can find it here!

https://talesofthefive.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/splitting-arrows-a-glyphbinder-prequel/

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Since I'm boosting books I loved today, I thought I'd go ahead and post my review of The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes for those who might be interested. Seriously, it's a damn good book (and the rest are great as well).

http://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2019/01/the-city-stained-red-by-sam-sykes-book-review/

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Demonstration Video: SkyrimVR with SKSE
« on: January 01, 2019, 09:39:36 PM »
In my continuing bid to make @J.R. Darewood as jealous as possible, I finally threw together a demonstration video of modded SkyrimVR (with Skyrim Script Extender for extra bells and whistles) to show why it's so amazing. In short, I can play the game without opening menus, grab weapons from sheathes on my body, use voice commands to summon magic, and even have actual conversations with NPCs. Not to mention the game looks GORGEOUS when properly modded. It's hands down my best VR experience of 2018.

You can see how it all works here, if interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fZI9e-X2Qk

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General Discussion / Fantasy Faction Contest Winner Updates
« on: August 11, 2018, 05:49:59 PM »
I've been so busy for the past few months I've fallen behind on contest announcements on the F-F Writing Contest Twitter. I just posted @D_Bates' winning story, but I know I've forgotten a few. If you'd like your winning story announced, can you reply here and give me your Twitter handle (if you have it) or how you'd like to be announced?

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Our cursing convo here at Fantasy-Faction inspired this article. Thanks for the thoughts. :)

https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/06/10-of-the-greatest-sff-curse-words-ranked/

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Angry Robot is having a book sale, and two of my favorite recent books, Skyfarer and Dragon Road (both by Joseph Brassey) are up for 1.99 and 3.99, respectively, in the UK. If you think you'd like like Final Fantasy meets Star Wars, you're going to dig these books.

FYI, this trailer reminds me a lot of Skyfarer... :0  (Yes, it has airships, magic, and armored military contractor knights). Really, really fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpl7P9-B1Ho

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Hey folks! Supremacy's Shadow is part of Kindle Spotlight this weekend, meaning it's listed on their page and the e-book is 100% free (for a few more days). I'm trying to move as many (virtual) copies as possible, since you can only do a spotlight once every 90 days, so if any of you know anyone who enjoys thrillers, sci-fi, or snark, I'd be truly grateful if you could point them toward a free download. I'm trying to push the ranking as high as I can before the spotlight expires. Link here:

https://www.amazon.com/Supremacys-Shadow-Dueling-Planets-Book-ebook/dp/B078QHT83N/

Thanks all!

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My guest post on The Fantasy Hive is up! Worth a read if you like EXPLOSIONS.

https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/02/explosions-feelings-explosions/

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My first post for The Fantasy Hive arrives today, an article about one of the most popular trivia games in virtual reality: What's In the Box?!. It's basically trivia night in the nine circles of Hell. You can read about what's involved and watch a frankly hilarious video, if you're so inclined.

Life in the Metaverse - What's In the Box?!


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Well, here it is. My latest and greatest book is now available for pre-order. Some of you on this forum have even helped me critique the opening chapters, and some of you have even offered to blurb it (you know who you are, and you are awesome). Regardless, I'm proud of this book and thrilled to share it with you folks.



Half Han Solo, half Deadpool, Hayden Cross tries to stop an interplanetary war while relentlessly mocking everyone involved.


From the Back Cover
For Hayden Cross, a military investigator in the far future, whether his wife faked her death is the question that is probably going to get him killed. Having lost the only job that kept him sane, he has few resources and fewer leads. Oh, and a sadistic crime lord really wants to kill him.

As he fights through an underworld of fanatical rebels, callous bounty hunters, and corrupt cops, each step takes him closer to the truth about his wife’s fate and the oppressive government he once loyally served. On the way he may even liberate a planet and stop a war ... but only if he betrays everyone he loves.


Sample Chapters
Read the first four chapters here for free!


Praise? for Supremacy's Shadow
"...reads like Harrison Ford's voiceover for Blade Runner 2079 before the director's cut." - Tom Doyle, author of the American Craft series.

“If you liked that scene where Han Solo talks to the Imperial guy in the detention center, that’s basically this book.” - Mike Kern, author of Dark Winter

“Poor choices, bad jokes, and mouthing off to the very worst people at the wrong time, this book has it all.” - Cameron Johnson, author of The Traitor God

“A gritty, fast-paced thriller like James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, except the bullets are smarter than the people.” - Rosemary Claire Smith, author of T-Rex Time Machine

"It feels like a reboot of my favorite sci-fi movies, but it didn’t ruin my childhood once." - David Vaughn, author of "The Captain in Yellow" from the Cackle of Cthulhu anthology

"Suspiciously reminiscent of Firefly, only with more dysfunctional characters." - T. C. Weber, author of Sleep State Interrupt

"A thrilling litany of failure and rotten luck ... or, as Hayden Cross would call it, Tuesday." - Sherri Cook Woolsey, author of Walking Through Fire

"The snark of Deadpool and the sci-fi realism of The Expanse, left on your door step and set aflame." - A.Z Anthony, author of Servant of Rage

"A refreshing break from those thinky, moody, burdensome award-winners, this book shoots first and asks questions later." - David Chang, editor at Space Squid

"The best Star Wars rip-off since The Force Awakens." - T. Eric Bakutis, author of Tales of the Five Provinces


Purchase and Pricing
Pre-order price is $2.99, where it will remain for the first month of release, and it is also available on Kindle Unlimited if you have that. The book will price jump to $3.99 on March 15, but it'll be back down throughout the year as I have sales, so stay tuned!

Sample Chapters: Coming February 5, 2018

Amazon E-Book: Supremacy's Shadow

Paperback: Supremacy's Shadow

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Since @ScarletBea mentioned it, I'm making this thread to discuss the most recent Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. Please try to keep any spoiler-y stuff in spoiler tags out of respect for those who haven't seen it, as those folks may use the "Recent Posts" link to see stuff added and stumble across this thread by mistake. To start us off, here's my thoughts!

On balance, there were a whole bunch of things I really liked. As @ScarletBea said, it was great to see a much more diverse resistance. The rebellion in the original movies is a bit of a sausage-fest, which never made much sense. I also continue to love the new characters (Rey, Poe, and Finn) and grew to like Rose as well. And like The Force Awakens, I love that they've incorporated bits of genuine comedy into the SW universe. Of the original movies, only The Empire Strikes back had zingers that made me laugh, and it's nice to see those back. The humor didn't feel forced (for the most part), and Mark Hamill was amazing.

On the negative side, I still dislike Kylo (as in, I find his character annoying, not dislike in the way you hate a great villain) but he was more tolerable in this movie, and actually did some interesting stuff. Unfortunately, I saw a couple of plot holes I couldn't ignore, and several characters (without saying who) fall victim to "plot stupidity" where they do dumb things the character probably wouldn't do so that the plot can have a complication or twist that wouldn't occur if the characters just *talked* to each other.

Finally (and this was the big one, for me) the movie introduces one change to the rules of the SW universe that basically breaks everything before it, which bugs the hell out of me. It's a mistake that's difficult to ignore, so I hope they retcon something quickly to address it.

Now, spoilers below! Do NOT OPEN until you've seen the movie.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As far as stuff that breaks the universe? Holdo's jawdropping lightspeed kamikazee was AWESOME (and cinematic AF) but it completely changes everything about military tactics in every Star Wars ever. It think it was a classic case of a director/writer doing something they thought was "cool" (and it was cool!) without considering how changing the rules of how the SW universe operates basically breaks galactic warfare.

Simply put, they have now changed the rules of the universe to say that a ship going into hyperspace can slam into other ships as it jumps to lightspeed, which was never true before. Holdo's ship jumped to lightspeed INTO Snoke's carrier, literally hitting with enough force that Holdo's ship cut a ship ten times as big in half and generated a corresponding shock wave that shattered multiple Star Destroyers.

Here's the problem with that. We already know that hyperdrives are cheap as heck (every rustbucket snub fighter in the Rebellion had one) and small enough that even something like an A-Wing can power one. If it *is* true that ships can hit other ships while jumping to lightspeed, both the Empire and the Rebellion (and, for that matter, the clone troopers and separatists) would have been fielding hyperspace missiles since day one.

Literally all you need to do is stick a hyperdrive on a big chunk of mass (aerodynamics don't matter in space), or an asteroid, or any other object, and then hyperdrive that sucker into the first capital ship to catch your eye. Even if you make the argument that smaller masses would do less damage, it's still a devastating weapon (assuming the physics are constant, and an object jumping to lightspeed can decimate something 10 times as big) and given how cheap hyperdrives are in the SW universe, it'd probably be easier for militaries to create a bunch of hyperdrive drones/missiles instead of snub fighters.

The missiles, after all, don't need life support, droids, or any advanced guidance systems. You're basically just paying for a hyperdrive (again, dirt cheap) and a guidance system. No cap ship should be safe because they'll get the snot hyperdrived out of them the moment they moved in range of hyperdrive-equipped missiles.

Basically, up to TLJ, we never saw ships hyperdrive into each other because it actually wasn't possible. Now TLJ has said is IS possible, and if it is, WHY HAS NO ONE DONE IT BEFORE?

Over Yavin, they should have just had a couple of their cap ships jump to lightspeed into the Death Star. Problem solved. In TLJ, you know those two support cruisers they let run out of fuel for some reason and get blown up? Turn those suckers around and HYPERDRIVE KAMIKAZEE the First Order. Seriously, if you're going to lose the ship anyway, they should have done that at once, at least slowing the First Order down.

The only real argument you can make to justify hyperdrive kamikazees is if Holdo is *literally the first person* in the entire SW universe to have that idea, but that's disproven by the movie itself, as the Imperial officers on Snoke's ship (and others) realize what she's planning to do before she does it, and freak out accordingly ("focus all fire on that ship!") So Holdo's plan to jump to lightspeed and hit the First Order fleet isn't something no one has done before. The reason we've never seen this tactic in any other movie, EU book, or comic is because the rules of the universe said it couldn't be done. That's changed now.

Anyway, rant over. It was such a cool moment, but it was problematic as heck.

Now to be fair, The Force Awakens did introduce a magic laser beam that crossed interstellar distances in a few seconds and somehow DISINTEGRATED AN ENTIRE STAR SYSTEM. Still, because TLJ's new tactic is far more accessible and doesn't require a planet-sized base, it's ridiculous that isn't used more often.

I have more thoughts (particularly on making a few characters behave stupidly simply to make a plot twist possible) but I'd be curious what others thought, first.

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I *think* this is the appropriate venue for this! If not, please let me know and I will delete or move (or will be totally fine if the mods do so).

In concert with the reveal and march toward my next book, (Supremacy's Shadow) I'm running a special until the new year on the three books of my first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces.

From now until January 1, 2018, all three e-books (Glyphbinder, Demonkin, and Bloodmender) will be on sale for $0.99 (each) on Kindle.

So, if you folks know anyone who you think might enjoy them (or who might like a cheap Christmas present) I'd be immensely grateful if you could point them my direction.

Thanks all!

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Well, I went and did it!




Simulation Disorder collects all of Eric’s short stories published in anthologies or other markets between 2011 and 2016, as well as four prequel stories set in the worlds of Loose Circuit, Supremacy’s Shadow, and Glyphbinder.

As a bonus, this anthology also includes five previously unpublished short stories.

Reprints include:
“The Mumbler”, first published in The Absent Willow Review, by editor Bob Griffon, in 2011.
“Heads No. 1”, first published in The Absent Willow Review, by editor Bob Griffon, in 2011.
“Willow Grove”, first published in Fiction Vortex, by editor Mike Cluff, in 2013.
“Granite and Sand”, first published in The Ways of Magic from Deepwood Publications, by editor James Tallett, in 2014.
“Grieftaker”, first published in Inaccurate Realities Issue 3: Magic, by editors Christa J. Seeley, Sara Eagleson, and Danielle Webster, in 2014.
“Rum’s Daughter”, first published in Fairly Wicked Tales from Angelic Knight Press, by editor Stacey Turner, in 2014 (republished by Ragnarok Publications in 2015).
“Demoneater”, first published in Superhero Monster Hunter by Emby Press, by editors Thom Brannan and Miles Boothe, in 2015.
“Back Taxes”, first published in Space Squid, by editor David Chang, in 2016.

Prequel Stories Include:
“Adversarial Negotiations” (Science Fiction) - A Loose Circuit Prequel
“The Simworld Scripting Derby” (Science Fiction) – A Loose Circuit Prequel
“Protégé” (Science Fiction) – A Supremacy’s Shadow Prequel
“Firesworn” (Fantasy) – A Glyphbinder Prequel

New Stories Include:
The Book of Codes (Science Fiction)
Jinny’s Finest (Horror)
Hunted (Fantasy)
Stones of Frog Lake (Fantasy)
Soul of Fire (Fantasy)

You can find more information about Eric’s stories, books, and plenty of free fiction at www.tebakutis.com

You can pre-order (and later purchase) the anthology as an e-book by clicking here.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Batman. Ninja. Batman Ninja!
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
I had no idea this existed, but it does, and is coming in 2018. Batman is cool. Ninjas are cool.

Ninja Batman is, therefore, incredibly cool. Wow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF031DwMffQ

Given the trailer, the talent involved, and the fact that it looks like a whole host of characters (Batman, Joker, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Harley) are all getting makeovers for a Japanese steampunk (batpunk?) fantasy world, this looks goddamn AMAZING.

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