Remember when Miira was inducted into Innerscape and basically lost her whole skull so Kenneth Wu’s nano interface could connect the AI to her brain? Not quite there yet but…this article shows that it’s coming. And I actually forecast it…
Okay, okay, probably not that hard to do if you read sci-fi, but I’m still proud as punch.
During this Covid-19 crisis I want to help in any way I can, so I’ve turned my sci-fi trilogy, Innerscape, into an omnibus edition. In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering the omnibus edition up for free in as many formats as I can manage.
The Innerscape Omnibus includes:
Book 1, Miira
Book 2, The Godsend
Book 3, Nabatea
Just a whisker under 1000 pages so it should keep people going for a while. 😀
For those without dedicated reading devices, I’ve started with the PDF format because all you will need is a free copy of Acrobat Reader and a computer of some sort.
Click the image below, or the sync.com link. to download the PDF version of the omnibus:
Alternately, click ‘as PDF’ in the sidebar to the right to be taken to the same link.
You will not need to sign up or do anything at all to download the omnibus. Just click the link and then follow the on-screen instructions. Feel free to share the omnibus with family and friends. All I ask is that you don’t try to sell it or use it in any commercial way.
I’ll be working to get the next version up and tested asap. Until then, stay well and #StayHome
This is the third video adapted from Miira, i.e. book 1 of Innerscape.
Chronologically, this video should have come before the Battle of Osaka Castle, but my subconscious has a mind of its own. 🙂
How many more videos I do for book 1 will depend on how well the pre-made backgrounds [in Plotagon] lend themselves to scenes in the book. I’m learning more and more with each video, but Plotagon does have limitations, and scenes that require ‘action’ are almost impossible to do. Still having fun though.
I did start the account creation process with Google [so I could upload my videos to Youtube], but when I was asked to verify both my email address and my phone, I started to get goosebumps, and not in a good way. This is a small part of Google’s privacy [sic] statement:
It was about this point that my survival instincts kicked in again and I aborted the process, or at least I tried to. I very much fear that my phone number is forever in Google’s possession. Given that it’s an Android phone I’m very glad I have GPS turned off. 😦
Anyway, with Youtube no longer an option, I went looking for alternatives and discovered that WordPress.com allows Vimeo videos! Yay and double yay. 🙂
So here is my rather ambitious Plotagon video entitled ‘Prepare for Induction’:
I haven’t seen The Irishman, but the video detailing how it was made has me absolutely enthralled. Watch, and see for yourself:
Cool tech, right? But it’s not just the tech that has me jiggling up and down in my chair. It’s the fact that another piece of Innerscape is becoming a reality! -dance-
If you read book 1 of the Innerscape trilogy, you may remember the scene, early in the story, in which Miira finally gets to see the ‘avatar’ she will use once she has been inducted into Innerscape. That avatar is based on her 29 year old self. In other words, her avatar has to be ‘de-aged’.
To make the story work, the Innerscape AI had to be sophisticated enough to create avatars so real looking that none of the Residents can tell the difference. That was one of the key pieces of tech in the story, and now I know that it’s possible, actually possible.
I’m so excited, I don’t know what to do with myself. I finally got up the courage to ask Amazon to make Miira [book 1 of Innerscape] permafree to match B&N, Kobo et al,… and it’s happening!
So far, I’ve checked amazon.com and amazon.com.au, and the ebook is $0.00 on both! Sadly, amazon.co.uk hasn’t gone to permafree yet, but I’m sure it’s on the way. This has literally just happened, or at least I’ve only just noticed. If anyone sees Miira going permafree somewhere else, please let me know.
It’s odd, this feels like an early Christmas present. At least now I have the hope that more people will give Innerscape a try. And to celebrate, we’re getting pizza tonight.
-thinks- I might just indulge in some Cabernet Sauvignon as well. 🙂
I know who bought one set of the Innerscape print set, and I thank her most sincerely. Huge hugs going to you my friend. 🙂
But who bought the second set????
Given how expensive the print books are, I truly hadn’t expected any sales at all. To find that there have been two is…phenomenal. Whoever you are, please know that you’ve given me the best Christmas present I could ever have asked for. Thank you.
Okay, life can be strange sometimes. I was on Amazon, quietly attaching my new print books [dance] to my Author Central page when my search for ‘Miira’ came up with five pages worth of results. And most of them were Japanese!
Given that my Miira is supposed to be a Eurasian of Chinese/Swedish extraction, I was a little dismayed. Clearly I should have done my research when I first came up with the name, but…I thought I’d made it up. Anyway, eager to make up for being lazy before, I googled ‘Miira’ and ‘Japanese’ and discovered that ‘miira’ means…
-cough- mummy -cough-
No, not the motherly kind of mummy but the wrapped-up-in-cloth-and-buried-in-a-sarcophagus kind. I kid you not.
Not exactly the connection I would have liked but hey…maybe I can break into the Japanese horror market one day? lol
In other news, the Offspring and I went out, actually out to see a movie last night and it was absolutely, fan-bloody-tastic. The movie is Blade Runner 2049, and if it’s still playing in a cinema near you, do yourself a favour and go see it on the big screen. Seriously, probably the best movie I’ve seen since Fury Road. Okay, it’s the only movie I’ve seen since Fury Road but let’s not split hairs.
Want to know something else? The production team of Blade Runner 2049 is chock full of Hungarians!
Yes, it has been a good weekend, and I hope yours turns out the same.
In my ‘They. Have. Arrived’ post, I mentioned that I wasn’t completely happy with how the covers had turned out. It’s taken me the whole weekend to fix them, and I’ll have to re-upload all the cover files, but I’m finally happy with the ‘final final‘ versions. Yes, I know, don’t say it. 🙂
One of the things I noticed once I had 3 physical books in my hands was that the spines didn’t completely line up. They were close but not 100% [and I know Dawn likes to line the spines up…]. So while I was fixing the width of the Miira spine, I decided to get all three spines right as well. And here they are:
-grin- They now line up to the hundredth of a millimetre…
Another thing that brought out the anal in me was The Godsend background image. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t completely control the level of transparency of the original background image so…I made my own. Who’d a thunk all that math my Dad made me study would come in handy?
I am proud of the perspective I managed to create by hand, but I have this nagging feeling that Corel must have a function somewhere that would have done the same thing a million times faster. Needless to say, I didn’t find it, but if anyone out there knows an easier way I’d really love to know. Anyway, here it is, and please don’t say it looks just like the old one. 😦
So that’s it. All I have to do now is proof read the interiors, re-upload the cover files, reconvert the Word files to StoryBox, get more ISBNs for the ‘new’ e-versions and…
I’m calling it a night. Time for dinner and some play time.
Just finished the Miira cover, version nth [honestly? I’ve lost track], so I thought I’d celebrate by playing around with a 3D version. I think it turned out okay. 🙂
The new blurb for the back is:
In 2101, the average person can expect to reach one hundred and ten. Miira Tahn, last Lady of Dhurai, is dying at just fifty-two. Faced with a slow, agonizing death, her only hope is a virtual paradise called Innerscape. There, the Residents inhabit beautiful, digital bodies indistinguishable from the real thing.
Or so the brochures say. But even Eden had a snake, and once inducted, the Residents of Innerscape can never return to the real world. If anything goes wrong, they will be lost in the dark forever.
Yet for Miira Tahn, even a tenuous hope is better than the fate that awaits her.
‘…sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump…’
And finally, underneath the blurb will be this:
‘Miira’ is the first book of the Innerscape cyle and corresponds to Episode 1 of the original series.
After way too much angst, I finally decided to bite the bullet and redo the ebooks as well. Once I’m finished, both print and digital versions will comprise just three books:
Miira, book 1 = Episode 1 of Innerscape
The Godsend, book 2 = Episodes 2 and 3 of Innerscape, and
Nabatea, book 3 = Episodes 4 and 5 of Innerscape.
It’s not an ideal solution, but it’s the only one I can think of that will translate a five-part serial into three, organic story arcs. And as an added bonus, the new splits will allow me to make book 1 permafree…once I persuade Amazon that it’s necessary.
But those are long range plans. For now I’d just like to thank everyone who commented on version 1 of the covers. You’ll never know how valuable your feedback was. Massive hugs all round! Now I’m off to make a pretty toy out of books 2 and 3. 😀