Saturday, November 18, 2017

Code Of Armor, Part 3 Snippet

Here's a little worldbuilding snippet for Code Of Armor, part 3.  Enjoy!

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    “The Gatekeepers have done their best, by force and deception, to muddy the historical records of their conquest of Junctionworld. Not their battle footage, mind you, or the fact that they rule supreme over this place. They're proud of those 'facts,' and enjoy reminding the populace ad nauseum.”

    “But, when it comes to questions about their origins, things suddenly turn mysterious. Oh, your average Gatekeeper is a morphed, stunted version of a biped mammal, encased in an advanced protective shell, that's apparent enough. Their technology level is astounding. The problem is, no one ever heard of them before they came here. Not even the RedFolk, or the Zov Collective. If there is any data on them, they've scrubbed it clean.”

    “Which brings us to the question of why, of all the WorldGates, they >CENSORED< the >CENSORED<. Not many know it these days, but The >CENSORED< was their point of origin, their invasion beachhead. They came through it like unholy angels in their heavy grav armors, burning and slaughtering the Ja-Prenn down to the last juvenile Breeder Queens. Since their takeover, they've obscured the fact that somewhere behind the >CENSORED< was their home. Whatever it is they're trying to evade, it must have finally caught up to them.”

    “Try and poke around the edges of these facts, and Central Data usually times out your connection, maybe issues you a warning to change directions in your inquiries. Keep at it, and your kiosk or data device orders you to stand by, and saves your picture and stats.”

    “Meanwhile, they vector in Model Ninety-Nine detectives to scoop you up. Those interrogations usually start with synaptic torture, and end with a conveyor belt ride into the void. You can laugh and call me a fool, but I've heard about it.”

    “Hold on, there's a knock at the habitat door. Be right back.”

-Poster 'ArenaFan997', ChatterBoard Discussion Net,

Sub-Chat “Conspiracies”





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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

First three chapters on PDF, on the house...
www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmorVengeance-PartTwo-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

First Three Chapters of Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part 2...Plus, Part 3 Started!

It occurs to me that I didn't upload or post the link to the first three chapters of my recently-launched book, Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part 2.

Here's that link to the PDF.

www.johnbearross.com/CodeOfArmorVengeance-PartTwo-FirstThreeChapters.pdf

Also, good news for sellers of caffeine products in my town, I've started Part 3 of the Code Of Armor series!  2600 words today!  Woot!

#WardancersGonnaWardance

Snippets and worldbuilding chapter headers coming soon!
Stay posted.

Best,
JBR



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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Monday, November 6, 2017

The 20mm Mattis Carbine

I showed the 20mm Mattis cartridge the other day.

This is what shoots 'em.

The Larue 787.  A nasty little select-fire carbine/PDW.












Enjoy!

Best,
JBR

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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

The Kindle version is $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Thursday, November 2, 2017

20mm Mattis Cartridge Renderings And Descriptions

I don't know how you imagine the 20mm Mattis cartridge from my Code Of Armor:Vengeance books to look, but here's my digital sketch of it.

Short, pudgy, about the length of a AA battery. 

And nasty.






Actual brass works out to 20x35mm in regular nomenclature.  Cartridge Overall Length is 50mm for feeding from standard magazines.

Projectiles vary.  Hardball, cavitators, high explosives/dual purpose, hollowpoints, and spike rounds with fragmenting jackets.  Versatile, no?

There's not a lot of room in that case once the projectile is seated, so I handwave the fact that propellants will be more advanced in a sci-fi setting.

Here are the worldbuilding snippets from the books that describe the cartridge, from the perspective of an interworld weapons journal.

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 “Named for one of their fiercest war chieftains, the 20mm Mattis cartridge has served the Ascended well for a number of centuries, despite the advancement of portable energy weapons. The recoil of the hard-hitting round is substantial, but even Humans, parallel-world cousins to the Ascended, can use the round given sufficient conditioning and training.”

“20mm Mattis can feed from box magazines, drums, tubes, and even more primitive revolvers with the use of radial spacer-clips.”

-Daroog's Interworld Guide Of Ballistic

Cartridges, Ninth Edition

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 “The 20mm Mattis, also known as the .787 Self Defense, is a classic chambering for both handguns, carbines, and rifles. It has a decades-old, well-earned reputation as a sentient-stopper. Loadouts vary across the technological spectrum, from copper-jacketed tungsten projectiles to more advanced thermite rounds with EMP kickers for tougher targets.”

“The round first came to Junctionworld during the Ascended Migration, and caught on quickly with larger-framed beings. The Ascended, an advanced and innovative species, brought it to the interdimensional crossroads as they fled those mechanical terrors of their own making, The Purge. Even a Class 4 Purgehound can be stopped dead (if such a term can be applied to the abominations) in its tracks by a well-placed round of 20mm Mattis to the processor cortex assembly.”

-Daroog's Interworld Guide Of Ballistic
Cartridges, Ninth Edition

Enjoy!

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Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.
 Here's the Kindle version.  $2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two...Launch!

The last few days have been a blur of editing, formatting, rewriting, artwork, and layout.

What a rush!

I'm proud to announce the launch of Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two!

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Pilot Jessica Kramer is a mech gladiator fighting long odds, personal demons, and a rigged system in order to solve the murder of her brother in an alien arena.

Pilot Kramer is the target of the Gatekeepers, an advanced, domineering race who control the dimensional hub known as Junctionworld.

They have her in their sights, and have brought in an assassin to crush her in the ring.

To stay alive, she must stay one step ahead of rogue computers, armored criminals, and fellow mech gladiators trying to kill her to gain their own freedom.

Will personal demons from her past cut short her quest for justice?
Will she discover the truth before she and her family's legacy is ended?

Find out in this conclusion to the two-part story, Code Of Armor: Vengeance.

Also included is a 8000 word story titled, "Meet The Myoshans," giving a small insight into the background of the aliens who help Pilot Kramer to bring her mech back into fighting shape.


 Here's the Kindle version$2.99, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0772D3Q92



 And here's the Paperback version. $7.50 delivered to your door, with Amazon Prime.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973199394

Enjoy!

Best,
JBR

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Interior Art For Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two

I whipped up a few weapons and logos, and did the interior artwork for the next book I have coming out, Code Of Armor: Vengeance, Part Two.

Here's some shiny...













Launch is imminent!
Stand by, pilots!

Best,
JBR

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Code Of Armor: Vengeance Part 2 Almost Done. Here's Some WorldBuilding Snippets.


Over 8000 words this week!  Whoohoo!

Ah, the big action scene is in the can.  Now, to pick through the rubble for survivors.

Here are a few worldbuilding snippets, the headers to the chapters that give you a little extra flavor without having big data-dumps in the middle of the text...

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     “The SunPulse line of microfusion turbines from New Jovian Industries sets the standard in mobile power generation, ready to supply even the most demanding of mech combat requirements. Our rugged and modular design can be overhauled in the pits or the field. All you need are simple hand tools, some readily-available deuterium, and our convenient (and proprietary) point ignition kits!
     “Whether you're conquering worlds or climbing the tournament brackets, depend on SunPulse.”
     “SunPulse: We Bring The Heat.”

-Advertising Copy From The InterWorld Mercenary

Guild's Monthly Journal 'Highest Bidder'


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     “Knowing what we know about the universi, we can reasonably theorize that this place is not natural in its formation. In all likelihood, it is a construct, an edifice, a place with an intent.”
     “So, why was this place built, and by whom? Was it a private kingdom? A refuge or bolt-hole? A conduit for conquest, or discovery, or trade? Or all of the above?”
     “What kind of technology does it take to create a pocket dimension from whole cloth, and then establish eight fixed, stable portals that can access an unlimited number of different worlds and realities?”
     “More immediate in concern, what makes the Gatekeepers think they can maintain their hold on it? They, themselves, have only possessed it for a handful of centuries. What happens when the original creators, or forces that are even stronger than those sentients, come back through the gates and find these supposed 'overbeings' squatting on their territory?”
     “Even more important to the average being reading this: what do you think they'll do to the rest of us? After all, what would you do if you found a colony of octorats infesting your habitat after returning from a long trip? You'd break out the plasma torch and nerve gas, is what you'd do.”

-Excerpt from “Wanderings: My Travels Through The Gates,”
by Professor Gallium Stronjh


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     "You may squawk and fuss, dear underbeings, but, dead or alive, you shall comply. Nothing grows here. Nothing can be mined. There is no naturally-occurring water or rain. These things must pass through our WorldGates. Everything must be imported, traded for, managed, apportioned, and regulated.”
     “That requires infrastructure. Infrastructure requires skilled labor, materials, bots, and Nines. These costs require remittance. Fees, levies, taxes, call them what you will, but they shall be paid, and paid in full.”
     “Some among you originate from places and times where the life-debt is considered abhorrent. While your naivete is charming, you should be reminded that your continued existence is a direct result of our benevolent intervention in your unfortunate and otherwise-terminal circumstances. There is an accounting, and by merely existing, you are in our debt.”
     “Are you interested in continuing your existence? Then produce, repay your obligations, and contribute your fair share. We shall tell you what is fair, naturally. If this is not satisfactory, if you do not wish to share in our collective splendor, we shall happily reassign you a new purpose in life, or assist you into the hereafter.”
     “Selfishness, sedition, ingratitude, and insurrection, these things you mislabel as 'freedom' and 'self-determination,' will be met with one singular response: annihilation.”

-Gatekeeper Polomius, Third GateLord, Proverbs of Power

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Book's about done.  Look for it this week, editing and format willing.  Sleep, as always, is overrated.

Best,
JBR