Here’s something I never noticed before: In the Empire Strikes Back gantry duel, Irvin Kershner begins a key overhead shot with Vader not yet in frame — just Luke, retreating. He holds the shot as Vader’s saber appears, then Vader, then as they duel across the frame.
It’s a little showy, a little goofy and totally badass. Which is pretty much how I imagine Kersh was.
I chatted with Stephanie Whelan from the blog Views from the Tesseract about Jupiter Pirates. Fun discussion — we cover favorite childhood authors, world-building, the perils of continuity, families and more.
The first spring-training telecast is the day Earth starts to return to its proper axis — and I utter a deep sigh of relief.
This is absolutely fascinating — a vision of a brief, primeval epoch when the universe might have been much friendlier to life than it is today. I can see a hundred big-think science-fiction writers sprinting to their keyboards….
Our universe is about 13 billion years old, and for roughly 3.5 billion of those years, life has been wriggling all over our planet. But what was going on in the universe before that time?
I had a blast talking to kids at three schools in Litchfield, Conn., about storytelling, writing and of course pirates. Really looking forward to more Jupiter Pirates school visits this spring and summer.
Following up on Tuesday’s sneak peek of sketches, here’s the final cover for The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris, by the great Tom Lintern. The second book in the Jupiter Pirates series is coming from HarperCollins on Dec. 16. Will have a sneak peek and other goodies over at the official site during the spring and summer.
Hmm, guess this means I have to get cracking on Jupiter Pirates 3….
Here’s the next “Author’s Cut” of material dropped from The Essential Guide to Warfare, featuring a pulpy tale of ancient Hutt villains, a visit to the planet Irmenu, and an encounter on Ruusan.
There’s even some foreshadowing of Jupiter Pirates which I’d forgotten about till I rediscovered it here. Enjoy! (And in case you missed it, here’s a sneak peek of the cover of The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris.)
This is exciting — over on The Jupiter Pirates site I’ve unveiled Tom Lintern's awesome sketches for the cover of the second book in the series, Curse of the Iris. It's the first artwork of Yana Hashoone, who's my not-so-secret favorite. Will show off the finished cover to email subscribers tomorrow and then share it with everybody. The second book comes out Dec. 16 — can't wait!