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Prog Slog Blogs

Over the last few days I have been reading prog slogs, for nostalgia but also for sci-fi fun. But what is a prog slog? To understand what a prog slog is you have to understand what a prog is. A British sci-fi comic called 2000ad that started in the 1970s, riding the wave of popularity of Star Wars is where the word comes from. Instead of calling the weekly comics issues, like any other comic, they decided that their comic would be released in weekly progs.

Atomic Blonde's Sci-Fi Roots

There is some negativity out there towards Atomic Blonde, typified by this review from Variety. In the review Andrew Barker says: the film has style to burn, employing enough neon lighting to power the Las Vegas Strip for weeks. Theron casts an indomitable figure throughout, and the camera lingers on every contour of her face and body with an intensity that verges on the fetishistic. But he thinks:

Dark Sci-Fi Novel Cover

I am designing the cover to episode four of my series of sci-fi novels at the moment. Only a few thousand words are written as of yet, but that just means I have plenty of time to work on it in tandem with writing the actual book. I’m designing the cover using Blender, an open source 3D modeling suite advanced enough to create the model spaceship for the cover and the typography, and almost anything else I can think of.

Harvest of Time (Doctor Who)

I’m half way through reading Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds a Dr Who book written by one of the outstanding talents of current British sci-fi. I grew up reading Doctor Who books; in fact the first “grown up” book I ever read was Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen, publisehed by Target Books. TV Tropes has a detailed article dedicated to these Dr Who novelizations. The quality of the writing varied considerably, but some were very good.

The Defenders (Binge Start)

The Defenders is the big thing in nerddom this week, and I’m binging, just like anybody else. I’ve only watched two episodes so far, and I am absolutely loving it. These two episodes have all been about introducing the heroes, Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Each hero is almost completely compartmentalized during the first two episodes, which is very unlike how things would be handled in a comic book.

Better Amazon Link

I’ve come across a strange problem with the links provided by the Amazon affiliates program to enable you to sell your book. Usually they sit there displaying your book. But sometimes they display a general advertisement for Amazon that does not lead the customer - a hard won customer, by you on your blog - to the product you want to sell. Obviously, this is not okay. The moment I saw this behaviour I knew I had to design my own advertisement, one not served by Amazon.

Now with Added Zombie

I have decided to try and pep up the cover to my zombie novel, Death Sense, in an effort to get more sales. Just a few days ago I was posting about how it was an intellectual zombie novel, and that’s reflected in the subdued cover, but now I’m starting to think it’s too intellectual, and the cover needs more blamo! Right now, the cover of my zombie novel doesn’t even have the word zombie on it.

Sci-Fi Supergirl

Supergirl is a lot of things. Supergirl is a character, who first made her appearance in Action Comics, in May 1959. Supergirl is also a comic book, which debuted in 1972. And Supergirl is also a movie, but most recently, Supergirl has become a TV show. The show premiered in October 2015 on CBS, then moved to The CW for its second season. It stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, a Kryptonian who escaped from her dying planet as a teen.

Selling eBooks for Bitcoin

Bitcoins are shooting up in value at the moment. According to Mashable, investors are pouring money into Bitcoin like there’s no tomorrow. A couple of months ago, the price of a bitcoin went above the price of an ounce of gold. Venturebeat says about Bitcoin that it was the first successful cryptocurrency and is still easily the biggest, with a market cap of over $54 billion. Its price has shot up around 225 percent so far this year, and performed better than any conventional, central-bank issued currency in almost every year since 2010.

Starting Work on Drifter Prime

I have now officially started work in earnest on the fourth book in my Dark Galaxy series. Part of that work is designing the cover. It’s also one of the most important parts of the entire book-writing process. A good cover will go a very long way towards getting your books noticed. Most authors have to hire somebody to do a cover for them. But I’m lucky in that I have graphic design training and I enjoy geeking about with 3D packages, which means I can create my own sci-fi covers.