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New Mortal Gods Art

Back in March, I teased some excerpts of original artwork for upcoming stories. I’ve created new Mortal Gods artwork since then. And I’m teasing excerpts of these new pieces right now.
None of the pieces are necessarily finalized nor am I certain that I will use them. However, the artwork helps grow the Mortal Gods universe by providing some visuals for it.
I like this group of art better than the one I posted in March. Nothing against what I showed then; I just think I’ve made some improvements with what I am displaying now. For instance, there is more of a sense of action in this group of art. Also, there are greater differences between some of the pieces.
Hope you enjoy the sneak peeks.

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U.S. Air Force CoS Talks about Space Transportation, Just Like Occurs in ‘Mortal Gods: HVT’

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein appeared at a United Kingdom military conference and spoke about how armed forces might one day transport troops through space, according to a July 13 article in The Daily Mail. This speculation is similar to how Adam White, the protagonist of Mortal Gods: “HVT,” deploys from space to an earthbound objective during a key moment in the short story.

The Daily Mail said that Gen. Goldfein was talking at “an air power conference in London” when he addressed the need for innovation. And after speaking about how Virgin Galactic is working on making “intercontinental space travel a reality” for commercial passengers he said, “The question for us is what does that mean if I take seven special operators, put them on this and then can get to any place on the planet in less than an hour?”
Mortal Gods: “HVT,” a short story published in seven serial installments here at Liberate Liberty, includes an important plot point where the U.S. government …

From the comic book to the battlefield: Get ready for the superhuman soldier

Editorial Note: Originally published at The Rebel on August 10, 2015.

Superhuman abilities are associated with comic book superheroes and fantasy, but they likely will become a reality and military-sponsored workshops even foresee them possibly being on the battlefield of the future.

Superheroes fill the big screen and television. Many people like them but others may be tired of them and think they are “childish” or “pure fantasy.” And while superheroes may indeed be both of these, superhumans certainly are not. They might one day become a reality and the U.S. Department of Defense is thinking about how they could affect warfare.
Many news outlets have reported on the U.S. Department of Defense developing a so-called Iron Man-type suit. But the DOD is also aware the future will see advancements beyond this; advancements that might eventually include biological superhuman abilities.
Defense One reported on July 22 that elements of the DOD, national security professionals, scientists and…

Indoor Skydancing and How to Carry Oneself in Flight

Superhuman characters are part of stories I’ve already published and part of stories yet to come. And some of these characters can fly without any technological assistance. The real-world competition of indoor skydancing provides a partial example of how you should visualize such characters while they fly.

Writing about superhuman flight is often simple enough. But how do you visualize what that looks like when you read it? Does what you see look anything like how filmmakers portray it? If it does, that’s sometimes okay but at other times not. Here’s why.
Depicting superhuman flight at times fails when visually translated. Failure in movies and TV often occurs because actors don’t know how to hold and move their bodies when attempting to portray a flying human being. They often come off as uncomfortable, awkward, or unable to hide that wires or other technology is helping them to mimic flight.
Hence, a superhuman character’s carriage while in flight is critical to making it seem both…

Letters of Marque and Reprisal – Chapter 1

Letters of Marque and Reprisal is an original, light-hearted, espionage story. It resides within a self-contained universe. I am publishing it serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine, and I will do so on an irregular schedule. Click on the “Letters of Marque and Reprisal Serial” tag at the bottom to access all chapters that have been published.

Chapter 1:
Bill Navarro stood outside the bus door, just to the side closest to the engine. “Over there,” he kept saying as people flowed off the bus. He didn’t have to say it. He didn’t have to have point at the spot where he wanted them either. It was just a short distance away and once the first person reached it, it became obvious where the rest of them should go. But he kept doing it until everyone had exited. All 50 of them or so. He climbed up the steps and stood next to the bus driver, quickly glancing from front to back to verify it was empty. Then he hopped outside again.
He unbuttoned the …

‘Sodom by the Susquehanna:’ How this Brand New Story Got Its Title

Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is a brand new serial story. I published the first chapter yesterday and will continue publishing new chapters on an irregular basis. (It starts with a bang so go read it if you haven’t already done so.) And since it has a bit of a unique title I thought I’d share its origin.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania published an article on January 16, 2000 titled, “Sodom by the Susquehanna – Current crop of scandalous exploits recalls Legislature’s corruption troubles of 1970s.”
Harrisburg is the Pennsylvania state capital, hence the Legislature is in it. Therefore, the article title is referring to Harrisburg as Sodom. Sodom, of course, is the evil city in the Bible which God destroys with fire and brimstone from heaven. (See Genesis 19 for the story of the destruction of Sodom. And read a few chapters before that for more of the story of it and the equally evil city of Gomorrah.)
And the “Susquehanna” in the article title refers to the Susq…

Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” – Chapter 1

Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing it serially on an irregular schedule. Also, I am publishing it here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine. Click on the “Mortal Gods SBTS Serial” tag at the bottom to access all chapters that have been published.

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. – Genesis 19:24 (King James Version)
Chapter 1:
Tyler Ott kicked the grape hyacinth that had somehow managed to grow in that tiny crack in the sidewalk. It bounced to the concrete and then sprang upright again. He smiled at the survivor. Still, it was better to thrive than simply survive. Indeed, that was a central part of the official vision for the Republic Restoration Initiative. The one-line statement read, “The vision of RRI is for an America that thrives through a return to Christian values.”
He had worked for RRI for two years. Or…