The following variant and resource images which I made along the way, I release into the Public Domain:
Variant via the Filter Forge "side to side" filter by Skybase:
An alpha resource via the Filter Forge Terrain Hightfield Generator by LigH; I used this (and variants of it) as a transparency channel in filter layers to make uneven interesting application of filters:
The first thumbnail here links to a 9000px wide image. The other two link to 2400px wide images.
Software used: Solidworks, 3ds Max, Filter Forge, Photoshop. The horizontal and vertical painterly streaks and stripes are a side effect of the Sketchy Painting Filter Forge filter extending the effect from where an opaque area borders a transparent (alpha) area in an image. I deliberately used that side effect here. It may only work with a previous version of Filter Forge and/or the mentioned filter :/ A hoity-toity robot talks about these at:
[EDIT: the information in this post is out of date, and it's too wordy. I'll update it when I can. TL;DR: I wrote a short story. You can download it free. Here's the cover, also free. 12/12/2016]
Published via smashwords.com is my short Science Fiction story ebook, "TREACHERY," which includes an additional short story and extended preview of an expected (in development) full-length story. Downloadable 45% previews of the ebook in every major format are available there immediately. The book cover image follows.
Book reviewers, or people who have high social reach who may be willing to post any kind of review–even a mention anywhere online, or friends and family :) may contact me via the information at my "about" page for a complimentary review/privelege copy!
I expect the ebook may soon be circulated by smashwords to many online booksellers (including Apple and Google). Publish review at Amazon is also underway. [UPDATE 08/16/2014 10 AM: It is now published at Amazon.]
Here's the book cover. The image links to a larger image, free for personal use.
I have previously posted here (and at my wiki) an excerpt and extended preview of "AS THE SAND OF THE SEA" (included with "TREACHERY"), but have since renamed it "COUNTLESS." The excerpt post at my blog of that is here. Largely unchanged spec cover art I did for "COUNTLESS" is here.
Artwork by yours truly which is featured on/in this ebook has previously been published at this blog here, here, and here. Some development spec art I posted for "TREACHERY" is here and here.
That's not even all of it, folks. In the past day I released a new screenwriter's font, and tomorrow (if I'm at the computer) I'll publish a libre screenwriter's formatting toolset for libre office (which I developed partly to ease formatting quasi-screenplay format for ebooks).
But good golly, I need to go to bed :) Here's a paste of all the listing/jacket blather.
Author: Richard Alexander Hall
Publishers: Smashwords, Inc. / Amazon (submitted for review)
Smashwords-assigned ISBN: 9781310539671
SLUG You, Janus Thaddeus, appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate time-stream.
VERY SHORT DESCRIPTION
Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, is offered a chance by his enemies to save his race, by way of his unique gift.
SHORT CONTENTS DESCRIPTION
Two original science fiction short stories and one extended science fiction full-length story preview, including a new and unique take on time travel.
VERY SHORT BARELY SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
TREACHERY: Janus learns from his enemies how he may save humanity with his unique gift. Features a unique take on time travel. FORSAKEN: Under the event horizon, the family confronts Father's sins, and a beguiling foe. COUNTLESS: Jake detects thousands of distant worlds, and humanity builds a telescope large enough to photograph them. What will we discover, and what will it cost us?
SHORT SORTA MORE SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
In TREACHERY, Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, falls planetside when his fleet is wiped out by orbiting atomic blasts. He is rescued by the intelligent Salamander aliens who wiped out his fleet. Salamander Commander Xenon advises him: "…you appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate timestream." Salamander Assistant Commander Idan claims that Janus' human family remains alive, despite everything Janus' eyes told him. Janus is offered by these, his enemies, a chance to save his race, by way of his unique gift.
In FORSAKEN, under the Event Horizon, Timothy imposes a surprise deathbed penance on Father, and the family faces a beguiling foe.
In COUNTLESS (development snapshot), Jake chances on a way to discover thousands of extrasolar planets, and wields his newfound fame to persuade citizens of the world to build a ten-billion dollar orbiting telescope, to photograph distant worlds. What will humanity discover, and what will it ultimately cost them?
TREACHERY and COUNTLESS (development snapshot) are written in fountain screenplay format, while FORSAKEN appears in traditional prose format. Each penned by a student of master screenwriter and independent filmmaker Richard Dutcher, they bear Hall's unique perspective from a vantage of scientific curiosity and religious ethics. The screenplays are themselves exemplary of the simple art and craft which all screenwriters should apply to the trade. Claims Dutcher of his students: "You can compete with the best of them."
Also featuring fine space matte cover and interior artwork by Hall, and an introduction to fountain screen format for readers, with Hall's rationale for screen format to be the new standard of electronic fiction and publishing.
time travel, armaggedon, aliens, betrayal, exoplanets, black hole, robot, religion, family challenges.