You, Janus Thaddeus, appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate time-stream.
Here is the book cover art (front half, with titles) for my short Science Fiction story ebook, "TREACHERY."
A version of this with the back cover also and without titles is published in a previous post; here is the link.
Author: Richard Alexander Hall
Publishers: Smashwords, Inc. / Amazon
Smashwords-assigned ISBN: 9781310539671
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
An original science fiction short story with 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.
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.
The image linked from this thumbnail is free for personal use.
I'm very pleased with this. It incorporates maps created with the LunarCell, SolarCell, and Glitterati photoshop plugins (the latter in a "starbrite" mode to save the alpha channel of stars, kindly custom coded by the plugin author at my request!–and I think he hasn't yet released a public version with that mode), and other adapted work I've done with a ringed planet, and a 3D render of the planet derived from said textures/maps.
The cyan "shadows" on the rings were an accident–I lit the planet with red (the nebula) from one side and white from the other, and through the translucent green rings, it seems that white light canceled out red and left the rest cyan. No, that may not happen with real physics (or "real life"), so it may not be realistic. This is, um, stylized? And it's, um, a story involving antrhopomorphic extraterrestrial frogs? Yep. K thx. And yes, men, you're going to have a pink and purple book. Get over it.
I'd like to make the borealis more obvious/prominent/realistic, and strictly the planet doesn't have the moons mentioned in the story. Maybe I'll get around to updating it thus.
Two variant works with color hue-shifted in Lab color mode (it produces more human-perceptual-friendly color changes than the brute math of RGB):
Click the images to open larger ones, free for personal use. This was formerly entitled Abstraction 00021. And last and least . . .
Who was it that asked for a painting of an ionic column embedded with a cleaver, flowing with blood like a sacrificial altar? Oh. Well, here it is anyway. This is for my soon-to-be-published (eBook via smashwords) short story of that title, which story is the most seriously deeply disturbed thing I have ever and may ever, uh, written. If somebody actually wanted a print of this, though, I might be disappointed. I don't know why I would put that on my wall. Print not available.*
But isn't that other one a nice, bright, colorful, pretty, abstract painting? As you can see, we take all kinds here.
*I'm not even really sure why I'd put this on my blog. In keeping with "I'm paying attention to you, whatever you give me, Image Brain?" Did you know if you do that with any part of your brain–just sketch or sing into a voice recorder or write or whatever anything your brain gives you–did you know that if you do this, then your unconscious realizes you are paying attention, and it gives you more music or images or whatever to create? This is my experience. Caveat: this does not mean you should publish anything and everything your brain gives you ;) but if you do this, you may find yourself creating things you wish to publish.