Sorry about the lack of blogging here, folks. I was out in beautiful Los Angeles for my day job, and things were both busy and interesting (in good ways). I also had a chance to meet up with fellow NLA agency-mate Jason M. Hough for some quality Mexican food in San Juan Capistrano. No swallows were spotted, but the dinner was excellent and the authorial company even better. Jason’s a stand-up guy and a great writer, and if you’re not reading his blog or following him on Twitter, you should. His book, The Darwin Elevator, is out next year, and I for one can’t wait to read it. Continue reading
Category Archives: Known Worlds
When we last left off on our little tour of the Known Worlds (as featured in Spacebuckler) we had just explored the mysteries of cloud-shrouded Venus. Next up: Mercury, the sunniest spot in the solar system. This appellation is not a good thing, mind you.
The real planet Mercury is a small ball of superheated rock just 36 million miles from the sun (on average). On the sunny side, temperatures reach up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. On the dark side, eternally pointing away from the sun, temperatures hover around minus 280 degrees. And you can forget about any meaningful atmosphere — the few gaseous atoms not blasted into space by the solar winds aren’t exactly breathable. Of course, you’d either freeze or fry anyway.
I’m going through the setting of Spacebuckler planet by planet, and this week we’ll linger on Venus for a bit, because it’s more than just a hot and humid jungle. Indeed, if the late 18th century London broadsheets are any indicator, the entire planet is a hive of scheming Spaniards, savage Venusians and pirates of all stripes.
And yet despite the papers’ tendency to stretch the truth…they’re pretty close to the truth when it comes to the Green Planet. After the Pinzon expedition discovered the aurora pathways into the Void and first landed on the Moon in 1492, the Spaniards quickly set their sights on Venus. There, they laid claim to the entire planet — an impossible task given its size, nearly as large as Earth itself, and its trackless jungles.
Then there were the Venusians.