Sunday, December 30, 2012

NEARING THE FINISH LINE!

Cover Art: Jeff Austin. Production Design: Bobby Nash

Art: Nash & Austin
I’m almost finished with the production work on Frontier, which is a collection of sci fi shorts I’ve written over the years. It's been a nice trip down memory lane compiling all of the stories for this volume. If all goes well (HA!) this will be out in January.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover (above) and a couple of images from the inside. Art by me and inked (saved) by Jeff Austin.

Happy New Year.

Bobby





Earth Station One Episode 143: Random Geek Talk

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When the holidays are over and we can all just kick back and relax before starting the New Year. Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, and Bobby Nash sit by the holographic campfire for some good ol’ fashioned geek talk. Unrehearsed, unannounced, unscripted, only slightly edited, and hopefully more than mildly entertaining. The only other creature stirring is Mario Russo (organizer of the Atlanta South Comic Con) in The Geek Seat.

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Random Geek Talk at www.esopodcast.com.
Direct link: http://erthstationone.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/earth-station-one-episode-143-random-geek-talk/

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:06:45 Interview & The Geek Seat w/ Mario Russo of the Atlanta South Comic Con
0:26:51 Random Geek Talk
1:45:26 The Khan Report
1:47:49 Show Close

Next on Earth Station One...
Next week, the Earth Station One crew takes a look back at the year that was 2012. The highs. The lows. The podcasts. Find out what parting shots Mike, Mike, Bobby, and several friends of the station have for 2012. Now, you’d think that would be enough for one podcasts, but no. ESO will also be looking ahead. Find out what we’re excited for in 2013.

As always, ESO wants to hear from you. We’d love to hear your 2012 highlights at www.esopodcast.com, or email us at esopodcast@gmail.com, or call 404-963-9057. We might just read yours on the show.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

RALPH'S RANTS REVIEWS SAMARITAN


My ebook novella, Samaritan was reviewed at Ralph's Rants. You should check out what he has to say about it here or read it below.

Samaritan- A review (posted with permission of the reviewer)
Samaritan by Bobby Nash is a novella set in the future where man is exploring space aboard prospector ships. The Aquarius is one such ship. The Aquarius has been out in deep space for eight long years and is just now returning to Earth. In all that time they have not encountered another being of any species. That is about to change.

When the ship comes upon a seeming graveyard of spaceships and spaceship parts the crew is understandably curious and excited. For the first time they have evidence of life on other worlds. Sadly, as they are about to find out, it’s better off not answering certain questions, at least not at this time.

Originally Published here.
This is a VERY well written space adventure, and within its forty plus pages an entire story is told, and nothing is left wanting. I really liked this one a lot, even more than I expected too. It held my interest and the pace which started out slow built to a frenetic crescendo at the tales end. This is as much a horror story as it is Sci-fi, in the vein of ‘Alien’.

But therein lies the problem with this tale, to me at least. The end, while excellently and professionally written, felt a little too expected for me. The big surprise was pretty much what I expected to happen.

But do NOT let that deter you from reading this story. It honestly is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. There’s very little sci-fi out there that I like. Most of it reads like bad Star Trek or Star Wars. Or it strives far too hard to be neither. This just read like a good sci-fi story. I’ve been lucky recently and read three good sci-fi stories in a row, including this one. You can’t go wrong here. Bobby’s characters are real and you don’t like all of them, which to me is the sign of a good writer, and a good story.

Give Samaritan a whirl. It’s a short but very engrossing story. Far better than most novella’s I’ve read recently.

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Thanks for the kind words, Ralph. I'm glad you enjoyed Samaritan.
Thanks for checking it out and taking the time to write. It is appreciated.

Bobby
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Original cover idea. Was tweaked into final version above.

About SAMARITAN (an ebook novella by Bobby Nash):

Deep space.

The science ship Aquarius, under the command of Captain Jeremiah Rains has finally reached the end of its exploratory mission to the depths of uncharted space and is returning home to Earth.

Captain Rains and his skeleton military crew are tired and bored from the lack of adventure they expected to find out in the great beyond. The scientists, however, are extremely happy with their many discoveries.

When the ship comes upon the wreckage of a destroyed space vessel, the crew is surprised to find one survivor; a woman, quite possibly the most beautiful woman any of them have ever seen. Her name is Lari and all she wants is someone, some Good Samaritan, to take her home.

The catch is that her planet is located at the center of a black hole.

SAMARITAN is a novella by author Bobby Nash.

You can purchase Samaritan at the following ebook retailers:
Smashwords (multiple ebook formats)
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Drive Thru Fiction

Samaritan will be part of the upcoming BEN Books release, FRONTIER, a collection of sci fi stories by Bobby Nash. Keep watching this space for more details. This will be the first time Samaritan has been in print since its original run in Startling Stories #3 from Wild Cat Books in 2007.
Frontier by Bobby Nash. Coming Soon from BEN Books.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

SPACE. THE FINAL FRONTIER...

Not my hands, but I spend a lot of time tapping away at a keyboard like this one.

Art: Bobby Nash/Jeff Austin
Despite a multitude of interruptions and distractions, I've actually had quite the busy day today. Today's work has consisted mostly of production and design work as I'm putting together FRONTIER, a collection of my older sci fi tales. Getting a book, any book, ready for press is not my favorite activity, but designing title pages for each story has been fun.

I'll have more on Frontier later. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here's one of the title pages as a sneak peek.

After a short break, it’s back to work writing the Evil Intent novel. The plan is to have it finished by the end of January, early February at the latest. Still a lot to do to get there though.

Fun stuff.

How was your day?

Bobby

THE TWO GREATEST WORDS...



The two greatest words a writer can type: The End. My story for the danger People anthology is completed and was emailed to the editor tonight. Whew. This one has been hanging over my To-Do-List for too long.

Tomorrow, it’s back to work on the Evil Intent novel.

I'm planning to head into 2013 on schedule.

So far, so good.

Bobby

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!


Welcome back, boys and girls. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, for those who celebrate the holiday. I took a couple days off, which was nice. Of course, for a writer, taking the day off means only working part of the day, but it was still nice to spend time with family and friends and catch up on some long-overdue reading and TV watching.

I caught up with some programs on the DVR and even some stuff on DVD, including some Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which is one of my favorites. I also watched the new episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, and the series finale of Leverage, another favorite of mine. All good, fun shows.

Some news came out of my time off. On Christmas Eve I agreed to write a novel for a publisher featuring a character I've written before in a story with a well-known character I've not written before, which has me excited to see how the two characters work together. although I can't give any details, the well-known character has appeared in novels, comic books, and on TV. It's sure to be a fun project and I look forward to diving into it in a few months.

Then, on Christmas Day I agreed to write a novel for another publisher, one I've not previously written for in the past. I can't say much about this one yet either, but it's a genre I've not really explored much before now. I'll also be diving into this one in a few months, once I finish up some open projects on the ol' To Do List.

2013 is shaping up to be a mighty busy year, which is pretty darn cool. If all goes well, we'll also see Evil intent, Deadly Hearts, and Lance Star: Sky Ranger "Cold Snap!" out as well next year. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are several exciting projects on deck that I can't wait to talk about. will post more here when I get the go ahead from the publishers.

Happy New Year!

Bobby

Monday, December 24, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A quick note. It looks like I've added another novel to the slate for 2013, which is very cool.
A media tie-in no less. 2013 is shaping up to be a busy one.
Will post more when I can.

Bobby


Sunday, December 23, 2012

ODDS 'N ENDS...


A few items I saw on Facebook today that made me chuckle.
Click on the images for a larger view.

As a guy who writes a series of books with the word "Evil" in the title, I wholeheartedly approve this shirt. :)

Oh, I know this circle so well.

And finally, it is my fondest Christmas wish that the ERMAHGERD posts will end.
Seriously.

Bobby



IT'S AN EARTH STATION ONE CHRISTMAS!

L-R: Kelly, Anthony, Bobby, Michelle, Mark, Mike G., Judy, Mike F.
Had a wonderful dinner with the Earth Station One crew last night. It's always fun breaking bread and chatting with my friends and we had a wonderful evening. We even managed a photo to commemorate the experience.

You can hear this motley assortment (or at least most of them) each week at www.esopodcast.com.

Bobby

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Transmissions From Atlantis Presents Armageddonpalooza 2012


Bobby joined the Transmissions From Atlantis special Armageddonpalooza podcast.
Note: This Episode was NSFW and parental guidance is STRONGLY suggested.
It’s a little funny when you come up with the idea of a live show you think it’s the coolest thing in the world. Then when all hell breaks loose, you have technical difficulties and things don’t go exactly as you envisioned (see alcohol and podcasting don’t mix) it turns into a funny, weird experience.
Armageddonpalooza 2012 was envisioned as a big party to ring out the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, celebrate another doomsday prophecy that failed and just have fun with some of our favorite guests.
This show did not disappoint. We had a cast of thousands (thanks to performer Joe Bev) who talked about a variety of subjects including but not limited to:
The End of the World Theories, The Mayan Prophecy, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Joe Bev’s projects including Comedy-O-Rama, Favorite Disaster Flicks, The Hobbit, a preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Doomsday Prepping, the Year in Who and much, much more.
Plus, you have to stay to the end to hear how pitifully drunk JC got. Let’s all laugh at his stupidity and take it as a lesson that drinking and podcasting is dangerous.
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Our Guest List included:

First Hour
Doctor Scott Vigue (internet’s Doctor Geek of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom)
Chris Harrington (Mister Flask of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom)
Joe Bev and Lorie B. Kellogg (Waterlogg Productions)

Second Hour
Josh Wander (Founder of JewishPreppers.com and a featured Prepper in the Nat Geo television program Doomsday Preppers)
Tom Martin (Founder of American Preppers Network)
Mike Faber (Creator of the Earth Station One podcast and the ESO Network)

Third Hour
Mike Faber, cont’d
Bobby Nash (Author of novels and comics, and co-host of the ESO Podcast)
Mike Gordon (Chief Editor and Publisher of New Legend Comics and co-host of the ESO Podcast)
Ken Spivey (Lead Singer of the Ken Spivey Band and the creator of the Tampa Bay area’s best Doctor Who convention TimeLordFest)

Join us for all the fun!

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HOW I SURVIVED THE MAYAN APOCALYPSE


Well, it looks like the world didn’t end, there was no mystical reboot of our lives, and no giant monster or space anomaly devoured the planet. Really, aside from some intense sinus pain and pressure that resulted in a lack of sleep, the apocalypse passed me by. Oh well. I’m sure there will be another one somewhere down the line. I admit that the writer in me imagines a scenario where several fictional characters got together and saved the world while I went on about my life unawares. If that was the case, then thank you.

My day was pretty unusual in that I didn’t have a chance to do any writing. Ran some errands, did some work around the house, took a nap (very little sleep during the night, thank you sinuses), and then helped my parents with a project before joining the podcast, which I’ll talk about below.

Tonight I, along with several other ESO Network folks and other special guests, joined hosts Jason and Rita De La Torre from the Transmissions From Atlantis podcast for a live (yes, live) episode. That was a lot of fun. There will be an edited version available later this week. I’ll post a link here when that happens.

Learn more about Transmissions From Atlantis here. It’s a fun podcast.
Learn more about my podcast, Earth Station One here. Also a fun show.

It reads: "Michael, Thanks For Being A Great Wingman"
In other great news, reader Michael Dean sent for a free Authorgraph for the Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot!” comic today, which I, of course, happily signed. He shared this photo on Twitter so I’m sharing it here. I got a bit of a chill seeing the photo. I love the Authorgraph experience. You can, of course, request your free Authorgraph today too. Click here for more details.

Sadly, there was one casualty of the apocalypse. I was saddened to hear that one of my favorite TV shows, Leverage, was not picked up for a 6th season by TNT. That means that next week’s season finale will now become the show’s series finale. Leverage is a fantasticly fun show. Seasons 1 - 4 are now available on DVD and I give them my highest recommendation. You can learn more about the cancellation here.


Some interesting news included the announcement of new season pick ups for The Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother, two shows I enjoy. Also, it was announced today that fan-favorite writer Gail Simone will be the new writer of the Batgirl comic book series. She replaces recently fired writer, Gail Simone. Wait! What? This is one of those instances where fan reaction works. Personally, I'm excited, not only because Gail is a wonderful writer, but also because she's a great person. I'm very happy for her.

If you aren't reading Batgirl, you should. Gail also had incredible runs on Birds of Prey and Secret Six, both of which you can find in various trades and collected editions. Highly recommended reading.

Coming 2013
Tomorrow, life returns to normal as I get back to work. I have a short story to finish this weekend and then, after a break to celebrate Christmas with my family, it’s back to work on the Evil Intent novel and putting together some pitches for publishers for projects later in 2013. If all goes as planned, Evil Intent will be completed in January or February and ready for editing. In January, I also have a story to write for The Ruby Files Vol. 2. 2013 is going to be jam-packed and I’m loving every minute of it.

Yesterday, I was playing around with some images to decorate my social media sites for the holidays. I also wanted to share them here. These are fun little modifications I made to some covers of books I worked on. These are strictly for grins.

Original cover photo: Bobby Nash
Deadly Reindeer Games! is a riff on my novel, Deadly Games! Rudolph teams up with a cop to track down Santa’s missing Naughty/Nice List. This one was actually created last year, but I like it enough to share it again.

Original cover art: Ruben Procopio
I designed A Green Hornet Christmas just to do the take off on the “Let’s Roll, Kato!” gag. I think it’s funny.

Original cover art: Mark Wheatley
The Ruby Files cover already had the space needle in the background. It was an easy matter to turn it into a Christmas Tree. Forget Santa. You do not want to get on Rick Ruby’s naughty list.

Well, that’s enough for today. I hope you had a happy apocalypse and that you’ll have an even better weekend. I leave you with one final shot of the Leverage team.
"Let's go steal a series finale."

HO! HO! HO!

Bobby

Thursday, December 20, 2012

RETURNING TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

I’ve started planning my 2013 convention schedule and plans for how I’ll set up my table. I’m planning to play up the crime element because most of my books tend to have a crime thriller element to them.

To that end, I’ve also planning how to incorporate some of those elements into the website, probably as headings on the pages in the tabs above. It’s sill a work in progress, but I’ve created some ads/banners featuring the chalk outline image I started incorporating into my convention table designs earlier this year. I can also use these as covers on my Facebook and Google+ pages. Pasted below are the ads I came up with to start. Look for more coming down the pike soon.

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What do you think about the ads?
I’m curious to hear your thoughts?

Bobby
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