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21 May 2016 17:49 #48048 by brantley
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About 100 fresh hits for First Protector. Any of you have fresh comments?

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23 May 2016 15:59 - 23 May 2016 16:01 #48064 by brantley
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A sudden surge in hits (67) yesterday (May 22) for Incident at Madstop. But unlike some previous surges for older stories, this may have an explanation: the planet Madstop is mentioned in First Protector even though it doesn't play a part in the story. Incidentally, the idea for the story and the name of the planet came from spelling Potsdam backwards. Shadar had used that name for a planet, but I thought it was too mundane: Potsdam is a city in Germany, and there was a conference there in 1945 between the leaders of the U.S., Britain and Russia. So I thought, how about a Madstop Conference to usher in the Velorian Enlightenment...

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06 Jun 2016 11:23 - 06 Jun 2016 11:46 #48299 by brantley
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More of "Delphic Obstacles" today. Peter Durgin and Sirren (Jewel) have become an item, and have shared their true names as well as their bodies with each other. But because they have proved their worth to the Begglestrom family during an enemy attack on the family compound, Jonah and his wife Leica want to do right by them. That could mean a bright future for the couple, even if it means arduous work for now. Meanwhile, there is the mystery of just where the atttack came from...

Also fixed a link to "Blind Justice," to which "Delphic Obstacles" is a sequel, in The High Cruel Years.

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20 Jun 2016 20:40 #48702 by brantley
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It's always summer on Alguna Parte, but it's spring here, and time for another installment of Walking Tall. Patricia Ortiz, home on leave from the Velorian Legion, has saved the Garcia family and the informer Tomas Oriol from attack by a gang apparently sent by the same well-connected businessman who had her Uncle Teo murdered. But she and her kin still have to get the goods on him, and face a threat from an Aurean in his employ. It may be more than she can handle on her own, but can they get Velorian help?

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03 Jul 2016 17:45 #48958 by brantley
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Rebooting "Passion Play" today. I thought I'd had done with it last October, but taking a new look I can see obvious things wrong with it. The most obvious was having taken the scenes of the day Alisa Kim'Vallara's daughter Lillith Liddell is initiated as a Protector and putting them in a separate story, "Options," which I have now killed. For some reason, I'd lost track of a draft that had to do with Ari'jis Zor'el's career after Alisa embarrassed him by recruiting him as Sponsor for her own initiation and then leaving him holding the bag; their reconciliation after Velor offers her amnesty is now part of the story, and he has a new role to play besides bringing word to her at Kelsor 7. Other minor changes are in the interest of greater continuity, while keeping references to events fully told elsewhere to a minimum. Yet it's still necessary to go into greater detail regarding events and revelations told here for the first time. Both new material and reminiscences are necessary to convey the overall story arc of Alisa's life.

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21 Jul 2016 11:49 #49227 by brantley
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The robots seem to be out in force. There were 183 hits Tuesday for Velvet's "Rocky Mountain High," which originally appeared in 2006, and 458 yesterday. But for real fans, here;s the link.

www.brightempire.com/Rocky.pdf

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01 Aug 2016 11:14 #49384 by brantley
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Things are heating up in more ways than one on Delphi in "Delphic Obstacles." Having inadvertently saved the Begglestroms from attack, Peter Durgin and the Aurean Sirren (Jewel) have become lovers and have also been taken into the confidence of their hosts – who have come here in hopes of striking it rich on xintanite, the key element in the manufacture of Vendorian steel. But like Peter and Sirren, Jonah Begglestrom has a past he is trying to escape – a past that threatens the very lives of himself and his wife and family. As the official investigation of the attack stalls, time may be running out... This update includes new picts and edits to the previous text as well as the new scenes.

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01 Aug 2016 13:55 #49385 by jumperprime
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01 Aug 2016 14:23 #49386 by www1969
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"Delphic", not "Dephic"

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01 Sep 2016 11:49 #49992 by brantley
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I've just posted two more chapters of Walking Tall, introducing a new romantic complication that involves a police sketch artist, and leads into a court hearing in which the Garcia family is defending its homestead and business -- but which is also a setup in its investigation of the murder of its patriarch Teo. But the center of the story is still the returned Velorian Legionnaire Patricia Ortiz, stepdaughter of Teo, who wants to root out the corruption that has overtaken her community and bring its perpetrators to justice. The new chapters end with a cliffhanger, but I think this will be the last before I wrap up the story.



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11 Sep 2016 22:33 - 11 Sep 2016 22:34 #50191 by brantley
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Working on another update of Heart of Darkness, to be posted later this week. Shadar did some heavy editing of the first part six weeks ago, and I'm working on the details of bringing Karalyn back from the deep freeze just in time to deal with an Arion interloper at Avalon National Laboratory.

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13 Sep 2016 11:27 - 13 Sep 2016 12:19 #50227 by brantley
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Heart of Darkness was begun by Shadar in 1995. It was one of a number of the stories from his Sharon Best days, including Little Firebug and Dark Supergirl – both now archived here at Superwomenmania -- that defined what is now often called Aurora Universe 2.
But Heart of Darkness was the only one to be continued after I came along. I had begun collaborating with him in early 2003 on completing the story, but that effort was aborted after our update had appeared that March – just before Sharon Best took his vacation, returning as Shadar a few months later.
Off and on since then, I’ve made edits and additions on and off the boards to the 2003 text, with Tarot Barnes also taking part. Some changes have to do making Avalon National Laboratory part of the structure of the Army weapons research system, others with strengthening the backstory. I came up with Engelbrecht, as a malevolent counterpart to Jim Caultron; and Klimenko as a decent man who could come to the aid of Allan and Keith plus an enhanced account of Vickers and the Arion Prime Alya. It was Tarot who figured out how Karalyn should be revived.
It’s been over 20 years since the original conception, and 13 years since the last version at the old Velorian.org site, to which Shadar has recently made substantial edits relating to Caultron’s character in the first part of the story. But there may still be readers out there who long to revisit the AU2 of yesteryear. This version of Heart of Darkness is for them.
-- Brantley Thompson Elkins
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13 Sep 2016 19:20 #50235 by Woodclaw
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brantley wrote: www.brightempire.com/Heart.pdf

Heart of Darkness was begun by Shadar in 1995. It was one of a number of the stories from his Sharon Best days, including Little Firebug and Dark Supergirl – both now archived here at Superwomenmania -- that defined what is now often called Aurora Universe 2.
But Heart of Darkness was the only one to be continued after I came along. I had begun collaborating with him in early 2003 on completing the story, but that effort was aborted after our update had appeared that March – just before Sharon Best took his vacation, returning as Shadar a few months later.
Off and on since then, I’ve made edits and additions on and off the boards to the 2003 text, with Tarot Barnes also taking part. Some changes have to do making Avalon National Laboratory part of the structure of the Army weapons research system, others with strengthening the backstory. I came up with Engelbrecht, as a malevolent counterpart to Jim Caultron; and Klimenko as a decent man who could come to the aid of Allan and Keith plus an enhanced account of Vickers and the Arion Prime Alya. It was Tarot who figured out how Karalyn should be revived.
It’s been over 20 years since the original conception, and 13 years since the last version at the old Velorian.org site, to which Shadar has recently made substantial edits relating to Caultron’s character in the first part of the story. But there may still be readers out there who long to revisit the AU2 of yesteryear. This version of Heart of Darkness is for them.
-- Brantley Thompson Elkins


This sound like a story in and of itself and I'm still interested in seeing what tha AU2 can produce :)

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14 Sep 2016 16:44 - 14 Sep 2016 16:45 #50243 by brantley
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Got 91 hits for Heart of Darkness yesterday, most probably from here.

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15 Sep 2016 14:23 - 15 Sep 2016 14:42 #50257 by brantley
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I just hope people also check out my current AU-3 story, Walking Tall, which was begun by Jordan Taylor (Ultragirl here, remember?):

www.brightempire.com/Walking.htm

Patricia will find romance in the finale, probably some time next month. .

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15 Sep 2016 20:35 - 15 Sep 2016 20:37 #50269 by brantley
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Made a few revisions to the Walking Tall cliffhanger chapter break, to tie in with what I have in mind for the next chapter.

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22 Sep 2016 15:33 - 22 Sep 2016 15:34 #50394 by brantley
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Was at the local hospital for a colonoscopy yesterday. One of the nurses was from India, but has an odd given name, Axinia, which she said was Russian -- her father had come across it.

Turns out that name goes back to the 10th Century, when the Rus were converted to Greek Orthodoxy, and is a variation of the Greek Xenia; it is best known today because Mikhail Sholokov used it for the heroine of his novel And Quiet Flows the Don. (Oxana is a more recent variation in Ukraine.)

The ancestors of the Velorians in Sweden were related to and presumably still in contact with the Rus before they were abducted by the Galen, One or more of the Rus might even have gone back for a visit, and gotten caught up, so... Anyway, I figure I'll use the name for a Velorian in Walking Tall. Shadar thinks it might be interesting to have a Velorian looking for her Rus roots,

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27 Sep 2016 01:14 - 27 Sep 2016 01:15 #50444 by brantley
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Tarot Barnes has done some work on Heart of Darkness since my own last update, and might even finish it. He's done some really good edits so far -- better than my own. Here's hoping...

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27 Sep 2016 15:48 #50452 by jnw550
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brantley wrote: Made a few revisions to the Walking Tall cliffhanger chapter break, to tie in with what I have in mind for the next chapter.

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I'm ashamed to admit that I'd forgotten about the "Brazilian" Supergirl stories. They were probably my favorite of yours.

Everyone wants to be a beast, until it's time to do what real beasts do.

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28 Sep 2016 15:16 - 28 Sep 2016 15:18 #50461 by brantley
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Well, don't forget that much of the credit goes to Jordan Taylor. She set the stage for The Popcorn War, after advising on Terms of Enhancement, and had the original idea and wrote the first couple of chapters for Walking Tall. Wish we could see more from her, but she's moved on...

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28 Sep 2016 15:22 - 28 Sep 2016 15:23 #50462 by brantley
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Working on an update of "Delphic Obstacles" that will tie in with events on Reigel Five dating back to Ordinary Velorians, The High Cruel Years and, especially, "Blind Justice." I'm tweaking those stories a bit to make the connections more explicit.

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29 Sep 2016 02:48 - 29 Sep 2016 13:35 #50476 by brantley
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High time, even past time, for an update to “Delphic Obstacles.” But here it’s more about reaction than action. It’s about how Peter Durgin and Sirren react to having uncovered the mother lode of xintanite at the Begglestrom mine on what was once a prison planet and still a pretty wild one. It’s about the reaction of the Begglestroms, about striking it rich and the investigation into the attack on their compound. Ad it’s about Peter hearing a name – a name which, in the context of what brought the Begglestroms to Delphi, reveals what must have brought him here.

But that context links “Delphic Obstacles” more clearly to related stories: Part Six of Ordinary Velorians, Part Three of The High Cruel Years, and “Blind Justice” (That last originally by Shadar) – all of which have been tweaked to strengthen the connections.

www.brightempire.com/OV-6.htm

www.brightempire.com/cruel-3.htm

www.brightempire.com/Justice.pdf

Cross-connections between stories in an invented universes is a passion, or a vice, or perhaps both, that I picked up from Cordwainer Smith.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordwainer_Smith

www.cordwainer-smith.com

If Aurora Universe fiction of this kind is one of your favorite indulgences, I hope you’ll indulge in these stories.

--Brantley
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29 Sep 2016 03:58 #50477 by AuGoose
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Mmm. Cordwainer Smith. Undoubtedly in my top 5 favorite authors. Probably number three. When you write sci-fi in the 50s and it holds up as futuristic TODAY, you're doing something right.

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29 Sep 2016 04:11 #50479 by brantley
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Of course, I can't come close to the poetic power* of Cordwainer Smith, but I can try to put an imaginary history together the way he did.

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* one example from his novel Norstrilia:

<<“It was not the site of the earth which surprised him – it was the smell. .... This earth and air smelled alive. There was the odor of plants, of water, of things which he could not even guess. The air was coded with a million years of memory. In this air people had swum to manhood, before they conquered the stars. .... It was the wild free moisture which came laden with the indications of things living, dying, sprawling, squirming, loving with an abundance which no Norstrilian could understand. No wonder the descriptions of the earth had always seemed fierce and exaggerated!>>

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29 Sep 2016 07:56 #50481 by Woodclaw
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brantley wrote: Of course, I can't come close to the poetic power* of Cordwainer Smith, but I can try to put an imaginary history together the way he did.

--Brantley

* one example from his novel Norstrilia:

<<“It was not the site of the earth which surprised him – it was the smell. .... This earth and air smelled alive. There was the odor of plants, of water, of things which he could not even guess. The air was coded with a million years of memory. In this air people had swum to manhood, before they conquered the stars. .... It was the wild free moisture which came laden with the indications of things living, dying, sprawling, squirming, loving with an abundance which no Norstrilian could understand. No wonder the descriptions of the earth had always seemed fierce and exaggerated!>>


I can echoes of Mr. Smith's work in both your and Au's writing, in particular with the choice of adjectives.

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