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Coyote

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:55 pm
by Cody
Coyote, a ‘ripping yarn’ of the spacelanes, is now available for your delectation.
It can be downloaded here.

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:13 pm
by DaddyHoggy
Downloading now.

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:59 pm
by allikat
Very nice, very nice indeed. Very well done commander. Only one typo.. unless Samlon is the right name for the native fish of that planet?

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:18 pm
by Cody
Thanks allikat…

… ‘samlon’ is a nod to Barnes, Niven and Pournelle… google it.

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:10 pm
by allikat
El Viejo wrote:Thanks allikat…

… ‘samlon’ is a nod to Barnes, Niven and Pournelle… google it.
I will, odd that I read Jerry Pournelle's monthly column (yes it is still around post Byte) and never saw it mentioned...

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:57 am
by lfnfan
bravo El Viejo

very enjoyable indeed.

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:31 am
by another_commander
Nice read. I started it yesterday, planning to do half of it yesterday and the rest today, but when I got to the middle of the story I thought "screw tomorrow, all now" and carried on reading to the end.

Good job El Viejo. You sure you don't intend to write more fiction?

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:02 am
by ClymAngus
I have to concur, and excellent piece of work. Nice mention at the beginning ;D

It is great to see the maps that the community in general worked so hard on being used to add a splash of colour to the fiction. This is of course nothing without a good writer breathing life into the world.

Do you write anything else? I find it difficult to believe that this is your first detour into the written arts. Excellent work sir.

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:58 pm
by drew
Very well done. Bravo!

Cheers,

Drew.

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:43 pm
by Diziet Sma
Awesome job, El Viejo! 8) Un-putdownable..

You even made me a little moist-eyed at the end there..


Skaffen-Amtiskaw says to tell you that if you don't write more fiction, it will be most upset with you, and will be around personally to "discuss the matter". :lol:

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:02 pm
by Cody
Thanks guys.

@ a_c – I’m trying hard to resist the temptation of writing more. However, I have just plugged a brand new keyboard in… 30k words was too much for the old one… so we will see.

@ClymAngus – the only ‘fiction’ I’ve written since leaving school over forty years ago is the occasional CV.

@Diziet Sma – oh dear… I wouldn’t like to upset S-A (or SC for that matter). The trouble is that the ‘Clear Air Turbulence’ starts to feel neglected.
It’s really nice to get back in the cockpit again. Hey-ho!

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:27 pm
by ClymAngus
Retired or no, apart from watching your slight veer towards minor repetition (shrapnel pinging off the hull) your as good (if not a **** load better than) a lot of published people.

I'm way too "Sally Anne" to be published but for a man with a strong command of character and dialogue such as yourself? At least consider the possibility of penning an original magnum opus.

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:21 pm
by Cody
ClymAngus wrote: minor repetition (shrapnel pinging off the hull)


Those bits nearly caused a rewrite… but by the time I’d realised, I was on the final proof read and I needed to get it ‘out there’. I had thought that the descriptions of space combat would be the easiest bits to write, but it was the other way around. I think that you have to be either really brief, or really detailed… there is no middle ground.

ClymAngus wrote: the possibility of penning an original magnum opus.
This is dangerous… you’re talking about the ‘grand space opera’ in three parts that I would love to write. That would probably take a fair few years to do… and I really don’t think I’m up to that. Having a ready-made ‘Ooniverse’ to hang a short story on… well that really helps, and there are another seven charts to work my way through.

To slightly misquote a James Blish title… ‘And All the 2048 Stars a Stage’.


Regards

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:31 pm
by Loxley
Just finished reading this. I'm no expert but I'd like to say how much I enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to entertain all.

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:47 pm
by drew
El Viejo wrote:I had thought that the descriptions of space combat would be the easiest bits to write, but it was the other way around.
Ditto. I found that really tough. It's difficult to make it sound interesting other than turn, shoot, pitch, turn, shoot...

Cheers,

Drew.