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text 2015-10-25 18:28
Cover Reveal for Hameln-13 and a Surprise Gift

My subscribers already saw the cover for my upcoming Collective SF story, Hameln-13, and yesterday at the Halloween party I had my official cover and synopsis reveal.


Just to give you some quick background info for those who don’t know, The Collective SF is a group of authors who write in a shared universe where slave-scribes toil tethered to a seemingly immortal entity known only as the God-Machine. Their duty is to record newly created histories and chronicle the past. Only something is horribly wrong. Instead of factual history, the God-Machine is mistaking fairy tales and lore for historical fact.


And this is where The Collective SF comes in. We take existing fairytales and legends and re-imagine them as historical fact. We give them science fiction settings and we inject the stories with a substantial dose of Embrosis.


My scribe, Wifelier Docht, is tasked with recording the legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, but in his augmented reality the legend is known as Hameln-13, named after the outpost planet where the events took place.


And here is the cover:



Xavier Granville designed the cover and I tell you, it’s an awesome thing when you plan a story and someone shows you the packaging that makes out part of your book. I love the cover because it embodies the tone I imagined for the planet Hameln-13.


As for the synopsis:


After their spacecraft tumbles from orbit, a small group of scientists, engineers, and soldiers is left stranded on a planet in a remote galaxy not yet fully mapped. With resources quickly dwindling and unable to communicate with Earth, they are forced to venture further out into the unknown alien landscape in search of alternative resources.


They should never have done that. Hameln-13 hides a terrible evil for underneath its surface the Murr patiently wait to feed. And they are hungry. They have not eaten in over a century.


Let’s call this a teaser for now. I’m still writing the story and I don’t want to spoil anything should the tale decide to go a different route. Suffice to say, I’m aiming for a Lovecraftian finish. Oh, and the “Pied Piper” in my story is a freaky alien called Decan Lude. There is some significance to my choosing this name. I bet you can’t figure it out.


The release date is officially scheduled for January 2016.


Lastly, I have one more surprise for you. If you subscribe to The Collective SF newsletter here, you’ll get access to our Starter Library–for free. The library consists of six books, including The Seals of Abgal. Yes, that is correct. You’ll get The Seals of Abgal free when you subscribe to the Collective SF’s site.


It’s not a bad deal at all. Damn, I’m giving all my books away and have nothing left to sell. I guess I should write more and faster.






(Originally posted on woelfdietrich.com on 25/10/2015)

Source: woelfdietrich.com/2015/10/25/hameln-13-cover-reveal-and-a-surprise-gift
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text 2015-10-10 09:10
Halloween With The Collective SF


I’m busy with a novel called, Hameln-13, for The Collective SF that will come out either in December or January next year. This is another shared universe setup, but with a slight difference.


On The Collective SF’s blog, we have log entries from various “scribes” tethered to an entity known only as the God-Machine. Their duty is to record newly created histories and chronicle the past. Only something goes horribly wrong and instead of factual history, fairy tales and lore are mistaken for historical fact. 


Hameln-13 is my retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin legend, but in this version the setting is a remote alien planet in a star system not yet fully mapped.


Which brings me to the reason for today’s post: The Collective SF is hosting a pre-Halloween Halloween party. We’ll be revealing some awesome stuff, including covers for our forthcoming stories.


Join us!



Source: www.facebook.com/events/1659831217637006
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review 2009-05-07 00:00
The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Sara Corrin,Stephen Corrin,Errol Le Cain Pretty much everyone knows the story of Hamelin - the town with the famous little problem that eventually pays the ultimate price for their pride and folly. It's one of my very favorite stories and I was thrilled to recently find the Robert Browning poem included in my Kate Greenaway collection. My excitement didn't last long - the poem really is a bit dry and overlong and not particularly appealing to children. Even Kate Greenaway's darling illustrations couldn't do much to change the facts.

I didn't think much more about it until one of my goodreads friends (Lisa) began a quest to find various illustrated versions of this tale. And of course, another goodreads friend (Abigail) came to the rescue and supplied her with a hearty list. This version in particular was the unanimous favorite so I knew I had to obtain a copy. So confident was I in Lisa and Abigail's recommendations that I ordered a copy for purchase sight unseen. Not surprisingly, my faith was rewarded!

This is a lovely prose adaptation of the story by Sara and Stephen Corrin - simple and straightforward, but very engaging. But then there are the illustrations by Errol Le Cain - wow! A truly perfect blend that honors both the story's eerie themes and its medieval roots. The townspeople are particularly fascinating. I really love how he decided to portray the Mayor as a corpulent, slightly menacing, androgynous sort - he's the real villain of the story after all! Then if you can pull your eyes away from all of the action in the foreground you will see all the painstaking care he took in creating a very authentic looking medieval town. Honestly, the cover illustration, while lovely, is really one of the weakest of the bunch. Highly recommended!

And through all of this I was reunited with a favorite illustrator from my childhood. Le Cain also happens to be the illustrator of one of my favorite versions of Aladdin
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