Monday, September 16, 2013

Welcome to The Seraphim Universe

I'm pretty committed to being a nerd.  At 30, I'm reasonably certain that this isn't something I'm going to grow out of.  In fact, I seem to be growing into it, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
When I was a kid, my family went on frequent road trips.  One of our favorite pastimes was to pick up books on tape from the various gas stations we would pass.  Go on a road trip some time, they still sell them some places.
I wish I could recall which trip it was (probably one of the several times we went to Florida) but on one particular occasion, we picked up a book called Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov.  It was read by David Dukes, a journeyman audiobook presenter, and I remember being completely enthralled and immersed in the world of Hari Seldon and Dors Venabli. Over the next several trips, we gradually went through the entire Foundation saga, encompassing a total of seven novels.  They were brilliant, and I must have read or listened to them fifty times apiece since those days.
I went on to read Asimov's Robots series, which I was pleased to discover took place in the same fictional world as the Foundation books, only several thousands of years earlier.  The tales therein laid the groundwork for everything that happened in the Foundation books.  The deep influence of fictional history and the complex future it predicted for humanity fascinated me, and once I realized that many of Asimov's works were in one way or another connected to the same story universe, I devoured as much of his fiction as I could find.
Later in life, I read the Ender books, and discovered another richly imagined story universe, one that made dire and delightful predictions for the future of humanity, and plated with some very far-out ideas.  It was a world that incited a hunger to continue living in it.
I am now in the process of reading the Harry Potter books, and they too take place in a fully-realized world.  I have recently read that J.K. Rowling is set to pen another series of books set in the wizarding world, and I couldn't be happier.
These worlds that authors create invite nerdery, and I'm a sucker for anything that invites nerdery.
My goal in the stories of the Seraphim Universe is to write the type of fiction I would like to read.  Fiction that begs you to nerd out over it.  Fiction that rewards nerdery with special knowledge that can be the source of infinite adventures, thought experiments and inside jokes.
I invite you to nerd out with me.  Hopefully along the way I can entertain you, make you think, and maybe even scare you or make you cry.  I'm gonna do my darnedest, I promise.

Everything on this site is free.  Download it, share it, delete it, whatever you want.  I would love feedback, if you have any.  The point of this site is that I'm doing what I'm passionate about, and I'd love it if you would enjoy the journey with me.
For details on how to get your hands on a story, head up to the FAQ.  If you find that I haven't covered all my bases, please post a comment there or anywhere on the site.  Suffice it to say you can read these stories on ANY device, I have taken great pains to ensure that.
I don't know how often I'll update this blog.  Certainly whenever there are new stories.  Certainly whenever there is any news worth sharing.
For now, the only news is this:  Available now are four Jim Frankenstein stories, two Tales of Unknown Earth and one story from the Colonist Saga.  On the horizon are two more Colonist stories, they should be up here within, oh, two weeks or so.  Hopefully until then seven stories will get you by.
I hope you enjoy the stories, and I look forward to giving you more!

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