K. Ceres Wright

SFR Brigade Presents…

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Nov 15, 2013

Here’s another installment in my unnamed paranormal romance. This occurs after the team, led by Calandra de’Medici, fails in its attempts to banish Dantalion, a duke of hell (demon).

Calandra awoke in a room in Torrey Hall, with tubes running from her left arm to a bag on a rack overhead. Her right arm was encased in plaster. The sign on the wall read “No Smoking,” but someone left a cigarette burn in the middle of the first “o.” A cart stood off to her left with a tray of food on top. Green gelatin peeked over the rim of a small plastic bowl. The sight of food made her ill, and a sudden ache crept across the front of her head, over the grogginess. She searched for the call button and pressed it.

A nurse walked in after an interminably long wait, and Calandra had to refrain from making a sarcastic remark.

“Good, you’re awake,” the nurse said. She wore purple scrubs decorated with airplanes, which made Calandra long for the days of white nurses’ uniforms with the starched caps.

SFR Brigade Presents…

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Nov 6, 2013

Here’s another installment in my unnamed paranormal romance:

As the Praesul, Ippolito sat at the head of the table to lead the meeting and Calandra noted that even Ippolito seemed tense. Legates Bezzotti and Gessati sat at the other end of the table. They were not twins, but their matching hair-ringed pates, small grey eyes, and thin lips made them look as if they had the same parentage. Their personalities, though, were as opposite as day and night. Bezzotti was high-strung, wound tighter than a tourniquet. Anyone who dared to cross him would get written up; and they’d all been written up at some point or another. Gessati was the essence of cool, calm, and collected. Calandra had only seen him angry once, when Ippolito had left a Novitiate alone on a dark street while he dashed off toward the action. The Novitiate had survived, barely, but had quit the order. Which meant he had to be killed. And Gessati had made Ippolito do it.

3D Printing: Helping Space Exploration

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Nov 6, 2013

Better. Cheaper. More Efficient. An organization’s dream. And when one of those organizations is NASA, all the better. After all, space exploration is one of the more pricier business ventures out there, and one hindrance to it is the sheer cost of hauling equipment off planet Earth. In addition to being able to withstand the force of escaping Earth’s gravity, any space equipment would also have to function effectively in zero gravity. A daunting task. But technology’s specialty is solving problems. So…enter 3D printing.

Is-3D-printing-the-next-big-thing-or-the-next-big-bustThree-dimensional (3D) printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a method of creating a 3D object from a digital model by piling layers of material on top of each other until the object is formed. 3D printing has been used to produce prototypes, machine parts, jewelry, and more. In the future, it will be used to even create body parts, chemical compounds, even buildings. It’s been said that 3D printing has the potential to tip the advantage in manufacturing from East to West.

As far as space exploration is concerned, 3D printing could be the answer to many a problem. Astronauts and colonists wouldn’t have to bring bulky equipment, replacement parts, and tools with them, but could manufacture them in space with only a printer and printing materials. NASA has already contracted for a 3D printer (through the company, Made in Space) that can be launched into space.

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NASA. Rapid-prototyping using 3D printing techniques

“If you’re going to explore Mars or work on-station or just go somewhere far out on the planet Earth, you need to bring your own materials, then you really create a sustainable method of constructing a new habitat,” said Matthew Reyes, contractor for the NASA Ames Research Center.

In fact, at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 3D printing is being used to help develop parts for the next generation of rockets that will carry astronauts to the farthest destinations man has ever gone. The NASA Glenn Research Center is employing the technique to an RL-10 rocket engine injector, and the Kennedy Space Center is developing methods of using regolith (loose material such as dust, soil, and broken rock that covers solid rock and is present on Earth, the Moon, Mars, and some asteroids) in order to provide a ready source of printing material.

The Space Age may be making a comeback, thanks to 3D printing. And to help it along, Made in Space is asking for your help. If you have a suggestion for what should be manufactured in space, send it along to info@madeinspace.us. You could help design the future.

Cover Reveal: Wasteland Blues

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Nov 6, 2013
Of Mice and Men Meets The Odyssey in a Post-Apocalyptic Future

Having only ever known the uncivilized wake of nuclear and biological apocalypse, three friends and their wheelchair-bound hostage set out on a perilous fool’s mission–to cross from one side of the devastated United States to the other, in the desperate, half-believed hope of finding a rumored haven. 

Spurred by a dark vision and the murder of their father, rageaholic Derek Cane and his over-sized, simple-minded brother, Teddy, flee the only home they’ve ever known, a struggling shantytown on the edge of the vast Wasteland. Heading ever eastward, they are accompanied by their friend, John, an orphan brought up by a fanatical religious order, and Leggy, a crippled old drunk who brags that, in his youth, he once traversed the Wasteland as a scavenger.
 
 
Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

Post-Apocalyptic novel  coming from Dog Star Books in March 2014