Kickstarter campaign: Shadowstar Corsairs by Ryan Wolfe fully funded and stretch goals smashed

There is still time to get involved in this exciting game of starships, commerce, politics and battle

Shadowstar Corsairs by Ryan Wolfe kickstarter campaign science fiction boardgame based on starships, commerce, politics and combat

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As an independent starship captain granted letters of marque by ConFederation authorities, your job is to outmaneuver or outgun rival captains to prove that you alone should rule the Shadowstar Expanse. Deploy your crew and cargo shuttles to secure strategic positions and harvest vital resources. Invest in improving your ship or hire another to help you out. Reconstruct lost technology, play politics, and fulfill whatever contracts come your way to increase your reputation. It’s time to stake your claim!

As of 19th May 2015, $66,000 USD has been pledged smashing the $39,000 goal. Looks like a good product.

Click here to visit kickstarter and get involved. You’ve still got just under 15 hours. Hurry!

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Future Way: Glimpse a Part of Bristol Evolve Through the Eyes of Authors and Artists

Dream of a Shadow Project: Bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling – it all starts 2nd May

A few months ago I was commissioned by  the Dream of a Shadow Project to come up with five very short pieces of fiction for their Future Ways concept. Each of the five stories tie together to show different aspects of Redcliffe as it might be in the future, and ultimately in the very, very far future. Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum, Future Way seeks to engage the Bristol community in the redevelopment of the area through a playful and exciting exploration of the Redcliffe using a number of creatives.  A number of extremely talented authors are involved, folks I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know in recent months as Bristol’s storytelling scene continues to boil over.

“This is an amazing first-of-its-kind, art project collaborating with published authors, local writers, artists, architects and community groups to challenge the way we view our city.”

David J Rodger with QRcode giving access to one part of Redcliffe Requiem in Bristol - organised by the Dream of a Shadow Project for Future Ways

David J Rodger with QR code giving access to one part of Redcliffe Requiem

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Sci-Fi Art: Deep Space Lab Corridor

Female Figure Walks in Earth-Standard Gravity

Lovely bit of imagery that captures the imagination. Orbital fashion and the almost sterile cleanliness of the facility. Part of the military-industrial complex move into Space? Precursor to the impact of the SOYAR Corp ship The Kalisto which unleashed the apocalyptic horrors of Yellow Dawn upon the Earth.  Or is it part of the sub-tak transport system developed by the Borgendrill Corporation?

Science Fiction Art - female figure walks orbital habitat corridor lab facility in space

Science in Space – Artist unknown

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Oakfield Launches With 5-Star Reviews

This is my most important book to date

Oakfield new near-future horror novel by David J Rodger one of his best sci fi books with Cthulhu Mythos

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Oakfield is my 9th novel and took 25 years to write. This book is important. Probably the most important book I have produced to date.  Because it represents the first in the series. Because it is my beginning, as an author, and in some way it represents an end (of this phase).

It has launched with a bunch of excellent 5-star reviews from early-readers. Here’s a sample:

By AEB
Oakfield by David J Rodger is an amazing and engrossing read. Annabella Spaulding, her husband and her two brothers travel to Cornwall with a business partner/accountant friend to appraise and possibly sell their deceased grandfather’s house, which Annabella has unexpectedly inherited. The house is in an isolated position and holds a locked basement room which holds a monstrous secret – something is held inside and wants to get out. The pushy and unpleasant owners of the nearby mine show they will stop at nothing to get the house. Set in the near future, the story mixes Gothic horror with futuristic monsters whose extraterrestrial cruelties leave the reader gasping for breath. As the story’s characters develop and the problems facing them seem insurmountable I challenge you to try to put this book down! Recommended for Sci-fi and non sci-fi fans alike, David J Rodger has created a fascinating glimpse into the unknown, and has wound together family problems, romance, and horror. Fantastic!

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Best book I have read in a long while 

A brilliantly gripping book right from the first paragraph. Rodger is up there with the master authors in my view but he paints vivid pictures without the excessive verbosity that we all know can be tedious. The characters are easy to visualise and the story line weaves effortlessly between, the normal, paranormal, supernatural and occult. I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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A really great book. A cast of fully realised characters enmeshed in a steadily paced unfolding mystery; a mix of hope and brooding doom played out in a lonely and ancient corner of the deep West Country. This is a solid slice of modern Lovecraftian horror, and an addition to a growing list of excellent novels set in a well developed near-future world. Recommended!

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Oakfield - sneak preview of novel cover of new release by science fiction dark fantasy author David J Rodger

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Tonight’s Launch Party is a Big Goodbye

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Thursday morning. I am sitting in a cafe on the harbourside, sunlight painting stonework that has been selected to fit in with the historic structures that linger here. I am working on the 3rd edition of my RPG Yellow Dawn. Tonight is the launch party for my new novel, Oakfield. My 9th book but one that has taken me 25 years to write.

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Marketeers Probing the Triggers to Put You To Sleep

A concept worthy of a sci-fi cyberpunk novel

We’re all aware that advertising targets our primal urges. But here’s one from box-free thinker Floyd Hayes that feels like it has been injected into an unexplored realm.

My man in New York has done it again. When he’s not batting for my sci-fi dark fantasy novels with people in the US, or running the World’s Fastest Agency, he is dreaming up diverse and intelligent ways to give company brands more exposure. This is the chap who once fired-up a high-power light projector on one side of the Thames in London, and splashed a larger-than-life naked image of Gail Porter across the Houses of Parliament – generating an estimated 40 million views for the client FHM and leading the BBC to call it “The stunt of the Century”. Continue reading