Tuesday, December 2, 2008

In Memoriam Michael J Kreffel

JauntWorld's focus is on the professional, not personal, side of my writing. But I'm breaking this rule to acknowledge the passing of my father, mentor and friend, Michael J Kreffel, this morning. He gave me nothing but praise, encouragement and assistance in all my creative endeavors, from youth to adulthood. His humorous illustrations, graphic design and writing were nothing if not inspirational to me, and formulated my career path from the start. He was the hero I looked up to, answered every question I had and made time for me. His constructive criticism helped me create my best work, whether crayon scribbles or Jaunt, and was the man I am proud to call my father.

Miss you, dad.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ether Update, Part II

Ether manuscript is now two hundred pages! Due to an unforeseen personal issue, I have been unable to write as much as before, but my goal of a two-thirds-length first draft by the end of 2008 has been attained. One lesson I have learned: writing scenes in futuristic submarines are really hard. Never again!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wow, and JauntWorld is a year old already! Time really flies....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jaunt Reviewed in the Midwest Book Review!

The first review of Jaunt has been added to the Midwest Book Review's Small Press Bookwatch for November 2008!

"Time complicates things, especially when treated as a place than a constant. 'Jaunt' is a time-travel tale of James Gilmour. Charged with the task of foiling a Russian plot to assemble a super weapon to threaten the world, he must use a strange alien technology that allows for the altering of time. In order to prevent a new world order, he must change the world, a job without glory. 'Jaunt' is thought provoking and intriguing reading, a strong pick for science fiction fans."

Check out www.midwestbookreview.com and the Small Press Bookwatch for Fiction, November 2008!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jaunt Cast Bio, Part V

Next up in our cast biographies goes back to the heroes.
Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Dark Horse, born in Buffalo, New York. Age 53, DOB 06.10.2091. Pentagon USNA Army liaison to the DoE, based in Washington, DC. Graduated top ten percentile in West Point class of ‘13. Formerly assigned to Army Intelligence, department and activities classified. Took command of covert Select Army Attachment Bravo upon promotion to Major, activities classified. Reassigned to Pentagon upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, works in liaison with all divisions of the USNA Armed Forces, as well as the DoE, official activities includes research into new energies and forms of renewable fuels, unofficial are classified. Married, one daughter. 5’ 10”. Hobbies/Interests: Whitewater rafting, archery and other outdoor sports.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

IPTP Agent Maya

News from JauntWorld! There is now a sister site, IPTP Agent Maya, devoted to the soon-to-be-available novels, Maya and Neptune's Deadliest Ring and Maya and the Moons of Ice and Fire, alluded to many months ago here on JauntWorld. IPTP Agent Maya will be the home for all things Maya, so stay tuned in the next few months.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jaunt Cast Bio, Part IV

We had three bios of the good guys, now one for the main baddie:
Lieutenant Vasily Zivenovich Nicolenko. Unknown birth city, suspected Vladivostok. Age mid-30s, DOB unknown. First Lieutenant, Russian Confederated Army. Awarded the Sword of the White Star, the Cross of St. George, the Russian Medal of Honor twice and the Putin Shield. Remote psychological profile performed by Division 12 of the IIA’s Forensic Psychoanalysis Directorate does not indicate bipolar tendencies or lapses in judgment. IIA suspects ties to the highest of the Confederated Armed Forces cadre. Marital status unknown. 5’ 7” (guess based on webfootage). No other data available.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Ether is officially 100 manuscript pages long! But many miles to go....

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Two More Adds

All right, so it's very rare (okay, never) that I post back-to-back, but here and here are two more, larger-size images of the "official" seals.


Monday, June 2, 2008

New Icons, New Picture

Hello all, I have two new icons for you! The first is the "official IIA government seal, seen throughout the offices of our intrepid Jaunt heroes. Second up is the "official" Department of Energy Theoretical Studies Laboratory seal adorning the halls of Dr de Lis' workplace.
I have also added the cover image of 2 Shorts, my one dollar only download from www.lulu.com.

Thanks, and enjoy.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

JauntWorld Chronology

Okay, to put it mildly, the world as it stands in Jaunt is rather bleak. As a creator, I always find it limiting in sci-fi that a created future is so advanced and technology wonderful that drama is non-existent. As anyone who's read Calvin and Hobbes will tell you, shouldn't we have flying cars and jetpacks by now (and that was in 1990!)? The future most likely won't be that much different than it stands now, save for bigger TVs, more loaded iPods, faster internet and video games closer to reality than reality itself.
Some things won't change, however. War. Economic difficulties. Politics. Covert shenanigans. Military shenanigans. And for crissakes, people will still read books. And listen to music. And watch movies. Although humans may have implants that makes the web, iTunes and other contemporary forms of entertainment hopelessly obsolete, we'll still be human, with needs such as accessible water supplies, energy and food. This is where JauntWorld lives; not in geewhiz rayguns and mylar-wearing costumes everybody thought we'd be shooting and wearing, but in a future disarmingly similar to now. And yes, I still think some archaic people will wear glasses and cotton trousers. Things change, but we're not so far from life 150 years ago. And Jaunt is no different.

So, here is the admittedly work-in-progress JauntWorld Chronology. And if you read Jaunt and this Chronology carefully, you'll see the seeds of where the slowly in-progress indirect sequel, tentively titled Ether, is heading. But please don't blame me if some details change!

1940- An alien craft, damaged in flight, explodes high above the atmosphere, sending wreckage into Asia and the western Pacific Ocean.
Shimmering jewels are recovered from a meteor crater and interspersed within cloth woven by Buddhist monks in an uncharted temple in Nepal.
A man equipped with highly advanced technology appears in a fishing vessel heading out of Queen Charlotte Sound, but strangely disappears without a trace.

2012- Iraq splits into three confederations: the Shi’ia Republic of Iraq, Iraq (Sunni Republic) and Kurdistan. In the ensuing split, the United States ends its military involvements and commitments inside the Shi’ia and Sunni Republics of Iraq, limiting itself to air and ground bases in the new Kurdistan.

2031- Mars return mission involves the deaths of six crewmen. The ensuing scandal destroys the space program. NASA is abolished, and no astronauts go into space again.

2033- Bushehr nuclear tragedy in Iran topples the Shi’ia Islamic government, enabling a coalition of military factions to seize power. A brutal war lasts two years, killing a million Iranians and other indigenous peoples. Successive, short-lived military dictatorships ensue until intervention by NATO forces allow secular civilian government modeled on Turkey for the first time since the Shah’s rule nearly sixty years prior.

2054- Birth of the Korean Feudal States. North Korea descends into fiefdoms ruled by generals after the collapse of the Kim Dynasty, following the destruction of a secret research facility at Kanggye, Chagang-Go Territory, rumored to involve dark energy; this is not substantiated, since no physical evidence exists for UN investigators to locate. Incident is labeled "Unresolved," and the world turns its attentions elsewhere.

2072- A global depression brought about by environmental pressures, economic corrections in former third world nations and continued warfare across Africa and Asia ripples throughout every country, bringing billions of people to the brink of mass starvation and poverty in the crisis. Human progress is set back an estimated forty to eighty years, and many wonder whether a new “dark age” is upon the world.
The Kermani dynasty is established in Iran by General Ali Amir Asseem Kermani, who overthrows the civilian government in the aftermath of the global depression crisis, creating the Kermani Republic of Iran.
Kurds in northwest Iran break away and join the Iraqi Kurdistan Confederate state before the Kermani forces can consolidate power to force them back. A wall built by the Kurds with clandestine American military assistance severs Iranian Kurdistan from the Kermans, which brings an uneasy cold war between the Kermani state and Kurdistan.

2074- Collapse of the Canadian Dominion government following the loss of sub-ice Arctic territories during the Russo-Canada War, aka the Polar Bear War. Economic, internet and petroleum-based warfare waged by the Russian Federation against Canada is met by stiff resistance in the Western Hemisphere, but many are reluctant to engage Russia over its bullying tactics. The Polar Bear War is the first fought above and below the Arctic Circle in history. Many speculate it won’t be the last.
The Russian Federation assumes control over all of Canada’s sub-ice polar territories, assets and holdings, then declares them as spoils and reparations of the war.
United States assumes control of all Canadian debts and property, officially enacted by votes of Congress and the remnants of the Canadian Parliament. The United States of North America, or USNA, is created.
Mexico mobilizes forces to combat a possible forced annexation of its northern states by the USNA, but stands down after tense negotiations tempers talk of a hegemony by the USNA over all of North America.

2079- 33rd Amendment to the US Constitution, allowing for the citizens of Canada to become automatic US citizens, is passed, with 47 of the 54 American states voting for. Formal meshing of US-Canadian federal agencies and bureaus creates several hybrid agencies, e.g the Intelligence and Investigation Agency, or IIA.

2098- Economic recovery of the USNA is finally underway, but twenty years of partial recessions in North America hits rest of the world hard. Many Asian countries still unable to cope, falling into yet another spiraling economic depression.
China establishes a buffer zone, called the Central Asian Conglomerates, or CAC, composed of the former nations of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The CAC is employed as leverage against continuing global economic hardship, domestic stagflation and the increasingly belligerent Russian Federation.

2101- The Antarctic Treaty is dissolved by vote of the United Nations, with much dispute and accusations of corruption. Several nations involved in Antarctic research openly declare their parcels of Antarctica are formally colonies in a land grab unseen since the American Manifest Destiny of the mid-eighteenth century and the pre-Great War colonial carving up of Africa. USNA demarcates a large sliver of land encompassing the South Polar region and designates it as the Antarctic Colonial Frontier. Antarctica’s once-barren outer banks and peninsulas are ripe for hardy dwellers willing to migrate and establish new, planned cities—modeled on Brasília—subject only to their independent spirits.

2109- The Commonwealth of Independent States, existing since 1991, collapses, due to economic mismanagement, the continuing recessions of the Eurasian countries, successive internal power battles and other domestic crises. The Russian Federation is dissolved and replaced by the Russian Confederation, consisting of many semi-autonomous Russian states. The Confederation of Independent States is created from the remaining ex-Commonwealth nations, each ruled by oligarchs and military generals. Thousands are displaced in the ensuing confusion, causing massive decay of Russia's infrastructure. Oligarchs pump money into the economy to keep the Confederation solvent and provide a reason for being.

2129- The True Peoples of Russia (TPoR), a front organization run by various and sundry oligarchs and siloviki in the Confederation of Independent States, begins a terror campaign against the Russian government and military. Mass executions in every strata of Russian society proceeds for nearly a decade before mysteriously falling silent, seemingly running their course. The TPoR ceases all demands, and appears to go defunct.

October, 2144- Special Agents Gilmour and Mason are assigned to the Temporal Retrieve project.

Update (12.29.2011) 2012 is looking not too far from current reality!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Jaunt Cast Bio, Part III

Third up is:
Doctor Richard de Lis. Born in Ontario. Age 55, DOB 9.07.2089. Based in the Underground (U) Complex in Ottawa, heads the theoretical studies laboratory. Formerly chair of the Theoretical Physics Department at the University of Ottawa. Advises the United Nations Council on Theoretical Physical Applications. Undergrad and graduate studies completed at the University of Toronto. Doctorate in Particle Physics at York University. Member of the American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, visiting faculty of the MIT Center for Theroretical Physics. Met rogue neutronic weaponization provider Dr Nouri Yastanni in 2129 at a Large Hadron Collider lecture in Bern, Switzerland. Single. 5’8”. Hobbies/Interests: Reading old pulp novels, secretly wanting to act in a weekly cineweb series. Character traits observed by colleague and right hand, Doctor Stacia Waters: “Incessant laughter in his office at ridiculous twenty-first century comedy skits when thought to be peer-reviewing papers. I also have a secret webvideo of him in his twenties ‘acting’ in university, which I will use to get a pay raise!”

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jaunt Cast Bio, Part II

Second up is:
Special Agent Gregory L. Mason. Badge number 5987456332150. Age 33, DOB 05.31.2111. Born in Virginia. Special Agent in the Global Intelligence Directorate of the Washington Bureau. Uses a ten-round, 10mm semi-automatic E4.10c “Bull” pistol, IIA-version voxlink with ground-to-space connection to the Global Security Network and a standard-issue IIA holobook capable of two-way weblink with IIA HQ in D.C. Single, with girlfriends in three different cities. 5’ 9”. Hobbies/Interests: Latenight cineweb viewing, outdoor sports. Character traits observed by partner, Gilmour: “With a good night’s rest, you wouldn’t have to catnap four times a day.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jaunt Cast Bio

A new feature on JauntWorld are brief cast biographies from Jaunt. First up is:
Special Agent James E. Gilmour. Badge number 5987521532407. Age 34, DOB 02.19.2110. Born in Ohio. Special Agent-in-Charge in the Global Intelligence Directorate of the Washington Bureau. Uses a fifteen-round, 9mm semi-automatic RT-01/9V pistol, IIA-version voxlink with ground-to-space connection to the Global Security Network and a standard-issue IIA holobook capable of two-way weblink with IIA HQ in D.C. Single. 5’ 10”. Hobbies/Interests: Target practice at the IIA Academy shooting gallery, listening to classical music way too loudly and not much else. Character traits observed by partner, Mason: “Spends too much time in the practice range...needs to see the sun once in a while. I know a girl who’d love a date with him!”

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Wallpapers

As you may have guessed, in addition to writing, I'm also an artist. Here are five new wallpapers for your enjoyment: Fire, Firecracker, Rivertail, Surf and Botanica. They were created using Corel Painter and are free to download! These are impressionistic doodles that sit quietly on your computer display and are easy on the eyes. Thanks and have fun.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

2 Shorts

Hello, just an update. I've recently published a short ebook on lulu.com, titled 2 Shorts. It only costs a dollar, so check it out, if you like sci-fi and a brief World War One horror short. Thanks!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Downloadable (Free!) Stuff

You may have noticed the links on the side here...JauntWorld has a Photobucket album full of JPGs ready for download! A Jaunt bookmark, a Jaunt Wallpaper, the Falling Star flyleaf illustration that greets you as you open your copy of Jaunt, and two teaser illustrations for the dime novel, pulp-inspired space adventures of InterPlanetary Tax Police Agent Maya! (more on her in a post soon.)
Don't hesitate to check 'em out.