10 December 2016

Another Year, Another Christmas Artisan Market

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table at the Hagerstown PAL Christmas Artisan Market today! It was nice to meet everyone, and I enjoyed talking with all of you. To those who picked up copies of my books, I hope you -- or the ultimate recipient of them -- loves reading them as much as I loved writing them.
Stay warm out there, folks. Winter showed up a few days early this year!

26 October 2016

Breaking Orbit: vol1 of the Titan Run Trilogy

Breaking Orbit
vol1 of the Titan Run Trilogy
Science Fiction
October 21, 2016
ASIN: B01M8LQ41J
ISBN: 1539561364

Sign on for the deadliest job in the Solar System.

200 years in the future humanity is no longer a victim of gravity and circumstance. Earth's children have realized their birthright and colonized the Solar System. Mars, the moons of Jupiter, the asteroids ... but none of those fantastic worlds is as welcoming as Earth. To warm the frozen surface of Mars humans look into their past and employ internal combustion technology to blanket the red planet in heat-trapping greenhouse gasses. In this future where Earth has become an ecological utopia there is only one place in the Solar System that has the hydrocarbons Mars desperately needs: the moon Titan.

Join the crew of the mining ship Krakken as she embarks on her three-year journey into the depths of Solar space -- far from other people, far from other ships, far from help.

An excerpt:

25 October 2016

Breaking Orbit Signed Paperback Giveaway!


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21 September 2016

Free Preview: Breaking Orbit, vol 1 of the Titan Run Trilogy

What follows is an excerpt from the opening chapters of my upcoming Sci Fi Novel, "Breaking Orbit, vol1 of the Titan Run Trilogy" 

Please read, share, and keep an eye on this site and my social media for when the book becomes available -- later this Fall, in both eBook and Paperback!

Breaking Orbit

Excerpt from vol1 of the Titan Run Trilogy

One

She gasped for oxygen but drew only hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide into her lungs, the cold and toxic mixture preserving her flesh while taking her life. She could not hear her team leader shouting at her over the alert channel.
"Hit your Panic Button! Marcie, your Panic Button!" Hugh sucked down his own precious oxygen as he yelled and stumbled over the uneven Martian mountainside, desperate to reach Marcie before it was too late. He fumbled with the flap on the pocket that held his repair kit for the roll of tape that might save her life, fighting back the voice in his head that told him it did not matter how fast he moved; he was already too late.

"The Titan Run volume 1: Breaking Orbit" Free Preview

Pre-order now for your Kindle!

What follows is an excerpt from the opening chapters of my upcoming Sci Fi Novel, "The Titan Run vol. 1, Breaking Orbit." 
Please read, share, and keep an eye on this site and my social media for when the book becomes available -- later this Fall, in both eBook and Paperback!


The Titan Run vol. 1

Breaking Orbit

Excerpt

One

She gasped for oxygen but drew only hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide into her lungs, the cold and toxic mixture preserving her flesh while taking her life. She could not hear her team leader shouting at her over the alert channel.
"Hit your Panic Button! Marcie, your Panic Button!" Hugh sucked down his own precious oxygen as he yelled and stumbled over the uneven Martian mountainside, desperate to reach Marcie before it was too late. He fumbled with the flap on the pocket that held his repair kit for the roll of tape that might save her life, fighting back the voice in his head that told him it did not matter how fast he moved; he was already too late.

10 May 2016

Book Signing and Release Party: Regret and Opportunity

As you may have seen on my social media outlets, I am releasing a new book of poetry later this month. The early reviews are promising, and that's not just my mom saying so -- though she is on record as loving it.
To celebrate the release of the book, I am having a book signing / release party at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery Shop in historic downtown Hagerstown:


I'll definitely be there to sign the books and chat, and if there are enough people in the room at a given moment, I may choose to do a reading of a poem or two. That's the sort of thing people do at these sorts of things, right?

Also, as a plug, The WCAC Gallery Shop also has my other books -- both poetry and narrative fiction -- for sale right there in the shop, so what better time to stock up on my catalog?

Hope to see you there!

23 March 2016

One Quote Wednesday

I've been posting images with the hashtag #OneQuoteWednesday to my various social media presences (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) for almost two months now. Below are the images I've posted so far, if you aren't following me via any of those platforms (you should be!).

A photo posted by Rob Murray (@lefthandrob) on





08 March 2016

International Women's Day

According to my Facebook news feed, today is International Women's Day. According to the IWD website:
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
Education and representation are key elements of achieving gender parity, just as they are with most of the global-societal issues that we face (but that's an essay for another time). A few years back I was sitting in traffic while my mind wandered, thinking about a book of short stories I had recently read where all of the protagonists were women.

29 January 2016

Alas, poor Trash Can; I knew him, Horatio.

UPDATE: Alternatively, I am but a fool with wool upon my eyes. The poor thing was just startled and hiding against the side of my car:

 Original Post:
Granted, it appeared next to my house one morning years ago as an orphan, but I gave it a home on my back porch and fed it regularly, set it out along the curb to be emptied as needed, and the one time I decide to use it as a marker for my shoveled out parking space, some inconsiderate boob wanders along and takes the plastic trash can I've been using for lo these years. Yes, I can buy another one easily enough, but I liked that beat up old molded plastic container with the cracked bottom. It was useful, it had character, I had made it my own. I searched up and down the street in shirt sleeves and slippers as soon as I noticed it missing, the snow flurrying around me. I hope, whomever you are, that you desperately needed that trash can to hold some precious thing, because any other reason for taking it makes you a monster.

20 January 2016

Finally, Rupert?

If you're a Douglas Adams fan, then you know of his oft-maligned fifth entry in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, "Mostly Harmless." In that book, a fictional 10th (which would be 9th, had Mr. Adams been writing after 2006, which wouldn't that have been wonderful?) planet lurks in the dark outer reaches of our solar system. From the icy surface of that dim world aliens observe Earth's radio and television broadcasts that have leaked out into space. To find out what happens next, you'll have to read the book (sometimes I can be a wee bit the sadist).
According to astronomers with much better math skills and much faster computers than I, the math seems to be working out again that there's another planet out there in the far reaches of ol' Sol's gravitational influence. Reading this made me think some things:

03 January 2016

New Year, New-ish Materials

Part of being me (an Independent Author, that is) is applying my humble design skills to my own marketing materials; using those same talents that brought you the lovely cover art you see to your right to whip up some fresh Business Cards and some Rack Cards that do double-duty as bookmarks for you, my reading public. And yes, I capitalized those two items because they are That Important to me.
Anyway, here are the designs I made up and had printed.

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