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Welcome to the Cenotaph Road website,
Robert E. Vardeman proprietor
One fantasy, one sf, one horror. A little bit for every taste.
Now that spring is sprunging, you need some reading material as
you while away the lazy hours under the blossoming tree.
New ides popped up for the sf book, so reworking the synopsis.
Actually cutting the characters and adding to the ones there.
If I don't rein in this one now, it'll be gargantuan. But along
the way I have finished "Sciamachy" for Axel
Howerton's weird western anthology. Must let it marinate,
then go over it again to add important details I skipped on the
Mostly a week or so of awful news on many fronts. Aaron Allston
died, as did local writer Aimee Thurlo and bookseller Asa Mullins.
Value your friends, value what you love most in the world. Mortal
coils can be shuffled off slowly or quickly, but they always are
DST hit this morning. Why do I think of DST more as DDT?
Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" is a marvelous anime. I
can't imagine any American doing a movie glorifying an aeronautical
engineer, much less with the challenges as mundane as airflow
over rivets. If anything, I'd say this is a movie aimed more at
the European (and Japanese, of course) markets with its references
to Thomas Mann and the Magic Mountain, German industrialists and
Italian aviators. How Miyasaki gets so much emotion out of a single
line for a mouth is incredible. I also plunked down the big bucks
for a double feature on 300 and 300:Rise of an Empire. Really
like 300 (IMAX, not 3D) and the new movie is somewhat daring in
that it's not a sequel or a prequel but concurrent with 300. Eva
Green makes a great villain, but the real story is between her
and Lena Heady as Leonidas' wife, not her and Themistocles (if
this is the best hero the Athenians can muster you have to share
Leonidas' contempt for them). This isn't giving anything away.
Themistocles' huge secret weapon against an overwhelming fleet
is to, get ready for it, hide his horse in his ship's hold and
when the ships crash together, to mount the horse and charge onto
the Persian deck. Uh, dude, get a plan.
The best of the trailers was for the new Godzilla movie. Not
springing big bucks for any IMAX 3D until then (though the new
Captain American movie looks good--I'll pay the lesser ticket
price for 2D and be just as happy, I suspect) but I want to see
atomic fire blasting from the Big G's throat and frying the first
7 rows in the theater.
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It's the small things in life... Or at least the 140 character
Going through all the types of tie-in writing I've done, and it
is a lot. Serial characters that can't change this week.
of Steam and Rust! David Lee Summers just got a nifty review
on his Revolution of Air and Rust.
My e-books on the catalog
page. Great stuff. Really.
iPad viewing: Working on Prime Suspect and Waking the
Dead. Also added The Borgias to that. Jeremy Irons
is so evil Also hit Europa Report which isn't a bad indie
movie but somehow too much in the 2001 vein for me to give
a damn about any of the characters. I expected more Abyss
and less 2001 but I was wrong.
iPad reading: Finished Mask of FuManchu and am dithering
between Double Crossing which won a Spur a couple years
ago and a steampunk book, Legendary Detective at World's End.
Might go with the Meg Mim's Double Crossing first. Also
finished Seafloor Space Pyramids by Scott
Dickerson in his great series of pastiche/rewritten Tom Swift
Regular cable stuff: Face Off and a new Castle.
I picked up Arrow on the iPad and wonder if there is anyone
in Starling City who doesn't know everyone else's secret identity.
They ought to post all the secret identities with mug shots like
they do DWI arrests, just so everyone can know who's shooting
arrows at whom.
for the finest in fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction (and sf
and mysteries and...) And in the for-free mode on my store, look
in on a story from along the Cenotaph Road.
Noose" here from the anthology Traditional
Enjoy the first chapter of Alien Death Fleet here!
Read the goshwow first chapter of Genetic Menace here!
Coming soon: sample chapter from Black Nebula
Read the spellbinding first chapter of Ogre Castle here!
Read the first chapter of In The Sea Nymph's Lair here!
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About the site. What follows is a glimpse at the science fiction
and fantasy writing I've done, including the Cenotaph Road series,
God of War, Star Trek and BattleTech/ MechWarrior,
Vor:The Maelstrom, Crimson Skies, Pathfinder,
Traveller, what is current, and what might be forthcoming
VIPub (Vertically Integrated Publishing) . Be sure to go to the
Store link for free fiction and print and e-book publishing. Read
ole Karl Lassiter's 2009 NM Book Award nominated novel, Drifter
or the 2011 Scribe Award nominated God
of War. Don't overlook the 2011 NM Book Award and WF Peacemaker
nominee for best novel , Sonora
Noose. Or the 2012 nominee for best anthology,
Golden Reflections. Or the 2013 nominated China