Saturday, February 16, 2013

JKS Communications presents: Guest Post from S.F. Chapman

In conjunction with the blog tour for The Ripple in Space-Time by S.F. Chapman, I have a guest post today! Thanks to JKS Communications for helping coordinate this. You can find my review of this book here, and there is also a giveaway live for a copy of this e-book, which is here.

You can contact the author or find more info about the book by following these links.
S.F. Chapman's website
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Continue down to read the guest post from S.F. Chapman!

The tale about the tale                         SF Chapman, February 5, 2013.

My latest science fiction novel, The Ripple in Space-Time is set in the dystopic world of 2445. Several corrupt Warlords largely control human affairs throughout the Solar System. Virtually all people endure servitude to these despots, except in Free City.

Free City is a small autonomous region in the Shannon Valley where self-determination and enlightenment prevail over the slavery and ignorance found elsewhere. It's a place that is not unlike modern day London, San Francisco or New York.

The main character in the book is Detective Ryo Trop of the Free City Inquisitor's Office, which is the Scotland Yard of the distant future. So impartial and thorough is the organization that even the Warlords call in the Inquisitor's Office to investigate sensational crimes.

The book begins with just such a crime.

An unexplained explosion has destroyed a huge research lab on the moon and hundreds have been killed. Ryo is brought in to resolve the case.

I visualized this future as an archetypically bad world with just a few good guys trying to save the day, cast in a dark and gritty Film Noir-like hue with scoundrels and skullduggery skulking around every corner.

As I put together chapter summaries for the book, I came upon some newspaper articles from the mid 1800's. They were filled with loads of colorful adverbs and adjectives describing the events of the day.

I decided to include some official “News Items” written in this heavy-handed style in The Ripple in Space-Time.

To the amusement of my editors, the “News Items” often misreport events that the reader has already discovered to be untrue.

It is a style choice that is great fun to write.

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