The cover art, editing, and promotional videowork (editing – thanks Craig Knit of Out Of Whack Productions and music – thanks John Doyle of I Decline) for my new story are all done. Even my promotional help has been at it gearing up for the new release (shout out to Heather Mehl). I’ve been designing promotional items to give away and mail to those on my mailing list and soon I’ll start campaigning for the release.
So, since we are arriving closer to the release, I thought I’d share my story’s synopsis to let everyone know what is on the horizon:
“On a planet exclusively populated by alien robots, machines struggle to find purpose after abandonment by their creators. Kairos, the highly intelligent and massive weather-machine, monitors the world with cold academic curiosity atop of the great canyon system. He cares only for storms and other significant meteorological events. While below, common worker-bots scavenge daily to find scraps of power that will allow them to subsist in this increasingly savage environment. The Body, a growing robot-collective, is slowly taking over the canyons and oppressing all those that resist its will. Viewing any free power source as a threat, The Body, moves to enlist Kairos in its quest to destroy a mythic, sky-deity who has been benevolently restoring power to injured and disabled machines. Only Ophis, an insignificant and crippled worker-bot, stands in the path of this nefarious task. Will Kairos look beyond his own self-interests, or will he too kow-tow to the collective?”
The artwork posted here is just a sampling of the colors used and is not the final piece. While working with Daniel Gracey to design the new cover, I told him to get out the last cover for “The Energy Scavengers” and use all those colors for a base. I wanted the world to be consistent and have continuity. As you can see, and we’ll later see more of later (especially when I release the video of him painting the scene) he gave us another great view of the vast canyon system that makes of the “junk valle” where most of the robotic activity on 33 Pegasi ZZ takes place. You can see the same tunnel and conveyor system crisscrossing the open valle and still used by the robots. He is also hinting here at the changing weather patterns on the planet, which will play a role in this story.
More to come…