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TGN cover by JovianJ


Book three is now on sale at Amazon, and it had been a journey with writing it. A special thanks to a few whose off line discussions helped shaped aspects of the setting and in one case, some of the characters. So thank you Sirin and Dee (not to be confused with Dee Block whose artwork inspired a lot of things in the setting). My health has been slowly improving and I'll get to that more in just a bit, I'll just say now instead of the expected recovery by now, it looks like sometime next year. 

Book summary 

Professor Rayna Lashley, AI psychologist Yumiko Fujimoto, their AI Mansa and the rest of the Mandinka expediiton, continue their exploration of the multiverse, encountering new timelines, and new civilizations.

They find that some need a helping hand, while others start to see how such help is interfering with their own agendas. However the exedition, with its newly formed Matriarchy, is resolute to help regardless of the scale of this assistance, whether such help is extended to an individual or entire civilizations.

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I usually share a bit behind the scenes with the journal entries, and this time I'll borrow from TV tropes to show a trope that is a foundational theme beyond exploring women as the majority of characters in a science fiction series and the African diaspora (and my love for "Rockets and Robots" as my one roommate once remarked, she knew me better than I knew myself). This would be "Gunship Rescue", where the heroes are the cavalry for someone else. If I have written it right, our heroes coming to someone else's rescue, instead of needing to be rescued is a main theme seen throughout the series. 

I'll wrap up with the health report, it is slower than expected recovery, but unlike a few of my friends, it looks like there will be a recovery. It still looks like a when and not if. I'm grateful either way. I still look forward to getting back to surfing DA as so many great artist here, and I include writers and a few photographers I have come across with the label of artist. I want to say more, but I'm running out of steam again. I look forward to the future as I hope all of you will, hang on for tomorrow, you never know how bright it might be until you get there.

Thank you everyone who wrote, it was great to see when I could make it online. Best to you all!
OEOA cover by JovianJ

Due to failing health, I've been absent from DA for a while. I've missed seeing so many good artist,  writers, poets and photographers. My time at the keyboard has been limited, and it went mostly to getting the second book out. Its now available at amazon here;

www.amazon.com/dp/B00MOH45EE

It looks like the preview list the first 9 chapters available to try. I hope others will enjoy it, I know a lot of my heart went into writing it, inspired by many of the people here at DA.

The book summary is far shorter than book one even though book two ended up far longer.

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They have a common foe. A foe who could draw upon resources that outmatched all of them combined. It was a foe they could not negotiate with, could not appease, and wanted all of their galaxies.

It was a time for diplomacy, a time to put aside differences to build a common front against a shared foe.

And yet there were only so many things Professor Rayna Lashley was going to compromise on.

"Yes, yes dear, let's place our cards on the table, shall we? At the end you will try to backstab us and we will free the people you've enslaved and used as food sources for thousands of years."

"Don't you mean attempt to free Professor?"

"If you think we make attempts, Lord Sangrey, then you really don't realize what you're dealing with."

"When it comes to us, good does have the bigger stick than evil."

Served by an AI of immense power, the Mandinka expedition continues its involvement into the affairs of the multiverse. Mansa is an AI with the technology to both create and destroy worlds, and yet he has a simple agenda.

"In Japanese, "Ai" is the word for love. All the technology, all of the over engineering, all of the many things I have come up with is not to be a Juggernaut, an engine of wonders to awe and impress, but it is to serve you, to protect you and in my own way say I love you."

With enemies and unlikable allies, Professor Rayna Lashley may go for open honesty over diplomacy.

"Why yes dear, we can afford to be the galaxy's policeman. All the galaxies across the multiverse."

In the end it is about taking care of each other, from one life to billions.

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I hope to get back to surfing the watch list and seeing so many of the great works I have missed due to being away. I can't really say I'm back now truth be told. This entry is part of that limited time at the keyboard. So if you see a few reviews of others work and you don't see one on yours yet, its because I ran out of steam, its not because I'm ignoring you or think your work just isn't worth commenting on any more. All of you have inspired me so much. I look forward to getting better and seeing where your muses have taken your creative spirits. Best to you all!
TGN cover by JovianJ


Book three is now on sale at Amazon, and it had been a journey with writing it. A special thanks to a few whose off line discussions helped shaped aspects of the setting and in one case, some of the characters. So thank you Sirin and Dee (not to be confused with Dee Block whose artwork inspired a lot of things in the setting). My health has been slowly improving and I'll get to that more in just a bit, I'll just say now instead of the expected recovery by now, it looks like sometime next year. 

Book summary 

Professor Rayna Lashley, AI psychologist Yumiko Fujimoto, their AI Mansa and the rest of the Mandinka expediiton, continue their exploration of the multiverse, encountering new timelines, and new civilizations.

They find that some need a helping hand, while others start to see how such help is interfering with their own agendas. However the exedition, with its newly formed Matriarchy, is resolute to help regardless of the scale of this assistance, whether such help is extended to an individual or entire civilizations.

                                                                                 ****

I usually share a bit behind the scenes with the journal entries, and this time I'll borrow from TV tropes to show a trope that is a foundational theme beyond exploring women as the majority of characters in a science fiction series and the African diaspora (and my love for "Rockets and Robots" as my one roommate once remarked, she knew me better than I knew myself). This would be "Gunship Rescue", where the heroes are the cavalry for someone else. If I have written it right, our heroes coming to someone else's rescue, instead of needing to be rescued is a main theme seen throughout the series. 

I'll wrap up with the health report, it is slower than expected recovery, but unlike a few of my friends, it looks like there will be a recovery. It still looks like a when and not if. I'm grateful either way. I still look forward to getting back to surfing DA as so many great artist here, and I include writers and a few photographers I have come across with the label of artist. I want to say more, but I'm running out of steam again. I look forward to the future as I hope all of you will, hang on for tomorrow, you never know how bright it might be until you get there.

Thank you everyone who wrote, it was great to see when I could make it online. Best to you all!

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DjDontTouchTheTrim Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   General Artist
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JovianJ Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you very much DJ! 
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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JovianJ Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you very much Sha!
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dtothetwo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hey brudda i saw your post about the Abatwa and wanted to thank you for mentioning it. the myth is very fascinating :) cheers
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Amalia-Illios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It saddens me to hear you are not doing well. Hopefully things will improve again as quickly as they possibly can. :huggle:
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JovianJ Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thank you for writing! I regret replying so late. Its been only now I've had enough steam to write a few replies, however when I first saw your note, it really was a high point of my day. I hope you are well and thank you very much for dropping this note! 
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Amalia-Illios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries whatsoever. Keeping up with them krazy interwebz is hard enough when all is going well, so I can fully understand cutting back when the body is demanding lots of R&R. Take your time, enjoy what you can and we will all be here whenever you feel like it. :tighthug:
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MonicaMarinho Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for :iconfavoriteplz: :icongrin--plz:
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JovianJ Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
You're very welcome!
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