Scott M. Sandridge

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SpecMusicMuse Review: Mind Game

Mind Game, by R.L. Copple, is a YA science fiction novel that combines space opera with virtual reality. Jeremy and Mickey get a virtual reality video game for Christmas. Little do they, and thousands of other children, know is that the VR is no game. Their minds get transported across the vastness of space and into virtual bodies, to fight a war for an imperialistic alien race. A rip-roaring space adventure ensues, filled with humor, heroism, and tragedy.

Copple maintains a fast pace, keeping the action going, and provides unexpected but logical plot twists throughout. Even the dialogue feels real for characters of such a young age, in contrast to how some YA novels can be. You will root for the heroes, boo the main villain, and even feel bad for the other villains. He also manages to tackle very adult topics in a manner that keeps it suitable for a YA novel. Overall, Copple delivers.

While there are definitely some moralistic themes to the story, the themes are where they should be: in the background. Primarily written for entertainment, the themes become an extra topping on the pizza.

If you enjoyed Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, then you will enjoy R.L. Copple’s Mind Game.

Best to read while listening to:  the soundtracks to Star Wars and Goonies comes to mind.

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September 17, 2011 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pimping Out The Pimps

Some of you might remember my silly little tale, “Galaxy Store,” that appeared at Ray Gun Revival back in ’06. You may have even heard the podcast recording of it along with an interview on Ray Gun Radio. But there’s a little story about the tale I haven’t yet shared until now….

It originally had a different beginning and ending. Yep. The folks at RGR felt my original beginning and ending needed cut for various reasons. To some extent I agree and disagree with the reasons, but I went ahead and did the cutting because (a) it was my chance to get the story published and (b) I can always have the reprint published with its original beginning and end.

And (b) leads me to this here announcement. Heh. You just knew a shameless plug was coming along, didn’t ya’?

“Galaxy Store,” the uncut version of it, has been accepted by Nancy Fulda who manages Anthology Builder.com. The cool thing about Anthology Builder.com (aside from the awesome list of stories from writers like Eugie Foster, Eric Flint, Jay Lake, and Alethea Kontis just to name a few), is that you can literally create your own customized anthology of your favorite short stories (like, say, a couple of Eugie’s, a couple of Eric’s, and of course mine). And you don’t just get to pick the stories, but the cover art as well, and you can make your own title. But, of course, if you don’t have the time or are not in the mood to customize your own, you can choose from a list of already-made anthos and just tweak things here and there if you want.

I’ve already done one: an antho full of my top faves (which includes “Galaxy Store”) that I’ve affectionately titled Pimping Out The Pimps.

But you don’t have to buy mine (at the low price of $14.95, which ain’t bad for a customizable antho that’s up to 350 pages of the coolest stories around). You can create your own and fill it with all your faves–which, I’m assuming, will include “Galaxy Store.” 😉

But if you’re just dying to try out some of the coolest stories among the coolest Pimps in the biz, then get Pimping Out The Pimps. In my own little custom antho, you’ll find stories from:

Scott M. Sandridge, aka The Master Pimp
Eugie Foster, aka Queen Pimp of Darkness
Nancy Fulda, aka Emperess of the Empire of Pimps
Eric Flint, aka The Pimp Shaman
Aliette de Bodard, aka Sorceress Pimp
Alethea Kontis, aka Spicy Pimp
Cat Rambo, aka Lady Pimpalot
R. L. Copple, aka Pimper of Space Monkeys
Michel D. Turner, aka The Motorcycle Pimp
Daniel Ausema, aka The Pimp Wizard
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, aka Ginger-Snap Pimp
Angeline Hawkes, aka Pimping Beauty
Samantha Henderson, aka Princess Pimperella
Ruth Nestvold and Jay Lake, aka The Super-Pimping Duo
Ahmed A. Kahn, aka King Pimp
Marsheila Rockwell, aka the Rockin’ Pimp
T. L. Morganfield, aka Commander Pimp

and last but most certainly not least:

Sean T. M. Stiennon, aka The Pimpin’ Privateer

*****

Hmmm, y’know, this whole Pimp word gives me an idea….

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments