I Heart Books

i heart booksJoin me on February 7th 2015 for I <3 Books, a roundup of Seattle-area authors!

I’m really looking forward to meeting some local stars as well as finding some new books for my reading shelf. Since it’s a pre-Valentine’s event, we’re mixing some romance novelists in with sci-fi and fantasy authors.

Steampunk! Superheroes! Forbidden passion! There will be something for everyone. All ages welcome!

WHEN: Saturday, February 7 at 2:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: AFK Elixirs & Eatery 3750 E Valley Rd, Renton, Washington 98055
For more, check out the I <3 Books Facebook page!

 

The Big Antimatter Reactor

The Topsy Antimatter Reactor (from Mad Science Institute)
The Topsy Antimatter Reactor (from Mad Science Institute)

In the word of Mad Science Institute, the world’s largest antimatter reactor is buried far, far below the Institute headquarters called Topsy House. Some people have asked why I described it as shaped like a kettle-bell. The reason, as I tried to illustrate here, was that, like a modern nuclear reactor, it actually doesn’t run directly on the heat produced by the reaction, but rather by the steam created by the heat. In a way, that qualifies it as Steam Punk!

The Flight Pack

Mag-Lev Flight Packs (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)
Mag-Lev Flight Packs (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)

After I sketched Rusty the Robot, I still had the artistic bug in my system, so I tried to work it out by doodling one of the other most important inventions in Mad Science Institute: Angela’s flight pack.

Superconductors expel magnetic fields, which means they can levitate (this is how the bullet train in Japan remains nearly friction-free). Powered by a tiny antimatter reactor and controlled by the room-temperature superconductor called Teslanium, these flight packs can swoop and soar up to thirty feet off the ground (or higher if they have large quantities of metal beneath them), or they can lock in on a certain altitude for swift travel.

This was a challenge for me to draw because of the rounded corners, not to mention the human figure (I suck at drawing anything that actually exists), but it allowed me to work out what the controls would really be, and that became important to know for the short story “Sceince and Funerals” in the Three Weeks Before Doomsday collection.

Soap’s Zombots

Soap's Zombot Halloween Accessories (from The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)
Soap’s Zombot Halloween Accessories (from The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)

Happy Halloween! Maybe it’s two weeks early, but Halloween lasts all October as far as I’m concerned. I got inspired to doodle the Halloween costume Soap invented in The Non-Zombie Apocalypse (I should probably stick with writing, because my sketch is clearly lacking.)

The basic idea is that her “costume” isn’t a costume at all, but actually consisted of several rudimentary robots that would lurch around like zombies and follow her wherever she went. Of course, when The Professor attacks campus, she ends up putting these zombots to use in unexpected ways.

Not my best doodle, but this one was fun.

Rusty the Robot

Rusty the Robot (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)
Rusty the Robot (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)

As you can see, I’m no artist. But I am an inveterate doodler who honed his robot-scribbling skills instead of paying attention in high school. Not so long ago I felt the artistic urge for the first time in about a million years, so I decided to visually sketch Rusty the Robot, who seems to be everyone’s favorite character from Mad Science Institute.

And who wouldn’t love Rusty? He accidentally looks like a terrifying scorpion-dog death machine, but he’s really an eternally faithful and extremely useful companion, and you will hardly ever find Soap without him.

Contests & prizes for The Non-Zombie Apocalypse book launch

Update: this contest is now closed.

Congratulations to the winner Shannon O. of Seattle, WA!

 

Anyone atThe Non-Zombie Apocalypse book launch on 8/23 (get the deets here) has a chance at winning some cool stuff, but you don’t have to attend to enter for the grand prize! Here’s the scoop:

Win the Grand Prize!

the grand prizeTo enter the drawing, all you need to do is sign up for my mailing list.* If you’re already signed up, you’re already entered! This list is your best way to keep up with my projects. (Plus, I probably won’t send more than one or two emails a year, so you won’t get inundated if you enter.)

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Paperback copies of ALL THREE BOOKS! (Three Weeks Before Doomsday, Mad Science Institute, and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)
  • Ebook copies of all three books
  • A Mad Science Institute t-shirt (size subject to availability)
  • Mad Science Institute mouse pad

*Grand Prize Drawing to be held 8/30/2014. No purchase necessary, but contest is only open to those with a United States postal address (I cannot ship internationally). Members of Sechin Tower’s family are not eligible to win. Sorry!

Door prizes!

At the AFK Elixers & Eatery, we’ll pick several winners every hour between 5pm and 9pm to receive books, toys, games, or other goodies!

Mad Science Game Prizes!

Test your skills at the Parasite Race or the Mad Science Blueprint Challenge! Winners will receive books or other goodies. If that doesn’t float your boat, the AFK also has a whole menu just for games, so if you can’t find a way to amuse yourself then you’re about as much fun as a Blitzkrieger with a blister.

Costume Contest Prize!

soaps mystery prize (1)Wear your favorite lab-coat or put on your favorite cyborg armor because it’s Mad Science night at the AFK!

Costume contest will be held at 8pm, judged by yours truly. The winner will receive a book plus “The Contents of Soap’s Thirty-Third Pocket.” If you’ve read the books you know Soap keeps a lot of things in her pockets, and this is your chance to find out what’s in this one!

Tons of chances to win mad-awesome stuff! I hope to see you at the AFK in Renton, WA on 8/23,  and if you can’t make it there be sure to sign up for my email list for your chance to win big!

Non-Zombie Apocalypse news!

mad science apocalypse coverAs of today, The Non-Zombie Apocalypse is available at all major retailers as well as all ebook formats. This is the second book in the Mad Science Institute series… or the third, depending on how you count.

Book number “zero” is Three Weeks Before Doomsday, a collection of prequel short stories that show you where the characters were a week before the start of book #1. You can get this as an ebook anywhere, but I want everyone in the world to have it free, so get it at no cost from Smashwords.com. If you’re a paper kind of person, this is a limited edition run and only available from SechinTower.com/Store.

Book number one is Mad Science Institute, which is available for the first time since its release in all ebook formats, including Kindle, Nook, and everything else.

Lots of books for your robot-blasting enjoyment!

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