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Think of a pterosaur. Or a big—very big—bat, with lizardy scales, a long slender neck and tail and hollow, waffle-structured bones, and enormous leathery wings. The tail is thin and ropy, with long wisps of hair at the end. The chest is deep and beneath the wings are gill-like bellows which supercharge the dragon’s bloodstream with oxygen, giving them additional power for flight.

Dragons are not natural creatures. They were genetically engineered from a pterosaur-like native flyer once found on Earth, and a similar beast from the planet Oni. Modifications were made so they could become a true Helper Species for human colonists; thus, they fly well in the atmosphere of terrestrial planets, and can carry light loads, which the original species could not do well.

Average wingspan varies between seven to nine and a half meters. Average speed is about 50 kilometers per hour, and up to 65 or 70 kilometers per hour when diving or gliding under ideal atmospherics. Average flight endurance, four to five hours. With significant gliding time, or a break to rest on the ground, two to three additional hours flight time per day may be added. Thus, depending upon atmospheric conditions, a dragon may cover between 250 to 400 kilometers per day.

The head is smaller and the snout shorter than a pterosaur’s, as though a horse’s face had been elongated. Heavy brow ridges protect the eyes. Those eyes are double-lidded, with an inner protective lining, like a cat’s. Nostrils are oversized, the jaw large and powerful, eyes like those of raptors: good at long distance, not as good close up. Dragons probably have a limited ability to see colors. Small pointed ears are set at the top of the head above and behind the brow ridges. Hearing is good but not spectacular. They tend to use scent as their primary sensory input.

The body skin is pebbly and tough; imagine a rhinocerous crossed with a monitor lizard. Dragons also have flat scale-like divisions in the skin on their backs, shoulders, and upper legs, which overlap the pebbled skin. These are similar to the scales on a snake, which serve as a protective and temperature regulating system and probably make them more aerodynamic.

The skin of the wings is leathery, and tough. The wings are on a joint permitting them to be cambered (tilted, or angled) like a bat’s, so they are agile in the air. The wing camber system can also be used as drag, to assist in landing (think of the flaps on an ancient airplane, if you have ever seen one).

Long fluffy fur grows out between the scales on the dragon’s shoulders and neck. The long manelike ruff across the back of the head and neck may be a temperature-control mechanism, or a genetic engineering artifact.

Colors vary; geneticists believe their scale and fur colors will consolidate over time, but natural selection has only had about 1200 years to exert pressure, and Queen selection and mating has little to do with dragon color and much to do with size and strength.

Packdrones, which are thought to be “throwbacks” to the original species, are slower and smaller, and tend to be short-tempered; they generally cannot and will not take on a rider. They are never accepted into a dragon pack. They tend to be treated (by “real” dragons) rather like a cow that has an embarrassing tendency to look somewhat like a real dragon. Mostly packdrones are ignored by their dragon cousins.

Everything on a dragon is about flight: A cross section of dragon bone reveals the waffling that makes the wings strong but keeps the dragons light. Wing joints and leg strenth help with takeoffs and landings. The valved bellows system helps make burdened flight possible. This is a sort of super-lung, which functions like a four-stroke piston engine:

  1. dragon raises wing; valve opens, inhale
  2. dragon lowers wing, valve closes, pressurized oxygen is forced into bloodstream
  3. dragon raises wing, valve stays closed, lungs suck carbon dioxide from bloodstream
  4. dragon lowers wing, valve opens, exhale

This supercharger system gives the dragon more power for flight than most large flying creatures such as an eagle.

This Helper Species is utilized as couriers and aerial guardians on the colony worlds Bootai, Azureign, and Little Shanghai, and casakin holdings at Linlary Catap*y, where gravitic and atmospheric conditions make burdened flight possible.

(Author’s note: In the case of Azureign, additional neon in the atmosphere means thermals (currents of rising air) go up faster and higher in the atmosphere. This more energetic thermal system assists the dragons in faster flight. It also results in more aggressive weather systems on Azureign, including extraordinarily strong tornados, waterspouts and dust storms, and extensive and frequent forest and grassland fires.)

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Keftiu Language and Writing Research for Kitane, Bull Jumper: Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age (https://amzn.to/2wuLMk8)

Historical fiction presents a mixture of opportunities and challenges. The more remote the setting, the more the authors must fill in blanks in the historical record. My co-author and I have chosen a bronze age setting, about 3,500 years ago. The bronze age is on the boundary between history and archeology. Artifacts, pottery, ruins, and middens tend to be more important and plentiful than written records during this time.

While many cultures had developed writing by the bronze age, few of these have been deciphered. One bronze age system has been famously deciphered: Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

Many systems are on the other side of the ledger, including:

  • Harappan: Indus Valley from 3500 to 1900 BCE.
  • Olmec: Middle America from 1250 to 400 BCE.
  • Ba and Shu: Southwestern China 5th and 4th century BCE.
  • Linear A: Crete from 2500 to 1450 BCE.

In general, scientists cannot decipher writing systems without a connection to a known language. With the dearth of written evidence, writers take advantage of whatever evidence is available. We set our novel on Minoan Crete during the time when Linear A was in use, thus the written history provided little information.

Fortunately, the Minoan civilization lasted from 2600 to 1400 BCE and left many artifacts, most notably the temple/palace at Knossos. During the time of our novel, an enormous volcanic eruption preserved the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri on Thera (much like Pompeii).

While we included much of the archeological research, we also wanted to credit their written record. While scholars have not deciphered the language of Linear A, they do understand the phonetics of the alphabet. We used this limited syllabary to name our characters with one notable exception.

We took inspiration for this story from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew where one sister is named Bianca. There is no B sound in the Linear A syllabary, but we compromised in favor of the bard. We chose Biaja for the sister’s name and used the Linear A “P” sound to spell it. Keftiu nameplates for Biaja, Kitane, and Jura employ Linear A, while the Hellene names for Tros and Paian use Linear B.

We resolved other vocabulary issues drawing on the written record of other cultures, both historical and current. The Minoans lived during a time where other people were writing history, notably the Myceneans (Greeks) to the north and Egyptians to the south. For example, we don’t know what the Minoans called themselves, so we used the names used by the Egyptians (Keftiu)—another word not available with the Linear A alphabet (no “F”). We took the same approach with place names which are only known by the Greek today, such as Phaistos.

In cases where we needed ancient vocabulary, we drew on known lexicons from the area, including Greek, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern languages.

We believe that this attention to details and careful decisions is much of the fun of reading and writing historical fiction. Linear A and Linear B are two similar bronze age writing systems. While archeologists have deciphered Linear B (proto-Greek), they have had no success with Linear A (Minoan). Famously, they have deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics with the help of the Rosetta Stone. This was an exceptional achievement.

The Phaistos Disc discovered in 1908 is the most famous example of Linear A.

We have used the conceit of an educated historian (Paian) who has knowledge of both Linear A and B, writing a “history” copied into both languages, which provides a “Rosetta Stone” for Dr. Martis to find 3500 years later.

The Phaistos Disc offered hope for the decoding of Linear A, but after over a century, it is still only a hope.

Kitane, Bull Jumper: Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age (https://amzn.to/2wuLMk8)

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Very briefly, Azureign is unique among human colony worlds for two related reasons:

Number 1. It has rings that were probably the result of Number Two.

Number 2. It was terraformed thousands of years ago by humans who were just beginning to explore the galaxy, and who knew very little about balancing the ecology of an entire planet from scratch. This occurred well before contact with the alien species of the Compact.

This means that not everything on Azureign works quite the way anyone would like or expect.

Appalled by the botched adjustments to the planet’s ecology, the Compact aliens did what they could to help (force) the humans to turn it into a usable place to live for some brave human colonists (who came there several hundred years before our story begins).

Because the Compact sets strict limits on insults to planetary biosystems—limits on mining and manufacturing, types of power the colonists can use, and so forth—the alien consortium also assisted human developers in creating what are now called Helper Species, or helpmate animals who take the place of some technological items humans and other space-faring creatures depend upon for survival.

Hence the dragons, who serve as a light delivery and communications system for the colonists of Azureign. Shortly after their apparent success on Azureign, dragon colonies were also instituted on several other colony worlds.

Other Helper Species at trial on Azureign include, for example:

Dolphin Folk, who are highly intelligent and have a language of their own and should perhaps not be a “helper” species at all, but be considered equal to humans.

Raka, who were meant to be problem solvers and laboratory assistants, but who diverged so rapidly from their original specifications no one knows what they’re for any longer.

Gimbal Balls, a species of plant that produces a huge glassine sphere useful as mobile living quarters for humans and other creatures.

And many customized species of food plants especially adapted to the range of conditions on Azureign, and requiring little in the way of pest control or fertilization, such as bandova fruit.

Many humans believe the alien supervisors of the Compact utilize Azureign as a sort of testing ground for Helper Species and other ideas, because the planet was already imperfect due to the humans’ botched terraforming. Some believe that the human colonists themselves may have diverged from the original species, though with minimal contact with Earth to compare, it is difficult to tell.

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Some Things You Might Want to Know About the Planet Azureign

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Legends of AZUREIGN: https://amzn.to/2L9Ec0H

Very briefly, Azureign is unique among human colony worlds for two related reasons:

Number 1. It has rings that were probably the result of Number Two.

Number 2. It was terraformed thousands of years ago by humans who were just beginning to explore the galaxy, and who knew very little about balancing the ecology of an entire planet from scratch. This occurred well before contact with the alien species of the Compact.

This means that not everything on Azureign works quite the way anyone would like or expect.

Appalled by the botched adjustments to the planet’s ecology, the Compact aliens did what they could to help (force) the humans to turn it into a usable place to live for some brave human colonists (who came there several hundred years before our story begins).

Because the Compact sets strict limits on insults to planetary biosystems—limits on mining and manufacturing, types of power the colonists can use, and so forth—the alien consortium also assisted human developers in creating what are now called Helper Species, or helpmate animals who take the place of some technological items humans and other space-faring creatures depend upon for survival.

Hence the dragons, who serve as a light delivery and communications system for the colonists of Azureign. Shortly after their apparent success on Azureign, dragon colonies were also instituted on several other colony worlds.

Other Helper Species at trial on Azureign include, for example:

Dolphin Folk, who are highly intelligent and have a language of their own and should perhaps not be a “helper” species at all, but be considered equal to humans.

Raka, who were meant to be problem solvers and laboratory assistants, but who diverged so rapidly from their original specifications no one knows what they’re for any longer.

Gimbal Balls, a species of plant that produces a huge glassine sphere useful as mobile living quarters for humans and other creatures.

And many customized species of food plants especially adapted to the range of conditions on Azureign, and requiring little in the way of pest control or fertilization, such as bandova fruit.

Many humans believe the alien supervisors of the Compact utilize Azureign as a sort of testing ground for Helper Species and other ideas, because the planet was already imperfect due to the humans’ botched terraforming. Some believe that the human colonists themselves may have diverged from the original species, though with minimal contact with Earth to compare, it is difficult to tell.

Legends of AZUREIGN: https://amzn.to/2L9Ec0H

Available on Amazon – Paperback, Kindle, and free on KU and KOLL.

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3,500 year ago the stars seen by Kitane, Bull Jumper were different from today

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Keftiu Astronomy Research for Kitane, Bull Jumper

Over the course of a year, the nighttime stars appear to rotate around the earth. Different star configurations, called constellations, become associated with the seasons. For a contemporary example, the astrology signs of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo are the summer constellations.

An exception to this rule is the North Star, Polaris. In recent history, Polaris was fixed. It was believed to be always in the north.

Ancient civilization observed several cycles, from the daily cycle of the Sun to the monthly cycle of the Moon, and the annual cycle of the constellations. The objects that failed to follow these cycles were the planets (named for the Greek word wanderers).

In the last century, science has identified several longer cycles, now collectively called Milankovitch cycles. These cycles include orbital eccentricity, obliquity, and precession, with time periods of approximately 100,000 years, 41,000 years, and 25,771.5 years respectively.

For the purposes of formulating astrology for the Keftiu (3,500 years ago), the authors only considered precession.

The star directly above the rotational axis is the North Star. In the current era, we are fortunate that axis points to Polaris. However, this is not always true. In general, the axis points to empty space. There is no North Star.

Let’s just review the current situation. The North Star is located by finding the Big Dipper, aka Big Bear, aka Ursa Major. A couple of stars in this constellation point to Polaris. Polaris is a star at handle-end of the Little Dipper, aka Little Bear, aka Ursa Minor.

During the time of our story, there was no ideal North Star, like Polaris. However, the star closest to the north would have been the chosen North Star of the time.

For the purposes of the Keftiu, the authors renamed these two constellations with Keftiu-appropriate names: Big Double Axe and the Little Double Axe (Labrys). The North Star is on the handle end of the Little Double Axe and is called the Bull Star.

Keftiu sailors would have located the Big Double Axe and followed two stars to locate the Bull Star within the Little Double Axe. This is like the process used in the current era, except that different stars are employed, even though the polar constellations are the same.

The other effect of precession is the movement of the constellations with respect to the seasons. 3,500-years-ago represents a change of one zodiac sign. Thus, while Cancer, Leo, Virgo are summer constellations now, Leo, Virgo, and Libra would have been summer constellations in the past.

Of course, the Keftiu would have had their own names for the constellations. The authors renamed the constellations for the Keftiu as follows:

Spring: Spring Flowers, Initiates, Triton

Summer: Dolphin, Snake Goddess, Swallow

Autumn: Three Women, Octopus, Trading Ship

Winter: Bull Jumper, Papyrus, Bee

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Double Axes with Bull Star

Some Things You May Want to Know About Dragons (And How the Heck Can They Fly, Anyway?)

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Legends of AZUREIGN: https://amzn.to/2L9Ec0H

Think of a pterosaur. Or a big—very big—bat, with lizardy scales, a long slender neck and tail and hollow, waffle-structured bones, and enormous leathery wings. The tail is thin and ropy, with long wisps of hair at the end. The chest is deep and beneath the wings are gill-like bellows which supercharge the dragon’s bloodstream with oxygen, giving them additional power for flight.

Dragons are not natural creatures. They were genetically engineered from a pterosaur-like native flyer once found on Earth, and a similar beast from the planet Oni. Modifications were made so they could become a true Helper Species for human colonists; thus, they fly well in the atmosphere of terrestrial planets, and can carry light loads, which the original species could not do well.

Average wingspan varies between seven to nine and a half meters. Average speed is about 50 kilometers per hour, and up to 65 or 70 kilometers per hour when diving or gliding under ideal atmospherics. Average flight endurance, four to five hours. With significant gliding time, or a break to rest on the ground, two to three additional hours flight time per day may be added. Thus, depending upon atmospheric conditions, a dragon may cover between 250 to 400 kilometers per day.

The head is smaller and the snout shorter than a pterosaur’s, as though a horse’s face had been elongated. Heavy brow ridges protect the eyes. Those eyes are double-lidded, with an inner protective lining, like a cat’s. Nostrils are oversized, the jaw large and powerful, eyes like those of raptors: good at long distance, not as good close up. Dragons probably have a limited ability to see colors. Small pointed ears are set at the top of the head above and behind the brow ridges. Hearing is good but not spectacular. They tend to use scent as their primary sensory input.

The body skin is pebbly and tough; imagine a rhinocerous crossed with a monitor lizard. Dragons also have flat scale-like divisions in the skin on their backs, shoulders, and upper legs, which overlap the pebbled skin. These are similar to the scales on a snake, which serve as a protective and temperature regulating system and probably make them more aerodynamic.

The skin of the wings is leathery, and tough. The wings are on a joint permitting them to be cambered (tilted, or angled) like a bat’s, so they are agile in the air. The wing camber system can also be used as drag, to assist in landing (think of the flaps on an ancient airplane, if you have ever seen one).

Long fluffy fur grows out between the scales on the dragon’s shoulders and neck. The long manelike ruff across the back of the head and neck may be a temperature-control mechanism, or a genetic engineering artifact.

Colors vary; geneticists believe their scale and fur colors will consolidate over time, but natural selection has only had about 1200 years to exert pressure, and Queen selection and mating has little to do with dragon color and much to do with size and strength.

Packdrones, which are thought to be “throwbacks” to the original species, are slower and smaller, and tend to be short-tempered; they generally cannot and will not take on a rider. They are never accepted into a dragon pack. They tend to be treated (by “real” dragons) rather like a cow that has an embarrassing tendency to look somewhat like a real dragon. Mostly packdrones are ignored by their dragon cousins.

Everything on a dragon is about flight: A cross section of dragon bone reveals the waffling that makes the wings strong but keeps the dragons light. Wing joints and leg strenth help with takeoffs and landings. The valved bellows system helps make burdened flight possible. This is a sort of super-lung, which functions like a four-stroke piston engine:

  1. dragon raises wing; valve opens, inhale
  2. dragon lowers wing, valve closes, pressurized oxygen is forced into bloodstream
  3. dragon raises wing, valve stays closed, lungs suck carbon dioxide from bloodstream
  4. dragon lowers wing, valve opens, exhale

This supercharger system gives the dragon more power for flight than most large flying creatures such as an eagle.

This Helper Species is utilized as couriers and aerial guardians on the colony worlds Bootai, Azureign, and Little Shanghai, and casakin holdings at Linlary Catap*y, where gravitic and atmospheric conditions make burdened flight possible.

(Author’s note: In the case of Azureign, additional neon in the atmosphere means thermals (currents of rising air) go up faster and higher in the atmosphere. This more energetic thermal system assists the dragons in faster flight. It also results in more aggressive weather systems on Azureign, including extraordinarily strong tornados, waterspouts and dust storms, and extensive and frequent forest and grassland fires.)

The Oracle’s Encyclopedia for Young People

Terra, 1875 Galactic Era

Legends of AZUREIGN: https://amzn.to/2L9Ec0H

Available on Amazon – Paperback, Kindle, and free on KU and KOLL.

2018 cover art

Pandemic Mysteries – Science saves the world

Pandemic Mysteries Stand-alone novels.
Book 1: Darwin’s Paradox: An international science mystery – http://amzn.to/2nmrukh
Book 2: Plague of Equals: An international science thriller – http://amzn.to/2mkfrmJ
Paperback, Kindle, and free on KU and KOLL.

AMAZON REVIEWS for Plague of Equals

“Once I got into the story, it was fascinating!!! A very good read! Wonderful characters.”

“This is not your ordinary international suspense thriller”.

“It’s got all the stereotypes, but beware of falling into the trap of thinking the stereotypes are valid.”

“[The ending] certainly is surprising, and a welcome relief from the usual thriller ending.”

“The science is pretty interesting, and the writing makes it more so.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.”

Book 1: Darwin’s Paradox: An international science mystery – http://amzn.to/2nmrukh
Book 2: Plague of Equals: An international science thriller – http://amzn.to/2mkfrmJ
Paperback, Kindle, and free on KU and KOLL.

3,500 YEARS AGO KITANE, BULL JUMPER WROTE IN LINEAR A – STILL NOT DECODED

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Keftiu Language and Writing Research for Kitane, Bull Jumper: Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age (https://amzn.to/2wuLMk8)

Historical fiction presents a mixture of opportunities and challenges. The more remote the setting, the more the authors must fill in blanks in the historical record. My co-author and I have chosen a bronze age setting, about 3,500 years ago. The bronze age is on the boundary between history and archeology. Artifacts, pottery, ruins, and middens tend to be more important and plentiful than written records during this time.

While many cultures had developed writing by the bronze age, few of these have been deciphered. One bronze age system has been famously deciphered: Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

Many systems are on the other side of the ledger, including:

  • Harappan: Indus Valley from 3500 to 1900 BCE.
  • Olmec: Middle America from 1250 to 400 BCE.
  • Ba and Shu: Southwestern China 5th and 4th century BCE.
  • Linear A: Crete from 2500 to 1450 BCE.

In general, scientists cannot decipher writing systems without a connection to a known language. With the dearth of written evidence, writers take advantage of whatever evidence is available. We set our novel on Minoan Crete during the time when Linear A was in use, thus the written history provided little information.

Fortunately, the Minoan civilization lasted from 2600 to 1400 BCE and left many artifacts, most notably the temple/palace at Knossos. During the time of our novel, an enormous volcanic eruption preserved the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri on Thera (much like Pompeii).

While we included much of the archeological research, we also wanted to credit their written record. While scholars have not deciphered the language of Linear A, they do understand the phonetics of the alphabet. We used this limited syllabary to name our characters with one notable exception.

We took inspiration for this story from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew where one sister is named Bianca. There is no B sound in the Linear A syllabary, but we compromised in favor of the bard. We chose Biaja for the sister’s name and used the Linear A “P” sound to spell it. Keftiu nameplates for Biaja, Kitane, and Jura employ Linear A, while the Hellene names for Tros and Paian use Linear B.

We resolved other vocabulary issues drawing on the written record of other cultures, both historical and current. The Minoans lived during a time where other people were writing history, notably the Myceneans (Greeks) to the north and Egyptians to the south. For example, we don’t know what the Minoans called themselves, so we used the names used by the Egyptians (Keftiu)—another word not available with the Linear A alphabet (no “F”). We took the same approach with place names which are only known by the Greek today, such as Phaistos.

In cases where we needed ancient vocabulary, we drew on known lexicons from the area, including Greek, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern languages.

We believe that this attention to details and careful decisions is much of the fun of reading and writing historical fiction. Linear A and Linear B are two similar bronze age writing systems. While archeologists have deciphered Linear B (proto-Greek), they have had no success with Linear A (Minoan). Famously, they have deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics with the help of the Rosetta Stone. This was an exceptional achievement.

The Phaistos Disc discovered in 1908 is the most famous example of Linear A.

We have used the conceit of an educated historian (Paian) who has knowledge of both Linear A and B, writing a “history” copied into both languages, which provides a “Rosetta Stone” for Dr. Martis to find 3500 years later.

The Phaistos Disc offered hope for the decoding of Linear A, but after over a century, it is still only a hope.

Kitane, Bull Jumper: Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age (https://amzn.to/2wuLMk8)

Available on Amazon – Paperback, Kindle, and free on KU and KOLL.

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Book 1: Darwin’s Paradox: An international science mystery – http://amzn.to/2nmrukh
Book 2: Plague of Equals: An international science thriller – http://amzn.to/2mkfrmJ
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Excerpt from 5-star Amazon review for DARWIN’S PARADOX
An uplifting story for troubled times.

I’m usually a science fiction reader, but the medical thriller angle caught my attention.

Once I started reading I could not stop … Next morning I sat down to read “just one chapter” before starting the day. Finished the book instead.

Loved the characters, the various cultures, the different views on reality and life of each. …characters did not exhibit all the “trite and true” behaviors that make me delete a book from Kindle before finishing it.

While it was a very good medical thriller, it was an even better portrayal of some of the better aspects of humanity. A nice uplifting story for troubled times.

Book 1: Darwin’s Paradox: An international science mystery – http://amzn.to/2nmrukh
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