Steampunk Sentinel

Beware the sight of a Steampunk Sentinel in the Spelljammer Gone Wild universe!

Spelljammer Gone Wild

Beyond Rielunspace, the wider Aether is home to hundreds of thousands of worlds in the Spelljammer Gone Wild universe. There are steam-powered societies so old that their power approaches near godlike potential. Luckily, most of these worlds are beyond the reach of the fractured Kings’ Monarchy or the Elven Navy. However, once in a while a spelljamming ship will come into contact with a Steampunk Sentinel ship from one of these Distant Spheres (or The Beyond) and are either left in awe of the visitors powerful ship or left in ruins from that same power.

The reiger and the mercane seem to have knowledge of these ancient spelljamming people but refuse to talk about it with the other peoples of the space lanes. The only advice reiger give to captains and their crews that might encounter Steampunk Sentinel is to flee as fast a possible. It is better not to…

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Pirate Spelljammer

Another great image by by p2722754 on Pixabay, but I decided to use this one specifically for Time of Ages. I like the small but dangerous feel to this ship. Its crew would would be survivors — a small fish is very big pond.

Spelljammer Gone Wild

While piracy is a huge concern in the sky above Rielun, out in the wildspace of Rielun’s sphere is another matter altogether. Pirates often take to the Aether to prey on ships coming into the sphere for the first time or to harass traders moving from planet to planet. (I really need to create the crystal sphere for Rielunspace. Hmm, I have a feeling it’s going to be huge.) While most of Rielunspace’s pirates are dastardly and greedy, there are some out in the space lanes just trying to survive. The ship below would belong to one of these small time survivors who would spend most of their time avoiding the patrols of the Elven Navy, which have a strong presence in Rielunspace and privateers for various Aether Kingdoms spread throughout the sphere.

Image by p2722754 from Pixabay

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Steampunk Spelljamming Ship

A free image from Pixabay that felt very “Steampunk Spelljammer.” While perfect for Time of Ages, I figured I’d reblog it here on Wildspace too. -RPB

Spelljammer Gone Wild

I found this image on Pixabay and immediately thought Spelljammer, and the image’s creator even noted it as being a steampunk-inspired creation. This old trader ship would be typical for the Aether skies of Rielunspace — older ships that have fallen out of favour in the spacelanes of the Kings’ Monarchy.

Image byJazellafromPixabay

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Giff Brawler

Here is another great image that was shared in the Spelljammer Facebook Group. The artist, Claudio Pozas, originally posted on Facebook and as a public post on his Patreon. He has graciously allowed me to share the image here on the Spelljammer Fanzine. Below is his description from his Facebook post.

“Here’s the Giff Brawler, fully painted because Stan! said I had to! You can also see it at (https://www.patreon.com/posts/public-post-giff-40462072), and my patrons got to see a step-by-step process of how this painting came together!”

He wanted me to make sure people know that the image, Milton the Brawler, is available as a print from his INPRNT Shop.

Giff Brawler
Giff Brawler

Storm: Kingdom of Marrow

This image was recently shared by J. Henderson on the Spelljammer Facebook Group on March 17th. The image’s origin were bit of a mystery to the members of that group but J. Fägerquist surmised that it might be from a 1980s graphic novel series, “Storm,” by British comic book artist Don Lawrence (1928 – 2003).

After a bit more research and a query on Facebook, it is definitely from Storm. Marrow is “a crystal-shaped planet, home of the Barsaman-games.” -Wikipedia

Enjoy! -RPB

Kingdom of Marrow

A True Chronological Reading of the Last 10 Honorverse Books, Part 5 @DavidWeberBooks

Diane Morrison

I’m re-reading the last ten books in the Honorverse space opera series by David Weber in true chronological order. That is to say, I am reading it all as if it were one big story, not several separate books, in the order in which the events described took place (as much as possible.) I will even be skipping around between books as necessary. If you’d like some insight into why I’m doing that, and what I recommend you read before we begin (if you’d like to follow along,) please see my other posts in this series:

Prerequisites:War of Honor, Crown of Slaves

Books Required for this Post:The Shadow of Saganami, At All Costs

Background:

The Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven. Unbeknownst to the characters, but knownst to us, Havenite Secretary of State…

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Book Review: Shadow of Freedom by David Weber

Diane Morrison

Shadow of Freedom (Honorverse: Saganami Island, #3)Shadow of Freedom by David Weber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel has received a lot of mixed reviews. But I personally really enjoyed it!

Okay, here’s the thing: if you came here looking for Honor Harrington, you’ve come barking up the wrong tree. She’s not here, man. People quote her from time to time and refer to the things she’s done and has been doing.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for space opera… man oh man, you are not going to be disappointed!

Michelle Henke, who just handed the Solarian League the most humiliating defeat in their history, is confused when one of the leaders of a planetary resistance movement in the Verge tells her they need that promised Manticoran Navy support right now. Nobody in Manticore has heard anything about this.

But the Mesan Alignment, the conspiracy of genetic supermen Nazis who…

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Book Review: A Rising Thunder by David Weber

Diane Morrison

A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington, #13)A Rising Thunder by David Weber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been trying to read the Honorverse books in chronological order. This book brings a lot of disparate storylines together. As a result, little of Honor Harrington is seen in this book, although her story is central to the action.

This book is more “space opera” in that it tries to consider a broad milieu of action. As a result, there’s not as many good space battles as in some of the other books in the series, and a lot of it is build up. I think it suffers when considered on its own, as a result. However, when considered in the scope of the entire story, it’s necessary and important. And there’s still enough tension, cloak-and-dagger, and good space battles to keep me interested. Not the best book in the series, but a good one nonetheless.

I’ve…

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Book Review: The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

Diane Morrison

The City and the StarsThe City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club.

This is one of the great classics of science fiction by one of the Triumvirate (the others, of course, being Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein.) In a city in the far future, the human race has achieved immortality of a sort. Their personalities and memories are stored in a massive computer database, and reloaded into bodies which are also created by computer when their bodies die. However, this city is (they believe) the only one left on a dying earth, where the oceans are long gone and the moon has been destroyed because it was going to crash into the earth. And not all humans are “alive” at any one time, because, of course, they are limited to a single city. Artificial realities are created…

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