Guest Post by #SciFan and #LitRPG Author @AlericElos

Good morning everyone! My name is Aleric Elos, and I am the author of The SciFan™ Universe series. The first in my planned five-book series, Conquest: A LitRPG Story, is set to be released on Amazon on June 1st 2017. I anticipate that it will become an Amazon Bestseller from day one, as I have more than 100 pre-orders already in queue! Go grab your pre-order copy for only 99 cents at: http://mybook.to/conquest-litrpg

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Get ready for a story unlike any you have ever read before. Set in the near-distant future, players of the Augmented Reality game DarkForce are unaware that the game creator CyberBolt Entertainment is led by a man who hasn’t aged in nearly 500 years. This man is Tamerlane – the same central Asian nomad warrior who believed himself to be the rightful heir to the empire of Genghis Khan. He was a self-made warlord who carved out a vast kingdom through conquest and genocide. Now known as Timur Demyan, his soul has been consumed by an ancient darkness called the Leviathan which has given him immortality. His company CyberBolt Entertainment is now the largest Augmented Reality gaming platform in the entire industry. Every human on planet Earth has either undergone voluntary surgery to receive Augmented Reality surgical implants to give players the ability to access the game DarkForce, or have otherwise been secretly injected with similar gamma ray nano-technology via immunizations.

As the story unfolds, Lily Thatcher is an undercover NSA Agent who discovers that CyberBolt’s infamous technology has a sinister motive. The popular game DarkForce features the World of Zion which has been plagued by the destructive will of the Leviathan for centuries. What gamers don’t know is that the World of Zion actually exists, and the Leviathan has fed off of the souls of men and his fodder has become scarce. The beast now turns to Earth with an insatiable hunger. Only when Lily levels up to discover a divine inner power can she challenge Earth’s Apocalyptic Fate.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting chapters daily for your entertainment in the manner of a Web Novel on my website http://aleric-elos.com. Read them while they are up, because all but the first 6 chapters will be taken down on May 31st in preparation for the official release on Amazon!

SciFan Featured Author Ani Manjikian

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1) Who are you?

Born and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer, and aesthetic instincts of a photographer.

Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

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2) What have you written?

Stars of Heros spans from the 19th Century to the 26th Century and beyond. The series title is a tribute to, and a word play on, the main themes in the books: horses, space, family, and heroes. Whether ordinary people or aliens, these heroes try to make a difference on their home world.

The series has three parts. The core which is a continuous serial following the adventures of Jo and her family as they help Jeff get back to his home in the twenty-sixth century. Origin Worlds offers insight and back stories that don’t fit into the timeline of the core series. Time’s Puzzle is a tangent idea set in the Stars of Heros universe with completely new characters and the idea of looking at events from an alternative perspective. Since it hasn’t been decided whether TP will cover only the events in the other parts of the series or real life events as well, it won’t be written until at least the core series is complete.

There are currently two books published in the series: Spirit of the Lone Horse and Do You Believe in Legend? Spirit of the Lone Horse introduces Jo Mason and her family. During a quiet walk in the woods, Jo faces the choice of running away from her fear or taking back control of her life. Her decision begins an adventure that weaves a tapestry through past mistakes and regrets, present circumstances and consequences, and future hopes and dreams.

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The Masons’ story continues in Do You Believe in Legend? It seems Jo’s destiny is surviving a chaotic world she can’t control. That is until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.

3) How does your story classify under the genre of Science Fantasy?

The series combines the Science Fiction elements of time travel, starships, and future technology with the Fantasy of shape changers and paranormal abilities. For good measure, there are some Paleo-Balkan mythology and horses thrown in.

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Who is Aleric Elos?

Surprise! It’s me, Richard M. Mulder. I’ve chosen to adopt a Pen Name for my LitRPG series. So don’t worry! My account didn’t get hacked or something crazy. Lol. There are three primary reasons I chose to adopt Aleric Elos as a pen name. I asked myself the following three questions:

1) Marketability – does your name match your genre?

2) Visibility – is your real name too long?

3) Branding – Is your name unique? What happens when you Google your name?

After a self-evaluation, I quickly determined that the answer to all three of the above questions were each a resounding “No”.

1) Marketability – I did some research, and quickly realized that there are two primary trends for LitRPG authors: their names are either Russian or Greek. This obviously isn’t a coincidence – so I chose to follow the Greek route.

2) Visibility – when I took a good look at my name “Richard M. Mulder” on the cover, I had to admit that the only way to contain my name in one line was to choose a smaller font. In the past I’ve placed my name on two lines, but that only distracts from the Title. “Aleric Elos” is only 10 characters long plus 1 space versus 15 characters long plus 2 spaces. Even in all caps, Aleric Elos stands out on the cover much better, and doesn’t distract from the Title.

3) Branding – I’d always considered my last name to be unique, but now that Netflix has revived X-Files, it’s becoming more and more difficult to top the Google search results. As such, my given name isn’t a very viable option if I want to fully market my brand.

So, I’ve now fully adopted Aleric Elos as my new pen name. My new website at Aleric-Elos.com is still a construction zone, so stay tuned as I start up my new blog there. You can still expect to see the same high quality writing in my posted chapters, and you’ll start seeing a lot more from me as I ramp up for my official release of Conquest: A LitRPG Story on June 1st!

SciFan Adventure Quest Trivia Game

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After you finish browsing our library, check out our Adventure Quest trivia game where you can learn about several of our amazing author’s stories, and you will win an exclusive copy of our B2B CyCon Edition of SciFan™ Magazine!

Darkstorm

1. How long ago does the story take place?

 

 

Heart of the Blade

2. What is the name of the 1st chapter?

 

 

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3. What is the name of the land?

 

 

Haunting

4. What is the name of the first chapter?

 

 

moments of Darkness

5. What is the name of the club?

 

 

Rite of Wants

6. What is the main character’s name?

 

 

sea change

7. What is the first item on the menu?

 

 

Gaia

8. What is the name of Kira’s husband?

 

 

firelords Crown

9. What did Falath stare in horror at?

 

 

Hell Bent

10. What is the name of the missing real estate agent?

 

 

Deception

11. What feels nice in the first paragraph?

 

 

Voices in Crystal

12. What is the name of the shepherd?

 

 

station 86

13. What year was first contact made?

 

 

earth no 105

14. What is the name of the two -year-old?

 

 

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15. Who is the first story written by?

 

April

16. What is the name of the first story in this issue?

I WANT MY PRIZE!  I’M READY TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

 

SciFan Author Angelique Anderson

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Angelique S. Anderson is an award-winning author, mom to four precocious littles, and adventurer at heart.

A fan of Chronicles of Narnia growing up, and an avid song and poem writer, she wrote her first novel in November of 2013. In it, her passion was born, and she went on to write the second and third to what would become a young adult fantasy series. Unable to quell the desire to write after the fantasy series, she went on to write a five-time award winning sci-fi novel, Eden’s Serum, with its sequel, Eden’s Demise, released in March of 2017. Always an advocate for foster children, she also wrote her personal story of abuse and neglect in Award winning Little Lost Girl: The Complete Series. Her hope is that through her writing, people will find help, encouragement, and great story telling. Her next novel; a steampunk science fantasy, The Dragon Lady is set to release May 1rt. It has been her most fun, and most challenging novel to date and she is excited to share it with her readers!

In The Dragon Lady, Wylie Petford discovers a magical device that with its moon and star face, and dragon hands, seems to be just an odd sort of pocket watch. She later learns from a visit with a prestigious scientist the true name for it is The Dragometer, a magical device with a key to her heritage.

Tragic loss, the ending of her closest friendship, and the taking over of her home and town by Villainous Lord Ukridge…. is there no good to come from her life?

With the help of a spitfire sidekick, a miniature brass and baubles dragon, named Quincy, her inventor of an employer, and steam-powered trinkets, Wylie is about to go on the adventure of a life time.

19th Century London has seen nothing like this – The Dragon Lady is ready to sweep you up in a steampunk world full of corsets, steam-powered gadgets, and dastardly villains.

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#SciFan and #LitRPG Genre Tour

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Welcome to the fairgrounds for the SciFan and LitRPG Genre Tour for B2B CyCon 2017! SciFan Magazine is proud to host this Genre Tour, and are excited to announce the release of two special issues:

SciFan Magazine April 2017 – LitRPG Edition

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SciFan Magazine April 2017 – Science Fantasy Edition

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We also have several amazing Authors for you to meet and a selection of over 50+ novels for you to choose from in our expansive library! Go check them out now!

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After you finish browsing our library, check out our Adventure Quest trivia game where you can learn about several of our amazing author’s stories. When you complete the quiz, don’t forget to add your email so that you can receive an exclusive copy of our B2B CyCon Edition of SciFan™ Magazine after the event on Monday April 9th!

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B2B CyCon is also hosting Cover Wars for SciFan & LitRPG!

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And don’t forget to join us LIVE at the following venues and times:

Friday, April 7th:
Hosted in the “Science Fantasy Society” group located at http://www.facebook.com/groups/SciFanSociety

2:00 PM to Midnight EST

Saturday, April 8th:
Hosted in the “LitRPG Society” group located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1064527556978838

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Sunday, April 9th:
Hosted in the “Science Fiction, Fantasy and other genres: learning to promote effectively” group located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1132459036786385

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST

Thank you for exploring our Genre Tour! You can return to the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and visit other genre tours by clicking here.

SciFan Author Jared Fleming

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Who are you?

I am Jared J. Fleming, a 17 year old writer who has recently joined the ranks of SciFan. Between my writing, school, and personal life, I hardly have much free time. I’m trying my best, and feel a little intimidated at times by SciFan, but the group’s done a good job at making me feel welcome.

What have you written?

Nothing large, though I am working on multiple projects right now, ranging from novellas to epics. The one I am currently working on that could be called science-fantasy is UMBRA, a cyberpunk story exploring a mixture of religious themes and transhumanism, two issues that are very close to be for very different reasons.

How does your story classify under the genre of Science Fantasy?

UMBRA is a science fantasy story, and a cyberpunk story. Despite the very high technology of the latter, its very easy to make the genre fantastical. Nanobots and fireballs go together rather well. In this case, the story obeys the cyberpunk trope of “high tech, low life,” following a group of genetically, mechanically, and magically augmented teenagers from the upper spires of a massive city as they go into the “bad part” of town…of course, that “bad part” happens to have eldritch monsters, mutants with multiple heads, nanobots that tear you apart cell by cell, and more.

What do you consider important in writing?

Diversity, and compassion. Given most of my stories are grim and dark, filled with all sorts of nasty things that are meant to edge closer and closer to horror, this may sound like an odd thing to consider important.Now, I don’t mean that you should write fluffy, happy stories all the time. God knows I don’t.

What do I mean by that, then? Well, it’s simple. If you write a diverse story, showing reality as it is, that is, full of people from every walk of life. And it’s important to people from groups that are minorities that they aren’t shown as caricatures of themselves. Showing people as people is important, above all else. Be compassionate, and realize that just because a character is gay, or black, or transgender, or some combination thereof, they are not defined by those traits. In my opinion, if a character is created, they should be made with as much complexity as the main character. After all, everyone has an entire life that isn’t shown, but exists anyways.

So, people who include token characters, or use minority characters to express the author’s own views on said minority, or something to that effect really don’t command much respect from me.

Where can you be reached on social media?

I can be treated on Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, and Facebook. I also have a patreon.

https://twitter.com/JaredJFleming

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https://jaredflemingwriting.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JaredJFlemingWriter

https://www.patreon.com/JaredJFlemingWriter

Most of my writing is put on RoyalRoadOnline, and can be viewed there as well. This link specifically links to the story I mentioned above, UMBRA. http://royalroadl.com/fiction/10186