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Dennis
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Posted - 27 Jun 2011 :  03:28:02  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Great review, Richard. Just a comment about Abin Sur. I guess among them all, he was the one who was completely fearless, and so no amount of fear-leeching energy from Parallax could affect him.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 06 Jul 2011 :  05:40:06  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a very kind review of The Spectral Blaze:

http://travizzt.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/the-spectral-blaze-by-richard-lee-byers/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 10 Jul 2011 :  15:07:30  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I contributed a guest blog on world building to the Bite Club site:

http://vampchixreadbooks.blogspot.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 13 Jul 2011 :  18:35:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out the cover to the free preview of my new superhero series:

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/
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Dennis
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Posted - 14 Jul 2011 :  08:00:05  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

That's really cool, Richard.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 14 Jul 2011 :  14:31:24  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Dennis.

The free preview of my new superhero series The Impostor is now available for all e-reader platforms here:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rleebyers

I hope everyone will check it out.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 15 Jul 2011 :  17:18:29  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a kind note about my new superhero series from author James Reasoner. And while you're there, browse around the rest of his excellent blog Rough Edges.

http://www.jamesreasoner.blogspot.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 19 Jul 2011 :  00:00:34  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just in case anybody's interested, my fantasy and horror ebook collection The Q Word and Other Stories is now on sale for a mere $.99. If you want it, why not grab it now and save two bucks? You can get it here:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rleebyers
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2011 :  14:41:02  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a review of my collection The Q Word and Other Stories on the Bite Club web site:

http://vampchixreadbooks.blogspot.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 21 Jul 2011 :  16:56:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out the cover of the first regular issue of my new eBook superhero series:

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/10118.html
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2011 :  14:13:36  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a kind review of The Impostor #0: Suiting Up from Derrick Ferguson at All Pulp.

http://allpulp.blogspot.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2011 :  03:14:07  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Impostor #1: Half a Hero, the first regular "issue" of my new post-apocalyptic superhero series, is now available for all e-reader platforms for just $.99. The ebook contains the first four Impostor adventures plus a bonus story. You can get it here:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rleebyers
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 26 Jul 2011 :  20:25:12  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Impostor #1: Half a Hero is now also available on Amazon for the Kindle. The price is again a paltry $.99.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Richard+Lee+Byers&x=0&y=0
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 27 Jul 2011 :  03:18:02  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a new review of my collection The Q Word and Other Stories:

http://travizzt.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-q-word-and-other-short-stories-by-richard-lee-byers/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2011 :  17:03:31  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Behold my GenCon seminar schedule. I am not doing a signing or a stint in Author's Alley, so if you want to get an autograph, say hi, or whatever, this is the place to catch me. All the seminars are in either ICC 244 or 245.
Thursday:
2 PM: I've Finished a Novel. Now What?
3 PM: Writing RPG Short Stories and Novels ***
Friday:
8 AM: The Name Game
9 AM: Why Your Book Needs an Invisible Orangutan ***
Saturday
3 PM: How I Met My Hero
4 PM: Trends in Terror ***
Sunday
10 AM: Pub-Pourri
11 AM: Genres: What Are They and How Do You Mix 'Em? ***
*** This panel will be followed immediately by a T-shirt Giveaway Mini Contest. It will only take a minute to play, and if you do, you could win a semi-unique T-shirt (semi-unique meaning you will have the only one in the universe like it except for the one I'm keeping for myself.) You don't have to attend the seminar to play, but hey, why wouldn't you? The writing seminars at Gen Con are always worthwhile.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 08 Aug 2011 :  23:35:22  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
New blog post: "What Makes Gen Con Great?"

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 16 Aug 2011 :  18:57:24  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out this video trailer for my story in the forthcoming anthology The Crimson Pact 2.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCrimsonPact#p/u/4/gsWjawvNuUk
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Saer Cormaeril
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  15:08:39  Show Profile Send Saer Cormaeril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Richard,
When developing the multi dimensional ritual performed by Szass Tam in " The Haunted Lands" were you inspired by String Theory? Also, were the additional dimensions described by Tam 'Prime', or 'Outer Planar' dimensions?

Brace Cormaeril
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  18:25:19  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, SC.

I was simply taking off from the idea of spatial dimensions beyond the third, not string theory specifically. But of course, string theory incorporates that idea.

Honestly, since the notion in my head was simply extra spatial dimensions, I wasn't thinking about FR cosmology and didn't classify them as either Prime or Outer Planar. I leave it to you and any other interested parties to decide which classification makes more sense, assuming that either really fits.
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Saer Cormaeril
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Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  20:15:04  Show Profile Send Saer Cormaeril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it was a brilliant use of real world ideas on cosmology integrated into the Realms... versimilitude at its finest!


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Hi, SC.

I was simply taking off from the idea of spatial dimensions beyond the third, not string theory specifically. But of course, string theory incorporates that idea.

Honestly, since the notion in my head was simply extra spatial dimensions, I wasn't thinking about FR cosmology and didn't classify them as either Prime or Outer Planar. I leave it to you and any other interested parties to decide which classification makes more sense, assuming that either really fits.


Brace Cormaeril
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  22:31:20  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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Dennis
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Posted - 20 Aug 2011 :  06:31:03  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I second SC's assessment. It's one of the things I like about the trilogy.

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Dennis
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Posted - 20 Aug 2011 :  16:22:46  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hi, Richard! We're discussing Tam's goals in THIS THREAD. I'm hoping you could shed some light on certain matters...

Does Tam, through his Dread Rings-powered Ritual, intend to destroy all the gods as well? He never said it The Haunted Lands. It was only Bareris who said so. What he said was that he wanted to destroy the world and remake it according to his liking. Destroying the world and all the people in it, who are the worshipers of the gods, would not necessarily destroy the gods. As Ed pointed out, the existence and survival of the gods do not merely depend on their faithful's prayers. Plus they have worshipers in other worlds. Is the Ritual supposed to nuke the world and the gods at the same time?

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 20 Aug 2011 :  20:05:30  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes. Szass meant to destroy everything but himself, the gods included. He wanted to be the creator and sole omnipotent deity of a whole new universe built on the ashes of the old one.

Could he really have done it? He certainly thought so, but as you probably noticed, the novels are full of brilliant, mystically savvy characters who claim that such a ritual could not possibly succeed. They're fighting Szass because they agree that even a failed attempt will devastate much of the world. Since neither Szass nor Malark ever got to perform the magic all the way through to end, we'll never know what would really have happened.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 20 Aug 2011 :  22:55:38  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My first column for Airlock Alpha, the online fantasy and SF news magazine is "Great Scott! Why Do I Still Love Superheroes?"

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8686/astrojive-great-scott-why-do-i-still-love-superheroes.html
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