The Gate of Heaven is a science fiction roleplaying module that I will be running at Phenomenon 2013. Players will take the roles of five women – grandmothers, mothers and daughters – from a ruling family confronting a series of crises that threaten to overwhelm T’ien, their fragile stellar colony. I have established a module page here.
This poster was created using DAZ Studio and Photoshop. It portrays Ushas - a young political activist and one of the player characters – within the colony Redoubt.
Now all that Pip and I have to do is actually write it.
I have more than enough to distract me at the moment (we’re moving house!) but last week MOB (Michael O’Brien) published the cover of Sun County to his FaceBook page, and he got me thinking about Yelmalians. Sun County’s mix of insight, humour, clarity and downright playability still sets the bar for Gloranthan supplements. Those Yelmalians in my head just wouldn’t go away This is just a concept sketch, but it’s enough to allow me to start thinking about the move again. I will post the final when it is complete.
SQ Mag is an international, free speculative fiction ezine, published every two months by IFWG Publishing. It’s a great read, a fantastic initiative, a great vehicle for new talent, and it’s available as an ebook via email! And did I mention it’s free?
When my old friend Gerry Huntman, the Chief Editor of IFWG Publishing, approached me to do a science fiction cover for the July 2012 edition, I came up with Songline Rangers. My workplace, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU, works very closely with a number of Indigenous ranger groups in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. Over the last six months I’ve been working on a ranger monograph, People On Country, edited by Jon Altman and Sean Kerins, and it seemed kind of natural to extend that interest in a creative way.
‘Songline Rangers’ is rendered from a 3D model created in DAZ Studio 4 with postwork in Adobe Photoshop. It is © John Hughes, with perpetual use granted to SQ Mag, and published here by permission. And yes, there’s a (not very) hidden message!