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  1. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi everyone,

    I should have posted this thread a while back but as the saying goes better late than never. I love science fiction and I think this is the best forum available. Books and movies are parts of my life and even though I can read or watch pretty much anything, science fiction is my favorite. My first introduction to science fiction was when I was very young and the Swedish Television started to air SPACE: 1999 – Moon Base Alpha. Shortly thereafter I found a Starlog Magazine and the rest is history.

    The last science fiction book I read in 2014 was Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing (The Swarm) it’s a great story and even though it’s definitely not a traditional science fiction it’s outstanding. I might post a review about this master piece in the near future.

    I was born in Sweden and that’s where I reside to this day. I live in a small village in south Sweden and I received my education at an American Business University. When I don’t have my head “stuck” in a book or in front of my television; reading and watching as much science fiction as I can, I work as a lumberjack with nature conservation.

    I recently published an original science fiction novel titled NASTRAGULL: Pirates, the first book in a projected series that combines the non-stop high-tech adventure of Star Wars with the awe-inspiring, complex cultural backdrop of Dune--with quite a bit of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure. This action-packed novel includes elements of military SF, traditional space opera, dystopian SF, and the sociological explorations of writers such as Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. At heart, though, it's a love story--the tale of two literally star-crossed lovers, and their Herculean efforts to move Heaven and Earth (sometimes literally) to find each other again and again as circumstances rip them apart.

    This is a story that I've kept coming back to since I was very young. Back then, a friend and I decided to create a cartoon. He was a great artist and could draw anything—and I was a bit crazy with my creative imagination. We decided I would come up with the story and he would handle the drawings. Boy, what a team we were! We produced a couple of pages, and then we got bored and went outside to play.

    Through the years, I made notes on the topic...many notes. Several times I attempted to write a book based on those notes, but didn't have the patience to complete it; after a few pages, I simply stopped. Years went by, and from time to time, whenever I faced difficulties in my life, I made more notes. Eventually I wrote the outline for the saga and turned it into several screenplays: Dawn Sets In Hell, Twenty-First, Nastragull, etc.

    The turning point in my life, the one that made me an author, was when my younger sister Sofia was diagnosed with Lupus SLE—and died shortly thereafter at the young age of 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sofia's death came as an incredible shock. It hit my family and me very hard, and made me revaluate my life. During my grief I started to write, and I wrote and wrote, and I held back nothing. Finally I had found my author's voice, and the result is the saga called NASTRAGULL.

    Thank you for your time and I hope I will make new friends here at COOLSCIFI!
     
  2. Tom

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  3. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi Tom,

    Thank you for your post, it looks great. FYI this week startin on the 21st - 23 (Wednesday - Friday) my first book will be available for free. If you read it let me know what you Think?

    What type of science fiction do you like?
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Erik, welcome to Cool Sci-Fi!

    I must ask... with your day job as a lumberjack working in conservation, have you seen the Bruce Dern movie "Silent Running" and, if so, what did you think of it? :D
     
  5. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi Kevin, Thank you for the welcome. No I haven't seen his work "Silent Running." What's the film about? (Haven't had the time checking him out on the IMDb)
     
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    It is an old movie, from the 1970's, so it understandable that some genre fans have not seen it. In short, the movie deals with a future Earth where the last remaining natural eco-systems are maintained in giant ships with a mix of humans & robots as caretakers. For anybody interested in both sci-fi and conversation it is an interesting movie to check out.
     
  7. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi Kevin,
    From your description it reminds be a little about the film; The Black Whole (1979) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078869/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 directed by Gary Nelson. Well you got me interested and I’m going to start searching for it on DVD (and/or Blue Ray) I just love movies and I do collect some genre, especially science fiction.
     
  8. Ken Hollar

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    I liked Silent Running when I saw it long ago. Unique for the time, maybe for any time.
     
  9. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi everyone,

    My third book in the NASTRAGULL series has been released and if you like science fiction and fantasy with a new twist away from a genre of repeats then I definitely recommend my story.
    Thank you for your time.

    Erik Martin Willén

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    Book 1
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    An epic space adventure that holds danger at every turn... The human cadets on the interstellar transport, Bright Star, are heading home after eight long years of military training...but things don't go according to plan. After a bloody battle with a group of space pirates, the Bright Star and its survivors are taken prisoner with the intent of selling them into slavery...or worse. Cadet Alec Horn, along with the captain of the Bright Star escape, taking an emperor's ransom in loot with them. Together they set out on a dangerous adventure to rescue their friends and comrades. But can they succeed without bringing forth a war that will bring death and destruction across the universe?

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    Book 2
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    The space adventure for a new generation continues... After escaping from pirates with an emperor's ransom in loot, young Alec Horn takes refuge in a roving collective of space stations and massive starships called New Frontier. A freewheeling, neutral territory, New Frontier is the ideal place for Alec to regroup and outfit an expedition to rescue his captured colleagues. Alec, the son of the noble house of Hornet, military leaders of the Nastasturus Federation, has managed to rescue Alexa, the pirate girl he's fallen for, from the clutches of the notorious Zoris af Sun—an artist of questionable cannibalistic tastes. But Alec has also made immensely powerful enemies. Enemies who will spare no expense to destroy him and recover what they consider rightfully theirs…leaving few survivors and forever altering Alec's Destiny.

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    Book 3
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    Hell really is other people…
    Alec von Hornet has somehow endured the agony of being half-eaten and installed as a living-objet d’art in a depraved woman’s estate. Barely sane, he’s rescued and healed in a painful procedure that leaves him whole, but oddly vulnerable.
    Recovered and rehabilitated by the same warrior monks who rescued Alec, his beloved Alexa is determined to win him back. As their paths converge, they find the way blocked by family, traitors, pirates, and a deranged general with an inexplicable connection to Alec.
    But the lovers are determined to reunite, come what may—even if it means destroying half the Universe in the process.
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  10. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi everyone,

    Time again for Another book in my new scifi series. It's my fourth book in the Nastragull saga and I hope some of you will like it.

    The war that will change everything is about to begin…

    When a failed rescue attempt kills three of the Vixens, it sends Alec von Hornet and his friends on a vengeful rampage. With the Third Universal War lurching into motion, he builds an independent fleet in a hidden star system, staffing it with trusted friends and coverts— including members of the Grisamm Order, the elite Samari soldiers who have pledged their allegiance to him personally, and the surviving Vixens.

    But the rest of the Nastasturus fleet takes too long to build, forcing Alec to take measures into his own hands. And when Alec learns there is at least one survivor of the explosion that killed the vixens, will he be able to resist the temptation of another rescue?

    Section Twenty-One (Nastragull Book 4)
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  11. StoneWolf

    StoneWolf Father, Husband, CAD Drafter, Reader

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    Cool, I'll have to check these out.
     
  12. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Thank you StoneWolf. I hope you will like the story.
     
  13. Michealbevan

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    I am also a great lover of books. Whenever I get free time don't hesitate to sit on the chair with a book. For me I usually like to read detective books.
     
  14. Erik Martin Willen

    Erik Martin Willen Ensign Writer

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    Hi Michealbevan,

    The last book(s) I read in the detective category is the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson – He was perhaps one of the best authors in modern time (May he RIP). His author voice was phenomenal. Perhaps you have read his books and if you haven’t I do recommend them…however, there is a fourth book out and it’s a follow up on the first three books in the series and I do not recommend that book. Unfortunately the series died with the author. There have been movies made (in Swedish and English version) and they are alright.
     
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