Fall

Sequel to Rise: Secrets of a shattered world’s past threaten to finish the destruction wrought long ago.
A 352-page science-fiction book
Winner of Inkshares’ inaugural Nerdist and inaugural Geek & Sundry contests, as well as Nerdist’s video game contest.
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About Fall

Book Blurb:

War has broken out between the shells, fragments of a shattered world that humanity clings to for survival. To stave off the conflict, survivors of a brutal attack seek help from the one source no one else believes can help: the dragons. But the creatures are fractured into two factions and caught up in a fight of their own, a conflict that may be connected to the war above. As the survivors seek answers and help, they stumble onto a secret long lost that once nearly destroyed the world. A secret that has the power to save humanity. Or end it.

About the Book:

Fall is completely written and is book two of four in the Future Worlds series, a project in the works since the mid 90s. You can pre-order a copy of Rise here, set for release 13 September 2016. The author isn’t afraid to toss something out and start afresh if the story demands it. Originally intended as a trilogy, the characters demanded a fourth book be inserted, so the author obliged.

About the Author:

Based out of Germany, Brian Guthrie is a serial author of science fiction, fantasy, and more. His first novel, Rise (book one of a series of four releasing Sept 2016) won the Inkshares Nerdist Contest and his second novel, After Man (co-authored with Michelle Guthrie; book one of three slated for release early 2017) won the Inkshares Geek and Sundry contest, making him the first author on Inkshares to win two contests. He has plans for an anthology piece, some historical fiction, and much more. He is married to Michelle Guthrie, a father of a nine-year old girl who is as much boy as she is girl, and has two cats.

Read part of Fall
Old Man
a 15 minute read

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Do not read any of the chapters postedif you intend on reading Rise first!


Scribe’s Note: The following events occur directly after the events chronicled in Rise. In summation of the narrative, the Colberran fleet’s surprise attack on the Expeditionary Force’s outpost located on the Nomad Shell sent Quentin and the entire outpost tumbling toward the core. Micaela and Suyef remained on the shell post battle. In summation of the interviews, Micaela had just informed me of Quentin’s demise, and Suyef and Quentin had vanished from their hidden home. That left me with no clue where to go except the still closed box entrusted to me. I opened it, in search of answers.


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A stick.

The box lay open on the table before me, Suyef’s note underneath it. Inside lay a stick, smooth and round on one end, broken and fragmented on the other. The wood bore a light brown hue, smooth to the touch and had only two slight bends in it breaking up the otherwise straight lines. The fragmented tips along one end were very sharp. Nothing else lay inside.

"What is this?" I whispered, staring at the item.

A memory bubbled to the surface. A memory of a man and his stick. Pulling at my notes, I flipped through pages of memories, of a story as convoluted as my notes. It took several moments but I found what had piqued my interest. The list of names the Queen had given me and a note from a session with Quentin, all quickly jotted down. A simple phrase next to one name.

Nidfar. Ask about Stick.

My eyes shifted back to the open box. Could this be his stick? The one he’d spoken to. The one Micaela and Quentin both insisted he’d had with him each time they met him.

I flipped through my notes, searching for more information. Page after page, memory after memory. Theirs and my own. As the images their words had created in my mind flitted to the surface, images of them sitting before me, their stories pouring from them, mixed in. I shook my head for focus, eyes darting back and forth until finding the sought after notes.

I scanned the words of Micaela’s first encounter with the old man. The crazy old man that had also once lived near Quentin’s home. The crazy old man who talked to a stick.

"This isn’t any ordinary stick."

I’d written those words down exactly, circling the contraction. What could that have meant? I scanned over the page again and found something else.

"Piece of fabricated wood."

Another circle lay around the word ’fabricated’. My eyes darted to the piece of wood laying before me. Being fabricated wasn’t necessarily strange. Most wood was fabricated from matter reforgers. Still, the words made me wonder if there was something more to this stick.

My eyes shifted to Suyef’s note, then back to the box. Yes, there was definitely more to this stick. Something powerful. Dangerous.

Something worth hiding.

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I tucked the stick back into the box, closing and returning it to my sack before sitting back to ponder my next move. Quentin and Suyef remained absent. Waiting...

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Well, 2016 is on its deathbed.  Appropriate analogy all things considered.  We’ve said goodbye to many this year, although to be honest the famous deaths of this year didn’t really register in my ecosystem until the very end.  Seeing as I don’t remember a world that didn’t have Princess Leia or Singing in the Rain in it, I definitely felt something when those two passed.  To have them do so within days of my grandmother passing away definitely put a more subdued end on a year filled with frustration and stress.  That said, there were some things I enjoyed about this year.  Here are some highlights.

  • Highlight moment of the year: Holding my very own book in my hands for the first time on Sept 13.
  • Highlight moment runner-ups: 15th wedding anniversary (such a fun evening Michelle), Finishing the manuscript for Fall on Jan 18, appearing on the Current Geek podcast with Scott Johnson (I’ve been listening to him since 2009; yeah that mattered); winning two more contests on Inkshares; Publishers Weekly review; Audible book deals for Rise and Fall
  • Best Movie: Toss-up between Civil War and Rogue One for me. honorable mention to Zootopia
  • Best TV Series (started this year)Toss up here between Stranger Things and Orphan Black. Honorable mention to the new Muppets and Voltron
  • Best Book I read: not touching that with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.  Too many friends published books this year.  So instead:
  1. Most Surprising BookUnattractive Vampire (did not see myself enjoying this)
  2. Most Difficult to read: tie between Ageless and Rune of the Apprentice for entirely different reasons (Note: I still enjoyed them ;-))
  3. Most Inspiring: Push
  • Best Game played: I’d have to say Munchkin (adventure time or Cthulu versions); yes I hadn’t played it before
  • Best Video Game played: I spend a lot of time in Civilization VI so that is a good answer.  Stellaris is another really good one.  That said, I think I’ll choose Crashlands.  My daughter and I have spent hours playing concurrent games (no multi-player) throughout this year
  • Highlight Verse I read: Psalm 27:14 - Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (ESV)

 So, yeah it’s been an interesting year.  Rounding out the year watching the entire Harry Potter series with my daughter was another moment, including giving her book one in both German and English for Christmas.  I’m so proud of her development as a linguist.  Watching her interact with those in need on Christmas Eve, seeing the smiles on their faces when she spoke with them.  It warmed the heart.

2017.

Looking straight at you now.  What’s coming?  Well, I don’t know.  2016 definitely did not go according to plan (except the release of Rise.  That did happen as planned.)  So, who knows what will happen but here’s what I intend on doing.

  1. By the end of 2017, the first drafts of Shatter and Unite will be done.  
  2. I will be able to lead discussions and do live translations without fear in Arabic.  
  3. And I’ll be able to hold my own in a conversation in German.

Onward!

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn

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The holidays are here!  And you know what that means.  Sales!  Inkshares isn’t skipping out on it.  They’re throwing a 50% off sale for published books.  Yes, that means you can get one or two or a dozen books for half what it would normally cost you.  Got a friend or 10 that you want to give a great gift to?  Well, check out the books out now from Inkshares.  You’re sure to find something for that reader in your life.

Why am I telling you all about this?  Well, duh.  I want my author friends to make mad money this holiday season.  And, shhh, don’t tell anyone but they let Rise in for some reason!  So, yeah, you can get an extra copy or two of Rise to share also.

Hurry!  The sale ends Dec 16th!

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  Today is Extra Life!  We cleared my second goal and are closing in on $1000 raised for the year.  The entire event is above $6 million for the year. We’re live and fundraising and you can watch here http://www.twitch.tv/guthron or here http://www.twitch.tv/pixel_sharks.  You can donate here.  

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Just an update for you about an event I participate in every Fall.

BLUF: Support me as I raise money for the hospital that saved my niece’s life.  Go here to donate.

This weekend, gamers around the world will come together for 24 (25 with the time change) hours of gaming raising money for children.  The event is Extra Life and all the money the gamers raise goes to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the US.

This event is particularly close to my heart as my niece was born into Providence of Alaska at 26 weeks.  They helped keep her in the womb as long as possible, safely delivered her, and saved her life during her 72 day stay in the NICU.  She’s now a happy, bubbling kid full of life thanks to that hospital.

All of the funds I raise go to Providence of Alaska.  Many, many more gamers have similar stories about the hospitals they support.  In fact, the entire event was inspired by Victoria Enmon, a little girl diagnosed with cancer that wanted to do something for the other kids around her that were more sick.  You can learn more about her story in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHSZ_82wiJg .  Warning: tissues should be nearby.

So, what can you do?  Well, you can join in and support a hospital.  Learn more at http://www.extra-life.org .  But, if you’d rather just support a gamer, you can go to that site and find someone also doing this.  My page is here.  I believe Jamison Stone is also participating.

Oh, and Rise is 42 copies away from 2K sold:-)  I’m still waiting on all those reviews you promised.  And all those eager fans pre-ordering Fall :-)

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So there is some news to share.   Rise is going to be an audio-book!  The deal is for Rise and a sequel, in this case Fall.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this.  Definitely will be listening to that on some runs.

In other news, Rise is closing in on 2000 copies sold.  And most of that buzz pushing the sales is coming from you.  Thank you so much!  If you’re reading your copy now, I’d appreciate a "Reading" mark on Goodreads.  And a review when you’re finished would be awesome.

In Fall news, I’m editing act 3 before sending it off to my editor.  After that, I got back and do a rework based on the edits I already have for acts 1 and 2.  If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, the sooner you do the sooner we can get it into production and in your hands.

You are all awesome!

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With the upcoming release of Rise next month, I just thought I’d give you some idea of what’s coming with Fall.

Fall will be released for pre-order Labor Day weekend.  That’s right, if you want to get the sequel to Rise sooner, make sure you preorder it and get others to do so as well.

Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

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