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Hola, gang.

I’m not ready to reveal any text just yet, but I will share the second draft cover for my upcoming release, EARTHFALL. EARTHFALL is a science fiction adventure story set in the relatively near future (though a date is never mentioned, we’ll call it 2040 or so) and deals with America’s final restoration initiative designed to reconstitute the nation after a thermonuclear exchange. (Does anyone even use the term “thermonuclear” anymore?) Essentially, Harmony Base puts itself on ice for a decade after the bombs fall and the mushroom clouds sprout until the time comes for them to dispatch teams that conduct recon operations to determine how badly off the nation is, and of course, to contact any human settlements that might have survived the ravages of the Sixty Minute War. The teams are a mix of military and civilian specialists, and they have armored rigs called Self-Contained Exploration Vehicles (SCEVs) which they use to begin explore the shattered remnants of the former United States of America.

Of course, what they find isn’t what they had been looking for.

As I said in an earlier post, this is a novelization of a screenplay I wrote back in 1983. There’s actually a huge amount of work involved in resurrecting such dated material, and the fact that it’s in script format doesn’t make things any easier. I stripped out a lot of movie elements that just didn’t work in a novel (mutants after ten years? Really?), but I worked hard to preserve and enhance the drama. It’s still in first draft format as of this writing, and I’m still doing the required body and fender work, but I imagine the book will be released in January.

That said, I do have an eye-popping cover in the works, and while it also is not yet finalized, here’s a peek. It was developed by Jeroen ten Berge, and the rigs at the bottom are provided courtesy of digital artist Nathan Carlisle (not the opera singer…well, at least I don’t think he is…)

Hope you like it!


  1. Jay
    December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Really like the cover!

    • December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Why, thank you! Now if only the book can be as good…!

  2. Jay
    December 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    warming up my kindle… waiting for the release !

  3. joseph larosa
    December 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    this book sounds great.love the story line will be checking amozon every day.i am really looking foward to reading another book from you.keep up the great work and a happy holiday for you and your family.

    • December 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      And the same to you, Mr. Larosa! Book won’t be out until mid-January at the earliest, but I’ll let you guys know when it gets released. And I’ll start posting some chapters next week!

  4. MarcW
    December 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Beautiful cover. Looking forward to this book!

    • December 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Marc! Looking for a January release.

      • MarcW
        December 30, 2012 at 3:29 am

        Hey Stephen,

        Maybe a few hours early but Happy New Year! With Earthfall, you’re obviously kicking it off right. Got a feeling it will be the best year yet for us fans. Can’t wait for what you do next.

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

        Thank you, sir! And top of the New Year to you!

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