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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 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
1814 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
1814 Posts

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
1814 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
1814 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
1814 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
1814 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

124 Posts

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
1814 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
Learned Scribe

124 Posts

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!


quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

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
1814 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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9933 Posts

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.

Every beginning has an end.
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Dennis
Great Reader

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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?

Every beginning has an end.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 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
1814 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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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 23 Aug 2011 :  04:30:04  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My review of the new Conan movie treads the jeweled thrones of Hollywood under its sandalled feet.

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/
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Dennis
Great Reader

9933 Posts

Posted - 24 Aug 2011 :  07:25:51  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Most of friends who watched it didn't enjoy it at all. But I intend to know if the same would be the case for me...I'll watch it as soon as I get the chance.

Every beginning has an end.
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TheHermit
Seeker

USA
60 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2011 :  15:49:53  Show Profile  Visit TheHermit's Homepage Send TheHermit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey, Richard,

Spooky Empire finally updated their author page, so it looks like we'll be seeing you down here in Mousetown in October.

- "Glitz & Klax's Potions & Elixirs"/"The Sandmen", Inside Ravens Bluff, The Living City; 1990; TSR, Inc.
- "The Far Guardians' Traveler's Mission", Port of Ravens Bluff; 1991, TSR, Inc.
- "Signs Painted", Polyhedron #70; April, 1992; TSR, Inc.
- Communications Director, Coliseum of Comics, Orlando, FL - http://coliseumofcomics.com/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2011 :  14:45:30  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's great, Hermit. I'll probably only be there Saturday, so catch me then.

On an unrelated note, some people may be interested in this:


Which superhero plays the best poker? My analysis is on 365DaysofPoker:

http://www.365daysofpoker.com/the-daily/item/735-more-superhero-poker
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2011 :  14:42:35  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out Story Portals, Inc., a new outlet for fantasy fiction. I will have stories appearing there in the weeks to come.

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

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2011 :  15:02:15  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a podcast with me in it on The Genre Traveler site.

http://www.thegenretraveler.com/fantasy/podcast-episode-49-going-with-the-marketing-flow/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 04 Sep 2011 :  03:37:35  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out a very kind review of The Impostor #1: Half a Hero:

http://travizzt.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/the-impostor-1-half-a-hero-by-richard-lee-byers/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 08 Sep 2011 :  16:21:16  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you'd like to read a free sword-and-sorcery story by me, check it out here:

http://www.storyportals.com/stories/index.php?file=54.swf&user=0
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Thelonius
Senior Scribe

Spain
730 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2011 :  14:41:02  Show Profile Send Thelonius a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

If you'd like to read a free sword-and-sorcery story by me, check it out here:

http://www.storyportals.com/stories/index.php?file=54.swf&user=0


Just read it, a fine work indeed. Love the strategy used and also the way personal magic works... But what I liked most was the double-tempo in the writing, really increases the feeling of "seeing" the events as we re delving inside the actions of a character who is already retelling them...

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
"I THINK I JUST HAD ANOTHER NEAR-RINCEWIND EXPERIENCE"- Discworld's Death frustrated after Rincewind scapes his grasp... again.
"I am death, come for thee" - Nimbul, from Baldur's Gate I just before being badly spanked
Sapientia sola libertas est

Edited by - Thelonius on 09 Sep 2011 15:05:03
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2011 :  17:50:33  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you liked it.

I will have a story about the Bel Thorne character on the same site when her series launches.
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Thelonius
Senior Scribe

Spain
730 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2011 :  17:57:25  Show Profile Send Thelonius a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to it, didn't see that page before I think I should favorite it ASAP

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
"I THINK I JUST HAD ANOTHER NEAR-RINCEWIND EXPERIENCE"- Discworld's Death frustrated after Rincewind scapes his grasp... again.
"I am death, come for thee" - Nimbul, from Baldur's Gate I just before being badly spanked
Sapientia sola libertas est

Edited by - Thelonius on 09 Sep 2011 17:59:36
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 12 Sep 2011 :  00:36:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a short story in the new anthology The Crimson Pact Volume Two.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=crimson+pact+2&sprefix=Crimson+Pact+
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2011 :  15:07:46  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For those who are interested, my thoughts on the DC Comics reboot are in my new column on Airlock Alpha:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8712/astrojive-dcnu-not-much-whats-dcnu-with-you.html
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Thelonius
Senior Scribe

Spain
730 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2011 :  17:35:23  Show Profile Send Thelonius a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

For those who are interested, my thoughts on the DC Comics reboot are in my new column on Airlock Alpha:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8712/astrojive-dcnu-not-much-whats-dcnu-with-you.html


An interesting analysis, didn't know DC was planning a reboot, got to say though, somehow it sounded too familiar, all this people scared of superheroes and some of the twistings ; like Jon Jonzz, on the Stormwatch. Superman's changing can be a fresh air change for me at least, as I can't really stand the usual pansy one. Maybe I'm wrong bnt somehow I thought almost all the time, while reading the article in Marvel's Civil War , not pretending to starts a DC vs Marvel topic. Is sad the the only DC hero I really like; Green Arrow, seems to have gotten a different turn. I think I'll stick to Kingdom Come arch, really like that one.

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
"I THINK I JUST HAD ANOTHER NEAR-RINCEWIND EXPERIENCE"- Discworld's Death frustrated after Rincewind scapes his grasp... again.
"I am death, come for thee" - Nimbul, from Baldur's Gate I just before being badly spanked
Sapientia sola libertas est
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Dennis
Great Reader

9933 Posts

Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  12:20:36  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hi, Richard!

Will dragons alive and undead be playing major roles in The Masked Witches?

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